Installing the new Radion light fixture

Installing the new Radion light fixture

One of the Armco techs pointed out that I haven’t shut up about the new Radion light fixture from Ecotech Marine since I installed  the first one last weekend. I have been hanging LED’s above aquariums for years now and I have to say that this fixture is the most impressive. Right out of the box, it begins to shine (no pun intended). If Apple computers made aquarium lighting, it would look like this: sleek, compact, and great packaging. The choice of materials stands out. A black acrylic floating top with soft touch plastic wrapping around it. For this installation, I would be mounting the Radion in an existing canopy. The black acrylic top has touch sensitive buttons for manual operation, so I didn’t want to mount it tight against this surface. The top uses four (4) 5mm bolts with female heads. Ecotech provides you with short 5mm bolts with eyelets for hanging, but since I would be mounting the fixture in a canopy, I purchased longer screws and nylon spacers. The nylon spacers gave me the clearance needed to operate the touch buttons. Mounting light fixtures is nothing new, but programing them with a laptop certainly was. There is a mini USB port on the side of the Radion so it is easy to connect. But, I hear the next step is to allow for wireless programming. The software download is quick and easy and using it proved to be intuitive. I really like the way you can program groups of Radions together. For this application, two Radions were both recognized by the software and programmed together even though only one was connected via USB. Oh yeah, and about the lights. The light pattern seamed to bathe the aquarium, which contrasts some other LED fixtures that seem like laser pointers. The color is highly variable due to five different colored LED bulbs. The light blue zone is my favorite and brings on a sky blue hue that is different than anything I have seen in aquarium lighting. Ecotech continues to innovate with the new Radion.

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