It’s been a while since we’ve heard a peep from Luxim’s LIFI Plasma lights but this weekend at the Denver Indoor Gardening Expo we spotted a new light from Holland. The Gavita Pro 300 LEP is a light emitting plasma fixture featuring Luxim’s latest emitter, the STA 41.02 with a CRI of 94, an output of 18,000 lumens and a rated average lamp life of 30,000 hours.
The solid state Gavita Pro 300 LEP is still pretty large, about the same occupied volume as the Seashine from Stray Light Optical but the reflector is very much improved over the Seashine. The Luxim waveguide of this plasma emitter is mounted flush with the hammered aluminum reflector with a mild swoop to its bends to provide an even square light field of three square feet at 12 inches, or four square feet at a distance of 18 inches with an average par of 300 micromoles.
Of course this beast is still intended for long term use in a horticultural or hydroponic application, but Gavita has an aquarium fixture in development. The Gavita Pro 300 LEP won’t come cheap though; in its current configuration you’re still looking at close to $1400 and the aquarium version will have an optional potentiometer to adjust intensity for an additional $75 or so. Pricing aside, the new horizontally mounted emitter of Luxim’s ST 41 has a much more pleasant color rendition and coupled with the flush mounted reflector Gavita’s plasma light was pushing a very nice and even light field.