Starting our review of the new LED lighting equipment sent to us by Ecoxotic, we are highlighting the new Ecoxotic Panorama LED module. This module is the same one found in the Panorama LED fixtures, with the exception that they are standalone and designed to be used as retrofit light.
Upon opening the package, I was immediately impressed with the build quality of the light. The housing for the module is a lightweight, coated aluminum heatsink with mounting brackets on either end. Protecting the LEDs is a plastic shield mounted directly to the heatsink. The LED array in this particular model, called a Panorama Module 8000K/453nm Actinic Blue, consists of 8 white lights and 4 blue lights. The light emitted from this module is a crisp white with a hint of blue. To get a bluer effect, Ecoxotic has another model that has 12 blue LEDs for an actinic affect. Multiple modules can be installed into an aquarium’s canopy. And since each unit has their own power supply, a dramatic dawn-to-dusk effect can easily be created.
One of the best features of this fixture is its low energy consumption and minimal heat output. The Panorama LED modules only use 13watts of energy and the bulbs can last for up to 50,000 hours. Those hours translate to years and years of use before the light needs to be replaced. One other nice feature is that the light runs dead silent. Since the Panorama Module creates little heat, no fans are required to keep the light, or your aquarium, from overheating.
Though initially very impressed, the AquaNerd staff will put these lights to the real test. The Panorama Module and the Stunner LED Strips will be installed over a mixed reef aquarium and we’ll see how they perform in a real life setting. Be sure to stay tuned for our Ecoxotic Stunner Strip introduction and our official hands on review and product test.