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    AI Wave Is An Extendable PAR Monster

    Who would have thought such unassuming tubes could pack the PAR? These new 12″ AI Wave LED tubulars bars were hitting 100 µmol/sec/m2(PAR) on this 15 g aquarium. [UPDATE: The AI Wave has since been renamed to the befitting AI Flare]. Each 12″ AI Flare packs 5 Cree XP LEDs, with whites boasting the latest […]

    AI Wave

    Who would have thought such unassuming tubes could pack the PAR? These new 12″ AI Wave LED tubulars bars were hitting 100 µmol/sec/m2(PAR) on this 15 g aquarium. [UPDATE: The AI Wave has since been renamed to the befitting AI Flare].

    Ai Wave

    Each 12″ AI Flare packs 5 Cree XP LEDs, with whites boasting the latest XP-G and blues the XP-E. At the end of each tube is a simple connection system that with just a twist allows up to three six Waves to be linked together to cover larger aquariums.

    The way Aqua Illumination displayed these lights really showed MACNA goers the benefit of LED’s small form factor. No longer are large UFOs over your tank a requirement. Who’s going to be the first to rock these on a rimless mounted directly to the wall?

    The AI Wave is just being finalized and not yet in full production. We expect the first models to become available in 60 to 90 days.

    5 Comments

    1. jalexs
      September 4, 2010 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

      Active cooling?

    2. September 4, 2010 at 9:16 PM | Permalink

      The AI Wave uses passive cooling. Each led is driven @ ~350mA and the integrated heatsink appears to handle this quite well.

    3. jalexs
      September 7, 2010 at 4:19 PM | Permalink

      It definitely looks cool, but in my experience, these high-watt LEDs need active cooling or else they drop in intensity pretty quickly.

    4. September 8, 2010 at 4:07 AM | Permalink

      @jalexs, I typically agree–especially when dealing with high LED density or clusters like the larger AI Sol. That said, passive heatsinks can get the job done… it just takes a bit more engineering and hopefully some thermal modeling as AI has done.

      Keep in mind wattage, which gives us heat, is a factor of drive current. These XP LEDs are considered “3w LEDs”, based on their approximate max rated current. At 350mA on the AI Wave, they are only drawing ~1w and actually exhibit a higher luminous efficacy than when driven at 700mA or 1,000mA.

      Luminous decay is largely dependent on the junction temperature (which is also dependent on drive current). As long as the heatsink is able to keep this within range, the LEDs have no idea if its heat is being managed actively or passively!

    5. Ap Ovelha
      June 28, 2011 at 2:54 AM | Permalink

      But with 350mA, some of the luminosity of the LED is not used lowering the PAR the light could spread, am I wrong? So its just a supplement light, and not a light that should be used alone, right?

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