Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 08/29/2017, 05:03 AM   #1526
louwjvr
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by naifman View Post
Hi,
I have exactly the same problem after a power breakdown. Did you already find a solution ?

NaifAttachment 378788


Gesendet von iPhone mit Tapatalk
Not yet. Nicologne gave me a secquence to run through. I will do so tonight.

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk


louwjvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/29/2017, 11:45 PM   #1527
louwjvr
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by naifman View Post
Hi,
I have exactly the same problem after a power breakdown. Did you already find a solution ?

NaifAttachment 378788


Gesendet von iPhone mit Tapatalk
Naif. Nicologne explained that if you hold the left and right outer buttons down and plug the large plug (molex) into the splitter box you can jump through the the LEDs. I did not get a moment to test this yet. You need two persons to do this since one needs to hold the buttons down and another to plug the cable into the splitter block. The splitter block needs to be connected to power already with all LEDs shinning.

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk


louwjvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/30/2017, 09:02 AM   #1528
naifman
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 10
Hi louwjvr,

thank you very much for your explanation.
I will try this next week because at the moment Vertex in Germany is on company holidays. They will be back next week. I want to have a contact person in case of unexpected events (Illumina won't work any more etc)

Naif


naifman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/30/2017, 09:34 AM   #1529
louwjvr
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 9
I completely understand. This is some of the most expensive kit we can buy in our country. If this light cannot be reset or something I ... well... I am also very nervous...

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk


louwjvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/31/2017, 09:35 AM   #1530
louwjvr
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 9
Guys. After following Nicologne's advice I am delighted to report the Illumina is it old self again!!!

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk


louwjvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/31/2017, 01:35 PM   #1531
Nicologne
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30
Good that it worked out for you...

What a great piece of technic.

Have a great day.
Nicolas


Nicologne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08/31/2017, 04:39 PM   #1532
Vinny Kreyling
Registered Member
 
Vinny Kreyling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Miller Place, NY
Posts: 5,200
I am going to change my lighting & my Vertex will be up for sale in October.
72" -- 360 hybrid.
I have 8 pads model 260 & 4 pads model 360.
Everything works, fellow before me changed the pads & had it reset by the factory reps.
Activated 1/2015, I have had it in use since 3/26/16.
Very reasonable, give me a PM if interested.


__________________
250 gallon mixed reef, 2 Reefbreeder's Photon V 2, RD 3 Speedy 80 Watt, DAS EX-3 Skimmer, MTC mini cal, 2-3/4" Sea Swirls, Aquacontroller & 4 Tunze pumps.
Vinny Kreyling is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09/30/2017, 11:46 AM   #1533
ATATT
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 4
Illumine users, could use your help...

just unboxed a new 260 I've had for sometime. Fired it up, programmed it on the display. Everything worked smoothly and as expected. I'm happy with functionality via the display and would prefer to steer clear of the desktop software. I have four multicolor modules yet to install. Two questions:

1. After installing the modules, will its colors appear on the display in order to program them (out of the box, just the two blues and white appear which coincide with the stock pads;
2. After installing the multicolor pads, will any firmware updates or other software interfacing be required or will I be good to go to program via the display?

Many thanks to any and all who can offer insight.


ATATT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09/30/2017, 10:59 PM   #1534
Nicologne
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30
1. yes...
2. it depends... on the firmwareversion the fixture has. It might be necessary to update but check with your retailer or Vertex.

Some Info:

First of all, IMPORTANT!!!!
What ever you do, do it without the light is connected to a power source. Unplug the connection between the light and the power supplies before doing anything else!!!!!

Please check if you have the proper installation Tool. Itís kind of a plastic press device.

If a module is not working properly after installation, first check the position by replacing it a little bit more up and/or down so the piercing contacts are hitting the power cable inside

If you have more than one power supply, be sure to connect first all power supplies to the splitter box and after that you connect the light with the splitter box.

If you try to install them without the proper plastic installation tool, you might bend the board which can result in damages...

Hope that was from help for you.

Take care
Nico


Gesendet von iPhone mit Tapatalk


Nicologne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10/01/2017, 08:11 PM   #1535
ATATT
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 4
Thanks, Nico, you're a godsend!

I'm not sure I follow one item so I'd like to clarify, in reference to the "if I have more than one power supply (which I do as I have a 1200)" do you mean to:

1. first connect the round (with one small section flat) end of the cords from the Meanwel to the splitter boxl---the opposite end of the Meanwell being the prongs that go into the wall socket
2. then connect the Molex to the splitter box (this jives in my mind with your "connect the light with the splitter box" instruction). If so, I should disconnect the Molex from the splitter box before beginning? Not sure why as the cords would have been unplugged from the wall and nothing would have power (this was your first instruction) but you know 100 times more about this than I do
3. plug the prongs into the wall socket

Also, if I can retry piercing the power cable when installing the module, I assume the paste does not set up very fast?

Sorry if I am being dense...I very much appreciate your help and patience!

P.S. Re-boxed the fixture then wondered what would happen during a power failure so I set it up again. Date and time and custom light programming I had done were not saved so I thought maybe a new watch battery would be in order (what could it hurt, right). After that bit of microsurgery (and prayers to the light fixture gods that I wouldn't strip any screws), I need to locate a new battery and see if that fixes things (if an alternate solution was offered earlier in this thread I missed it). All I can say is if this is how things are going to be hardware-wise, I pray I won't need to deal with the desktop software.

Thanks, again!


ATATT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10/03/2017, 03:17 AM   #1536
Nicologne
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30
Sorry if I wasnít clear which probably has to do with the fact my native language is German...

So just to clarify some background facts:
While you have two power circuits based in the two power supplies, some led pads are on a different circuit as well as the display/controller
Having said this, it is mandatory that all power circuits in the light are powered up at the same time which can be easily handled while the power supplies connected to the wall plug as well as Connected to the splitter box.
After that, when You connect the fixture cable with the splitter box, you can be sure, all circuits get the power at the same time.

As a side note, if a problem is in the circuit which is the controller on, you might have a problem because the pads are not properly Registratur by the controller during start up. All pads are connecting during the power up to the controller/display, if there is a power problem, it wouldnít work.

Hope this makes some things clear.
Sorry if it sounds complicated, I donít know how to explain it better. Let me
Know if something sounds weird, I might just use the wrong word...

For the paste. It should just be a cooling paste which will not work like a glue. If d the paste is in the bottom or the fixture and we are talking about a few centimeters, during the installation in one shot, it should not be a problem. If you Wanne get sure, just by some cooling paste from a computer store, the one they use to install a cpu on a main board and you should be good to go.

Hope I answered all you questions. If not? Just let me know....

Greetings
Nic




Gesendet von iPhone mit Tapatalk


Nicologne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10/07/2017, 05:41 AM   #1537
StAiden
Registered Member
 
StAiden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: North of 44
Posts: 44
Hello all Vertex users. After much work with Adam this summer to try and repair a light, we came to the conclusion that it might be time to retire it and move on.
It is a 4' SR 260 and was used for about 4 years . The following components are available to strip off the light, if they might be of use to someone:
2 drivers (power supply transformers, large blocks, line voltage on one side, low voltage the other side)
1 multipad which was installed for at least three years. This includes all the colours plus UV includes installation tool.
2 sets of legs for mounting on Aquarium. Extremely corroded but still functional
Various screws, all other light modules from light except first pad and control end (these failed this summer and could not resolve issue)
If someone needs or wants anything, let me know. I'm more interested in helping out a vertex owner trying to try and keep their light running than anything. Reasonable offers, plus cover shipping.
PM me.


StAiden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10/08/2017, 08:25 AM   #1538
ATATT
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 4
Thanks, Nico! Sorry for the delay in responding.


ATATT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/07/2017, 05:12 PM   #1539
dubmaneh
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 148
UV Burning Acrylic Shield?

Hi All,

I noticed the other day that the acrylic shield on my Illumina 260s are burnt directly under what I think is the UV LED. I'm running one multicolour module on each 1' fixture.

Has anyone come across this before?

Thanks,


dubmaneh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/08/2017, 04:18 AM   #1540
flakey
Registered Member
 
flakey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 453
Quote:
Originally Posted by dubmaneh View Post
Hi All,

I noticed the other day that the acrylic shield on my Illumina 260s are burnt directly under what I think is the UV LED. I'm running one multicolour module on each 1' fixture.

Has anyone come across this before?

Thanks,
I had exactly the same problem under the uv leds. The acrylic eventually cracked and moisture got in and damaged the boards. Change the acrylic. They are expensive so I got some uv resistant acrylic cut to size for a fraction of the price. I bet over time they will end up the same but itís much cheaper


flakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/08/2017, 10:45 AM   #1541
dubmaneh
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 148
Quote:
Originally Posted by flakey View Post
I had exactly the same problem under the uv leds. The acrylic eventually cracked and moisture got in and damaged the boards. Change the acrylic. They are expensive so I got some uv resistant acrylic cut to size for a fraction of the price. I bet over time they will end up the same but itís much cheaper


Ok. Thanks for the reply. Will get them replaced ASAP.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro


dubmaneh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/08/2017, 11:58 AM   #1542
Nicologne
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30
Hi everyone, while I saw here that it might be some hassle to get spare parts and also I get calls and emails from old contacts asking for them, I like to let you know, that we can supply you with compatible spare parts. Just send me an email with the needed parts: [email protected]

Btw, we have the possibility to produce pads to upgrade to a 600 (latest in LED). we need only enough people with interest.

Due the fact we are a professional electronic company we also can offer any kind of service and refurbishing on these lights.

Itís because we are also big fans of this LED system.

Greetings
Nic


Gesendet von iPad mit Tapatalk


Nicologne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/12/2017, 02:07 AM   #1543
Hudds
Registered Member
 
Hudds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Greece
Posts: 104
Quote:
we have the possibility to produce pads to upgrade to a 600 (latest in LED).
Can you please provide more info on that?


__________________
Yorgos
Hudds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/15/2017, 10:17 AM   #1544
Nicologne
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30
@Hudds: Sure, we are working on a new PAD which will have the newest LEDs made by Cree which will have a PAR Value arround 550-600 depending on the power you serve it with.

Based on the Mean Well drivers, which are regulary coming with the Illumina you will have a roughly 550 PAR Based on the Illumina Rating. So doesn't matter if you have a Illumina-200 or an Illumina-260 or 360, with the new pads from us your Illumina will become a Illumina 550.

If we get enough request to Produce 1000 Pads. the Pricing will be nearly around 130-150 USD. per PAD (Proper offer and pricing on request and based on availablility)

The only thing a customer needs to do is to remove the Old PADs, Order new from us and press them in the place where to old ones was before.

If a Customer gives us with his Order the Information about size of the Light (300, 600, 900, 1200, 1500 or 1800) we will supply pre configured PAds for easy installation and running out of the box.

Beside this, we can also offer a complete maintaining and upgrade Pack, which includes cleaning, upgrading and checking on any problems. We have the possibilitiy to exchange every single part and repair or exchange it with a new one.

It would be great if people who are interested would let us know so we can see if this is from interest for you guys.

Any questions? Let me know.


Nicologne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/16/2017, 05:28 AM   #1545
Nicologne
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30
Hi Everyone, here also y short Video we made for it.




Nicologne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11/25/2017, 10:29 AM   #1546
Mackie
Registered Member
 
Mackie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: 45į37'51.22"N 61į58'32.62"W
Posts: 106
Vertex Desktop Software

Old laptop crashed and I lost my vertex controller software. The Vertex site is down. Does anyone know where I can get an installer for the vertex software?

Mike


__________________
Common sense is not that common!

Current Tank Info: 75 Gal reef
Mackie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12/04/2017, 01:10 PM   #1547
redddogg69
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto Canada
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mackie View Post
Old laptop crashed and I lost my vertex controller software. The Vertex site is down. Does anyone know where I can get an installer for the vertex software?

Mike
Contact vertex support, he should be able to sort you out.

[email protected]


redddogg69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/13/2018, 03:24 PM   #1548
ABruce
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nicologne View Post
@Hudds: Sure, we are working on a new PAD which will have the newest LEDs made by Cree which will have a PAR Value arround 550-600 depending on the power you serve it with.

Based on the Mean Well drivers, which are regulary coming with the Illumina you will have a roughly 550 PAR Based on the Illumina Rating. So doesn't matter if you have a Illumina-200 or an Illumina-260 or 360, with the new pads from us your Illumina will become a Illumina 550.

If we get enough request to Produce 1000 Pads. the Pricing will be nearly around 130-150 USD. per PAD (Proper offer and pricing on request and based on availablility)

The only thing a customer needs to do is to remove the Old PADs, Order new from us and press them in the place where to old ones was before.

If a Customer gives us with his Order the Information about size of the Light (300, 600, 900, 1200, 1500 or 1800) we will supply pre configured PAds for easy installation and running out of the box.

Beside this, we can also offer a complete maintaining and upgrade Pack, which includes cleaning, upgrading and checking on any problems. We have the possibilitiy to exchange every single part and repair or exchange it with a new one.

It would be great if people who are interested would let us know so we can see if this is from interest for you guys.

Any questions? Let me know.
I would sure like to talk to you. If you could PM me, I can not PM yest as I do not post enough.
thanks


ABruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/31/2018, 02:11 PM   #1549
Vinny Kreyling
Registered Member
 
Vinny Kreyling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Miller Place, NY
Posts: 5,200
OK light is back in the box & FOR SALE
it's a 72" with 8 pads model 260 & 4 pads model 360.
Everything works & is as clean as I can get it without taking it apart.
I will include the hanging kit & a V-Stik, instruction manuals & a disk that hopefully will give you the program needed to run.
$800 BUT you pay shipping from 11764 & any PP fees.


__________________
250 gallon mixed reef, 2 Reefbreeder's Photon V 2, RD 3 Speedy 80 Watt, DAS EX-3 Skimmer, MTC mini cal, 2-3/4" Sea Swirls, Aquacontroller & 4 Tunze pumps.
Vinny Kreyling is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02/09/2018, 01:08 PM   #1550
Nicologne
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 30


Hi guys,
This might be interesting for some of you.

Also most if not all spare parts Ilumina and illumilux compatible...

Shop . Scitronix . com



Greetings to all...




Gesendet von iPhone mit Tapatalk


Nicologne is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vertex Skimmer club JohnL Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment 2068 04/12/2018 10:56 PM
Vertex Illumina LED Arrives TheDogFather Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment 251 06/27/2016 01:15 PM
Vertex Illumina V-link connection help! Dyrego Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment 16 02/28/2013 09:08 AM
Vertex Illumina LED Fixture - My New Toy Is Here! Jeremy B. Premium Aquatics 77 08/12/2011 11:47 AM
Vertex Skimmer club mojo~ Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment 999 03/02/2009 01:49 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:24 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2018 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright ©1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.