The modular LED striplights from AquaticLife that were first spotted at the Sunlight Supply booth in Seattle a week ago seemed interesting on first glance, and we’ve now got new details to support our initial hunch. Unlike most LED striplights and fixtures, the AquaticLife LEDs use a system of more numerous and more distributed low power, half watt LEDs like those used in Ecoxotic Stunner strips. Although the Ecoxotic Stunner LED strips and the AquaticLife deliver the same amount of lighting power for the buck, the AquaticLife LED has a thoughtful reflector baked right in.
The AquaticLife LED strips will only come in 460nm blue and a half blue/half white combination in three lengths: 24″ for $79, 36″ for $99 and 48″ for $119. The modular AquaticLife striplights will be able to dock up to four strips in parallel, with covers to hide the wiring and there will be a shared hanging bracket. However, each LED striplight will still use a single dedicated power supply so at least this way you can get a modicum of lighting control by using separate timers for each plug. AquaticLife’s LED strips may not look like the skinniest LED lights in the reef scene but the Broadcast Reflector has a lot of potential. LIke the old saying goes, “It’s not the size of your photons, it’s how you use them” and it’ll be nice to see an LED light that isn’t bleeding light all over the room.