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    Aqua Illumination Modular LED Light Gets Refined and Redesigned

    It seems many have forgotten about Aqua Illumination. Between the Orbitec Patent fiasco and AI’s early testing of plasma lighting, their flagship Aqua Illumination Modular LED lighting system has gotten pushed aside in our short term reefing memories. That will soon change as Chris Clough and the AI team have aesthetically redesigned the light kicking […]

    It seems many have forgotten about Aqua Illumination. Between the Orbitec Patent fiasco and AI’s early testing of plasma lighting, their flagship Aqua Illumination Modular LED lighting system has gotten pushed aside in our short term reefing memories. That will soon change as Chris Clough and the AI team have aesthetically redesigned the light kicking it up a notch in the design category–here’s a sneak peak rendering of the new design expected to hit shelves sometime in October.

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    Double click to enlarge (800×600). The new Aqua Illumination LED light in white.

    Taking note of the current trends, Aqua Illumination has kept the exposed heat sink for its industrial feel while opting for a polished white body. The heatsink has also been finished with a unique anodizing process to protect the metal while giving a brushed aluminum look. Overall it is a much more refined and elegant look than the older and heavier black. It is also much more living room friendly.

    The new body allows easier maintenance. Should an LED turn sour, removing a few screws on the face of the white body and you have complete access to the LED assembly and AI’s triple 45 degree optics. Be forewarned it’s unlikely that you’ll need to get in there. AI is returning with the extremely robust Cree XR-E LED. These come in white and royal blue flavors, each of which can be dimmed from their peaks of roughly 1000ma and 750ma for each respective color (w or b). Like the old unit, there are a total of 8×3 XR-E groupings (2 white : 1 blue) for a total of 24 LEDs and roughly 75w of electric consumption per AI module.

    Chris and I spoke in depth on the XR-E choice and we both agree that at the moment they are the best LED for reef lighting applications. Chris is one of those reef fanatics that a quick phone call turns into an hour long dialogue about everything reefs and lighting. His enthusiasm for aquarium lighting is infectious and we at GBD have high hopes for the redesigned modular Aqua Illumination LED light… and some developing projects to come.

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    A look at the older LED unit with the light rack.

    For the rimless crowd, the modular bracket / feet system is not ideal. However, it is extremely practical and easy to use which is why they are offering it again on the new model. For those looking for a cleaner look, each module can be hung. We’ve also heard hints of another mounting option in the future for the design conscious reefer. For the sound conscious reefer, AI’s redesigned body requires only one fan (instead of two) for even quieter operation.

    Overall the design still performs the same in terms of light intensity, but the revisions and improvements are welcomed refinements:

    • attractive white / anodized aluminum body
    • single fan for quiet operation
    • 1 power supply, rather than daisy chain multiples

    It is with mixed emotions that we report the product is now licensed under U.S. Patent Nos. 7,200,018 B2 and 7,473,008 B2. Yes, these are Orbitec’s. Unfortunately this situation has been significantly skewed by certain “opinions”. While I do not agree with the patent in its current state, there is much more than meets the eye–another article, another time.

    We’re all hoping to see the fresh AI LED System at MACNA, but Clough informed us there looks to be a delay on one part needed. Should it make an appearance we will not be disappointed. If not, October will be here soon.

    Till then, take a look at Aqua Illuminations revamped website which includes an updated blog.

    6 Comments

    1. Jon
      September 2, 2009 at 8:31 AM | Permalink

      Does this mean that the fixture will be easy to convert to the new Cree XP-G’s when they come out? Those are supposed to be over 130 lumen/watt LED’s…???

    2. Jim
      September 2, 2009 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

      looks sick. much better than the old vers

    3. Clint W
      September 2, 2009 at 10:22 PM | Permalink

      But will it cost less than the old version?

    4. James
      September 7, 2009 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

      From their website it mentions that their will be a hanging pendant kit for suspending the module(s)!

      James

    5. February 12, 2010 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

      Oh!…that's great helpful, it's so right to me! Million thanks for the article,

    6. Budehrman
      October 11, 2010 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

      I had a solaris who went out of business due to the patent issues, solaris unit malfunctioned and now I can not get the company to fix it as they have been sued by led company and are no longer in existence

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