Why does BRS recommend this?
The owner of BRS uses these lights on his personal tank. Kessil produces their own Dense Matrix LED chip which gives them ultimate control over spectrum of the LED chip and the quality. They can be used with or without a controller and give a very natural metal halide shimmer. We find the A360W-E LED lights to have more than enough power for most tanks up and over 24" deep, and with the different mounting options available they are easily adaptable to your tanks lighting needs.
Now amazing shimmer with a controllable LED, we can't help but be impressed with the natural looking lighting effect produced by Kessil LEDs. They produce an amazing shimmer to rival a metal halide and you can even see the shadows of fish swimming over the sand - just like in the ocean. Kessil has put years of research into their LEDs creating a Dense Matrix LED which tightly packs the LEDs onto one chip with numerous colors and numerous wavelengths of light.
- Kessil Logic™ - Adjust color on one channel and intensity on other channel
- Compatible with external 0~10V Controller like Neptune Apex or Digital Aquatics Reefkeeper
- Compact, pendant design
- Exceptional shimmer effect
- Dense Matrix LED - patented design of tightly packed LED
- Proprietary blend of precision UV light to encourage coral coloration
- Two Channels for fine tuning of color spectrum
- Quiet operation
- Runs cool at high efficiency
Dense Matrix LED
Kessil has spent millions of dollars and five years researching a different approach to LED. Instead of individually wrapped LED chips, Kessil tightly packs them together. This results in blends of different light wavelengths before they leave the light, providing uniform color throughout your tank. The single light source eliminates the spotlight effect, effectively spreading the light over a wide area.
The new proprietary Kessil Logic™ is featured on the A360 LEDs. It is a unique form of spectral intelligence developed for precise color blending and optimal coral growth. Before you could vary the light intensity of two different channels to find the desired color and intensity mix. Now users can select the perfect spectrum and color with one knob and then adjust the intensity with the other boosting the light output at both ends of the spectral tuning range by as much as 30%.
- Kessil Spectral Controller
- On/off timing
- Intensity and color spectrum adjustment
- Compatible with 0~10V Controller
- Apex Ready+ - Certified by Neptune Systems. Use Kessil A360 Neptune Apex Control Cable
- Digital Aquatics Reefkeeper. Use Kessil A360 ReefKeeper Control Cable
- Control multiple lights by connecting them with the Kessil A360 Unit Link Cable
- Dimensions: 2.96" Length x 4" Diameter
- 24" surface diameter by 3' penetration (on average)
- Power Usage: 90W
- Power Supply: 100-240 VAC (Input), 48 VDC, 1.87A (Output)
Two Models Available
- Kessil A360W-E - Wide angle lens for the best spread and coverage
- Kessil A360N-E - Narrow angle lens focuses the light for better penetration
What's in the Box
- Kessil A360W-E LED Light with Cord
- Extension Cable
- AC Adapter
- Power Cord
- Two Metal Hooks - to attach light to wood, acoustical tile or other ceiling
- Two Light Mounting sets
LED Flicker By Morgan C on 2/6/2018Morgan C wouldn't recommend this product to a friendYou buy a product like this because you think an LED will last for years. Maybe because you don't want to buy new bulbs every year? Well this product is not what you are looking for. I have 2 A360W hooked to their spectral controller. One month out of warranty and one of the lights flickers the blue spectrum on and off. I contact support. They replied that the product was out of warranty and provided a checklist of things that may help fix the issue. Make sure the heat sync is clean. Check. Try hooking the light to a new power supply. Check. All the things they recommended did not work. I contact support again. There is nothing they will do. You cannot even pay them to service the light...... Your only option is to buy another unit. NO THANKS
So you can change MH bulbs each year. Or you can replace Kessil every other year.
*Lights were up for exactly 2 years and 33 days. 14 hours a day with a 14%-70% increase of intensity over 6 hrs, hold at 70% for 1 hr, and 70%-14% decrease of intensity for the last 6 hrs. (Dawn to Dusk simulation.)
Works great if you use the included hardware By Matt on 1/20/2018Matt would recommend this product to a friendI unboxed 4 lights 2 of which worked great. The other two would turn on for a little bit then shut off. Due to the lack of fan noise it was obvious the lights were overheating and shutting off.
I used custom mounting hardware and I ran into a pretty big design flaw due to this. The center mounting hole goes all the way to the fan. When I installed the screw I was using it went all the way down to the fan which was keeping it from rotating and causing the light to overheat.
For those having issues with the fan rotation and noise make sure the hardware you are using is not touching the fan.
The fans all work really well now.
Kessil 360 By stephanie on 12/31/2017stephanie wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have purchased kessil 350 and 360s over the years for my 220 gal and have never had a light last much past warranty and some have not even lasted that long. I even keep my lights clean. As far as I am concerned I would never purchase another product from kessil again especially with my reef tank requiring reliable lights. This is not a possibility from kessil.
Great Product for 2012 By Tom S on 12/28/2017Tom S wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThese won accolades in 2012 but there are many new lights with better performance. It appears that Kessil is riding the 2012 success wave and not improving the product. I bought three lights and have a fan in the process of failing I emailed customer service and they offered the $100 troubleshoot or buy a new one for $290. My lights are two months past the warranty period and for the money I paid I expected better customer service. My lfs is experiencing the same problems with fans/lights and gets zero support even though he carries Kessil exclusively. Very poor customer service but does make good light if you can get one to last.
Great lights By Brandon on 11/2/2017Brandon would recommend this product to a friendTank looks amazing and everything is responding really good.
stopped working By Lindsey G. on 10/31/2017Lindsey G. wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have to say I love the look these lights give however, I purchased 3 lights total and I am down to 1 working. The first one went out, just will not turn on. Since they are 2years old and out of warranty, I could send it back to them for $100 for diagnostic then it would be more to fix if they can. The second light flashes every few days, I have to unplug it and plug it back in. I am afraid it too will quit working. Customer service was really not helpful and didn't seem to care that my $1700 worth of lights were not working after 2years. All they could offer was the instructions to take the light apart and clean it. The price does not reflect quality.
amazing lights, but not a lot of surface area By will on 9/26/2017will would recommend this product to a friendThese lights look very very nice, but something to keep in mind is that they are very small at the source, versus some of the more expensive other brands that are more rectangular with the light more spread out at the source. If I had to do it again, I would have spent the extra money and got something that was more spread out. These look a little spotlight and have a lot 'movement' due to surface water flow. Where if the light came through the top of the water in more places, I think it would look more natural. The lights themselves are amazing though, for the price - work very very well with the apex system.
3 lights = 2 DEAD in 2 Years. By Gary on 9/10/2017Gary wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased 3 of these lights when I switched to LEDS, March 2015.
Within the first year..., one of the lights quit. After a lengthy back and forth with customer service, (via email cause they wont answer the phone), they sent me a replacement.
Just past the two year mark.....the second light burned out. Customer service said it was out of warranty and for a $100 fee, they would look at the light to diagnose it. The results of the inspection states the "fan quit working," and "several circuit board burnouts."
So...., there solution was.... for me to buy a replacement light for $290......and they would wave the $100 inspection fee. If I choose to go with a different, more reliable light, I still have to pay the $100 fee.
For a company that touts these lights that they will last thousands of hours......they don't hold up worth a crap and there customer service is even worse.
3 lights = 2 DEAD in 2 Years.
Kessil makes quality products By James on 5/29/2017James would recommend this product to a friendI think these lights have really exceeded expectations. Kessil make great lights and the 360 performs like a champ.
Great LPS light By Jwarne on 5/17/2017Jwarne would recommend this product to a friendGreat light with so much control! Perfect mixed reef light with amazing par spread. I would 100% get the kessil controller with the purchase of the light.
Worked great for 3.5 years By Richard on 5/13/2017Richard would recommend this product to a friendHad no problems with two of these for 3 and a half years. First a few months ago one of the power supplies stopped working. No problem. Contacted the manufacturer and got a new one for $25 I think. Now one of the lights stopped working completely. I can measure the power supply is putting out 19V, but after I plug in the light the power supply overloads and shuts down. So, the light is bad. The second light is still working, but the fan stopped working. probably my fault. I took it apart and found it was pretty loaded with creep and dust. I highly recommend blowing these out more often. But, I was able to find a replacement fan at jpmsupply.com for $3.49. I can easily swap that out.
Over all I'm very happy with the craftsmanship of this light and the appearance. I am here to buy a replacement for the one that stopped working.
Great for growth and color By Andrew on 12/3/2016Andrew would recommend this product to a friendBeen using these lights for awhile now and can honestly say that these are one of the best LED lights on the market. Colors are unbelievable and growth is great as well. I switched from PC to these and I remember my coral responding very well and still are. Love these lights.
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The A360 will ideally be over a 24" x 24" area maximum for good SPS growth. Depending on the length of your tank 3-4 of the lights would be recommended.
A single Kessil A360We LED will be a perfect fit for a Reefer NANO tank. Between the ease of mounting, controlling, and the overall look and spread of the light emitted that would easily be one our top choices to light that tank when it comes to LED’s.
Thanks for the question and if you have any more just let us know.
Should I get the narrow angle or the wide angle model?
After a great deal of problems with the tank, I have converted to a fresh water tank. Is there any parts or bulbs I can
use to convert this light to fresh water?
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A single Kessil A360 would be lacking in light on that size tank. We wouldn’t really recommend that light for any tanks wider than 24” at most. For a 32” long tank you would definitely want two of those to get full coverage and have minimal shadows.
The Kessil A360 lights can have their spectrum and intensity controlled, but the shimmer is not controllable. The new AP700 LED has magnetic diffusers that will lessen the effect of the shimmer, but unfortunately they are not available for the A360 lights. Some people have managed to create their own diffuser using different intensities of semi-translucent clear plastics and then getting creative on attaching them to the light.
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Thanks so much for your help.
We recommend 3 of the Kessil A360's for best performance. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
For a 180g tank we would suggest starting out with 3 Kessel A360We units and once the corals start to grow out a bit more, you may find that you need more lighting to cover up the shadows that the coral growth has created.
We would suggest looking into adding a couple T5 lamps to help even out the coverage in an SPS dominant tank since 5x A360 units can get pretty expensive.