- Prime 16 HD LED Reef Light - Black Body - Aqua Illumination
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.
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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.
Prime 16HD Reef LED Specs:
4x Cool White
4x Royal Blue
1x Photo Red
Dimensions - 4.88" x 4.88" x 1.34"
Power Consumption - 59W @ max output
Power Cable Length - 20ft
1x Aqua Illumination Prime 16 HD Black Body LED Light
1x Prime 16 HD Power Adapter
1x Quick Start Guide
Scratched product sent to me By jayden on 2/15/2020jayden wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOnce again I’m shipped an expensive item with scratches on it. Inside of the AI box was all scuffed up and the light was dirty probably because of this. I took pictures of the scratches like I always do but this one actually worked so I didn’t return it. I’m just sick of spending almost top dollar but getting products that aren’t treated with care. It really seems like I was shipped on that was returned probably cuz of the driver issues they were having. Just make sure your not shipping expensive electronics with visible damage, it makes me think I inside is messed up too. The outside shell is a plastic mold but mine looks terribly rough around the edges by the heat sink it just doesn’t look right and clean. AI products and their customer service are great but I just keep having problems with the products I get. I’ve owned 2 26 a 32 and now a prime so I’m not just new to this company and ripping on them I just want every light and every ones experience with the light to be the same and positive
Great nano light. By James on 1/17/2020James would recommend this product to a friendI have this light on a Waterbox 20 gallon cube and it is perfect for this tank.
The AI app is easy to use and the light is easy to set up.
The build quality is great and the mounting bracket securely holds the light in place and also allows for great adjustibility.
Solid all rounder By Corey on 11/16/2019Corey would recommend this product to a friendAfter running the update the fan noise has quietened dramatically. It does get loud for short periods when running at max power.
Diffuses well and the app is excellent. Lack of wifi in this model isn’t an issue for meI always use a local connection anyway.
Fan is loud. By Cole on 11/11/2019Cole would recommend this product to a friendPros:
-The most affordable full-featured LED out there
-Can import presets giving it plug and play without having to fuss with customization if you don't want to.
-Attractive and seems to be high build quality (especially for the price)
-FAN IS NOISY, this is almost a deal-breaker, I have it running at ~40w which is maybe ~75% power output and the fan seems to want to go to 100% for long periods of time, it does occasionally slow down. FWIW I spoke with customer service and this was an intentional choice in the firmware to extend life of the unit, personally I'd rather have a quiet light that lasts half as long. But hopefully if enough ppl complain they will dial back the settings in the firmware, and this could hopefully just be a temporary issue.
-No mounting hardware included (since i'm sure this would add to the price this is more of a neutral point)
-A 3rd party diffuser (3dreefing makes a nice 3dprinted one) is REQUIRED.... Otherwise the discoball effect is unbearable.
Best value for a nano tank light. By Puff Daddy Reef on 11/11/2019Puff Daddy Reef would recommend this product to a friendThis is an initial impression review. I have a full review on my YouTube channel, Puff Daddy Reef. I took some initial PAR readings and sound tests with a decibel meter. I can't wait for the BRS deep dive on the thing. The light is still proving itself out for coral growth, so I will speak to other features here.
-Proven spectrum enhanced with 3 more LEDs
-Powerful! PAR output directly under light is on par (lol) with the Kessil A360X. Some caveats though, see my YouTube review for numbers and full details.
-Moonlight in a unique yellow color (this a con if you don't like yellow moon lights)
-Minimal light separation but still more than Kessil. Color separation shows up more on camera than with your eyes.
-Built in Bluetooth works flawlessly for adjusting settings.
-Light has the same great looks.
-Removable dust screen so you can clean off the ugly dust buildup on the old versions. Also enables you to clean the fan.
-Price, this light will grow coral and has plenty of power. All for only $210 + mounting hardware.
-No more wifi which means you can only configure settings from the phone. No more offsite or desktop control of your lights.
-User interface on the phone app could be improved, especially in the manual demo mode.
-The fan is pretty loud at 100% output. I measured the decibel output of it on my YouTube review
-Zero mounting hardware included, not even a screw. Don't forget to buy a mounting kit!
Summary: Better LED cluster with improved but not perfect blending. Plenty of power and stylish looks. Wifi replaced with Bluetooth. Still a little loud at 100% but for most small nano tanks you probably won't need to run it that hot. Very good light for the price.
Happy Reefing, Puff Daddy Reef.
Loud, poorly diffused By Andrew on 11/9/2019Andrew wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought a couple of these for my 40b reef. They were super easy to set up! However the fan noise is unbearable. Louder than either my mp40 or mp10 when running at max — and those are rather loud maxed out. I have the light fixtures running at 35W each which isn’t close to the full output of the fixture, yet the fans are running at what sounds like 100%. What’s worse is they constantly change speed as if they’re reacting to a varying load (like your laptop would), which makes it hard to tune out the noise. My setup is in a room with AC and the lights are not closed in a canopy — they are slightly warm to the touch. To give you an idea, these fans are about twice as loud as my MacBook Pro with the fans at 100%.
Also, one of the power bricks has a pretty nasty whine coming out of it. Worried about the longevity of that.
Lastly, the spectrum blending really isn’t any better than the previous models (at least visually) and you will definitely have the disco effect. However I picked up the 3dreefing diffuser kit and it completely resolved the issue while retaining a natural shimmer. If you’re reading this review and decide you still want these lights, do yourself a favor and grab the diffusers too.
I want to like these lights but there are too many flaws with them; I am regretting the purchase. It’s a shame because they’re a unique product — I don’t think there’s another light at this price point with this level of adjustability (unless you go off-brand).
2 16 Hd's perfect for my Nuvo 30l 36" By Remy on 11/8/2019Remy would recommend this product to a friendWas wondering if two 16hd's would cover my 36" spread, but I read the spread was 18" x 18" in the description so I gave it a chance, and I'm very happy I did. These lights have given my nuvo a beautiful look now that's very pleasing to look at, and the app is pretty easy to use. I need to get more practice with it to make it just right, but its very easy to use and well designed so that gives me peace of mind compared to those chinese led apps. Price for 2 with stands was just a little over $500, and it was a good price range for me. Didn't want to spend too on lights and this was perfect for me budget and look wise.
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?
The recommended spread for that light is 24"x24", it should be able to grow your coral!
Would two of these be efficient enough to put over a 75 gallon semi mixed reef tank?
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:
What’s the difference between the new ai primes and the older ones
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.