HM Electronics is a new lighting manufacturer out of Taiwan with a curious new aquarium LED fixture. The HME Wing LED sports a sleek angular design which is attractive on its own, but if looks isn’t enough to draw you in, perhaps the unusual way in which it is controlled will catch your attention.
At first aquarium lights had no buttons or switches. Then our aquarium lights had actual physical controls, followed shortly thereafter by touch-sensitive buttons which are less prone to wear out and easier to waterproof. Perhaps the new HM Electronics Wing LED light is the next evolution of our interaction with aquarium lights which is touch-free, and controlled by motions and gestures.
By swiping your hand across the HME Wing LED you can cycle through the various color modes of the light, and by swiping up and down you can increase or decrease the intensity of the light in whatever mode it is in. This arguably takes a bit longer to master and to navigate to the desired setting but it’s actually quite fun, and it means you can adjust the light without even drying off your wet hands.
Of course, the novelty of how the light is controlled will quickly fade away but once it does, you’ll still be left with a pretty interesting light and a decent light intensity and spectrum for your aquarium. The fixture itself is made of an unique gunmetal style finish, with sharp angular joints that gives it an 80s spaceship kind of feel.
HM Electronics makes the Wing LED in three styles, a 5,500 Kelvin freshwater version, a 20,000 Kelvin saltwater version, and a Super Brightness model with an average spectrum of 9,000 Kelvin. The Wing LED is available in four sizes from one foot to four feet, and all the fixtures have extendable mounting legs to stretch the reach of the light even further. [HM Electronics]