The 2012 LED showdown is moving along and we have our first round of winners slimming the field down from 32 to 16 lights. The Sweet 16 round begins today and we’ll keep voting open over the weekend. We’ll close the polls at 12:00 noon PT on Monday, January 21. So get your votes in so we can determine the Elite 8!
Kessil A350/A350W Spotlight vs. Vertex Illumina 260, 320, 360
The Kessil A350 and Kessil A350W are powerful spotlight pendants with multiple LED colors, two channels of manual control, inaudible active cooling and a great price. Vertex Illumina 260, 320, 360 packed in CREE XTE diodes separated specifically by binning targeting different performance levels in three upgraded and high-performance models.
LEDtric iNSPIRE vs. Aquatic Life 3W/1W
The LEDtric iNSPRE has five colors of LEDs to give you a full spectrum controllable via remote control with 55 LEDs. The AquaticLife 3W flagship light comes in at a total of 78 watts, made up of white, blue, royal blue and red Cree LEDs. The fixture is fully dimmable and allows up to 18 programmable color combinations, and features like cloud and storm simulation.
AcanLighting Prism vs. CadLights Multichip LED
The AcanLighting Prism LED is a veritable cornucopia of different LED colors with more than eight colors of LEDs AcanLighting Prism has three channels of color control. Coming in 30, 50 and 100W flavors, the CadLights Multichip LED feature built in timers and dimming controls of the supplemental LEDs and includes remote which also helps in programming the lights.
Panorama Marine/Actinic LED vs. Tunze LED Strip Lights
The Panorama Marine LED and Panorama Actinic LED come in longer lengths and are a solid option for longer tanks. The simple, yet powerful strips are equipped with a single long common reflector, tank mounting brackets and retrofit kit to fasten them into a canopy. The Tunze LED strip lights are waterproof with magnetic mounts with two channels of LEDs which will be independently controllable with the Tunze multicontroller.
Sunbrite F-Series vs. Elos Elite 3
The SunBrite F-Series V1 and SunBrite F-Series V2 are both WiFi enabled that is fully controllable via an iphone app and has an array of Cree, Osram and UV LEDs. The V2 offers individual reflectors. The Elos E-Lite 3 features customization and upgrade-ability options with interchangeable tops for easy color matching with your room and features replaceable LEDs.
AquaIllumination Vega Color/Vega Blue vs. Maxspect Mazzarra X
The AquaIllumination Vega Color and Vega Blue lights each have 20 channels of control independently of the others with wireless control. The Maxspect Mazzarra X is a big step up for the other Mazzarra models with full-spectrum lighting and a built in controller of the Master unit.
Build My LED vs. Pacific Sun Triton R2
With Build My LED you choose your own strip light features, select a preconfigured model or drag-and-drop to create your own from 16 different colors of Philips LumiLED Rebel diodes and then your choice between three different beam angles, all at one low price per length. The Pacific Sun Triton R2 is a modular LED aquarium fixture with a blend of 10 different LEDs grouped into eight channels of control that is available as either master or slave unit.
Maxspect Razor vs. Orphek Nilus
The Maxspect Razor replaced the individually replaceable LEDs with mutliple diode printed circuit boards to make swapping out LEDs much easier. The Razor also has a built-in controller, dual channel control, and six time points per channel to set your lighting schedule. The Orphek Nilus is loaded with four LED colors — 30 White LEDs, 22 Blue LEDs, 4 Red LEDs and 4 UV/true violet LEDs — and is rated at 120W, which is more than enough for most reef setups.