Over the years, Orphek has proven that its lights have staying power, refining that same metal and acrylic hunk of LED lighting into quite a nimble reef aquarium lighting machine. The feature rich Atlantik LED has become the company’s flagship light fixture with multichannel control, an appreciable diversity of LED colors, the inclusion of UV and dual-chip diodes, and wireless connectivity.
For the first time ever, Orphek is taking all of their refinements and concentrating them into a smaller LED light – the Orphek Atlantik Compact. We got our first look at the smaller Atlantik Compact at Reefapalooza Orlando and with this form factor we believe that Orphek will be able to reach a much broader demographic of potential customers. Customers who’s tanks were too small, or too large for a single Atlantik, will all now be able to consider the Orphek lighting ecosystem as a versatile and powerful next-generation LED lighting setup.
The most fertile part about the Atlantik Compact is that it easily pairs with the existing Atlantik LED so a single fixture can line up with its big brother to create a better three foot, five foot, and odd numbered distance of aquarium length. Additionally you could use the Atlantik Compact as a nice stand-alone aquarium light for the smaller two foot long reef tanks.
Besides the obvious use of the Atlantik Compact on smaller tanks, it’s really the wireless synchronizing with a multitude of Orphek LED lights that makes this fixture really exciting. We played around with the Android-powered application to tweak light levels on both lights at the same time, playing the LED colors like a musical instrument was a breeze, as it was to control separate channels on the two lights.
At $749 the Atlantik Compact is not the cheapest LED light one could get for this kind of footprint and there are many others that could be considered. But one specific strength up the Atlantik LED’s sleeve is its square foot print and very abundant, individually lensed LEDs that give one of the best, most even light fields of any high performance aquarium lights. Now if Orphek could just get with it on the iOS application side of development, we could see many more potential customers for both the Atlantik and the Atlantik Compact in the future.