Exceeds expectations By Eddie on 3/14/2015
Eddie would recommend this product to a friend
Have two Hydra 52's. They are terrific and very pleased with the purchase. Great color, control, and results. No buzz or heat or complaints. Would highly recommend them. 6 months now and no issues. Great color growth and response. Have to slowly ramp up intensity so the corals can acclimate properly.
Fantastic light fixture By Ryan on 1/4/2015
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
After all the reviews commenting on the buzzing and LEDs burning out I was skeptical about purchasing these. My experience with the AI SOL persuaded me to go ahead with it, and so glad I did as they far surpassed my expectations. Combined with the director they are easy to set up and get running. Great light, planning on 3 more for the 110.
I'm happy By Joshua on 12/21/2014
Joshua would recommend this product to a friend
I was debating between two of these and the Maxspect Razor. So glad I decided on these I've got them 10 inches obove the water on a 150 tall and it's more than enough to light the bottom on full power so I set them about 65 to70 %
Great Lights! By Jason on 9/15/2014
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
I am running 3 of these on a 220 Gallon (72x30x24) mixed reef. The tank is easily lit with few shadows. I have never run into any issues with noise or fans. The lights are contained in a canopy on my system so I did install a giant fan to blow across the lights to keep them running nice and cool. I do have the director as well. I do not recommend the director yet. Hopefully AI fixes the bugs in it and eventually gets an Android app. This review is about the lights however, and they are great.
Great light no buzzing here By rodeoclown on 9/11/2014
rodeoclown would recommend this product to a friend
Just want to say this is a great light. Ive had it for about a year and it works awsome. Don't have any buzzing sounds here
Great LED By Gabe on 4/17/2014
Gabe would recommend this product to a friend
I love this lamp! I don't get the buzzing that others mentioned but one of mine did come with a broken fan blade and sometimes has issues connecting to the director. I assume this one got tossed around during shipping so I didn't knock any stars off. If I could rate FedEx here then that would be another story... I have been running these for just under 3 months, I have three of these over my 125g 6 foot tank. They provide more than enough light with just 2 but I had more shadows than I like so I got a third. On an even more intimate level these lights put out amazing color. I love that they are full spectrum. In just the first week I noticed my zoas get much brighter and vibrant. All the other corals LPS SPS softies, it doesn't matter. They have all become more vibrant too! I was running blue and white spectrum LED's previously. The wider spectrum is fantastic!
The director is still in beta and kinda glitchy. I'm still not convinced it's better than the new controller. No droid app yet so I don't get the hype yet...
If you're considering new LED's I would highly consider these and I definitely recommend them.
Works great By Josh HIll on 4/6/2014
Josh HIll would recommend this product to a friend
Everything is great in my opinion. I think that the AI director/controller gives you more ability to adjust lighting on demand than does the APEX module. However, I really like these lights. My lights are mounted on a roll top canopy and 2 of these light are doing a great job of growing life in my 90 gallon mixed reef. Acros and frogspawns are doing great, and my clam has regained a ton of color. Only drawback that I have found is that when I roll my canopy open the cooling fans make a ton of noise since they are not level to the ground, but this is just when I feed my tank. The do put off a ton of heat, so I recommend adding a cooling fan to help if these are going in a closed canopy. I am using an Air King fan and everything is great. I have not noticed any buzzing noises as in the previous reviews. I will be adding these to my frag tank eventually.
Awesome light! By reefer823 on 3/18/2014
reefer823 would recommend this product to a friend
I dont get the bad reviews, this light is nothing less than stellar! No buzzing at all and when in combination with the director the control is unlimited. Doesnt even really get hot/need the fan to kick on. AI stands by their products and if for some reason the product is defective go call them and use that warranty they give you! been a customer for years.
Buzzes By Ramfi on 3/15/2014
Ramfi wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
They should call this light buzzes sound, not hydra
Update to "Light Buzzes on Red Channel" By Review Update on 2/5/2014
Review Update would recommend this product to a friend
Aqua illumination got back to me about the buzzing issue and offered to exchange my light. The new light is silent on all channels except the white, which is extremely faint and acceptable. I am loving the new light paired with the AI director. I would make the purchase again.
Customer support got off the wrong foot when they said that my problem wasn't a problem but that buzzing was "normal". As the two five star reviews can attest, this was not "normal" since their lights, and my replacement, were fine. This was probably the result of poor quality control on early fixtures shipped. The issue had to do with the LED dimmer switches, which could have easily been screened on a breadboard set up or by sourcing higher quality dimmers.
The light is bright, beautiful, and has way more features than comparably priced LED's. Customer service came through the end. I would recommend this to a friend.
I do caution anyone against being an early adopter of a just released tech product. Give them some time to work out the bugs. This goes for the newly released Radion Gen3's as well. I think the Hydra 52's are ready for prime time by now.