Have you had problems with your Orphek atlantik light?

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Hi all, I have been reading a fair bit about atlantik V4-gen2's made in the past few years that have burned out on the blue/uv band. I was wondering how common of an issue this is. Of course there are a few louder individuals who have been affected by this, but I am curious how many users have had no problems at all? If you have an atlantik v4gen2 please comment how long ago you got your light, what percentage you run it, and if you have had any issues. I would really appreciate knowing if this happens to everyone or if it is a 1 out of 1000 haha!
 
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Running them all full bore? Did you happen to read the date printed on the main LED pcb?
 

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No issues here with a post-April 2020 fixture. I have to say, it's taken me a while to come around to the colors of this fixture as I was using a powermodule before it. Now, I have really noticed my sps taking off and finally getting colors other than green or red lol. I wish I would have taken before and after pics. I can't vouch for lps as my tank is just sps, but so far it's been a great decision for me. I certainly hope I don't have any issues and you will find plenty of people with stories just like mine but there are others who have had issues with theirs especially before 2020.
 
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No hardware related issues with factory direct June 2020 fixtures. Channel 1 maxing @ 45% for 3hrs with 90min ramp on each side. Channels 2 & 3 @ 100% 10hrs with 2hr ramp on each side. Channel 4 maxing @ 30% having the same schedule as channel 1.

I'm curious how the uv diodes will hold up with the "new" wiring and upgraded diodes. They say the UVs are supposed to hold up better long term now with them set at max 50% but nothing has been said about 100% like most of us use them at. My thought is even if the UVs don't last forever, they're easily replaceable compared to radions and AI with puck lighting. That's completely fine by me. A little soldering compared to buying replacement pucks if they make them still when you need them is 100% fine by me. Being able to replace them myself instead of sending my lights in for service is worth it. They're manufactured in China (I believe) so being able to service them myself is a huge plus!

Plus think about the fact they've all been upgradeable since at least the V2s so that makes almost any negatives void because there's no other company in their class that you can anymore besides them!

The lights are stout and very sturdy. They're awesome fixtures with a ton of astetic appeal. They're super powerful 100% honestly and make everything look great.

Downsides:
First they weigh a lot more than most fixtures on the market in their class and there's no real manufactured mounting options for them minus the tank mounts which are made for use on rimless tanks which with the weight of the fixtures makes me a bit paranoid to be honest. The hanging kit also sketches me out a bit considering the weight a ceiling mount of any type would have to withstand to hold these fixtures.

Second, is there's only 4 controllable channels to control compared to the controllability from Radion and Aqua Illumination. I don't mind much personally because it's a bit more idiot proof, less to mess up and they look great no matter what settings you use (not overly white even with my settings but it's all in personal preferences.

Lastly, as pretty much anyone will tell you, the app no matter what you use isn't good. It disconnects on it's own and can be a bit of a pain to learn to program. But to me, it's actually fine because it stops me from constantly playing with the settings unlike the others without these issues. Once it's programmed, it makes you think twice if it's really worth it to deal with it all to mess with playing with the settings again. But to be frank, they could really take some notes from Aqua Illumination on the wifi and controllability.

All in all, I'm a huge fan. Never been too impressed with Radions or AI which I've owned numerous models numerous times and don't like the looks of t5s personally but unlike some users, I actually love these lights. They have their pros and cons like any other but they're my favorite by far to this point.

Sorry for the long winded reply but I'd rather be thorough and honest in my experience so far. But like I'd said earlier, I'm curious to see how they hold up over time with their promised upgrades. Time will tell I guess

Pic of my tank currently...

20200910_122348.jpg
 

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My uv channel went out on my Atlantik v4 a little over a year after I bought my lights. I bought the kit to change the light panel to the PCB LED Jan 2020. Last week my channel 3 pc card stopped working and that’s going to cost more to replace. Honestly not sure if it’s worth it to keep going with this light if it has cost more money each year just to keep it operating correctly
 

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No hardware related issues with factory direct June 2020 fixtures. Channel 1 maxing @ 45% for 3hrs with 90min ramp on each side. Channels 2 & 3 @ 100% 10hrs with 2hr ramp on each side. Channel 4 maxing @ 30% having the same schedule as channel 1.

I'm curious how the uv diodes will hold up with the "new" wiring and upgraded diodes. They say the UVs are supposed to hold up better long term now with them set at max 50% but nothing has been said about 100% like most of us use them at. My thought is even if the UVs don't last forever, they're easily replaceable compared to radions and AI with puck lighting. That's completely fine by me. A little soldering compared to buying replacement pucks if they make them still when you need them is 100% fine by me. Being able to replace them myself instead of sending my lights in for service is worth it. They're manufactured in China (I believe) so being able to service them myself is a huge plus!

Plus think about the fact they've all been upgradeable since at least the V2s so that makes almost any negatives void because there's no other company in their class that you can anymore besides them!

The lights are stout and very sturdy. They're awesome fixtures with a ton of astetic appeal. They're super powerful 100% honestly and make everything look great.

Downsides:
First they weigh a lot more than most fixtures on the market in their class and there's no real manufactured mounting options for them minus the tank mounts which are made for use on rimless tanks which with the weight of the fixtures makes me a bit paranoid to be honest. The hanging kit also sketches me out a bit considering the weight a ceiling mount of any type would have to withstand to hold these fixtures.

Second, is there's only 4 controllable channels to control compared to the controllability from Radion and Aqua Illumination. I don't mind much personally because it's a bit more idiot proof, less to mess up and they look great no matter what settings you use (not overly white even with my settings but it's all in personal preferences.

Lastly, as pretty much anyone will tell you, the app no matter what you use isn't good. It disconnects on it's own and can be a bit of a pain to learn to program. But to me, it's actually fine because it stops me from constantly playing with the settings unlike the others without these issues. Once it's programmed, it makes you think twice if it's really worth it to deal with it all to mess with playing with the settings again. But to be frank, they could really take some notes from Aqua Illumination on the wifi and controllability.

All in all, I'm a huge fan. Never been too impressed with Radions or AI which I've owned numerous models numerous times and don't like the looks of t5s personally but unlike some users, I actually love these lights. They have their pros and cons like any other but they're my favorite by far to this point.

Sorry for the long winded reply but I'd rather be thorough and honest in my experience so far. But like I'd said earlier, I'm curious to see how they hold up over time with their promised upgrades. Time will tell I guess

Pic of my tank currently...

20200910_122348.jpg
Can you show us your program, the ramping part Of it?

thank you,
corey
 
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I had a terrible run, mine was 2018 i started to use april 19. Replaced 1 board that completey lost its blues start of mid 2020. Other 2 also had multiple led out but didn't want to spend money fixing. New board became defective end of 2020. Uv channel was playing up. They replaced under warranty and i replaced other 2 also. Just swapped out all 3 boards and 1 was defective so waiting on new one. Light is awesome and looks nice. Just hoping new boards last for years to come
 

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I have five Atlantik with 2 of them being gen 1 and no issues with them or the WiFi. Their tank coverage is excellent and although fixtures weigh a bit- they’re well balanced.
 

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I have 3 Atlantik V4 gen2 since January 2019 and they are excellent, i have good coloration and all may coral are growing up.
In comparison with radion or other led options I think the atlantik is the best, the have a lot of power, distribution and without disco ball effect, also you can upgrade it for a piece of the price, with other brands you cant, you have to buy the new lamp.
 

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I have 2 v4 Gen 2s, bought August 2019 so my PCB are 2019. Both experienced dead LED's Nov/Dec last year.

I was just out of warranty so i had to pay $200 each plus import duties and VAT. They paid for the P&P.

Mine was sent from Hong Kong to the UK.

I have replaced one of the PCB boards.
The second PCB will be replaced tonight as my Thermal Paste have now arrived.

Replacement was easy, especially with the instructions (https://orphek.com/led/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/How-to-change-the-WIFI-Module-and-the-PC-card-and-the-PCB-of-LEDs20181106.pdf)

Took me about 1 hour in all.

My experience is that I love the lights, they grow corals and for my 3 foot deep tank I don't have many options for LED lighting.

I am peed off that for £1800 I still had to pay to get the PCB replaced for just over 14 months uses. If this was any other product it would be Product recall because its a know issue with pre-2020 PCB. While the customer comms is good, it does not justify the fact that the PCB burn out is know.

I run my lights at
CH1=25%
CH2=100%
CH3=100%
CH4=62%
 

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