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ObiQuiet 09-07-2019 09:19 AM

What would we think of the Fluence Ray?

* Cost - in line with fixtures "made for aquariums"

* Specturm - finally, a manufacturer whose spectral specs I would trust ( ) How appropriate for aquatic plants?

* Beam angle - may be too wide

* Intensity - likely good

* Living Room Features - just dimming, though they charge an awful lot for a 0-10V dimmer control

hoppycalif 09-07-2019 11:12 AM

Re: What would we think of the Fluence Ray?
The light intensities shown on their website make no sense. They are giving PAR numbers without specifying at what distance from the light fixture they made their measurements. Something is missing there, or it is just a sales pitch.

ObiQuiet 09-07-2019 12:29 PM

Re: What would we think of the Fluence Ray?
It would seem they agree with you, Hoppy.

"To ensure you are getting actual PPFD values over a defined growing area, the following needs to be published by the manufacturer: measurement distance from light source (vertical and horizontal), number of measurements included in the average, and the min/max ratio). Fluence always publishes the average PPFD over a defined growing area at a recommended mounting height for all of our lighting systems."

Though you're right -- I don't readily see where they define the area and distances used to make the measurements...

ObiQuiet 09-07-2019 01:11 PM

Re: What would we think of the Fluence Ray?
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hoppycalif 09-08-2019 06:49 PM

Re: What would we think of the Fluence Ray?
Thank you. That is good data to keep if anyone is thinking of using one of their light fixtures. It appears to be in the range more appropriate to salt water tanks than to planted tanks.

Yorkie 01-03-2020 08:48 AM

Re: What would we think of the Fluence Ray?
Hi Everyone,

Sorry, I'm very late in on this topic being a newcomer but...

When measuring PAR/PPF (Photosynthetic Photon Flux), a special instrument known as an Integrating Sphere is used for this purpose. It captures all the light being emitted from a light source in three dimensions. Please see the following:

So, it is not necessary to specify distance for PPF measurements as the idea behind this instrument is to capture all the photons being emitted by the light source. However, it is necessary to specify area upon which the light is falling in most applications and this is PPFD, which is Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density. PPF is measured in micromoles/sec and PPFD is measured in micromoles/m^2/sec.

OK, having got that out of the way, I have a BML light fixture which was Fluence's previous incarnation. It was my own design but assembled by BML/Fluence. This fixture is six years old and still going strong.

I will take more time to look at the Fluence Ray details. BTW, does anyone know what it costs?


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