- Hydra TwentySix 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 Coverage - 18" x 18"
- Black Body
- Dimensions: 7.3" x 5.375" 1.6" (LxWxH)
- Power Consumption: 90w 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 - 24" x 24"
Recommended spread - 18" x 18"
- 6 - Cree XP-G2 Cool White (> 70 CRI)
- 6 - Cree XT-E Royal Blue
- 6 - Cree XP-E2 Blue
- 2 - OSRAM OSLON Deep Red
- 2 - Cree XP-E2 Green
- 2 - SemiLED 415nm
- 2 - SemiLED 400nm
What is in the box?
1x Black Body Hydra TwentySix HD LED light Unit
1x AC Adapter Power Supply
1x User Manual
Note: Hanging kit or EXT rails sold separately.
Good light By Eddie on 2/23/2018Eddie would recommend this product to a friendI upgraded to 2 Hydra 26 HD's on my 40 breeder from a DIY fixture and have been very happy. The coverage is great, I don't see any "disco ball" effect and i like the ability to control the spectrum and lighting effects. The only negative so far is they dropped connection to my wifi once but i was able to reset them and connect back.
burn out in 45days By Teresa on 2/20/2018Teresa would recommend this product to a friendI purchased the red sea reefer 425xl and the hydra 26 came with the system. I love the look of the tank with these lights. However, after only 45 days of use my "child" unit stop functioning. Called red sea they said call manufacturer. they request your cc info in case you don't send back the broken light as well as charge you for overnight shipping. You can, of course let your corals go several days with light if you want to wait on them to mail snail mail. Or another suggestion they offered was to "borrow" one from you LFS. Right. We'll see how this pans out as it all happened this morning.
PS - the wifi connect is AWFUL!
Alright for price By CS on 1/29/2018CS would recommend this product to a friendI have three of these lights on my tank for about 2 years now, and if you do a few things they are a good light.
1.Built in WIFI
2.Lights are strong enough for mixed reef tank
3.Fairly simple control
4:Price vs others for what you get
1.Built in WIFI is week (easy fix was buying cheap router and setting up as wireless access point near tank)
2.No water resistance what so ever. The first three lights had to be repaired or replaced after a year and a half due to corrosion on the board in same spot on all three (fan connector) from moisture in air. (once again an easy fix is to take apart real quick and cover board with conformal coating)
3.Controler could use a few more options
Overall once I fixed the 2 large issue the lights are great. Would give 5 stars if AI would fix these issues instead of having to do them yourself.
Best lights By Abraham on 1/1/2018Abraham would recommend this product to a friendI just got these lights this December .. wow what a difference color and coverage was night and day compared to my old lights . WiFi was easy to connect and programming was fairly easy
I have also lost power and lights came right back on when power returned
Best leds I have ever owned . I have two of these over a 75 gallon and my tank has never looked better
Nice Lights By Ken on 10/30/2017Ken would recommend this product to a friendI have had two Hydra 26 HD's for 18 months, upgraded from T5, and so far, my critters (SPS, LPS, Softies, anemone, fish) are healthy. I set them 16 inches apart, 12 inches above my 24x48x24 tank and have good coverage, although I think three might be better. I have tried different settings and intensities but have not observed any significant changes in coral health. I currently run the lights with peak setting as follow: UV 23%, Violet 66%, Royal Blue 88%, Blue 90%, Green 32%, Red 36%, White 45% with a parabolic ramp up/down. These intensity settings somewhat follow ASTM G173 with the exception of green red & white, tuned down to prevent algae bloom. I do have two complaints. One is about the inability to disable daylight saving. To avoid confusing the fish, I set the clock to Pago Pago time. The other complaint is about software updating. The Slave did not receive the update along with the Master. With software mismatch, the two stopped communicating. A work around is to change the Slave to Master, run the update and then change it back to Slave. Hopefully, these will be fixed in future software update.
poor performance By jernst on 8/26/2017jernst wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe lights work fine but the network connection is a nightmare. If the go out for some reason like power or something else it is a nightmare to get them to reconnect. Way to much trouble.
Good while they lasted By William Jenkins on 8/2/2017William Jenkins wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOverall I really enjoyed these lights. Corals seemed to love them and they were fairly easy to use once I got them set up.
After working well for a little over a year and a half, the blue LEDs in one of the units stopped turning on completely. All the other colors work fine and everything works fine on there other fixture. Contacted customer support and it turns out there is only a 1 year warranty on the lights. They suggested I package up my light and send to them so they can assess and repair but I have to cover all costs. In addition to what it's going to cost me to ship and have it repaired I now also have to try and rearrange all my corals to try and get them under the one working light I have. Overall I'm very disappointed that for the money I spent I only get 1 year of coverage on what is clearly a manufacturers defect and now need to shell out more money to keep them working. I expected more from a led fixtures that are marketed as being high end
Setting up the Wifi was a pain as it was not compatible with my wireless router (had to purchase a second router just so I could connect the lights) and I had a lot of issues getting the two units I had to work together correctly.
WiFi is poor drops connection all the time, and that is saying it nicely By IlMGuy99 on 7/23/2017IlMGuy99 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe only stable way to control the lights remotely based on experience and via a call to the manufacture is by setting up the Parent light as an access point then connect the Child devices. The hope was to connect it to my home wifi like every other piece of trchnilogy out there. Tech support says that they DON'T SUGGEST connecting it to your WiFi because it is UNSTABLE. Instead, you have to connect to the internal Access point meaning that if you switch your phone or computer to the new SSID you won't have internet. Furthermore, that means that you cannot connect to the lights wirelessly when away from home or more than 20 feet away from the lights. That is half the reason I purchased these lights. The fact that it doesn't connect to Apex is one further reason I would avoid this expensive light until AI feels like making this product like it should be.
great light if you have dedicated wifi, horrible mount By Natalie on 5/29/2017Natalie wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI was really excited to purchase this light. And after the initial learning curve (because there are no real instructions in the box on how to connect the darn thing to wifi), I spent the day setting up a stunning schedule. Loved it...for the first month. Then I began to notice the light going off at random during the day. Where we live, we do not have dedicated wifi, so I haven't been keeping a connection. Well...we changed providers. Problem solved right? Nope...worse. I can not get the system to connect to the wifi and it keeps telling me device has timed out of it's connection...over and over and over. All my other devices have great connection but for some reason my Hydra will not connect. I've deleted the device, added it back, deleted it again, and added it back but no improvement. Also, the light mount will not stay in place. I bought the mount to clip to the back of the tank. The light is heavy enough that it continually pulls the light down and down until the mount pops off the top lip of the tank. Be prepared to glue it. These lights come with a hefty price tag, and they are not worth the frustration if you don't have dedicated wifi. They need to come with a manual option...ALWAYS. I'd even settle for the ability to build and save a schedule on my cloud via pc...but can't seem to find that option either.
So a quick recap:
The tank mount will have to be glued to my tank.
The connection is a toss up if you don't have dedicated wifi.
There are literally no helpful instructions in the box.
Once you've connected to a wifi provider...I hope you don't have to switch to a new one.
Fortunately I stumbled across a manual override by pressing the back button a number of times, and at least I can turn the lights on during the day so I don't lose my corals. But, I'll be replacing this thing very soon.
As for the light? It's beautiful. I loved the spectrum and the color of my corals and fish for the one month that I had sporadic connectivity.
Beautiful Lights By POWERRANGR on 5/10/2017POWERRANGR would recommend this product to a friendI bought 2 of these for my 90g as suggested in a "BRS chat" and WOW!!! I mounted them in a Hood and there are no issues with light distance or heat from these. Very impressed with the sunrise and sunset settings that doesn't scare my shy fish at all. Would buy them again for sure. Thanks BRS team for the suggestion!
Love it By Randall on 4/15/2017Randall would recommend this product to a friendI bought a reefer deluxe system which came with a 26HD. The light is amazing so far. The interface is easy to use. I love the mobile app. Hopefully I am DONE with hot metal halides!
Superior LED Light! By FLSharkvictim on 9/23/2016FLSharkvictim would recommend this product to a friendHydra TwentySix HD LED's are the bomb and have a unbelievable look to them. I really enjoy using the MyAI app and AiFi wireless connection. It is by far one the easiest lights to connect and control from anywhere in the world. It took me a little over a day and i NEEDED a little help from AI, but i had both pair up and running in no time.. These Hydrs26's are the best bang for your buck on the market. What every you do, if you go with these Hydra's make sure you start out in the acclimation mode or your going to have a massive Algae bloom. Another plus is the RAMP UP and the RAMP DOWN. Great addition to the Hydra's.. Here are my current settings for 1 month until I acclimate my these LEDS..
Royal Blue: 75%
How many of these would you recommend on 3 by 2 by 2 feet tank? Im keeping a mix reef with more lps and softies. Thanks
Would three of these work well in my 120 gallon mixed reef build? It is a standard 6' long x 2' tall tank.Or should I go with two of the larger Hydra's? I have two braces equally spaced on the top of the tank (rimmed with these two braces running front to back) and am concerned about shadow effect if I only use two of the larger Hydra's, where if I use 3 of these guys I can put them in each of the spaces between the braces.
We recommend 3 of the Hydra 26's which will have a spread of 24" x 24" each. This will eliminate the shadowing concern. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Are these controllable through the reef keeper like the gen 1 SOLs were?
I have a 190 gal corner tank 43x43x43 from corner to center of bow it is 36" deep would 3 hydra 26hd work or what do you recommend
Can these work with apex
These will not work with the Apex, Only through the My AI app or through the AiFi control built into the light. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
How many would I use for a 72Lx18Wx22H tank? Also what are the options for mounting this besides hanging off a ceiling?
If these cant work with Apex then why does the apexfusion have a virtual outlet named Hydra for lightening? Just as it has for Radion. Thank you
The Apex did used to work with the Old model Hydra 26. the new HD models have lost controlability with the AWM module from Neptune Systems
How long is the warranty?
Would using one of these be better than a single prime over a nuvo 40?
How many do you neeed for a 120g 4824x24?
What cable hanging kit could I use to hang only 1 of these with?
For one more multiple Hydra lights, you'll want to purchase the EXT rail sections, and then the EXT Hanging kit will allow for suspension when attached to the rails.
Have a great day!