- Hydra 32 HD LED Reef Light - Black Body - Aqua Illumination
More Color, More Spread, More Power, and More Refined
A new generation of Aqua Illumination Hydra lighting is here! The Hydra 32 HD has been redesigned making the reef lights more efficient with better aesthetics. The Hydra Lights have been a staple in the reefing community for years and the new Hydra 32 HD Lights take the same great features and benefits while using more efficient hardware that ultimately gives better light and spread throughout your aquarium.
- Easy Control with the MyAI App
- More LEDs
- More PAR
- More Spread
- Improved Optic Design
- Improved Water Resistance
- Thinner Form Factor
- Multiple Mounting Options
- Dedicated Moonlight Channel
- Wider Spectrum (more channels)
Redesigning the plastics in the Prime and Hydra lineup has resulted in two major benefits: better efficiency and better aesthetics. Efficiency improvements reduce the demands on active cooling for longer component life. Improvements to design thin the fixtures and reduce their profile and presence over your aquarium.
Water-resistance is a major benefit in aquarium lighting - and while the new Prime and Hydras are not waterproof, design improvements make them more capable of facing the moisture-rich adventures of reef keeping.
A dedicated moonlight LED and channel has been added in the new Prime HD, Prime FW, Hydra 32HD and Hydra 64HD modules. This allows for independent moonlighting designed to simulate the natural lunar color and intensity.
Control on the lights will use the existing myAI® app which is free, simple and very quick to a program offering onsite direct BLE connection through your smart device. Additional control options may become available for the new generation Prime and Hydras over time.
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Optics and Output
Output in terms of PAR, color mixing and spread are all improved with the new fixtures. The incorporation of more LEDs results in a more targeted full-spectrum, TIR lenses shape the light’s output and improve its efficiency. The result is more color POP as well as a slightly wider output area and higher average PAR. A combination LED placement and lens geometry blend the light from the clusters so that color separation is further reduced.
Mounting hardware as previously available for Hydra and Prime fixtures will work with
the new version lights. The exception is the Hydra-Flex arm which will require a different light bracket due to the size difference in the new fixtures. The Flex arm bracket will change with the new fixtures. Older flex arms being used to mount the new lights will need a new light bracket.
Dimensions - 7.28" L x 5.375" W x 1.42" H
LED Channels - 7(+1)
Number of LEDs - 32(+4)
Power Consumption - 90 watts
Optical Reflectors - TIR (total internal reflectors)
1x Black Aqua Illumination Hydra HD 32 Light Fixture
1x Aqua Illumination Hydra HD 32 Power Supply
Tuning Your New LED Light
Most LED lights will actually put out more light than your corals will actually need and without a PAR Meter to test the overall output, it is really hard to guess if the light is too dim or intense. We highly suggest using a PAR Meter to test the output of your lights at different points throughout your tank that you can use to tune the lights output or know where to put specific corals.
Great product By Erik on 1/31/2020Erik would recommend this product to a friendI switched from a cheaper model to Hydra 32HD. Now I know that my corals were just surviving as oppose to thriving. I have set up the light to “Radion AB+”, as recommended by BRS, and corals couldn’t be happier.
Also few words about BRS. On time, some items, even earlier delivery. Great customer support and overall a knowledgeable team. Thank you.
Great light but a step back in usability By Michael on 11/24/2019Michael would recommend this product to a friendThis light is great! I originally had an AI Prime HD and fell in love with the AI lineup of products due to their ease of setup, use, and monitoring with the built in Wi-Fi and MyAi app/website. I bought the Hydra 32 shortly after release and a trip to RAP Chicago 2019 to see them in person and have to say I am very happy as the LED puck is not only more powerful but the spread of the 32 upgraded compared to the Prime HD and presumably the spread of the Hydra 26's looks to be much better. The only problem with these lights as of 11-24-2019 is that the 32 and the new lineup of Prime and Hydra's do not connect via Wi-Fi which isn't a big deal when in range of the Bluetooth they connect with.
However when you are not in range or are wanting to connect via a laptop or desktop. Since there currently isn't a Wi-Fi connection option there is no way to log in or access the light over the web anywhere in the world which I think was a major selling point for the older versions. While not a deal breaker it does feel like a step back considering that according to the article I have linked the lights do come with an Wi-Fi antenna. I would be very nice to see a firmware update re-enable the Wi-Fi capabilities that would allow the control from anywhere and act as a hub for also bluetooth connected Nero 5 pump.
Again the Wi-Fi is not a complete deal breaker as the lights truly are a upgrade but had I done a little better research I may have gone with a dual 26hd setup with the reduced prices and still kept my wifi connectivity.
Here is the Link https://reefbuilders.com/2019/10/09/hydra-64-hands-on-top-10-changes-to-ais-most-powerful-led-light/
Had one minor issue. Resolved. Great light. By Brett on 11/3/2019Brett would recommend this product to a friendHad a "driver fault" (teal & red) led flashing out of the box. After contacting ai, was quickly resolved. Seems the board connecting the pucks rattles out of position during shipping. Took it apart in a few minutes, plugged the board in and fixed the issue. Did a par test and the light seems pretty powerful. Colors are nice seems a lot better than the older prime i had, coral look happy and have colored up nicely.. 4/5 due to the issue. Would recommend. Not to much of a hassle to resolve driver fault issue, should be an easy fix for ai to keep from happening for other people.
How many of these would you recommend over a 72x2x2 tank?
I would not go with any less than 4, personally I would go with at least 5.
I'm not really seeing anything about depth? I'm new. Trying to find a Reef light for my 65g. 36"Lx18"Wx24"T and I am struggling.
With most LEDs you will not see a depth given, they are all capable of increasing intensity to hit the depths of your average reef tank. 24" tall is no problem for these lights, however I would go with 2 instead of just one.
What area do these cover looking at getting a new tank that is 24/24/20 decided between one of these or one single puck model
They cover a spread of ~20x20. I would go with 2 AI primes over the 32.