I also haven't figured out how to hang lights over peninsula when we get it. The grand room is a 20ft ceiling. Lady thinks cables that long will look stupid. And having 3 or 4. That's 30 or 40lbs. External overflow on wall side so just haven't come up with clean options
That cable on wall isn't bad. Never though of that. But I wonder if thick enough 8020 screwed into steel stand if planned during build of stand. Would not bow. I'd like a channel so I can add 3 lights slide another later if I get one. So I like channel idea under it. Hmm
I think there's much more than just spectrum at play with them, but that BRS video was IMO quite damaging to potential market exposure. It's also a sign of how rigid the EU scene can be with things, bringing that to NA market with zero options other than 50/50 white/blue, which is a lot whiter than seems normal use here, was a mistake. PAR isn’t everything, but that was a marketing blunder effectively making the fixture look underpowered for the price tag. I’m sure given CoralVue is solely distributing and has not much of any impact on the product development in this case (which I would assume is so given my extensive back and forth between some parties involved), that type of thing was never seriously considered by Phillips.
I changed my focus when final details were rolled out. I saw the real world impact of spectrum tuning to what I prefer in many instances, then started trying to figure out how to work around it. Even nearly ordered some Orphek actinic accent bars to get the blue levels I would have wanted. Then I finally received the NA pricing, saw a rather large chunk of markup from the EU and confirmed control limitations which would mean I would need multiple control boxes should I roll out in future to my DT as well, that there’s now also control cords to have to hide/account for too.
Then I came back across the Straton which I had originally dismissed solely from exterior looks. Hanging only, looked like it would run fairly hot, etc. A lot more digging and watching far more German youtube videos than I’ve ever done in my life, along with some actual NA owner discussions, these were the points that changed my mind:
Weight - obviously an issue in most people’s mind
Control - each fixture has its own webserver / wifi connectivity, along with 3 internal panels that can operate independent of the others if wanted, and individual channel control
Spectrum – there are less overall white LED’s so less "wasted" to reduce for a bluer look
A single power/control cord to the fixture, control is built into the lead to the driver/power supply
The minuses over the CC IMO are;
Not IP rated - Will mean more cleaning maintenance required, don't ever get wet.
External power supply/driver, ie another brick and there is a little controller box inline with the driver.
Mounting options, though there is a direct mount bracket available with ATI.DE now
Price, though once you include the require control box which is sold separately, the spread is a bit less.
I still think the CC is a great light, heck I almost bought them, but for my use case they didn't make sense to proceed with. As for SKY, I am pretty much done with that company and won't support them at all.
@JoshH you painted the a360x body? Neat idea.
Rest of us here. This is just my personal opinion and nothing scientific so take this for what it is worth. If I was to buy lights today, February 26, 2021, I would choose between:
Coral Care Gen 2
They are in my opinion the two leaders in market today. Why? Easy, passive cooling. ATI gets passive and slim by running more LED's at lower power for better thermal efficiency. Coral Care on the other hand took it a step up and said we'll take the driver and place it in the light head unit along with a beefy heat sink and give you passive cooling AND remove a power brink in the process. Both of these reasons are why I would pick either.
Coral Care "appears" to be more accessible and open to mounting options compared to ATI. May not be a huge deal but it is something. ATI may have an edge on total life expectancy due to more LED's at less power. May be important, may not. Depends on the upgrade cycle for the hobbyist. If I was to pick?
I would pick Coral Care. Mounting options, cord only, and color spectrum are right up my ally. I prefer more natural daylight look and feel like I'm doing a afternoon dive. How I'm wired. I would own them today if it wasn't due to the distributer...
ATI though. Nice light and probably would be the correct choice as I'm coming from Kessil's and a custom kit I made. Only thing I have a issue with is the mounting option. However, it is not a deal breaker which gets me back to...
Both CC and ATI set the bar for all new lights moving forward. I am curious how SKY from Neptune is going to be laid out. The initial tank photos I've seen are interesting and their shimmer? Looks really natural. We'll see. Not to chicken out and say one is better here but both ATI and CC are great lights. I'd wager the only reason why one gets selected vs the other is spectrum. Taking the more natural CC light and trying to change it heavy blue is a waste. Which is why I disliked BRS's review on it because they couldn't be bothered to say it and bin it as a mixed reef only light because of their light spectrum bias.