Tested by: Gabor Horvath Prices: £155 More info: www.hvpaqua.nl
Opening the box of a brand new product is always exciting. You’re full of great expectations, but sometimes the smart, shiny box contains only a mediocre product. Fortunately, the opposite can be true too, and you find a real gem in understated packaging. This was the case with the HVP Goldline LED.
I first set my eyes on this light at Interzoo 2018, where its smart gold and black finish made it stand out from the crowd. Knowing that looks aren’t everything, I really wanted to try the LED in situ.
HVP is a small Dutch company, focusing on lighting technology. It designs and produces its own lights, putting the emphasis on quality.
The Goldline, its flagship ‘plug and play’ LED, perfectly represents the company’s philosophy. On opening the box, the first thing that will strike you is the robustness of the light. It feels solid and oozes quality.
Installing the Goldline is simple. It can replace existing tubes in every fitting without the need for rewiring, as it has its own power supply. It comes with T5 and (optional) T8 adapters, so I had no problems with fitting the light to my Juwel tank. The light I tested was the 1047mmlong version with 210 LEDS – a mix of 7000K (daylight), 4000K (warm light) and RGB LEDS.
The 42w tube produced a very bright light, which I estimated to be around the same brightness level as the combined output of the original two fluorescent tubes. As the HVP Goldline uses only half the wattage, it means a great saving in electricity.
If you fancy playing with your lights via your phone, HVP also offers an optional Wifi timer that allows you to control up to eight channels (max 400W LED) together or individually. Setting up a lighting programme is straightforward and you can create gradual sunsets and sunrises in your tanks, avoiding any shock to fish caused by sudden light changes.
For one light, the controller, which costs £150, is a bit of an overkill, but if you’ve several aquariums and lights it opens up great possibilities. For example, you can dim the LEDS for hatching light-sensitive fish eggs, then increase it as the fry grow.
Overall, the HVP Goldline is a great lamp, which would work perfectly as a retrofit lighting in any fittings. Although the price is relatively high, it reflects the quality you get for your money.
The exact PAR values and output spectrum will be measured soon when the Goldline takes part in a comparison test with other similar LED lights. Watch this space!