FLUVAL PLANT 3.0 LED
Spec: 61-85cm 32w Tester: Steve Baker Duration: 5 weeks RRP: £199.99 More info: hagen.com
This is exactly what I wanted. I have the older version (Fresh & Plant 2.0) which offers a very good spectrum and more than enough power, but it has no controllability, just an on/off/ blues switch. This new, improved model, however, has fully customisable dawn and dusk settings that ramp the lights up and down over whatever period you choose. Daytime (and night-time) spectrum settings use five colours (pink, blue, cold white, pure white and warm white) to get the desired effect. Even in a heavily planted paludarium, I had to throttle it back a fair old way.
The surprise for me was the app. I don’t tend to embrace technology easily; other than social media this was the first app I’d installed on my phone and it’s been a breeze to use. It connects via Bluetooth, not Wifi, and I’ve found the connection faultless each time I’ve wanted to fiddle with the settings.
Price-wise, I reckon £200 is reasonable. I think you could buy two £100 light units and end up with less. But the RRP isn’t necessarily the price you’ll pay; without searching too hard I’ve already seen this model at £150 which seems very good value to me!
Oh, it’s also IP67 waterproof rated, so if you dunk it in the tank for 30 minutes or less, it’ll still be fine.