First look at the new Elos E-Lite 3

by | May 9, 2012 | Advanced Aquarist | 0 comments

ELitelogoS.jpgThe Elos E-Lite line will soon take a giant step forward.  The new Elos E-Lite 3 is a highly modular LED lighting system.  In essence, the E-Lite 3 is composed of four separate and adaptable components:

  • A 100% brushed aluminum enclosure.  The enclosure includes the main circuit board, LED strip sockets, and an on-board temperature sensor. 
  • Individual LED strips.
  • Optional optics.
  • Optional cooling fan.



Modular and Adaptable

Each E-Lite 3 comes standard with Cree® XP-E HEW cool white LED strips occupying half the available sockets.  Aquarists have the option of choosing from a variety of LED strips to fill the remaining sockets.  Each LED strip is comprised of varying combinations of the following Cree® diodes:

  • Eliteboard_c.jpgXP-E HEW Cool White
  • XP-E Red
  • XP-E Green
  • XP-E Blue
  • XT-E 457nm Royal Blue

The base E-Lite 3 units can be operated without a fan, but an optional central fan is required if aquarists choose to add more LED strips.  The on-board temperature sensor automatically adjusts fan speed. Aquarists may also add optional 24° or 48° optics.

Video of modular design



The circuit board contains a four channel dimmer. According to Elos:

Designed to be flexible, you can easily control color, intensity, moon light of your light thanks to our sophisticated, yet simple, E-Vision Tempo. By adding the Evision control center, you can use the touchscreen for more advanced functions of your e-lite3 and much more.

Video of controllable LEDs


Two E-Lite 3 Models

Elite3.jpgElos will introduce two (impressively trim) E-lite 3 models:

  • The E-Lite 3S (shown throughout this article) measures 9.6 x 5.9 x 0.80 inch (240 x 150 x 20 mm) and is rated for 6 to 59.5 watts.
  • The E-Lite 3L measures 24 x 2.75 x 0.80 inch (600 x 70 x 20 mm) and is rated for 8 to 109.2 watts.  Photos of the E-Lite 3L are not available at this time.

It looks like the E-Lite 3 will put out a lot of light for their diminutive sizes!

For aquarists seeking even more personalization beyond customizable LED combinations, E-Lite 3 owners can also choose different colors for their top plate to add a stylish flare.

Video of interchangeable top plate


Pricing and Availability

Elos will release pricing and availability information shortly after Interzoo 2012.  As with the new Elos Concept80 aquarium system, we will update you with information when they are released.

  • Leonard Ho

    I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

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