Hydra FiftyTwo HD LED (Black) - Aqua Illumination

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Hydra FiftyTwo HD LED (Black) - Aqua Illumination

100% Recommend this to a friend (4 of 4)

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Quick Overview

With new HD (Hyper Drive) technology you can now transfer power from one channel of LED's to another to give more power to the channels that your tank may need. HD technology also allows you to create almost any spectrum you wish with the easy to use MyAI app and AiFi wireless connection, it is by far one of the easiest lights to connect to and control from anywhere in the world.

Recommended Spread - 24" x 24"

  • Black body

  • Dimensions: 11.875" x 5.375" 1.6" (LxWxH)

  • Power Consumption: 135w from wall

  • Cable Length: 10ft

Note: Hanging kit or EXT rails sold separately.


Full Details

Aqua Illumination has always been known for producing easy to use, attractive and functional LED lights. With their easy to use app for IOS, Android or any other internet connected device you can have the ability to control your light from anywhere their is internet access. With their parent/child relationship and wireless connection between units running multiple modules is even easier. The MyAI app is by far one of the easiest LED light control apps we have ever used.


Coverage Specifications:

Maximum spread: 30" x 30"

Recommended spread - 24" x 24"


LED Specification:

  • 12 - Cree XP-G2 Cool White (> 70 CRI)
  • 12 - Cree XT-E Royal Blue
  • 12 - Cree XP-E2 Blue
  • 4 - OSRAM OSLON Deep Red
  • 4 - Cree XP-E2 Green
  • 4 - SemiLED 415nm
  • 4 - SemiLED 400nm


What is in the box?

1x Black Body Hydra FiftyTwo HD LED light Unit

1x AC Adapter Power Supply

1x User Manual


4 Items

  • Love them By James on 9/15/2017

    After months of reviews, reading, and talking with people I went over to Hydra 52 HD's and love them. My tank is growing like crazy and love the colors. I will recommend them to everyone I talk to about lighting.
  • unbelievable By Mondo on 3/10/2017

    these lights are amazing. they give an amazing shimmer and you can dial in whatever color you prefer. all off you phone. the acclamation feature is exreamly helpful when i first installed my coral where a little closed. i turned on the acclimation and it reduced the power by 50% and they all started opening uo again. i slowly upped each week then removed the acclamation feature and boom all r happy a glowing. these lights really bring out the colors in my corals way more than my kessils did. very pleased
  • 4 ½ stars By Jim on 10/24/2016

    I really like my new lights. My only complaint is it took three tries to update firmware on my 3 lights. Not a lot of documentation describing features. I really like the acclimation mode as these lights are much brighter than my old ones. My hammer corals & sea anemones look better already. Rail kit made installation easy.
  • Absolutely a quality product By AnotherPlanet on 9/5/2016

    I went through several lights before finally investing in (2) Hydra 52 HD lights for my 90 gallon reef tank. The ability to use a well designed iOS app to set specific schedules or manually adjust lighting is an excellent feature. The lights themselves produce a brilliant display for all times of the day. I combined these lights with the ext ceiling hanging mount and I'm not disappointed. My corals and fish love these lights.


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Product Questions

I have a 48x24x24 tank looking to upgrade my lights. Will 2 Hydra 52 lights be sufficient? What would be the best mounting orientation for them parallel or perpendicular?

Thanks Joe
Question by: Joe Lepore on Jan 21, 2017 4:02:00 AM
Great question! Two of these lights would be sufficient for your tank, however I would mount them parallel to the length of the tank for the best even spread! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 25, 2017 3:49:00 PM
Is the AI Hydra 52 HD compatible with the AI Hydra 52 hardware controller?
Question by: James Bender on Jan 21, 2017 5:57:00 AM
Hey there! The Hydra 52 HD has a built-in WiFi signal that you connect to with the AI App. This light is not compatible with control through an Aquarium Controller. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 25, 2017 3:43:00 PM
I have a 72x24x24. Would 3 of these fixtures spaced 18" apart work well, or would you recommend 4 spaced 14.4" apart for best growth and color on a mix SPS LPS system?
Question by: Joshua Luster on Jun 27, 2016 11:49:00 PM
Great question!
Theses have a 30" x 24" spread and 3 would work well on a mixed SPS LPS tank.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jul 1, 2016 9:52:00 AM
Do I have to have the wireless controller to set specific schedules and adjust lighting? Where can I get them?
Question by: Thang Nguyen on Nov 15, 2016 2:17:00 PM
Great question! The HD technology allows you to create almost any spectrum you wish with the easy to use MyAI app and AiFi wireless connection, so no additional controller is needed. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 15, 2016 7:02:00 PM
Would this work for a 24x24x20 tank or would 2 AI hydra 26 fixtures be better?
Question by: Andres Zavala on Jun 7, 2017 12:06:00 AM
That would actually be just about perfect for that size tank!

Have a great day!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 13, 2017 5:02:00 PM
Is this light controllable from the Apex?
Question by: Hunter on Nov 7, 2016 10:58:00 AM
Great question! These cannot be controlled by the Neptune Apex. They must be controlled through the AI app. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Nov 7, 2016 5:30:00 PM
How many of these fixtures to light an SPS tank 72x24= 180 gallon
Question by: Don DeFeo on Jun 16, 2016 10:53:00 PM
Great question!
The 52 will have a great of 30" x 24" realistically 3 would be a minimum for best spread across the tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 21, 2016 3:32:00 PM
32x24x20 reef tank one 52hd be enough spread
Question by: Dave on Jul 19, 2016 9:33:00 AM
Hi Dave,
A single Hydra 52 HD would be lacking in light on that size tank. We wouldn’t really recommend that light for any tanks wider than 30” at most. For a 32” long tank you would definitely want two of those. You may want to look into the Hydra 26 HD lights since two of them will cover your tank as well.
Answer by: Charlie Onan (Admin) on Jul 19, 2016 11:06:00 AM
How many units for a 36" x 36" cube? About 26 " deep.
Question by: Steven Torres on Aug 15, 2016 4:48:00 PM
Thanks for reaching out to us! Two of these fixtures would be perfect for that cube! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Aug 16, 2016 6:26:00 PM
Would this light be good on a 54 gallon bow from tank? It's about 26 in across in longest part. And 20 inch deep?
Question by: Adam on Oct 6, 2016 10:19:00 AM
Hey there, I think this light would be a perfect fit for a 54gal bowfront! :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Oct 14, 2016 9:52:00 AM
48x24x30 tall (150g tall) will two of these lights be sufficient for a mixed reef tank? Mainly softies and lps but some sps in the future. Thanks!
Question by: Patrick on Jun 4, 2017 3:28:00 PM
A pair of 52's should be plenty of light for a mixed reef. Obviously there will be some areas brighter than others, but this creates a gradient which allows for mounting flexibility for different corals. With proper placement, sps should be able to thrive just fine.

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 9, 2017 3:37:00 PM
on the hanging kits i dont see any bolts, are the bolts on the fixture?
Question by: Anthony Bolouri-Rad on Dec 1, 2016 7:54:00 PM
Great question! The ATI hanging kit will mount to the EXT Rails, which are needed to hang the Hydra lights. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Dec 2, 2016 1:16:00 PM
How many modules would I need for coverage on a mixed reef 65 gal 37" long, and 24" deep? If one isn't enough, can I sync a fiftytwo and a twentysix together?
Question by: Tim on Jun 25, 2016 10:43:00 PM
The spread of a single light is 30" x 24". While they will not be synced together per se they will work through the same app and run the same programs.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jul 1, 2016 11:05:00 AM