Fresh on the heels of their new XR30W Pro announced at MACNA 2012 just a couple months ago, Ecotech Marine announces the replacement for their Radion XR30W. The Gen 2 XR30W will feature Ecotech’s TIR lens as many predicted (read our hand-on review on the TIR). In addition, the G2 now uses the more efficient, higher output Cree XT-E for the white and royal blue LEDs, further increasing the XR30Ws PAR output.
How much more will this improved performance cost aquarists? Nothing. In fact, the XR30W G2 will see a price drop from the first generation. The G2 will ship in late November at the price of $649 USD. Ecotech will also offer current Radion XR30W a path to upgrade their lights, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.
For those wondering about the main difference between the new XR30W G2 and the XR30W Pro, the Pro features 10 more LEDs (42 versus the 32 found on the G2) for 25 watts more light output. The Pro’s extra LEDs are comprised of four UV, four Indigo, and two yellow diodes. In order to control the additional LEDs, the Pro also features one additional control channel (six vs five on the standard XR30W). Last but not least, the price of the XR30W pro is $949 while the XR30W G2 is $649.
For more information, visit Ecotech Marine’s website (just updated today with the new G2).
Model – Radion XR30w G2
• White: 8 Cree XT-E Cool White (5W each)
• Red: 4 Osram Oslon SSL Hyper Red (3W each)
• Green: 4 Cree XP-E Green (3W each)
• Blue: 8 Cree XP-E Blue (3W each)
• Royal Blue: 8 Cree XT-E Royal Blue (5W each)
Length: 11.8 inches (30 cm)
Width: 7 inches (18 cm)
Thickness: 1.5 inches (3.9 cm)
Max Wattage of radion Fixture: 140 Watts
Max Wattage of LED Channels: 130 Watts
*Specifications are subject to change.