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    Aqua Illumination (AI) LEDs Get Royal Blue Treatment

    Aqua Illumination has announced they will be adding a new AI Sol Super Blue color option their best-in-class LED light. As we showed you in our initial Aqua Illumination LED Review, the first models came equipped with two Cree XP-G Cool Whites for every one Cree XP-E Blue, for a 2w : 1b color combination. […]

    AI Sol

    Aqua Illumination has announced they will be adding a new AI Sol Super Blue color option their best-in-class LED light. As we showed you in our initial Aqua Illumination LED Review, the first models came equipped with two Cree XP-G Cool Whites for every one Cree XP-E Blue, for a 2w : 1b color combination. This color combination is now called the Sol White.

    Today, President Chris Clough revealed that a new color combination, the Sol Blue is now available. The Sol Blue switches out one cool white XP-G for a color popping XP-E royal blue–giving you 1 W : 1 RB : 1 B. The enhanced blue wavelengths can be seen in the spectral plots below.

    AI Sol Blue

    Chris writes, “The new Sol Blue is an exciting update for our product line, and is a solution that we are confident will quickly gain acceptance amongst the most demanding consumer. By including the combination of Cree XP-E Blue and Royal Blue LED’s, we can better meet the deeper blue light spectrum demanded by Reef enthusiasts. The XP-E’s do an incredible job of covering the 450-465 nm range, while still producing comparable PAR values to our AI Sol White.”

    “As we develop new products, our focus is on the desires of our consumers. We know that consumers love the control and modularity of the AI Sol, but they were looking for a spectrum of blues that brings out the best in their corals. During the development of the product we made sure that the color combination of the Sol Blue met the demands of the serious enthusiast, and I can say that we have succeeded.”

    8 months ago Chris Clough, President of C2 Development Inc, the company behind the Aqua Illumination LED light, sent us one of the very first production models of their new Sol LED unit. Our initial criticism of the unit? It didn’t go blue enough. The new AI Sol Blue answers this criticism quite well. As expected, PAR numbers will be slightly reduced on the Sol Blue. We will have to see just how much.

    Keep an eye out for Sol Blue install photos and our reaction of the Royal Blue’s addition to AI’s triple-up.

    2 Comments

    1. Plymanf
      May 31, 2011 at 8:42 PM | Permalink

      I purchased three units at a significant price after hearing how beneficial the lighting would be for my corals.  From almost the beginning, I’ve had nothing but issues.  All three units have had to be sent back to the manufacturer on three separate occasions for repair due to either the fans not working, the LED lights burning out or the electrical supply shorting out.  After just two days of re-installing the units for a fourth time, half of the lights on one of the units are no longer working.  The manufacturer’s solution – pay another $500 to upgrade because in their own words, “The new LEDs that we currently use and that you could upgrade to if you want are much better around moisture and not as prone to the heat issues.”  And the lunar cycle is a joke.  One night, I’ll have moonlight, the next night it will be pitch black dark.  Save your money and look elsewhere.  That’s what I’m going to be doing.

    2. April 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

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