Thank Jeff, I was hoping you would chime in!
I don’t mind swapping out drivers, but I don’t like cutting wires on light fixtures or splicing in new connections (not that I actually mind, but my wife I’ll burn the house down if I start) and I’ve heard the orphek connectors are hard to find.
The other concern is the ability to control individual colors throughout the day. Since the orphek bars are customizable, this might not be as much of a concern as I had originally thought, but the best I could do is dim everything diode on the orphek through a single channel.
I guess I could go with two of the finnex 24/7 cc’s for close to the same price as the chihiros to get the customization I’m looking for but rgb diodes are crap compared to a bank of individually colored diodes that are independently controllable.
As long as it would be overkill, I think two custom orphek bars- one blue dominant and one red would give me the end result I want without the need for expensive mods and provide that orphek build quality... thanks for listing the diode options. Going to play around with a few different combos on the spectragraph.
It’s funny led aquarium lights are just like tv’s, phones, and computers- by the time you research them and pick one, a newer model with more features is released!
Was fooling around on the chihiros Facebook page and found a teaser video for yet another upgraded rgb led light- the RGB Vivid. It really kicks it up a notch from even the wrgb.
I don’t think it’s out yet, but the video shows a form factor that looks like a hybrid of the ada rgb solar and ai hydra 52. It’s got a comparatively massive aluminum heatsink with a slick looking fan and it comes with a built in 4 channel controller (the wrgb relies on an outside 4 channel controller).
My guess is that the available sizes will be limited much the same as ai hydras, so a 120cm option is unlikely, and I suspect the cost will be significantly higher as a result of the integrated tech and more substantial use of aluminum for the heat sink- but it would appear to resolve any concerns I had about build quality with the wrgb series and (assuming the video isn’t doctored) the color rendering is sick!
I am going to try to contact chihiros Malaysia today to see if there is a price point and release date and will share whatever I can find, but between the vivid and x series (same form factor as vivid but light source is one or two multichip cobs for x100, x200, and Nano x300), this company appears to be responding to what aquascapers have been asking for- high quality led lights for planted aquariums with features that had only been available on high end reef lights or ridiculously expensive plant leds like ada and orphek atlantik.
Just an FYI, I’ve got nothing to do with chihiros other than really wanting to find the right LEDs for my tank, the search for which keeps leading me to these new chihiros lights. I’ve been searching based on features like “fan cooled aquarium led” or “app controlled planted aquarium led” and chihiros just keeps popping up- it’s a little annoying since none of these lights are easily purchased in the USA, and all the ones I really like aren’t even listed for sale outside of Southeast Asia...
I do think the rgb vivid and x series mark a dramatic upgrade from what has been available to us. There are a ton of videos on the chihiros Facebook page along with photos showing specs for the new lights, so I’d love for someone like Jeff to check them out and weigh in on them.
Bump: Found this on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zh6FAT5oOQ