After talking to a couple of my LFS
and reading online, it seems the problem with the Solaris was an infringment on the controller if I understood correctly.
I think the way the new companies are getting around this is either, 1. they are using a proprietary controller or 2. they use no controller at all, just on/off.
Since searching here and other forums I've come up with at least half a dozen companies in the States that sell them. It seems to be the main issue is the end users aren't buying them because they're all still waiting on someone else to buy one to see if they work, at least IMO
that's what the main holdup is, well, that and the initial price.
My reasons for wanting LED
1. Little/no heat generation, therefore no need for a chiller
2. Durability - my little monster isn't likely to break the solid state lights
3. Energy consumption - There's just no argument from anyone on this
And since I'm in the planning/purchasing phase, I don't need it right this minute to sustain what's in the tank. I need it to sustain what WILL BE in the tank at some point. It just seems to be a plus all around for me. I just can't tell my wife how much I'm spending on it or I might be using it for a night lite in the dog house... but then again she's the one that got me into this hobby and now I'm addicted...