- Hydra FiftyTwo HD LED (Black) - Aqua Illumination
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
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.
Maximum spread: 30" x 30"
Recommended spread - 24" x 24"
- 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
Note: Hanging kit or EXT rails sold separately.
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 light By Trung on 10/16/2019Trung would recommend this product to a friendI bought 3 lights about 4 years ago and had no problem with any one of them . Just upgrade to a new one and bought 2 more. My coral love it . Great light , great customer service . will buy again.
Garbage By Jacob on 6/24/2019Jacob wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWorked for a month. The warranty is not real. It’s a scam. My light was mounted so submersion was impossible, and my water changes are done from under the unit. They take your credit card information for shipping. Then they destroy your light and sell you a new one for $400.00. Garbage light - Garbage warranty - garbage company.
Worry About Your Warranty By MisterDaniel on 2/10/2019MisterDaniel wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBought 4 units from them, all have had 1 issue or another. When they work they are INCREDIBLE lights. If you send them in for service... they keep them and tell you that you will get a (SMALL) discount on a new set but never have an intention of fixing your lights. When I asked what was wrong with them it took 5 minutes to make something up while "They were looking it up". Who wants to by more light from a company who won't stand behind the products that were already purchased from them. This is the WORST company, worst customer service, worst technical support... I would have been happy with refurbished parts just to get my lights back into service. There are too many companies selling lights for me to ever buy from these swindlers again. Call consumer affairs. BRS this review need to be where people can make a educated decision on this company and their cheaply made components.
Poor quality By Mike on 2/4/2019Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friendHad to replace all my lighting in my fish tank, due to Aqua Illumination Not having replacement parts.
Best Bang for you buck! By FLSharkvictim on 12/30/2018FLSharkvictim would recommend this product to a friendI have own 2 Hydra HD led's for a quite a while now and I love them! There is a bit of shadowing but I guess it comes with the territory. I just recently bought another Hydra HD fixture but got the Fifty Two for the middle of my new SCA 150 build. Meaning I will be running 2 Hydra HD Led's on each side of my 5ft tank x 24'' and have my Hydra HD fixture dead smack in the middle of the tank using all D&D Slimline single arm brackets. They are very hard to get since they only make that D&D line over in Australia.. I know a guy in Canada who sells these D&D Slimline single arm brackets AND THEY ARE $99.99 per brackets. There is no comparison between the HMS KITS or Single arms kits that they make! I have owned the single arm mounts that lean forward and I had the Single bar mounts and not the biggest fan of HMS and how they manufacture their steel. They review is about the Hydra which is a clear 2nd TO the ECOTECH RADION XR30W G4 PRO LED LIGHT FIXTURE. Anyways, i can't wait to see what 3 Hydras will look like in my 150 is if I still get my showing what so ever, I will be doing an upgrade to the Aquatic Life Hybrid T-5 4 Lamp Light Fixture 61'' and add my three Hydra HDS
Unfortunately disappointing and unhelpful support By Derrell on 11/30/2018Derrell wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBought 3 of these and from the very beginning had issues with them. Had to call support several times which were helpful at the time but as time passed by my coral were starting to die even though all water parameters were good. Eventually I sent 2 of the 3 for the company to run diagnostics on the units and come to find out they were defective in several ways and the company would offer is a discount on new ones if I choose to buy them but wouldn’t replace them since I had an ongoing record of issues with the light.
Best in the business By Aries on 4/30/2018Aries would recommend this product to a friendAbsolutely amazing !
All I can say.
Just go very slow
I use less then 100w totoal on my 150g reef
(Sps are included)
Very high par numbers..
No customer service or support By Pamlico on 3/15/2018Pamlico wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased the Hydra 52 lights a couple of years ago. The controller went bad and they said they do not have the controllers and I would have to purchase new lights. Unreal!
Poor customer service By Rob on 12/22/2017Rob wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis company doesn't stand behind their product. Previously, I was using a no-name brand purchased from a local fish store, and received much better service.
Love them By James on 9/15/2017James would recommend this product to a friendAfter 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 3/10/2017Mondo would recommend this product to a friendthese 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 10/24/2016Jim would recommend this product to a friendI 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.
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?
Is the AI Hydra 52 HD compatible with the AI Hydra 52 hardware controller?
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?
Theses have a 30" x 24" spread and 3 would work well on a mixed SPS LPS tank.
Do I have to have the wireless controller to set specific schedules and adjust lighting? Where can I get them?
Would this work for a 24x24x20 tank or would 2 AI hydra 26 fixtures be better?
Have a great day!
Is this light controllable from the Apex?
How many of these fixtures to light an SPS tank 72x24= 180 gallon
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!
32x24x20 reef tank one 52hd be enough spread
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.
How many units for a 36" x 36" cube? About 26 " deep.
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?
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!