For a high end light targeted at nano tanks, besides looking good and being bright the E-lite sure doesn’t do much else. There is no built in timer, there is no dimming feature, there is no separate circuit for turning on the blue and white LEDs separately and if you want some night viewing action you have to buy a totally separate moonlight accessory. Clearly all of these features could be provided at a modest additional cost which most buyersÂ would gladly pay to get the most out of such a high end light. Seriously though, you can’t even turn on the blue and white LEDs separately! Why would Elos build a $900 LED light fixture but then remove all functionality besides turning the light on and off? With it’s strong emphasis on LED control, we believe that the LED patent currently held by OrbitecÂ could be the reason that the E-lite is artifically crippled. Manufacturers have told us that they still plan to design and release LED fixtures but they are taking great care to not infringe on the LED patent. Perhaps the future of aquarium LED fixtures is not completely jeopardized but at this rate, we can look forward to some pretty boring aquarium LED lights.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.