It would appear that GHL is officially letting the whole cat out of the bag with their new Mitras LED fixture, so to speak. For the longest time, the only information we had to go on was rumor that the high end controller gurus were in the mix for their very own high powered and feature rich fixture. Then came some random tech specs, followed by a teaser photo and eventually an official name. Despite having all of that info, aquarium hobbyists (ourselves included) wanted to know how much a Mitras would set them back. Fortunately, those questions were answered yesterday.
According to GHL, the Mitras will tip the scales at $1299 per unit with a pretty sizable price break of $125 if you decide to buy two or more. We realize this retail price is quite a bit more than your typical Radion or AI Sol, but GHL says this fixture will effectively cover an area of 30″x24″ allowing fewer modules to cover a large space. This will start cutting down on costs for larger tanks that require multiple units, but small tanks won’t be able to take much advantage of this coverage difference. Fortunately, there is a little price relief, as a 15% discount is being offered when hobbyists place their pre-orders and put down a non-refundable deposit. As for the release date, GHL expects the Mitras to be shipping two to three weeks afterward. Moving on to the PAR, we actually see quite respectable numbers from the Mitras. The emitted light seems to be no dimmer than 100-200 PPFD according to the graphic above.
This light has a lot of bells and whistles, and given its price tag, a lot to prove too. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the units and user reviews, and report back anything of interest. Until then, I guess we’ll just have to wait to see what happens at Interzoo.