The TL:DR on the Radion G5 is 35% more light coming from over one hundred LEDs, controlled across ten channels, spread out by an improved version of the HEI lenses, and thoroughly cooled with a custom designed fan . . . plus moonlights, two of them.
The overall power consumption is now around 215 watts for the Radion Gen 5 Pro and 205 watts for the Radion Gen 5 Blue, although the latter is sporting a little bit more PAR due to the intensive investments in the blue spectrum. Using over one hundred LEDs in a light the same size as before takes some serious engineering of the thermal management – the cooling fins and custom made fans – but it also required an all new HEI 2 lens cluster.
The Hemispherical Edge Illumination 2 is geometrically identical to the first gen HEI lenses but with a nano texture for very light diffusion and color blending using a spark process. Right out of the box Ecotech Marine’s new Radion Gen 5 Pro and Blue light fixtures will have the most uniform light field they’ve ever created, driving 35% more light into the tank.
The new fifth generation Radions output lower peak PAR as well, so no more ‘volcano’ style PAR graphs which will be very much appreciated by our SPS corals. But if you want even more diffuse light throughout your tank, you will now be able to add the secondary diffuser without any changes to undercarriages, the current diffuser attaches directly to it with the built in magnets.
Ecotech went above and beyond in squeezing additional functionality from the Ecosmart Live control platform , but the future demands next generation features. Another major upgrade which is not so easily seen is that the Radion Gen 5 Pro and Blue will be Ecotech Marine’s first LED lights to be accessed exclusively on Mobius, their next generation control platform which launched alongside their all-new Versa Dosing Pump.
RADION XR15 GEN 5 PRO