Unboxed: EcoTech Radion XR15w Pro

IMG_1882Widely regarded as market leaders in LED lighting technology for reef aquaria, EcoTech’s products are some of the most advanced and desirable available to today’s hobbyist. With a line-up that is constantly evolving to incorporate the very latest technology, we use this review to take a preliminary look at their latest and most compact LED light to date – the Radion XR15w Pro.

So, getting hands-on with this unit, we are immediately impressed with the quality of presentation. The slick packaging presents the tile with beautiful simplicity and the supporting materials included reflect this. To be honest we feel like we are excitedly unpacking the latest tablet or computer peripheral rather than an aquarium item! IMG_1883Anyway, the light is literally ready-to-go as soon as it is lifted from its from its moulded receptacle and out of the box. Build quality appears to be excellent and we love the look of the honey-comb fan aperture. With the ducted cooling system of its larger brethren, the operating temperature of the LED array should be managed quietly and effectively. Refined in gloss black this unit looks every inch the ‘bleeding-edge’ option you craved.

IMG_1884Measuring just 7”x7”x1.5″, the XR15 certainly is remarkably compact. Despite its diminutive size though, and thanks to the 120 degree TIR lenses fitted as standard, it is rated to illuminate a 24”x24” footprint from 8” or more above the water line. Clearly this makes it copesetic for a range of aquaria, from nano tanks up to fairly large systems (in the latter case, when used as part of an array of multiple units). Emitting a claimed maximum PAR of 825, and with a full spectrum (and UV) output optimised for coral growth full, it should be possible to maintain a range of species under this light, including light hungry species like SPS corals. Consuming just 75watts though, this is also one efficient light unit. IMG_1885In terms of bulbs, the XR15 is a single-cluster unit featuring 21 high-output, energy-efficient LEDs covering the full light spectrum. Specifically we have: 4 Cree XP-G2 (20W) Cool White, 4 Osram Oslon Square (20W) Deep Blue, 4 Cree XP-E (12W) Blue, 2 Cree XP-E (7W) Green,2 Osram Oslon SSL (6W) Hyper Red,1 Osram Oslon SSL (3W) Yellow, 2 SemiLEDs (5W) Indigo, 2 SemiLEDs (5W) UV. All-in-all, superb quality and more than enough colours to provide a spectrum for both coral health, good colour rendition and to replicate a diverse range of aquatic scenarios.

IMG_1886The XR15 continues to impress when we look at its functionality, and with a variety of presets (including acclimatisation mode, weather simulation and lunar cycles) built-in, this is already one versatile unit. Take into consideration the fact the tile has a built-in RF Module that can communicate wirelessly with other Radion lights and VorTech pumps (through EcoSMART Live) and we enter a new dimension of control. Finally this unit is also IMG_1888ReefLink compatible and can therefore be controlled wirelessly using an ios or Android device. When you come to mount this light take note that it can easily be connected to EcoTech’s new modular RMS (Radion Mounting System – which we’ll be looking at shortly), hanging kit, or the multi-light mounting rail.

Retailing here in the UK for around £360 (at time of this feature), the XR15w Pro comes backed-up with EcoTech’s 1yr warranty for the fixture/2yrs for the LEDs. To show exactly what the unit can do in the real world, we’ll be producing a full operational review of this unit when we’ve got it installed on the test tank in the near future. While you wait, take a look at EcoTech’s official run down on their website by clicking the banner below.

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