The Mitras LX7 is the first redesign of GHL’s fully featured LED light since the original Mitras LED was introduced several years ago. The next generation Mitras has virtually the same LED cluster as before, but with the latest and greatest diodes, and a lot of changes under the hood.
While the general form factor and size of the Mitras remains mostly unchanged, you’ll notice that the shape is somewhat different. The new shape of the Mitras betrays the complete redesign of the cooling system, which now much better isolates the electronics from the air cooling channels.
The flat white reflector design of the Mitras LX7 makes it one of the few LED lights currently not using some form of TIR or HEI lenses, producing a more even and diffuse light field that some reefers truly prefer. The recipe of LEDs now includes the latest generation diodes from Cree, Osram and SemiLED with light generating efficiencies as high as 150 lumens per watt.
The spectrum of light produced by the new Mitras LX7 covers a wide color range for a high color rendition index and there are two models depending on your application. The Mitras LX7200 has the blue-heavy light spectrum we’ve come to expect for a reef light, meanwhile the Mitras LX7000 has a greater amount of red and warm colored LEDs for a more full spectrum light which looks great for freshwater aquariums.
You’ll still be able to get the Mitras LX7 in wither white or black paint jobs, but the biggest changes to the fixture are actually under the hood. One of the features that held back the original Mitras is being able to be programmed only either manually with the onboard controller, or via a Profilux controller.
But now, much like the Doser 2 and newly announced Profilux 4, the Mitras LX7 has built-in WIFI wireless control. So with the new Mitras LX7 you’ll be able to make quick adjustments as well as permanent programming settings with a computer or GHL smartphone application.
Finally, GHL has also designed a new mounting option called the Mitras Flex Mount System. This new mounting arm from GHL allows the light to be mounted to a sliding acrylic bracket to get good centering over the aquarium, and another slide in the base allows users to adjust the height of the fixture as well.
It’s exciting to see a major player like GHL see enough success with the Mitras to pursue a major revision as they flesh out their ecosystem of electronic aquarium devices. Both the Mitras LX7 and Flex Mount System are expected to be released this fall, with pricing to be announced before launch.