I just created my node with channels and I am sending and receiving Lightning Network payments, I don't know what you are waiting for here is an example of my tx.
The fees for opening the channel is totally worth it and you don't have to close empty channels because later on once people realize how useful LN is for small payments you may end up filling them again.
SO MUCH LIGHTNING!!!!
With this I will end my posting about Lightning payments and Eclair until I find something new to post.