poor software for making adjustments By bigsky on 3/5/14
bigsky wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The lights seem to have a difficult time connecting to the "connection Manager" often freeze up. I have tried it various different ways but it is still a very poor design for the price of these lights. Would not purchase again.
Awesome By Kav on 3/3/14
Kav would recommend this product to a friend
Like everything else in the reefing world, you get what you pay for. Awesome lights, first class customer service as always from Ecotech. Ecosmart live is glitchy at times but this review is for the lights. Never had a problem, makes everything in the tank POP once you figure out the intensity of each color. Was hesitant to buy because I need 2 of these but took the plunge and never looked back.
Long story short....grows corals!
Awesome love this light By Tommy on 2/22/14
Tommy would recommend this product to a friend
Way better than any light I have had yet color combinations are amazing I think many different combos
Puts out great light By Redfish on 2/6/14
Redfish would recommend this product to a friend
I have had 4 or 5 of these. I have had power supplies go bad once. But for the most part do not place these in a canopy or your asking for trouble.
That causes the fan to burn up and then the light stops working. I do give Ecotech top notch service though. They replaced them every single time. I have now removed the canopy and stopped having issues.
Customer Service Stands Out By Joe on 1/16/14
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
Of the 4 gen1 units I purchased, 3 of them fried due to bad fans (including one which burned out moments after turning it on upon receiving it from the factory). The new gen2 unit I purchased seems to have fixed this problem. Despite my frustrations with the gen1's, Ecotech was VERY helpful when I called. Asked a few questions, but sent a new unit out to me immediately every time.
Shocking color By Corey on 12/24/13
Corey would recommend this product to a friend
Just got 2 of these to replace my 250w Radiums and the color these lights bring out in my tank are shocking. Echotech needs to come up with some better mounting options, but other than that I couldn't be happier.
Some are reporting issues with the ecosmartlive.com site, but my experience has been flawless.
Pretty Good So Far By Kevin on 12/9/13
Kevin would recommend this product to a friend
So far I like the Radeon's I bought. I got 3 for my 5 foot tank. I have a canopy and I think mounting the lights could have been a little easier. The software to setup the lights is still in beta, but so far it's not too bad. There could be improvement on their identity portion and they could have tooltips for all the different buttons. Also the menu's and drag and drop are pretty, but sometimes malfunction making the site hard to navigate and do what you need to do.
Other than that you can customize the site pretty well. The lights bring a nice shimmer and the lights are pretty.
I used to have 3 Chinese made, very loud, no name brand lights. They worked well for 7 years but very little control and they started rusting a little and making funny electrical noises. I liked the spread of the old lights and the overwhelming color. But, I feel the new lights add more shadows, shimmer, and depth. Also the additional lights help some of the colors pop more.
I love it By Jordo on 12/8/13
Jordo would recommend this product to a friend
I switched from a JBJ 36'' 4 bulb T5HO. This is one of the best purchases I have made for my tank. Period. Lower power bill, no more buying 150 bucks worth of bulbs a year, you can customize almost any aspect of this. I only wish they would have a wireless option on controlling this unit, you have to plug it in to a laptop to change any settings but that is picking hairs. I love all that EcoTech makes so this is just another great product.
Great Light, set up software could be better By brian on 12/2/13
brian would recommend this product to a friend
The light is worth every penny, I looked at many different lights before buying this one. I'm glad I made that choice. This light provides great coverage, adjustable options and lasts longer then other lights. The only problem is that the software for adjusting the light is awful, not very user friendly. But other then that the light is great!
HORRIBLE to Program By Eric The Red on 12/2/13
Eric The Red wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The ecosmartlive.com site is abhorrent. Had it known it was going to be so bad I would have never bought Radions. After trying for several days to catch a decent time when the site was up I finally finished their programming. Then, at my 4th week of acclimation I starting to get some burnt tips on my acro’s and because the site is so horrible I can’t even lower my intensity because the site keeps freezing. I have 1000+ $$ in high-end sticks that are burning and I can’t even turn down the intensity …. I am so disappointed I cannot describe it in words.
The best money I have spent all year By Kenneth on 11/9/13
Kenneth would recommend this product to a friend
I started off doing a lot of research on to hesitate due the amount of money it was going to cost me to up grade to the Radion XR30W (GEN2). The only think I can say is wow, what took me so long. The color in the tank is much better. I am current running 2 radions on a 72 gallon bow front reef tank. The coral has doubled in size in the sort period of time I have had them running. And believe it or not I am only running the at 30% intensity on the lighting. My fried came over and asked what I did to the tank, he asked if i had just cleaned it. He was shocked when he found out that the LED made that huge of a difference
great product By ian on 10/16/13
ian would recommend this product to a friend
For people that are looking to convert to LED and or not to sure about LED as of right now im trying to update people with LED i am currently running and expereitment and will be posting it up in forms which are Socalireefs,reef2reef,and nano reef i currently have three types of LED right now which are the radions, maxspect, and chinese version of the reef breeder 32in and trying to work my way to other LED's manufactures which is sad that none of the big famous reefers have done yet which i dont know why but i have a common 40 breeder and i will be hanging them over my tank and taking pictures of them and posting their par reading and a review of all the lights. but if you have the money and these light fit your budget i would recommend them for the fact they are modular and are able to upgrade them with what ever ecotech upgrades too.
Good design, low fan noise By pruksakan on 10/13/13
pruksakan would recommend this product to a friend
I use this product for a had year for Tank side 60"x30".
Cooling fan is quite. Eco-smart a bit difficult for Mac OS.
Anyway, i set up it only one time then use for long.
LED colors are beautiful. Step dimming is great.
Nothing else compares By Kris on 9/27/13
Kris would recommend this product to a friend
Colours of coral and fish are just stunning.
Easy to install and setup on the computer to any
Schedule that u can think of. Now that my lights slowly ramp up and down i get to enjoy the tank longer and without the unwated algae growth, even clean the glass less. Big plus
More enjoyment, less work and lower bills
Amazing By Bill on 9/15/13
Bill would recommend this product to a friend
I have 3 of these lights. 2 over my 120 mixed reef and 1 over a 34 cube. All I can say is these lights are AMAZING!
Awesome Light By erndog on 9/5/13
erndog would recommend this product to a friend
I've only had my fixtures for a bit over a week. But I love them great lights with enough flexibility built in to last the life of the tank IF I can ever get the software to do what its supposed to. Seriously Eco Tech Stop worrying about the next light you wanna put on the market. take some time to turn the ones you have into the truly great products they could be with just a little more work!!!
The light is awesome. The software not so much..Thats why the 3 of 5 rating
Ecotech XRZ30W LED light By Gary of St. Louis on 9/1/13
Gary of St. Louis would recommend this product to a friend
These lights are nothing short of outstanding. I had 4- 400 Watt MH in two 48" Hamilton Fixtures. Those are like dinosaurs.
SPS corals are doing great, and combined with MP 60 power heads, it's an amazing combination.
I love these lights
Eye Opening By Snookin on 7/28/13
Snookin would recommend this product to a friend
I bought these lights about 2 months ago. As soon as I plugged them in my tank and corals looked more vibrant. I had 2x250w MHs, T5s. and LED moonlights for a few years before these and there is no comparison. Full on LEDs is the way to go. I have completed my acclimation period (I started at 25% brightness since I have SPS and didn't want to bleach them out, which I heard some people did because they skipped the acclimation period.) Now I have them at 70% and my PAR readings are great and corals have never looked better. If you have the cash just do it. My Energy bill has been lower and I got rid of multiple plugs and no more blub changes!. I had MH, T5, and LED moonlights (2 cords for each plugged in to surge protector). Now just 2 plugs used for my 2 Radions. No cons yet.
Great product and support By Andrew on 7/20/13
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use and program and no complaints so far. I don't have a lot of corals in the tank yet, but it will be a full SPS tank eventually. I have two over my 48" tank and had zero issues getting the two Radions to work together. They work perfectly with my MP40s automatically putting them into night mode. My only complaint is it's a chore to create custom programs, not difficult, it just takes a while to create and edit all the points.
excelent LED light By Paul on 5/31/13
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
After years of have 96w PC on my 125g, I bought 3 of these for my 220g reef tank. These LED will last me years and worht the investment . Amazing light and adjustability. Love the programming feature via the computer. The lights are powerful a illuminate the tank beautifully. Cant wait till the tank gets more corals in it as I'm in the set up stage.
Awesome By Alex on 5/21/13
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
This light programs easily and other than not coming with hanging kit I'm very happy with it. Awesome color spectrum and subtle shift through the day!!
Lights are nice; User Interface not so much By Bithunter on 4/22/13
Bithunter would recommend this product to a friend
I do like the lights; very nice colors and flexibility. However, I think the programing interface is overly complicated. You need a PC/MAC to program. The ecotechlive site is not ready for primetime. Could not get the time to reprogram using the live site. It kept defaulting to GMT. I had to go with the PC client to set the time on the lights correctly.
Each time you program the lights, the program has to be written to the lights themselves.
I also own a bunch of AI lights. I like the controller on the AI lights much better. Especially the ability to reprogram with out PC. It's just a hassle to have to drag out a PC, hook up USB to program the lights. Granted, this should only be needed occasionally. The buttons on are hard to remember what they do. First couple of days I had to refer to the manual to figure the button sequence to control lights locally.
I do understand this is new concept for lights. Previously it was just on/off. Now you are mucking with time and colors.
Top notch By Shawn on 4/11/13
Shawn would recommend this product to a friend
What can I say these light are great the programablty of them set them apart from any other lights I have used. Like the guy here at BRS say it like looking at a real ocean reef vs looking at a photo of a reef. Only negative I can say is I wish you were able to communicate with them wirelessly
Radion GEN 2 By Bob on 4/2/13
Bob would recommend this product to a friend
WOW, all I can say about this light is GET one, I replaced my 120w chinese LED light with this and WOW, Should now better by now, Buy the best the first time and save money in the long run, best light I have ever seen on a tank!!