I’ve had this light mounted and running for 4months now, it’s been working great for me. 1 full-size orphek over a 36” long 40 breeder tank. I’m running a mixed reef and don’t have the light cranked up to high intensity, white channels peak at 35%, blues and uv and 45%. I love the color of the light, it’s not that windex blue, but a nice crisp white/blue. Corals all seem to love it now that they are used to it, colors are good. I did add some cheap computer cooling fans to blow on the meanwell driver box, it does put out some heat in my cabinet, hopefully keeping it cool helps it last long term. With the included hanging kit, it’s easy to take the light down and clean the dust out semi regularly which should also be done to promote longevity.
Opinions - this light was imo designed to run all channels equally, or near equal, so the colors to me don’t look all that pleasant if you run one channel way high intensity. Channel 1 is white, but mixed with green, looks really bad on its own. But when all 4 channels are at similar intensity it’s just an awesome looking spectrum imo. Playing with just the uv channel is fun to show people the intense colors for a minute or 2. It’s pretty crazy to see in person
Dislike- the app needs work, once you figure it out it’s not bad but not really that intuitive to program. It has issues not connecting to the gateway right away sometimes so if you go into the app to change it your custom program might not show up right away. Sometimes it’s slow to “send” out your program changes.
Overall the fixture itself is 5 stars, the app is 3 stars. So overall I give it a 4 star rating.
Beast of a light
everything in my tank starting growing more since adding this light. The app is awesome as well. By far the best led light ive ever owned*****
Haven't had them long but so far I love them!
I got two of these to cover my 600 gallon tank. My tank is 10' long with an internal overflow in the center. One of these covers 50 inches long ways pretty well. I like them. I'll check back after a year or so and update my opinion, but so far I'm really happy with the coverage and really love the colors they promote. These lights are nicely made, quiet, and stylish.
Lights failed in less than a year along with the worst customer service experience.
I got the V4 G2 before they were released to BRS so they have no part in this. The lights started failing around 8-9 months of running. One of the lights was flickering and resetting programming daily. I contacted support and tried working with them for over a week and they were extremely confrontational. I was blamed a lot but months later the light completely stopped working. I talked to another salesman who was very honest and said more than a normal amount of these lights fail from what he called “ lamborghini syndrome”. So my light that was broken that I was blamed for by their tech support was in fact a “poked” or bad driver. The meanwell driver that was sealed and water proof. The replacement was $250. I ended up selling these lights and the person who bought them replaced it. I’m happy to be back with my old school t5’s and reefbrite strips.
First off all electronics fail sometimes even rAdion out of the box. I see reviews on the app not working well or it’s hard and that’s bunk. It’s very easy and it’s totally customizable. You just have to read the directions on how to make your own custom programs. It also comes with very good programs built in if you want. You also can run several off one app at same time. Also customizable in case you wanted to run to to start and then add in to later for a peek setting. These are by far the best option for LEDs as far as coverage, compatibility, and shadowing. I have tried most of the lights out there and I have settled on these over my 220 SPS tank and they grow coral and look amazing . The people are very friendly and the customer service has been great as I’m getting ready to add on some of their new bar lights for some extra blue. Only because I like the look not because my Corals need iT. It would take three Radion Xr30s possibly four to get the coverage that I get out of two Orphek. Really all you have to do is watch the BRS review of this light and see how amazing the power is and the even coverage. BRS knows what’s up
After setting this up over my high end acro grow out system, I'm now considering switching my entire display tank to these lights as well. The spread and spectrum are second to none. The programming is a little tricky at first, but very easy once you learn it. I do wish you didn't have to buy a separate gateway to control these and I wish it were easier to connect to wifi with it, but other than that these lights are perfect. I mean perfect.
Lights are great but the app makes it sub-standard
I've been using these lights for about six months. I think the lights are amazing. There are some disco ball effects but that isn't anything a diffuser can't fix. The critical issue is the application that controls the lights. It really is one of the worst interfaces I have ever dealt with. If you are not computer savvy and I mean really computer savvy; buy a different brand. For the money you spend on these lights, the application should not be an afterthought. I should also not have to buy a seperate gateway to use these lights. I am extremely disappointed in this product. One more thing. When I sent in my issues with the application, they proceeded to lecture me on what settings I should use that is best for my tank. 1. I didn't ask you. 2. If I want to start the aquarium one hour earlier than what you have programmed, I should be able to do so and not have to manage four seperate channels and the application not time out after I spent 30 minutes wasting my time. 3. It should not matter if the application was able to do it's job. How about this...build an interface I can plug into all of the lights and manipulate from the outside of my tank. For such an amazing set of lights, you really failed. I only gave two stars because the lights are really that great. The interface makes this product a failure.
Catered to the experienced reefer who has delt with Radions, T5, Halides, and AIs- this is the sweet spot. Bar none. wifi capable A++
Simple to use (dont get me started) A++
Customizable lighting patterns and settings A++
Ease of programming A+++
Low Heat in tank A++
Able to photograph on a select channel without the blue smeer A++
Good customer support A++
Lower wattage compared to the competition A+++
Has different preset coral growth/ color programming A++
Grows corals like you see on YouTube A++++
Grows corals that you have not seen on YouTube A+++
Thanks BRS for offering these gems.
The lights are very good when they work but I had a terrible experience dealing directly with the company when 2 of the 4 lights were faulty. I would never buy an Orphek product again.
Best LED I have seen so far
Bought 2 of these V4's to replace 3 Radion G4's and aquactlife T5. All I can say is WOW. They cover my tank better and the whites actually looks like halide compared to all the othe LED's I have seen. Tank looks crisp and clear. Already noticed a few SPS changing color after a week with these. In fact I am so impressed that I am buying 3 compacts to replace my T% kessil combo on my LPS tank.You won't be disappointed!