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Prime 16 HD LED Reef Light - Black Body - Aqua Illumination

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The World’s Most Popular Reef LEDs

The newest innovation in the Prime line from AquaIllumination, the Prime 16 HD Series brings more power and color where you want it, plus the freedom to use your smartphone as a controller. No longer are you limited to using a fixed amount of power per channel, the Prime 16HD dynamically adjusts power available to each color, borrowing power from the colors you’re not utilizing. Giving you the most vivid spectrum your tank has ever seen. The Prime 16 HD Series is capable of producing a limitless number of spectral combinations to fit your tank’s exacting needs.


Simple Built-in Control

All AI devices include smart control standards. Use the myAI app on any iOS or Android device and is probably one of the easiest pieces of software to get up and running. The programming can be as simple as using a pre-defined cycle all the way to multi-point programming that lets you customize the intensity and spectrum throughout the day. The app is fully expandable from a single light up to more than you would ever need on your reef tank using the master/slave programming, you only need to program a single light.


Download the MyAi App:

Google Play Store

iTunes App Store


Power Output

With a spread of 24″ x 24″, the AI Prime 16HD has a peak PAR of 100µMol at a depth of 24 inches, perfect for the small to medium reef tanks. Drawing a maximum of 55 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.


The AI Prime 16HD comes standard with TIR lenses giving you the best balance of power and spread. Our lens optics are custom designed, boasting greater than 90% optical efficiency and including a diffuse exit surface to provide improved color blending.


Mounting AI Prime Lights

There are multiple mounting options available from hanging to tank mounting kits. The AI Flex Arm gives a lot of adjustabilities, where the hanging kit option gives a sleek minimalistic appearance to the tank, and in most cases, the environment around your aquarium will help dictate which mounting option will be best for you.

AI Prime Flex Arm

AI Prime Tank Mounting Arm

AI Prime Hanging Kit


Prime 16HD Reef LED Specs:

4x Cool White

4x Blue

4x Royal Blue

1x Photo Red

1x Green

1x Violet

1x UV

1x Moonlight



Dimensions - 4.88" x 4.88" x 1.34"

Power Consumption - 59W @ max output

Power Cable Length - 20ft


What's Included?

1x Aqua Illumination Prime 16 HD Black Body LED Light

1x Prime 16 HD Power Adapter

1x Quick Start Guide

More Information
Product Name Prime 16 HD LED Reef Light - Black Body - Aqua Illumination
SKU 212458
UPC 653341190925
Lighting Type LED
Number of LEDs 17
Max. Light Coverage (Length) 20 in.
Max. Light Coverage (Width) 20 in.
Wattage 59W
Control Type Bluetooth
Optional Mounts Wire Suspension, Gooseneck, Mounting Arm
Color Black
Power Cord Length 20 Feet
Warranty 12 months
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Product Questions

Would 2 of these led enough with the aqua life hybrid to support a mixed reef in my 75gal tank
Question by: Johnny Hanceri on Sep 12, 2020, 5:09 PM
Yes, two would be great for a mixed reef and the hybrid fixture.
Answer by: Matt Lucero (BRS Staff) on Nov 5, 2021, 2:54 PM
Would one of these be sufficient on a 17.7? L x 17.7? W x 15.8? H 20-gallon tank with mainly softies and easy LPS with 1-3 SPS?
Question by: Holden Darcy on Jan 23, 2020, 2:32 PM
Hey there!

The recommended spread for that light is 24"x24", it should be able to grow your coral!

Take care
Answer by: Thomas Billington on Jan 23, 2020, 9:36 PM
Would this be a good light for my 16 gallon Biocube? I currently have one torch coral but want to add some more LPS and possibly SPS in the future. Thanks for the help!
Question by: Lucas Rafello on Apr 15, 2020, 8:17 AM
Hi there,

That would be an excellent light choice for that tank!

Take care
Answer by: Thomas Billington on Apr 16, 2020, 6:52 PM
Would two of these be efficient enough to put over a 75 gallon semi mixed reef tank?
Question by: Nathan Skalsky on Nov 3, 2019, 2:00 AM
Hey there-

Great question! For a mixed reef this should be sufficient for you needs, however higher light corals will need to be centered more closely around the LED pucks for ample PUR.

Happy reefing! c:
Answer by: Brad Ohmann on Nov 3, 2019, 8:27 PM
What’s the difference between the new ai primes and the older ones
Question by: Charles Dees on Dec 5, 2019, 7:46 PM
Hey there!

There are only a few differences between models, the newer ones have a couple more LED channels including a dedicated moonlight channel. Another difference is the light only works with bluetooth on the app, not wifi anymore.

Take care
Answer by: Thomas Billington on Dec 6, 2019, 6:37 PM
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