Philips CoralCare Gen 2 First look.

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I am about to go to market for new lights for the 405 gallon reef. I have had T5s and metal halide‘s, both with reefbright XHO strips. Eager to see how these lights perform and the price point as this may be a viable option for our tank.
 

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The controller can control up to 4 LEDs and is also 0-10v ready.
Could you clarify this a bit? You mentioned the the controller can control up to 4 LED's - you mean the actual gen 2 units and not single LED/emitters? The reason why I'm asking is because you mentioned 0-10v ready so I would ask if my Apex can control this. If not Apex then my Reef Angel. [email protected] - not directed at you guys but more of an overall grip I have with our hobby and everyone wanting their own...

Also in the image below looks like it has a sim card reader upper right. What is that for?

PS - thank you for taking the time in doing this.



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Could you clarify this a bit? You mentioned the the controller can control up to 4 LED's - you mean the actual gen 2 units and not single LED/emitters? The reason why I'm asking is because you mentioned 0-10v ready so I would ask if my Apex can control this. If not Apex then my Reef Angel. [email protected] - not directed at you guys but more of an overall grip I have with our hobby and everyone wanting their own...

Also in the image below looks like it has a sim card reader upper right. What is that for?

PS - thank you for taking the time in doing this.



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Looks like others have answered your questions. You can control up to 4 units with the controller. The 0-10v can be controlled with various 3rd party controllers and the what looks like a "Sim Card Reader" is a Wifi chip.
 

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What I find fascinating is that there are only the standard 6 colors of LED with the trend of moving from red to amber. Almost the basic black box spectrum. Honestly I wonder the performance difference if I just slap a frosted piece of glass and remove the Lens covers on a black box. Really you could get 4 black boxes and most likely get a similar coverage and spectrum. Truly disappointing Just from initial specs. I would think they would add LEDs @ or below 400nm.
 
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Hello everyone. My name is Phillip also known as Reefkpr on Youtube and CC_Reefkpr on IG. Been in the hobby for 26 years and have the opportunity to try and test the new Philips CoralCare Gen2 lighting. Huge THANK YOU to @CoralVue and Philips. I will not be able to provide detailed light spectrum like BRS or Dana Riddle. I will be installing, testing par and posting results comparing corals in my reef over the next several months. Below is a picture of my Red Sea Reefer 525XL that just turned 3 years old. Tank was grown out from frags using 3 Ecotech Radion XR30 G4 pros.

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On with my initial impressions after unboxing. Build quality is unlike any light I've ever had my hands on. The LED is very industrial feeling but it's also very sleek compared to the Philips Gen 1. The LED measures 18"x16" and weighs 15 lbs. The LED is passively cooled with a very large heat sink so goodbye noisy fans. The fixture ships with a hanging kit. The Power cord is approx 13 ft long. The led cover is frosted, has an IP65-rated, water resistant, easy to clean glass cover. The LED is also available in White.

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The LED has 68 carefully positioned LEDs...

CoralCare Gen2 LEDs Used:

  • 12x Luxeon C 470nm
  • 22x Luxeon C 450nm
  • 4x Luxeon C PC-Amber
  • 4x Luxeon C Cyan (490nm)
  • 6x Luxeon UV U1 415nm
  • 20x Luxeon V2 6500k


The connection to the controller is very simple. Remove 4 screws on the cover and insert two wires into locking slots.. The controller can control up to 4 LEDs and is also 0-10v ready. Connection to the Philips CoralCare app was flawless using Bluetooth and once inside the app you can switch to a wifi connection. I will update this thread with more information on the app once I have more time with it.



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Once I get the units installed, I will provide par numbers over my Red Sea reefer 525Xl which is 59" long. The manufacture suggests spreads of:

Based on user experience tests with aquaria depths up to 1m / 39.37"/po:

  • Surface coverage SPS reef: 80x60cm / 31.50 x 23.62"/po
  • Surface coverage LPS reef: 90x70cm / 35.43 x 27.56"/po
  • Surface coverage mixed reef: 100x80cm / 39.37 x 31.50"/po
  • Minimum distance between fixture and water surface: 15cm / 5.91"/po

I will continue to update this thread so follow along if you're interested. Reefkpr.
Nice review Phil. Interested to see how these lights compare to what you’re running on the tank now. Par, & lighting coverage. Following
 
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Decided to mount the Philips CoralCare Gen 2 on a Hybrid fixture. Giesemann stellar. With the addition of the XL end plates the CoralCare fixture sits right on top, perfectly. Still have to remove the Radions and do a little cable management then on to the tuning.

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Thanks for sharing your review. I will follow your thread to read your observations with the new lamps and your corals' response with the illumination change.

I have been using CoralCare v1 for two years and I already have a Gen 2 unit to start updating my tank lamps.

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Your light looks really good. I think I'm going white!
 

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Decided to mount the Philips CoralCare Gen 2 on a Hybrid fixture. Giesemann stellar. With the addition of the XL end plates the CoralCare fixture sits right on top, perfectly. Still have to remove the Radions and do a little cable management then on to the tuning.

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Looking good! Feel safe and sturdy?
 
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