Orphek has just added two new models of its unique Slimline LED aquarium striplights. The Super Blue Slimline was the first iteration of the elongated Orphek LED fixture and the platform has now been used to carry LEDs in colors that are more suitable to daylighting for saltwater and freshwater aquariums.
While Orphek has had to go head-to-head with many great LED fixtures in a similar form factor, the Slimline LED is one of the very few high powered striplights available for aquariums. Where most striplights (read nearly all) use low and medium output LEDs in huge numbers to create ample light levels, the Orphek uses 13 dual-chip LEDs running at three watts each and with individual convex lenses to deliver punchy light levels which unlensed LED striplights simply can’t achieve.
The Super Blue Slimline was exciting for offering a rich blue spectrum of many different shades of blue diodes, but the Slimline Reef and Slimline Freshwater now give a more full spectrum array for more PAR and more natural colors. The Orphek Slimline LEDs are single channel across the strip for simple intensity control, they run around 65 watts a piece and should be available for around US$300 to $350 depending on where in the world you get your reef gear. [Orphek]