I won't disagree with most of your points with the exception of two. Expensive and "second rate"?My Stratons have been rock solid since running the latest firmware. I still think the whole mounting situation in the NA market is ridiculous, ATI.NA seems to have just thrown their hands up when asked about it now. I still want to use the ATI 9016 brackets eventually.
So the Coles notes checklist:
Not so good:
- Great coverage, diffusion and good par output
- No side / undermount glare
- Slight shimmer so not the completely stale look of T5's
- Good spectrum
- Built-in webserver control for those that hate apps
- Power / control cable can be disconnected from the control box / power supply for routing through holes
- Power / control cable can be DIY extended
- Poor availability and no mounting options makes the NA release feel second rate
Expensive: Depends on how short your sight is. Where else can you get a fixture that covers 36 x 36 and can throw out the exact same par at 1 inch, 18 inches and 36 inches of the fixture? Also, 153 led's, 230 watts and of those 153 led's, a large portion are in the lower "UV/Violet" spectrum which everyone is slowly coming around to realize that it is extremely important.
Second rate: Honestly, I don't see how anyone can call the Straton second rate. It's made 100 times better than ANY fixture on the market. It's silent, runs extremely cool and looks like an Apple product.
I'm going to get to the point and it might hurt a few feelings. If you're worried about $1100 on the best led available, you're in the wrong hobby. I don't care how many videos people create saying reefing can be done on a budget, that's an absolute laugh.
I can tell you that ATI developed the Straton to be an LED version of their Sunpower T5s. The best benefit, or worst, is the ability to adjust spectrum.
Time will tell as it hasn't been out long enough and a very select few own it, to tell if it is close to T5. I sure hope and think it is.
Great post Kyl, glad to hear your thoughts and I think they are all valid points that should be addressed by ATI marketing. They absolutely do need to increase production output. However, if increased production means decreased quality, then let the shortage continue.
Mine has been perfect after the firmware upgrade.