Perfect for the deep pocket By Alex on 5/5/2016
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
So lets be honest, you are not buying this because it has special LEDs or other ground breaking IP. I know that was not the reason for me. You can easily build a replicable system (in terms of LED choice and dimmable) for about $400 said and done with fans, hanging kit, etc and still have controller support.
So with a hanging kit and this light you are looking at $800, double the cost of a DIY or alternate solution with the same exact LEDs, or more.
I was extremely skeptical on buying until I got to see one in person. A store owner let me run demo on a string of 6 XR30W Pros he had from his tablet. Sold. The software is why you buy this light. The customization of your scheduling, color control, odds and ends just blew me away. Apex integration, which I plan on doing in the future, and the ability to sync or differentiate all the lights in your system put the big picture in place for me. If you have no interest in configuring your tank(s) schedule down to the K and light intensity by the minute, then this light is probably not for you. The small extras like "storm mode" and "cloud cover" add a unique touch to the environment.
My plan is to buy 9 more of these lights; I currently have one. Ecotech gets 3 stars from me because no matter how many lights you buy, nobody is allowed to sell/market these lights for less than what you see on BRS. This is the only company I've ever bought from (Ecotech I mean) that will not discount you even 1% on such a large sum of money ($8,000 in my case) for lighting (even commercial companies who I buy 10's of thousands of dollars from will budge). So, the economy of scale is not there and anyone running larger systems or multiple smaller systems are at a disadvantage with this light, in which case I would say go Halide or T5, which in all likeliness is what I will end up doing.
Ecotech knows they have priority in the LED market and they are making use of that.
All in all, great looking product, great function, great support, but total scrooges.
NICE LIGHT AND FEATURES BUT PROGRAMMING CAN BE A PROBLEM By DavidC on 4/28/2016
DavidC would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this light to replace my previous LED lighting system, when I made a modest change from a 30 gallon to a 38 gallon reef. Unfortunately the new tank has a brace in the middle and I had to use the tank mount for the Radion a bit off center. I purchased the wide angle lens to get better coverage on the one side that wasn't receiving enough light.
The main problem was programming my Radion with the Ecosmart Live. Fortunately the people at Ecotech's customer support helped out.
It's been two weeks with the new lights. So far, I can tell you that my SPS corals which are midway to higher look no better than they did with my previous lighting. However, the zoanthids, scolymias and acans that I have on the sand bed look better than ever, and growing, as well, particularly the Scoly's.
I am still in the acclimation process. I started out at 20% intensity and am currently at 35%. I'll probably go a bit higher, but don't want to push it.
Maybe I can ask the people at my LFS if I can rent or borrow a PAR meter which would make it easier to fine tune the lighting.
Stunning By Matt on 3/18/2016
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
Outstanding. Put 2 of these over my 110 tall and my tank and they look amazing. Price is steep but I'm quite happy with the purchase.
Pricey, but awesome By jsbull on 1/2/2016
jsbull would recommend this product to a friend
These do everything you want them to and even have a bunch of showy functions. I don't plan to use clouds or lightning storms in my house, but hey, it's part of the cool factor to say you do.
At first, I couldn't believe the price of these lights, but I bit the bullet and got them. I'm really glad I did. My Apex controls them wonderfully and before I had it, I used the EcoSmart Manager. Both work really well and do everything you want them to.
If you can handle the price tag, you can't go wrong.
Nice lights but my corals suffered By EddieKMD on 11/27/2015
EddieKMD wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The lights intergrate well with Apex Neptune controller so I did not have to purchase the ReefLink. I noticed that my corals were dying or at a standstill. I didn't have PAR meter so I didn't know how strong I should run these. I ran at 20-40% but corals were still dying. I ended switching to T5s. Corals are very happy now. They did more growth in a month then they did in 2 years!
Ecotech XR30 By TJ on 9/7/2015
TJ would recommend this product to a friend
These lights are WOW! I had cheaper LEDs, and they did fine with my SPS. But these XR30s are incredible with all the features. The color they produce is amazing! I keep the red/green channel very low, 10% max at peak lighting over my 180 reef. The only downside is the price, but if you can bite the bullet you will not be disappointed. I would definitely get the reeflink also.
WOW By Aaron on 8/24/2015
Aaron would recommend this product to a friend
This light is more then what I expected!. I ordered two of these to hang over my reef and I can't believe the dramatic impact they have. I'm having a difficult time connecting them to my apex but the echosmart live software is fantastic so I may not have too. There is plenty of light, so much so that I'm only running mine at 15%. I'll be purchasing a PAR meter soon so that I can dial in my setup to optimum levels. Don't hesitate if you're on the fence with these.