- 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.
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.
Overall Good Quality By Nicholas on 8/3/2019Nicholas would recommend this product to a friendWhile this light is very expensive, with the mounting costing at least 70 more dollars, the light works amazing well once its up. 4/5 only because the wifi thing is tricky and a little confusing.
Excellent build quality, software and integration with primes. By Mark on 7/28/2019Mark would recommend this product to a friendI started adding These on my 370g half Cylinder to add extra punch to my grid of primes. They integrated into the program I was already running seamlessly and give me the extra punch while I use the primes for fill. The Build quality on the Hydra is excellent with a big metal heatsink the feel like a step above even the Ecotechs . Over the years I have dropped a couple air lights in the tank and AI has always had excellent customer service. Though the light was way out of warranty and it was clearly my fault they sold me a new one at a greatly reduced rate. I haven’t used any of the one bracket but I found it easy to make 3D printed brackets that slide on a t slot,
Best light fixture Ive ever worked with By Jeremy on 6/29/2019Jeremy would recommend this product to a friendI run 3 of these units over my RedSea Reefer 625 xxl and I have been nothing but happy with the system. I feel like the one-star reviews are mostly people who did not do their research or simply threw their hands up when things became technical. I have utilized the control panel on my computer to upload lighting patterns and have had no issue finding support for this product. Some of the reviews give this product a poor rating due to BRS's customer support which does not reflect the quality of this product. I have had to contact AI's customer service before when I became confused for a moment and they were nothing but helpful. My issue was quickly resolved and it ended up simply being a misunderstanding on my end. The control you have with these lights is absolutely amazing and I have recommended these lights to many of my colleagues. I operate these lights on my university's marine aquariums and we will be purchasing these fixtures again for our future projects. I highly recommend these lights, just do your research and ensure you have all of the mounting equipment you need if it is not supplied with this package specifically.
Best lights i have By Levi on 3/27/2019Levi would recommend this product to a friendThese things are amazing awsome color and intensity and coverage i have 4 of them over my reefer xxl750 it covers every inch of my tank. It took a couple of trys to get them all linked togeather but once i had the awhaw moment it was a breeze not to hard to set up and i am not a tech wiz far far from it. Im very pleased with this set up.
For the money you spend you should get a quality you deserve By Mike on 2/4/2019Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI Purchased this five lights spent over $2000. The control went out, the companies customer service told me I need to replace everything.
Poor Mounting Equipment Discredits Light and BRS By Malcolm on 1/17/2019Malcolm wouldn't recommend this product to a friendUnfortunately, BRS is engaging in a bit of bait and switch when it comes to this light. In order to have a working light I had to pay $530 rather than the advertised $349. When I requested to return the light due to it being immediately disabled upon installation BRS refused to honor their return policy, as it apparently only applies if one doesn't attempt to return a product.
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!
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?
I have a 220 gallon tank 2'x2'x6' so doing the math I need three of them. I am looking to grow SPF and LPS. To balance the light I am looking to rent a PAR meter but how do I know how to program the light and what should the par be? Or is there a better light for this?
Great question! For programming your light I would recommend checking out AI's Signature Series: https://www.aquaillumination.com/lightsciences/signature-series which offer various downloadable presets (the david saxby setting is the one I use). From there it is a simple 3 finger swipe in the app to adjust the intensity up or down to get the desired PAR levels, which for your tank would range anywhere from 75 - 300 depending on the specific coral , with 250 PAR being the sweet spot to accommodate for the widest range of coral.
Happy reefing! c:
I have a 75 48Lx18Dx21H I’m doing a mixed tank and want to know if 2 of the 26s would be okay? And how is the spectrum? I want to focus on blues but overall?
Two AI Hydra 26s would work well over a mixed reef tank that size. The spectrum of the light is fully adjustable, but I recommend checking out the video below where we show how to match the AB+ spectrum from Ecotech with this light. Have a great day!
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!