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Ecotech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Blue finally in our DaniReef LAB


How to value these numbers in aquarium?

This is a good question. At first we thought that we could transport these values to the aquarium tout-court. Than we filled the aquarium, insert the probe and redone the measurements. We fazed but, as we have already said in elsewhere, we’re going to talk about this in another article. Basically, while at 20 cm the result is practically the same, as we progressed, thanks to the glass and the water itself reflecting the light, we found even the double of the values measured in air. Obviously this isn’t a detail that can be standardized, so we think that our method of calculation is the most correct, and the best for the comparison of coverages of different ceiling lights.

The comparison with other ceiling lights on the market

Recently we started to use the new Apogee’s Quantum Meter MQ-510. For this we can’t completely compare the data of other ceiling lights because before we used the probe Seneye.

EnergyCostConsumptionEnergy/€Energy/w
AI Hydra 32 HD at 17 cm560.00043090,501.3036.190
AI Hydra 32 HD at 37 cm563.00043090,501.3106.224
AI Hydra 32 HD at 57 cm463.00043090,501.0765.112
Aqamai LRM at 17 cm643.00046590,881.3827.071
Aqamai LRM at 37 cm722.00046590,881.5527.941
Aqamai LRM at 57 cm616.00046590,881.3266.783
Aqamai LRS at 17 cm276.00028947,599555.797
Aqamai LRS at 37 cm312.00028947,591.0786.547
Aqamai LRS at 57 cm254.00028947,598805.343
ATI Straton at 17 cm2.018.2328902112.2689.565
ATI Straton at 37 cm1.409.5958902111.5846.681
ATI Straton at 57 cm957.2098902111.0764.537
Cetus 2 at 17 cm410.00021560,681.9066.756
Cetus 2 at 37 cm291.00021560,681.3534.793
Cetus 2 at 57 cm174.00021560,688072.861
Ecotech Marine Radion G5 XR30 Blue at 17 cm1.535.5619492031.6187.564
Ecotech Marine Radion G5 XR30 Blue a 37 cm1.097.9339492031.1575.409
Ecotech Marine Radion G5 XR30 Blue at 57 cm647.9409492036833.192
Orphek OR2 Blue Plus 120 cm at 17 cm323.00018054,691.7945.906
Orphek OR2 Blue Plus 120 cm at 37 cm291.00018054,691.6165.321
Orphek OR2 Blue Plus 120 cm at 57 cm259.00018054,691.4384.736
Orphek OR2 Reef Day Plus 120 cm at 17 cm255.00018054,691.4184.667
Orphek OR2 Reef Day Plus 120 cm at 37 cm233.00018054.691.2924.252
Orphek OR2 Reef Day Plus 120 cm at 57 cm225.00018054.691.2514.117
Philips CoralCare at 17 cm1.859.000749190,52.4819.756
Philips CoralCare at 37 cm1.341.000749190,51.7907.037
Philips CoralCare at 57 cm933.000749190,51.2464.899
Philips CoralCare Gen2 at 17 cm1.330.430749168,51.7807.914
Philips CoralCare Gen2 at 37 cm920.277749168,51.2295.461
Philips CoralCare Gen2 at 57 cm631.087749168,58433.745
Ecotech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Blue finalmente nel DaniReef LAB

Both for what concernes the produced energy per watt and the produced energy per euro, considering the PAR, the values are in the average. What’s incredible is that these ceiling lights have a perfect coverage even if they’re rather small. This means that you can use a couple for an aquarium of 120 cm, but you can also choose to use four for an amazing lighting, and this isn’t possible with other ceiling lights that have a bigger shell. Even the particular lens that you can see in the following picture help to spread the light better.

Ecotech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Blue finalmente nel DaniReef LAB

Maintenance costs

The ceiling lights Ecotech Marine Radion G5 XR30 Blue, but also the PRO, costs 949 euro.

The absorbed power is 203 watt, so the relationship cost/watt is 4,67 euro per watt. In order to do a comparison with the other ceiling lights you can refer to the following chart. Notice that the ceiling lights are sorted by decreasing efficiency, so the best ones are at the top.

Ceiling lightPriceConsumptionRelationship euro per wattReferences
Orphek OR2 Blue Plus180 USD54.7 w3,3 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Orphek OR2 Reef Day Plus180 USD54,7 w3,3 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Cetus 2215 €60,7 w3,5 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Philips Coralcare 2019749 €190 w3,9 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Maxspect Ethereal500 €126 w4,0 euro per wattItalian test
ATI Straton890 €211 w4,22 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Philips CoralCare GEN2 2020749 €168,5 w4,44 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Ecotech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Blue949 €203 w4,67 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Radion XR30w G2 PRO790 €170 w4,7 euro per wattItalian review
AI Hydra 32 HD430 €90,5 w4,75 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Radion XR30w G4 PRO915 €190 w4,84 euro per wattItalian article
OceanLed Sunrise 600870 €180 w4,8 euro per wattItalian test
Orphek Atlantik V41099 €226 w4,9 euro per wattTest
Radion XR30w G2690 €140 w4,9 euro per wattItalian review
Radion XR30w G4760 €150 w5,1 euro per wattItalian article
Aqamai LRM465 €87,5 w5,1 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Zetlight UFO ZE-8000500 €91,5 w5,5 euro per wattTest
Aqamai LRS289 €47,6 w6,1 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
CEAB Slide & Led2.700 €275 w9,8 euro per wattReview
Sicce GNC 4661.592 €120 w13,3 euro per wattReview
Ecotech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Blue finalmente nel DaniReef LAB

The ceiling light is perfectly build, lightweight but solid, a confirm signed Ecotech Marine. The programming is great, but it can be easy using the preset available.

Ecotech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Blue finalmente nel DaniReef LAB

The power efficiency and the economic efficiency are in the average but compared to the old configuration the light is much more distributed, even if the peak value is pretty high, among the best measured. The small dimensions allows to use a lot of samples in series for a power similar to the sun light. This isn’t possible with other ceiling lights. So, from now on you can choose if use less lamps with a distributed light or more with their maximum power. I think this versatility can be very useful.

Here it is the spectral power distribution at different depths, in oceanic waters:

1 m5 m10 m15 m20 m
PFFD (µmoli/M2/s)1640958618436316
Ecotech Marine Radion XR30 G5 Blue finalmente nel DaniReef LAB

So at 37 cm of distance a Radion obtains 505 µmoli/M2/s, approximately 12 meters under the sea level.

These values are great for nonoreefs until aquariums of 70 cm, both for SPS and anything else. With more ceiling lights you can breed anything with every possible coloration. I suggest 2 ceiling lights in 120 cm and 3 in 180 cm, and respectively 3 or 4 if you want to reach the maximum. The whole energy expressed is quite good and decreases quickly because of the lens.

Questions and comments, as always, are welcomed.

We thank ReefLine, official italian distributor and Ecotech Marine itself that provided us the ceiling light for this test.