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    PFO | Solaris Goes Domestic With I5

      I spoke with PFO just a few weeks back at MACNA and was informed that starting this month the all new Solaris I5  will be made in the USA. Just yesterday, Marine Depot brought the I5 to my attention again. These will cost more due to labor expense, but based on the photos alone there is […]

     

    I spoke with PFO just a few weeks back at MACNA and was informed that starting this month the all new Solaris I5  will be made in the USA. Just yesterday, Marine Depot brought the I5 to my attention again. These will cost more due to labor expense, but based on the photos alone there is an obvious improvement in construction quality. To give you an idea of the increased cost, a 24″ I5 will run you $1568, just $78 more than the older 24″ I4 model.

    UPDATE: These units are no longer available due to a pending lawsuit regarding patent infringement. For more information please see: Orbital Technologies Hurting PFO and Aquarium Industry – Are LEDs Even an Option?

    Moving to the USA should remedy some of the quality control issues of the G, H, and I4s suffered and hopefully make LED a viable option for reef aquarium lighting. We’re looking forward to PAR numbers and independent reviews.

    Via PFO, here are the main changes and improvements from the previous Chinese made models:

    • Made in USA with LEDs produced from Phillips Lumileds that are manufactured in Malaysia.
    • LEDS were changed from 25 K2 driven at 1000ma to 30 Rebels driven at 800 ma.
    • Drive circuit has been changed to monitor and control both current and voltage.  (Patent Pending).
    • Power Supply Manufacturer has been changed and installed in a larger enclosure and drives at 24V DC.
    • All Chinese hand soldered control board, distribution boards, and LED boards have been changed to surface mount machine wave soldered in USA. 
    • All mounting hardware has been changed to black oxide covered Stainless Steel.
    • Fan Guards are now cut into end plates for a better look and eliminate rust potential.
    • LCD display has been updated and has a blue background.
    • All wiring is contained in internal wire holder.
    • Acrylic Lens is designed for easy removal for cleaning.
    • USA designed packaging for UPS approved shipping.
    • All units are UPC labeled.
    • All circuit boards have latching quick disconnects for easy assembly and secure connections when shipping.
    • 100% testing and burn in for 48 hours.  

    Photos via F3 – Marine Depot Blog.

    3 Comments

    1. MR294
      September 26, 2008 at 7:28 PM | Permalink

      It’s too bad they didn’t improve the looks 😮

    2. jeffry r. johnston
      September 29, 2008 at 7:02 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for the links and the credit 😉 Our photographer is most appreciative.

    3. March 1, 2009 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

      I have recently learned of the frivalous lawsuit by Orbital. Both patents on this type LED light are very vauge and broad. (‘ve read sOLARIS’s and Orbitec’s. I emailed Obital and voiced my opiniom that they have had this concept since 2003 and it is now 2009. I am a retired engineer and have been using LEDs on my tanks for years. ( I’ve been involved with fresh and salt aquariums for over 30 years). They do have about a half page on their website, no pictures, on this so called – non-existing product. They go to say because of money issues they have not advertized or marketed it. Note they have enough money to litigate it against PFO, a U.S. company.

      The president of Orbital claims to be a marine hobbiest. I told them in my email that most of the people I have encountered in this hobby want to help it out not sue people. It is very clear that these people could care less about enhancing the hobby and only interested in the dollar. They need to stick with there space program products.

      Not a very happy camper.

      I am an ARC member and try to help as much as I can. I will be coming out with my own LED lights, in the near furture at a price that should blow everybody out of the water. Yeh it would be nice to make some money but not try to make it all with one sale. I’d rather sell 100 pieces at a reasonable price for all to affoed than 5 or 10 to those who have unlimited funds. I am on a fixed income and know how careful I have to be when spending money on my reef tanks.

      Thanks for listening

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    1. […] Recently there has been some rumors passing around in regards to PFO Lighting. Unfortunately we were informed today by Jake Adams that the staff at PFO has been laid off. This is very said news, as PFO had some notable staff such as Joy Meadows the owner of Harbor Aquatics. (Harbor is no longer running, but I was fortunate enough to have them just a drive away from Chicago. I still do not believe I’ve seen a more impressive clam collection at any one store.) To top off this sad story, just this past September PFO started manufacturing the Solaris in the United States. […]

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