- AP700 LED Lighting Panel - Kessil
Kessil AP700 LED Lighting Panel incorporates "hybrid optics" that are specially designed to give a broad delivery of the light output without giving up any penetration power. The Dense Matrix Array of LED's having the proper spectrum, great coverage with virtually no shadows, and enough power for almost any type of coral in some of the deepest tanks available. The AP700 can even be paired with your favorite iOS or Android device for ultimate control!
Single AP700 Maximum Coverage
- 36"x 24" at 7" above water level
- 48" x 24" at 18" above water level
- WiFi Connection
- Beautiful Shimmer
- Maximum Coverage*
- Full-Spectrum Light
- Superior Color Mixing
- Unrivaled Penetration
- Proprietary UV Blend
- Compact Design
- Full-Color Control
- Fisheye Optics
Kessil utilizes their own Dense Matrix Array which can typically push 3-4 times the light from their fixtures compared to most other LED units on the market today. The AP700 employs high quality, hybrid optics which helps give great spread and coverage while not losing its penetrating power, and giving the closest look to metal halide lights from almost any other LED unit. Kessil designs and produces their own LED Dense Matrix Array’s which gives them full control over quality and the spectrum of LEDs used in their products.
The Kessil AP7000 has full WiFi capability which now unlocks the ability to program storms, cloud cover, day cycle, acclimation modes, and the lunar cycle all from an iOS* or Android** device, without any need for an additional stand-alone controller. Just download the app and connect your preferred device to the light for complete control!
Download the Kessil AP700 App:
- Power Consumption: 185W
- Unit Weight: 4.81lbs
- Dimensions: L 20" x W 6.4" x H 1.5"
- Power Supply: 48v DC (output)
- AP700 Panel LED unit
- USB Cable
- Power Adapter
- Adapter Cable
*iOS Device Compatability:
- iPad mini 2 or newer (iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro) recommended.
- iOS Operating System 9.3.1 or above recommended.
**Android Device Compatability:
- Android Tablets OS version 4.0 or above required
- Android Operating System 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above recommended.
Powerful light, beautiful colors, no disco ball By Steve L on 1/20/2019Steve L would recommend this product to a friendI have a 95-gallon SPS tank which is 36"L x 24"W x 30"H and I bought the AP700 to replace a Hydra 52. I originally bought the Hydra 52 five years ago for a 46-gallon cube and it really grew LPS and SPS. With the larger footprint of the new 95-gallon tank, the light was not diffuse enough and the outside edges of some SPS colonies were starting to suffer. Also, with a 30" height, the disco-ball effect was much more noticeable.
The AP700 is a really nice upgrade. The spread between the two LED pucks is 14" (outside edge to outside edge) and this really distributes the light evenly in a 36" wide tank. I also bought the Slight Diffusers which spreads & mixes the light even better and completely eliminates the disco ball effect, well worth $45. Probably the best part of the AP700 is the clarity and color rendering. The blues, oranges and pinks in particular are much more intense and the best way I can describe the improved clarity is the difference between 720i and 1080p on HDTV.
Other things to mention:
1. The fan is silent. You cannot hear it.
2. The fixture is low profile and clean. The only visual I don't love is the power cord which is much thicker than the Hydra 52. Once you get it to straighten out and lay flat, it's not a big deal.
3. The power block is much larger than most, similar to the old Ice Cap ballasts for metal halide lights. It needs air circulation around three sides so you want to mount it vertically with screws, away from other equipment.
4. App connection - it's not super user-friendly but it gets the job done and to be honest, it's probably better for your corals that it takes some work to use. That way you pick a setting and leave it alone instead of the temptation to make constant tweaks. Two tips for easy connection: #1 - Choose the wifi-direct option - this is much more stable but will not allow access to the internet while using the app (no big deal). #2 - Place your smartphone within 24" of the light fixture each time your connect. (no big deal).
5. App features - The color wheel selector gets you about 10 color-mixing options, not unlimited but there are plenty to get most users the look they want. The custom lighting cycles allow you up to 10 data points in a 24-hour period. I wish there were more (maybe 20) but this is sufficient to mimic sunrise & sunset. Try to use all 10 data points so the intensity gradually ramps up and down. If you use fewer data points, the intensity will jump instead of ramp. I stopped using the Lunar feature because it's too bright and you cannot adjust it low enough. The Acclimation feature works well but you can only program a duration (in days, maximum 14) and then you have to remember the date when you started or you won't know when it's going to finish. For other fixtures I've owned, the acclimation feature allows you to program a start date and stop date (unlimited days) and then it displays the those dates so you always know where you are in the cycle.
I have owned the AP700 fixture for about a month so I cannot provide a ton of feedback on coral growth. In that time-frame, polyp extension has been excellent and there has been some encrusting growth and branch growth for SPS (acros) despite the shock of changing light fixtures.
Overall I give the light fixture itself A+, the slight diffuser A+, the cable hanging kit A-, and the Android App B (hopefully this will improve over time).
Better options available By Steve on 10/29/2018Steve wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought this because of all the hype around them. I was disappointed from the beginning (maybe it was because my own expectations were too high). So i started looking around for a better option. First i came across the Cobalt C-RAY 200. it seemed like more of the same, cheap plastic construction and an inflated price tag. Then i found the Zetlight ZP-3600 that just got released earlier this year. When i got the Zetlight I was amazed at the construction! The only plastic on it was on the fan shroud. it is a huge metal heat sink with Glass covering the diodes. The Zetlight has the best construction i have ever seen, and it comes in two hundred and fifty dollars cheaper than the AP-700 and C-RAY 200. i know that Bulk Reef Carries most of the Zetlight line, i just wonder why they don't carry this new light.
Love it, Love it, Love it!! By Mary on 9/13/2018Mary would recommend this product to a friendI installed it in the canopy; setup was easy with the App and adjusting the colors with the iPad worked seamlessly. I even set a customized program for my tank. The corals and fishes are looking great.
I love these my 2AP700 By Jaime on 8/19/2018Jaime would recommend this product to a friendI have 150g mixed tank with over 20 SPS and some mini colonies
The good is the spread and the par is really even throughout the tank
There is a shimmer but it’s not a disco ball like other LEDs
The controller isn’t complicated kessil has made it very simple with the best setting to grow corals
Light spread /par spreadA++(no shadowing)
Controller is a B+(great but not perfect)
The bigges plus for me was the install i have a canopy and it bolted up so easily with canopy kit A+ for the canopy kit
Great light By Patrick on 8/18/2018Patrick would recommend this product to a friendGreat form factor and great light output. The app is a little confusing at first but once you get the hang of it it is very flexible. I'm about to add my 2nd AP700 to my tank and I expect good things. I formerly had a 360 and these seem to be even better than those.
Great product; great service By Solomon on 7/26/2018Solomon would recommend this product to a friendLove these lights. The app can be a little buggy but for the most part gets the job done (you just have to set it up once after all). The lights themselves are beautiful. Totally changed the look of the tank for the better. I had a problem with one of them, called Kessil up and the the good people solved my problem immediately. One of the more impressive customer service/warranty experiences I have ever had (especially considering the price of the fixture). Very professional. Agree with another reviewer -- with these lights, and Kessil in general, it really feels like you get what you pay for.
Couldn't believe my eyes By Dustin on 6/30/2018Dustin would recommend this product to a friendI've heard of the kessil shimmer, now I've seen it and there's no going back. I was amazed at the way the corals looked, the way the fish looked. My tank looked totally different from what I had with my old lights. And the best part is my corals are loving this light. They open sooner and look fuller as the day progresses. I didn't understand kessil logic and how important it was until now. It doesn't matter what color or intensity you use, the light uses the right spectrum and the corals grow.
I'm using android app and it was a little tricky to use. If you use the lunar setting it locks the program so you can't modify it. I also don't like that you can only have 10 data points and technically it's only 8 since 1 turns the light on and 1 shuts it off.
Those are my only 2 complaints and that has nothing to do with the lights growth potential. That's what we buy the lights for, to grow coral
Kessil support-top notch By Snuffy Seal on 4/11/2018Snuffy Seal would recommend this product to a friendI e-mailed Kessil about an old A150W light that had given up the ghost. I was using it to augment an AP700 on a 90 gal tank hoping I could get a couple of extra years out of it . However, I didn't know whether it was the power supply (not so expensive) or lamp (expensive). After explaining the problem, Kessil said they would send me a power supply-no charge...no hesitation to determine which one was at fault. Within a couple of hours I got a notice from the shipper that the power supply had been shipped and was in route. Their lighting systems are pricey; but I guess you get what you pay for.
100% satisfied By Joseph on 3/4/2018Joseph would recommend this product to a friendThe app was very simple tied two of them together. Everything works perfect acclimation, Lerner, and storm. All my Coral is open and happy. effects
So far very happy By Joseph on 3/2/2018Joseph would recommend this product to a friendGot my ap700 on Thursday was worried would not be able to figure out the app. After following the directions my worries will put the rest. Very simple to use and trust me I am not a technical type of person but I had my light up and running and less than 15 minutes
Awesome light By Dave on 2/27/2018Dave would recommend this product to a friendI’ve had this light for a bout a year now and it’s still running strong. I use four 80W ATI T5 bulbs to supplement the lighting for my corals and I couldn’t be happier. I started out with one but wasn’t getting the coverage I wanted on my 6’ tank. I have since added two more for a total of three and every corner of my tank has plenty of par for my corals. I really don’t know why there’s such fuzz about the app. I have an iPhone and was able to connect all three in a few minutes.
Worst APP in the History of the World By Doug on 1/23/2018Doug wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe lights work fine. They come on and go off. Not as bright as I expected. I have two of them on a 180, sitting right next to a 75 with the Chinese black box LED's, and I think the 75 looks better. But none of that is the point. The Android app absolutely sucks. I can add a light. But I have two... I have followed the step by step instructions for adding the second light for about 6 hours now... it doesn't work. So I add one, set it...forget it, add the other, set it, forget it and turn them on and off with the outlet controlled by my APEX. For $800 I expected quality. I don't feel like I got it.
Ok, this is the stupidest question you will see all day, but i need to ask. Does the fixture store and run the program, once set, or does the controlling IOS device need to maintain a continuous connection?
There is an APP for download on my IPhone. I have downloaded it but wonder will it work on the AP 700 or do I still need to get an iPad. Also I plan on having a 72 inch aquarium and would like to know how two AP 700's are controlled with the APP. Are they in series to operate as one or individually operated?
if you have access to the app then it is currently available and will work! No need for an iPad if you have the app. Within in the app you can set one to the correct settings and copy the settings saved to the second light. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Is I have a 48 inch long tank how many fixtures would I need?
The single AP700 has a spread of 48" x 24". This is a full spread and if a higher amount of PAR is required you may consider 2 fixtures placed closer to the water level. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
If my tank dimensions are 72inches length, 23 inches height and 18.5 inches width, will one be enough? I will be able to hang them only about 9 inches from the tank.
Depth and width would not be a problem, but length would. At 18" above the tank it has an effective footprint of 48" by 24". Have a great day!
I have a 24" L x 18" W × 18" H tank. Would this light be excessive? I only keep lps and soft corals at the moment.
If I don't have an Apple device I can't control this lamp, is that correct? Since the light has been out for nearly a year is the "Coming Soon" for android ever really going to come? I'm surprised android wasn't part of the roll out package to begin with.
On a 24 x 24 x 48 mixed reef / SPS / LPS what % intensities should you be running and what % intensity were you running in your demonstration videos with PAR meters?
The Videos were a representation of 100% intensity at the blue spectrum. Overall with the full length and depth of your tank for full spread you will want to start around 50-60% intensity and slowly increase until the corals are able to adapt. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Does the AP 700 have a built-in timer? And will a stand alone timer from Home Depot work with this light?
I will need 2 Kessel AP700 fixtures for my 24 x 24 x 72 tank. Can they be linked together with a cable so the controls on the first fixture will also control the second fixture?
Also, I only have Android devices to control the fixtures. When will the app for android devices be released?
Have a great day!
I am planning a nano reef for SPS with a clam. These are the dimensions:
Square base of 50 cms X 59 cms (19.76" X 19.76") Height 40 cms (15.81")
Would this lamp be too much light?
Tha tank will be rimless, I do not want to drill holes on the ceiling. Do Keissel have the fixture to mount it on the edge of the tank?
This light would be a little excessive however could be run at a lower intensity. The Kessil A360 would be a smaller better option for you! These can be mounted with the Kessil Mount to the back of the tank. The A360 can attach as well with the Kessil Gooseneck. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Can this be connected to an Apex controller?
The AP700 does not currently have control via the Apex. It currently only has the built in wifi control via an iPad app for control. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
How well would two of the AP700s perform on a 72" x 24" x 24" SPS tank?
With their 48" x 24" spread two fixtures would be perfect for a tank of your size! This will offer a wide spread of light for complete coverage. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
We have a 48" 125 mixed reef that we are lighting with an AP700. I would like to supplement this light to accomodate a bit heavier SPS stock. My Idea is to add a Kessil 360 on one side and slide the AP700 over, or to add a Kessil 160 on both sides of the AP700. Would either of these be a good option or am I barking up the wrong tree? If they are a good option, which would you suggest?
As always, thank you for your help.
Any ETA on an android app?
The Beta has been released and we hope to hear an update in the next few months. No exact date as of yet.
If using one unit on a 100g mixed reef tank tank (47x24x20) would there be enough PAR to successfully grow softies throughout the tank in the mid to lower levels and SPS well placed in the top third of the tank? Would you recommend this unit over 2 360w Tuna Blue units, I noticed on your LED comparison video the PAR seemed more even spread within desirable ranges (150-300) on this unit vice the 360W. Finally do we know if Kessil has ironed out the IOS app issues, reviews would suggest the app drops out regularly forcing you to manually cycle the light.
Overall we would recommend the Ap700 due to its controllable features and color settings. This will have a spread of 48 x 24 and certainly will work well for softies with SPS up top. The App has been updated and seems to have much easier support. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!