The new Reef Flare PRO L Blue in our DaniReef LAB: power to spare

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

Here the data collected in the DaniReef Lab with the Quantum Meter MQ-510 by Apogee. We can do an interesting comparison between the ceiling lights.

LampEnergyCostPower consumptionEnergia/€Energia/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 cm2.018.0008902112.2689.565
ATI Straton at 37 cm1.410.0008902111.5846.681
ATI Straton at 57 cm957.0008902111.0764.537
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 cm1.536.0009492031.6187.564
Ecotech Marine Radion G5 XR30 Blue at 37 cm1.098.0009492031.1575.409
Ecotech Marine Radion G5 XR30 Blue at 57 cm648.0009492036833.192
Orphek iCon at 17 cm1.469.0001.3502291.1776.417
Orphek iCon at 37 cm1.286.0001.3502291.0305.616
Orphek iCon at 57 cm1.156.0001.3502299255.047
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 cm1.330.000749168,51.7807.914
Philips CoralCare Gen2 at 37 cm920.000749168,51.2295.461
Philips CoralCare Gen2 at 57 cm631.000749168,58433.745
Reef Flare PRO L Blue at 17 cm1.646.0009401661.7529.904
Reef Flare PRO L Blue at 37 cm1.338.0009401661.4238.047
Reef Flare PRO L Blue at 57 cm922.0009401669815.545

For what regards the produced energy per euro we’re in the average of the other tested lamps. The PAR per watt are the highest. No one has never reached 9.904 PAR per Watt at 17 cm. The efficiency is sensational, very close to the Philips CoralCare and the ATI Straton. It’s also very high the energy at every distance, sign of a great coverage with average PAR values pretty high. All these data indicates that these ceiling lights are perfect for aquariums large up until 60 cm, maybe even for 70 cm. But you also have to consider that the corals never go right close to the glass.

Maintenance costs

The Reef Flare PRO L Blue cost 940 euro.

The absorbed power is 166,25 watt, then the cost/watt ratio is about 5,65 euro for each watt. For a comparison with the other ceiling lights you can consult the following chart. Notice that they’re sorted by decreasing efficiency, so the best ones are on top.

Ceiling lightPricePower consuptionEuro per watt ratioReferences
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 wattItalilan 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
Reef Flare Pro L Blue940 €166,25 w5,65 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
Orphek iCon1.350 €229 w5,89 euro per wattDaniReef LAB
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

The ceiling light is very well built, heavy and solid. The improvement compared to the previous Reef Flare S, that we tested some years ago, is incredible. The price, given the performances, isn’t that high, but appropriate to the power that the ceiling light expresses.

The economic efficiency is in the average, but the technical efficiency, that is the PAR per watt, is incredible.

The following chart is the spectral power distribution (SPD) in different depths in oceanic waters.

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

So at 37 cm of distance the Reef Flare PRO L Blue has 759 µmoli/M2/s, an approximate value of about 8 meters below the sea level. Such a great power!!! It’s even higher if you consider that the glass works as lens.

The values are really good for aquariums until 60/65 cm for breeding SPS or everything else. Obviously if you have demanding SPS you should prefer the central range since the decline of light on the sides. The power expressed is very good, especially on top. Then, increasing the depth, it decreases to reach a better coverage. The ceiling light is 50 cm of length, so it’s perfect for aquariums of 60 cm and multiples. 2 for 120 cm are absolutely perfect.

Questions and comments, as always, are very welcomed.

That’s not all!

As we said in the video, we also tested the Reef Flare PRO L, that has an even higher numer of PAR than the Blue, so stay tuned, because we’re going to talk about it soon…

The Reef Flare PRO L Blue has been used for this test and then returned to the distributor.

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