- 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.
Control software is a nightmare and programs don't seem to work By Tsintse on 12/3/2018Tsintse wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought two of these to go over my 60 gallon tank. I've had nothing but issues getting the lights programmed and keeping them running the program consistently. After recently trying to adjust the blue levels using the Android application I can no longer get these things to stay on... they randomly turn off after 15 min and then turn on. I've checked the settings and everything is set to ramp up at 8am and ramp down at 6pm with night led's but no, I have to sit and watch these stupid things turn off and on every 15 minutes. Tired of dealing with them and I'm just going to ditch them for another product after putting up with the inconsistent behavior for over a year. Total waste of $350 x 2 in my opinion.
Best lights for the money By Fishy on 11/25/2018Fishy would recommend this product to a friendRead the reviews above and can't believe what has been said. It's 2018, who doesn't have good wifi? I guess if you don't, don't buy the lights. I have great Wifi and these lights ROCK. i have them over a 50 gallon cube with about 30 anemones in it and it's INCREDIBLE. I could not justify spending more on the Radeons when these do a GREAT job. I have not had one issue with these lights in over a year. I do not like the mount because you cannot extend it far enough to get the the middle of the tank so keep that in mind. If you have good wifi, are a bit technical and want a good light for the money, these are those lights.
WILL NOT last long better read before purchase By Xcubed on 6/27/2018Xcubed wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased this light two years ago. I had it on AI's light holder. One week ago it goes out. When I took it down it had a small bubble in the hard plastic by one of the lights. It looked like it had melted from the inside. I returned it to AI for repair. I got an email today stating it could not be fixed due to HEAVY WATER DAMAGE. How in the world is this possible. It's an aquarium light, on THEIR STAND, above the aquarium an has NEVER touched the water! They said they would sell me another one for $225. Not going to happen. This light is too expensive for this to have happened.
Awesome lights By Jeremy on 4/3/2018Jeremy would recommend this product to a friendHave had three of these lights on a 150 gallon mixed reef for about 2 years. They are very well made the phone app works great. They can blend for awesome color. Was hard to find the right spectrum setting BRS has a great video on how to set the spectrum. Thank you BRS for great videos making reefing little easier!!
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.
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!