- AP9X LED Lighting Panel - Kessil
Kessil's AP9x has redesigned LED chips and optics along with updated, more versatile software and built-in Wifi connectivity. The AP9X represents the combination of Kessil's best features, in a lighting package perfectly suited to a variety of mixed reef systems. The Kessil AP9X is the culmination of all of the recent technological advancements from one of the most popular LED aquarium light manufacturers in the hobby.
Kessil is known for leading in multichip LED light tech. Excellent spectrum-blending qualities and balanced light spread has been something we and many hobbyists have come to count on from them. Kessil's patented Dense Matrix Array packs 55 LED chips into a space smaller than a quarter. With 110 LED chips between two arrays, the AP9X has the best color mixing in the industry - no diffuser necessary and no disco-ball effect! The latest iteration of Kessil’s Dense Matrix array places the chips closer than ever before. More chips in a tighter space results in better color mixing and a brighter single point source - just like the Sun on a natural coral reef. The redesigned optics provide an even light distribution that blankets your aquarium with up to 48” of coverage and can provide useful PAR levels as deep as 30" below the surface. This uniform coverage minimizes hotspots and creates an effect similar to that of a metal halide / T5 combo.
PAR measures all visible light, but coral health primarily relies on the 425nm (violet) and 455nm (royal blue) wavelengths. Kessil LED output focuses on these essential wavelengths, prioritizing coral growth and propagation over inflated total PAR numbers. More efficient LED chips and better heat management result in less energy being lost as heat. This means more light for your reef with the same power draw.
In addition to Kessil’s signature Tuna Blue spectrum, the AP9X gives you access to the full range of individually adjustable color channels (red, green, purple) which can be accessed via the Kessil app. Kessil Logic ensures that cosmetic color settings won't interfere with the core spectrum, allowing users to dial in their preferred color settings without affecting coral health. The AP9X also includes 395nm LED chips, which emit True UVA light for maximum coral pigment fluorescence.
Sleek yet Robust
The AP9X sports a newly redesigned heat sink and an efficient vortex fan that reduces the accumulation of dust and debris - extending longevity and enhancing efficiency. With design elements inspired by marine fauna, high-performance automotive engineering, and the sun itself, the AP9X boasts a sleek, unobtrusive profile with an aesthetically pleasing touch panel. Not just a box of LEDs— the AP9X compliments the natural beauty of a well-maintained aquarium.
Mimic natural day/night cycles and lunar phases with smooth dimming down to 0.1%—from a gentle sunrise to the faintest moonlight.
With two K-Link and two 0-10V control ports, the AP9X can be easily wired to adjacent Kessil fixtures. Lights in a wired group can then be app-controlled via the AP9X’s WiFi connection. A single AP9X can act as the wireless access point for up to 32 X-Series lights and 20 0-10V lights.
K-Link + WiFi
Don’t want WiFi signals or interference? Multiple-fixture setups can be controlled via individual WiFi connections or daisy-chained together to access up to 32 lights via one master fixture. Turn off the WiFi and control the AP9X with the built-in manual controls or the Spectral Controller X.
Download the Kessil WiFi App:
Mounting Options (sold separately)
The AP9X can be supported over your tank through a couple of mounting options.
The new AP9X Mounting arm supports the fixture with a single arm, and the integrated swivel joint allows for 60 degrees of vertical rotation and 180 degrees of horizontal rotation.
The LED Light Panel Hanging Kit allows you to hang your AP9X from your ceiling or even within your canopy and provides enough cable for an 8 foot drop, as well as the necessary suspension hardware.
- Dimensions: 16.46” x 5.71” x 1.42”
- Max Coverage: 48" x 24"
- Recommended Coverage: 30" x 24"
- Unit Weight: 2.05lbs
- Spectrum: Tuna Blue + Red +Green + Purple (Violet+Indigo)
- Power Adapter: 120V AC/ 60 Hz (Input), 48V DC (Output)
- Power Consumption: AC 185W Max.
- Cable Length: 10ft from fixture to power supply
- AP9X LED Light Panel
- AP9X Power Supply & Cable
- Metal screw hook & hanging brackets
Great Product! By Krishna on 7/28/2020Krishna would recommend this product to a friendI usually don’t write any reviews but i figured anyone who is thinking about spending over $800 on this led light would appreciate some hands on experience other than the product videos out right now and hopefully ill answer any questions you might possibly have on it.
Ive been researching lighting solutions to replace my old Coralife T5 HO fixture for months on my 150g tall. I was thinking of getting a couple of Kessil a360 or XR15s, for the same price, and the Aquatic life T5 hybrid fixture and stumbled upon the AP9X on its release date. I decided to try it out after a few days of limited research. I went with the Aquatic life T5 hybrid with the AP9X in the middle; mounted them at 12” above the water. That was a recommendation from Kessil. My tank is a mixed reef that measures 48” across and 30” deep and 24” wide. It handles it no prob.
It’s a pretty powerful lightweight led light. When turning it on to set it up, try not to have it on top of any surfaces because the lamps can give off a ton of heat and possibly burn through your surface at that distance. The cord it comes with is a decent length. The power brick was larger than expected. For those who want to know or are mounting it, it measures 9” by almost 3”. Also, It comes with hanging clips but does not include the mounting wire.
Setting it up through the app was pretty straight forward. Just follow the directions. It has a tuna blue preset for it and you can control any of the other lights Kessil makes as well; in a group or solo. Creating a custom setup was pretty easy as well. Some of the effects you’re able to simulate in your program are Storm, Cloud, Aurora and Rainbow. you can set them from 0.5 to 5 mins and 3 speed settings. It also has a built-in lunar cycle which you can set the start and end time. Im testing out having mine ramp up and down for 12hrs at 80% the max and T5s on for about 6hrs throughout the day.
It’s a beautiful piece of tech. worth the money. I noticed an immediate difference in coral color pop and polyp extension. I can make it look just like the LFS. And as always, Kessil never disappoints in the smooth shimmer effect. I did not notice any disco ball effect.
Great Light By Mario on 7/22/2020Mario would recommend this product to a friendGreat light. I have the A360X with a T5 Hybrid fixture for my 220 gallon reef. I bought 2 AP9X lights to balance out the light. I removed the A360X since the light is visibly different then the AP9X. The AP9X actually looks like metal halide. Out of all the lights I've had in the hobby these are my favorites.
Tip: Buy a K Link cable if you have more than one light. I had some issues trying to get both lights to sync up with the app over WiFi. I had the same issue with the A360X Dongle. If it fails to see the light keep hitting retry on the app. Took me like 15 minutes to get it to see the second light. Resetting the light's wifi did little to help.
I wanted to know if I could mount this light using two of the Kessil tank mount arms that I currently have on my AP700. I cannot use the single arm as my overflow box would be in the way.
Thank you for reaching out to us! The mounts for the AP700 do not work on the newest AP9X, you have to get the mounts for that.