I was one of the lucky winners that received this prototype lamp a week ago. I'd never won something so significant before so its all a bit sureal. Nonetheless, I run a fair share of lighting equipment and wanted to share my findings. The comparison will be based on lamps which i own and use at home. Photos were taken with an old Sony DSC-P200 7.2mp camera. its old but it still works. Ive tried my best to lock the settings in manual mode for a more accurate comparison.
The light diode arrangement is more in line with the fugeray board than the RayII.
Accessories in the package
24" Cadlight T5HO with 6500k bulbs
24" Current USA Satelite LED+
24" Finnex FugeRay Plant+ LED
My Chili Rasboras coming to say hello!
The Cadlight fluorescents offered a bit more warmth than the current LED+ so i had switched back to using those on this particular tank. The Plant+ lamp is a step brighter than the Cadlight (likely due to me needing to replace these 6500k bulbs) and are noticeably brighter than the LED+. The Plant+ is only a hair dimmer than RayII but the warmth of the colors attributed to the red LEDs is something this hobbyist is willing to accept if my plants are provided a wider spectrum of light.
The one thing many of you will have in mind is the PAR readings on each. I'll have to come back tonight with my Hoppy PAR meter to provide figures.
Finnex has been in the light fixture market for a number of years. The Fugeray has been an excellent fixture for low/medium tech nanos. The RAYII is the current "go to" lamp for high tech LED setups. The MonsterRay has made all my fish burst with colors.
Now this new FugeRay Planted+ lamp has sealed the deal and is going make them a force to be reckoned with.
I hope Finnex keep making these great products for us to enjoy this hobby.