The Cannon LED Pendant is becoming available for wider distribution as early as this afternoon although some Ecoxotic dealers have been testing out the multichip LED goodness for some time now. Reef Builders first broke the news that Ecoxotic was working on the device we originally coined as the “Photon Canon” when they displayed their first working units at ReefStock back in March. The cannon part of the name stuck, and the Cannon LED pendant is now a real multichip aquarium LED pendant. The Cannon LED Pendant is available now in 50 watts, in either a cool white or royal blue color which can be used in parallel to achieve great color and high PAR as evidenced by the display aquarium pictured above.
Of all the LED pendants available in the aquarium hobby today, the form factor of the Cannon LED and it’s concentrated light source is the most familiar to the metal halide pendants that are one of the staple platforms of presentable fresh and saltwater aquariums. The 50 watt Cannon LED will be retailing for $549 in both colors and at that price, when you compare this lamp to 150 to 250 watt metal halide pendants and all the lamps that will need replacing over the lifetime of the Cannon LED, it becomes quite simple to balance the long term costs of owning and operating either pendants. If the Cannon LED pendant from Ecoxotic can deliver on the promise of high PAR values which is maintained for at least three to five years then we should very quickly be seeing an exodus of reefers begin to ditch HID for LED, at least where blue light is concerned. Continue reading for the promo video, more information and pictures.
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Ecoxotic’s Cannon LED Pendants Expose the True Cost of Metal Halides
San Marcos, CA – July 22, 2010 – Ecoxotic – committed to Endangering the Status Quo, has unveiled their highly anticipated Cannon LED pendant, a GameChanger lighting solution for large aquariums. Featuring a single 50 watt LED chip packaged in an IP65 rated housing creates a viable, energy efficient alternative to off the shelf metal halide fixtures commonly found in the aquarium industry.
“One of the first aquariums we tested these over was at least 15 feet deep, we were shocked by how deep the light penetrated with such a wide spread,” said Dennis Fredricks, Ecoxotic’s CEO “they blew away the 400 watt halides they were using. It was then we new the pendants are a real solution for hobbyists searching for intensity without the heat and high operating costs. The compact LED chip produces a high amount of focus-point lighting, penetrating the water very effectively and creating amazing shimmer and color.”
Ecoxotic worked closely with Edison-Opto, a leading manufacturer in multi-chip LED technology, to create a custom LED chip in color spectrums not commonly found in multi-chips. “Packaging their robust Edistar LED modules with an efficient heat sink and LED driver created an ideal lighting solution for our industry. Being IP65 rated, the LED pendants can be used safely in wet environments and even outdoors – making them perfect for public aquariums and larger aquatic display exhibits.”
Measuring only 8”x6” in diameter, the LED pendants are a viable alternative to metal halide pendants used in larger aquatic applications. The circular LED module features a 100-degree polished reflector and a glass lens, protecting the LED chip from moisture and corrosive elements. Efficiently cooled by a stout aluminum heat sink, the pendant requires no cooling fan resulting in reliable silent operation. An electronic Meanwell LED driver powers the 50 watt multi-chip and is integrated into the top portion of the pendant, creating a clean and complete package.
Continuing to set a new standard for environmentally friendly aquarium lighting, the Cannon is RoHS compliant. The pendant housing is constructed from highly recyclable aluminum and the pendant consumes only 60 watts – the electrical cost is less than $2.50 per month compared to $17.80 for a 400 watt metal halide*. The LED chip is rated for up to 50,000 hours of life, meaning no lamps to replace or recycle and no mercury to end up in the landfill.
* Based on an electrical rate of $0.13/Kwh running 10 hrs/day