Aquarium & Hydropondics LED Lights
Aqua Illuminations Hydra Twenty Six HD (Hyper Drive)- $349.99
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This is our premier LED light for reef or high tech planted aquarium keepers looking for the highest amount of light energy per square inch/centimeter!
While the AquaRay line is still our recommendation for most applications, especially those seeking the highest PUR per input wattage of energy and the over all efficiency (& guaranteed fixture longevity), the AI Hydra HD LEDs provide a light for this specific niche of high tech aquarium keepers.
Building on AI's rich heritage of building world-class LEDs, the AI Hydra HD Series brings a new level of performance. At a maximum of 95 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.
No longer are you limited to using a fixed amount of power per channel, the HD dynamically adjusts power available to each color, borrowing power from the colors you’re not utilizing. Giving you the most vivid spectrum your tank has ever seen.
The Hydra TwentySix™ HD comes standard with 80 degree lenses giving you the best balance of power and spread. Our lens optics are custom designed, boasting greater than 90% optical efficiency and including a diffuse exit surface to provide improved color blending.
The approximate strong light footprint for the AI-26 is 15 x 12 inches
The Hydra HD Series is capable of producing a limitless number of spectral combinations to fit your tank’s exacting needs.
The AI Hydra TwentySix™ HD utilizes the latest LED technology from leading manufacturers, arranged to provide the best performance.
No Controller Needed
There's no need to buy an additional controller just to be able to use your light properly, the Hydra HD Series has control built-in.
Use your iOS, Android or wireless internet-connected device to control the Hydra HD, anywhere in the world! Please note that since the Hydra HD uses its own router to initially connect/set-up, if using a computer, it must be wireless capable.
You can also use an acclimation setting to set a time period for lower light levels, allowing your photosynthetic life to adjust to your new light.
Below is a screen shot of how the controller feature appears on a PC computer:
Freshwater or Saltwater by adjusting emitters!
Please note as per our "Aquarium Lighting" article, when tuning/adjusting these emitters to specific needs, you will be not running the light fixture at full capacity and 40% (or more) of the light potential PAR output will be lost!
YouTube; Ai hydra thunder storm in fresh water tank
SPECIFICATIONS TWENTYSIX HD:
Length 7.28in. (18.5cm)
Width 5.375in. (13.7cm)
Height 1.6in. (4cm)
Weight 2.1lbs. (0.95kg)
Power Consumption 90W from the wall
Universal Input Range 100 to 240VAC / 50-60Hz
Cable Length 10ft. (3.048m)
PSU Regulatory Compliance UL, CE & RoHS
What's in the Box
AI Hydra TwentySix™ HD
Quick Start Guide
ACCESSORIES FOR AI HYDRA LED LIGHTS:
EXT Hanging Kit- $34.99
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The EXT Hanging Kit allows you to hang one, or many, lights above your tank. With the included 96 inch cables, the EXT Hanging Kit easily adjusts to any height.
Just link them with any length EXT Rail to hang more than one AI LED at once or for more options (sold separately).
V2 iLumenAir (ZetLight): #600- $349.99Jump to Shopping Cart
Our recommendation for those seeking a simple to use feature rich LED fixture with controller that allows for light customization. Superior build to similar lights and step up from older Zetlight and Maxspect LEDs
-Model #600 Features
V2 iLumenAir 600:
(1) Daylight: 12000K 35W (Unique High Power Bridgelux)
(12) Royal Blue, 3 watt: 465NM (Bridgelux)
(8) Red LED, 3 watt: 620-630NM (Bridgelux)
YouTube; iLumenAir LED (German)
One Year TMC iLumenAir
TMC Flexi LED Aquarium Light Strips (Red or Blue)- $48.99Jump to Shopping Cart
An example would be a 100 gallon freshwater aquarium with two AquaRay Colour Plus 1500 tiles and two Flexi Blue Strips, each run with simple timers or with the Colour Plus on a more advanced TMC Controller while the Flexi LED is run on a basic timer.
Please note that while most persons prefer a blue aquarium moon light, moon light is not actually blue; reference: Aquarium Lighting: Lunar Lights
Dimmer for TMC Flexi Strips or AquaBar LEDs- $23.99
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Please note that this dimmer is not a controller, it is a manual device for controlling light output
See composite picture below of the dimmer.
TMC AquaBar LED Complete Light Strips- $87.99
Unfortunately the AquaBar was purchased from TMC by a company that does not want it marketed for aquarium use, so this product is no longer available.
Consider the ultra-premium GroBeam LED which is now at reduced pricing. As well there is NO better freshwater/refugium LED with a warranty and water proof ratings no other aquarium LED even comes close to; long term the GroBeam is the lowest price LED available that is high light planted aquarium capable!!
Definitely a step above most other freshwater LEDs such as the Finnex or Fluval, but a step below the GroBeam line.
Please note, this dimmer uses 0-10V "current reduction" technology.
Below is the 6500K AquaBar LED Light operating (lit).
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LED Lighting Suggestions:
V2 iLumenAir 600
For those who like excellent full feature LED lights, with built in controllers that are ready to go out of the box, this may be the LED light for you!
While definitely not a low end or inexpensive LED reef aquarium light, this LED fixture provides many of the bells and whistles many like. Albeit with lower PUR values than the "best of the best" AquaRay AquaBeam or AquaGro line of LED lights.
When compared apples to apples to comparable full feature LEDs, the iLumenAir/ZetLight is clearly the better choice over the similar EcoTech, and Maxspect LED Lights.
Reference this article for more as to what determines a better aquarium light:
Aquarium Lighting; Facts & Information
TMC LED Light Strips
These are an excellent source of GOOD supplemental aquarium lighting and can actually be used as a compliment to TMC ultra premium AquaRay line of lights, as well as any other light system (or even by themselves for certain applications).
The red strips make an excellent compliment to AquaRay GroBeam or AquaBar 500 LED lights to provide the added red light plant Photosynthetic Chlorophyll synthesis (phase 3 of PAR)
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