- Plantlyte Lumi Lite Pro LED Strip Light - Reef Brite
Lumi Lite Pro Strip LED Lights are perfect as a stand-alone lighting system for refugiums or planted aquariums, but works great as an accent light for T5 or metal halide lighting systems. Each strip LED includes a set of tank mounting legs, but also a set of universal mounting brackets that that can connect to a variety of lighting fixtures, but work very well with ATI Sunpower T5 Lights. Using powerful and efficient COB LEDs the lights provide excellent color rendition and while casting an awesome shimmer.
Reef Brite's Lumi Lite Pro models include two banks of LEDs for better coverage and also two independent channels that can be dimmed with the included in-line dimming system that will remember the settings after a power cycle. Using a single outlet and power supply, you get two channels of control to tune the perfect intensity for your tanks inhabitants.
- 8 Inch
- 18 Inch
- 24 Inch
Plantlyte - Great for refugiums or planted tanks, providing the necessary spectrum for plant growth and health while still retaining their natural colors. You can adjust the overall temperature of the light output with the dual channel control system, letting you tune the light for the best growth and health for your plants or algae.
Actinic Blue - A deep blue that helps bring out the fluorescent in corals and other inhabitants while promoting growth. It is perfect as an accent light to any T5 or metal halide lighting system or works great with the 50/50 models as a stand-alone lighting system.
50/50 - An even blend of alternating Actinic Blue and White LEDs. These are great for FOWLR aquarium or even low light demanding coral reef tanks. The dual channel control system lets you adjust the overall intensity of the blue and white LEDs and pairs very nicely with either the Actinic Blue or Plantlyte Lumi Lites.
Dimensions - 2.4" W x 0.5" H
Power Cord - >8'
1x Lumi Lite LED Strip Fixture
2x Inline Dimmers
1x Power Supply
2x Tank Mounting Legs
2x Universal Mounting Brackets
Low Power - Overall, Good but Pricey Compared to Competition By Elijah on 7/11/2019Elijah wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI’ve seen these lights in action & tested the 18” version for about 2 months over some mangroves & decorative macroalgaes. (It was mounted 5” from the mangroves, and about 10” from the water, the macros being about 11-13” away from the light.) It does appear bright to the eye (I don’t trust anybody’s eyes when it comes to lights, thanks to BRSTV lol) and the color is a pleasant warm white, but the mangroves growth ceased & some of my macros died off. (Before trying the Reef Brite Plantlyte Lumilight Pro 18”, I’d previously used a plant spectrum light panel off Amazon & a freshwater spectrum PAR38 bulb. Both seemed to work better, but YMMV.) I’d love to see BRSTV do a full review of these new Reef Brite strips with PAR & spectrum measurements...
According to what answers I’ve gotten from BRS, and directly from Reef Brite, each LED used in these fixtures is 1W, but driven at 0.5W for efficiency & to decrease heat, etc.
So, the 8” is about 8W, the 18” is ~16W, and the 24” is ~24W.
I know these are US made, are built very well, and Reef Brite is a company that’s earned it’s status as a solid brand, but they can do better than 8 watts for 93.15, 18 watts for $113.57, and 24 watts for $130.29. The market for plant lights & lights for growing macroalgae is booming with competitive products & competitive pricing.
Bottom line: If you’ve got money to burn & like the look of these, and don’t need much power or a spectrum with heavier chlorophyll peak wavelengths in the 420-470 & 630-670nm range, go for it. But - If you want to get a light that’ll do more for less (or just spend a little more), go for something else (like the Kessil H series, various cheaper Chinese brands, or even just freshwater plant lights with similar color & power to the Plantlyte, but cheaper.)