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Vertex Illumina Multicolor Aux Module

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SKU: 207360

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Quick Overview

Light your tank YOUR WAY. Using this module you can achieve multi-color light to meet your personal preferences. UV modules are ready to ship and can be installed using the same upgrade kit used for any other AUX module.



Vertex 6 Color / 8 LED Aux Module


  • Red - 2 Diodes: Cree XPE-- 625nm -- 87 lm/w driven @ 700mA

  • Green - 1 Diode: Cree XPE-- 520nm -- 100 lm/w driven @ 750 mA

  • Warm White - 1 Diode: Cree XTE-- 3500K -- 114 lm/W driven @ 1000Ma

  • NUV (Upper UV-A range) - 1 Diode: Seoul Semi-- 390nm -- 280mW Driven @ 700mA

  • Violet - 1 Diode: Seoul Semi-- 405nm -- 280mW Driven @ 700mA

  • Indigo-Violet - 2 Diodes: Seoul Semi-- 420nm -- 320mW Driven @ 700mA
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The Vertex Illumina LED System is the only product on the market that allows the user to add new types/colors of LED without having to remove any already existing LEDs on board. This is done through Auxiliary module concept/design. This means the user is no longer limited to what the manufacturer has chosen for fixture's nomenclature of diodes and can decide what ratio they prefer for their own individual setup and application.


In essence, the user is provided with a building block, as explained above, and through different AUX Modules, the aquarist can chose any mix of LEDs they wish to create the appearance(s) they desire.


Furthermore, any increase in intensity or change of color composition can be achieved in a considerably more cost effective manner, since there will be no need to change the primary boards, which represent the main production costs of the fixture (in some cases up to 70% of the total fixture’s cost) and can be extremely expensive to replace.


Quick Compare - Vertex Illumina Auxillary Modules

Module

Price

Colors

Specifics

Multicolor Aux Module $194.99 6 Color/8 LEDs

Red - 2 Diodes: Cree XPE-- 625nm -- 87 lm/w driven @ 700mA

Green - 1 Diode: Cree XPE-- 520nm -- 100 lm/w driven @ 750 mA

Warm White - 1 Diode: Cree XTE-- 3500K -- 114 lm/W driven @ 1000Ma

NUV (Upper UV-A range) - 1 Diode: Seoul Semi-- 390nm -- 280mW Driven @ 700mA

Violet - 1 Diode: Seoul Semi-- 405nm -- 280mW Driven @ 700mA

Indigo-Violet - 2 Diodes: Seoul Semi-- 420nm -- 320mW Driven @ 700mA

Red Aux Module

$85.99

1 Color/4 LEDs

Red - 4 Diodes: Cree --630nm --43 lm/w@700mA

Royal Blue Aux Module

$85.99

1 Color/4 LEDs

Royal Blue - 4 Diodes: Cree -- 450nm -- 50 lm/w@700mA

UV Aux Module

$85.99

1 Color/3 LEDs

UV - 3 Diodes: Seoul semi --@700mA

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  • Great Product! By TY on 10/13/2014

    The packaging was not the greated but ok. The BRS installation video was a big help sinse I've notice Vertex has zero instruction on any of there products. Installation was pretty simple and the software work without an issue in recongnizing the new modules. I'm very pleased with the addition and look forward to seeing how they perform.
  • Works well, software could be better By Matt on 3/30/2014

    These modules really bring the Illumina lights into high growth SPS territory. The software is good, but could be a lot better, and the hassles of installation isn't great.
  • Great Product, Poor Packaging By Alan on 3/6/2014

    The lights work great, were easy to install, and over all improve the looks of the tank.

    However, the packaging is much to be desired. Styrofoam gets in the pins that need to be inserted into the LED lamp. The Sytrofoam has to be picked out before installation.

    There are no installation instructions which need to be obtained through veiwing a BRS video. Not sure it is the responsiblity of BRS to do the work for Vertex, but thankfully, BRS did take it upon themsevles to do so.
  • Good, but not perfect By CJ on 2/25/2013

    I have two of these units on a 24" fixture over a 36" tank. I would have bought a 3rd, but my tank has a center brace, and the last expansion slot is centered, so there's no point.

    First off, the two multicolor modules that I bought were the only two Vertex items in my order that contained any form of instructions (the light itself and the V-Link has bupkis as far as informational literature), so there's that. However, the circuit boards were packed in a small white cardboard box, and sitting directly on top of a piece of styrofoam packing material. They were not packed in an anti-static bag like they should have been, and there was no desiccant packet enclosed (you know that little package which says "do not eat" you always wonder about? it contains a highly absorbent salt that protects electronics from moisture during shipping). Because of the way the units were packed, there were tiny bits of foam embedded in the circuit that had to be very carefully removed before I felt comfortable installing it.

    As far as installation was concerned, the BRS installation video clearly shows a plastic installation bracket being used to position the module, and press it into place. There was no such bracket included with either of my two modules, despite the fact that the instruction slip indicated that it should be present, and was to be used. Instead, I carefully pressed the circuit into place by hand, started each of the screws, and gradually tightened them each a little at a time to seat the boards into place.

    Now for the good bit: performance. When I installed the fixtures, the software detected them at once and made them available to the "light studio" interface. You'll need to use the custom mode to get the proper benefit from these modules. You can control each color individually, which is quite nice.

    The addition of a small amount of warm white and the two violets to the color spectrum produced by the fixture is a nice touch. They offer the ability to tweak the color output to suit your exact tastes. The UV is invisible, of course, but I guess there's enough evidence to suggest that it's worth while having them around.

    Alas, the red and green are not all they're cracked up to be. Because of the fact that their output comes from a set of scattered point-light sources, neither color blends correctly, and both throw an ugly color shadow when turned up to more than about 25% intensity. This is common to LEDs in general, and is often referred to as the "disco ball effect." Because of the evenness of the distribution of the other colors in the Vertex rainbow, I do not notice this phenomena elsewhere in the fixture, but its very evident with the red and green in this module.

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