- 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
Perfect light for nano By nate on 5/14/2020nate would recommend this product to a friendI am running this light on my waterbox cube, my corals love this light. Perfect for starter or experienced reefers.
Good Little Light, If a Little Loud By Alexander on 5/12/2020Alexander would recommend this product to a friendNice little light with pretty good color rendition. The fan is pretty loud at 50% power, and it is constantly ramping up and down, as if it were under a shifting load.
Good, not great By Derek on 5/7/2020Derek would recommend this product to a friendI've waited to review this light so I could get a fair comparison against the previous generation. I'm to AI producing great lights straight out of the box with the newer generation better than the last. Unfortunately I gotta say this new generation is an example of a downgrade from the previous generation in terms of functionality. The fan is louder, the wifi is gone, and there are a few key differences in the app. I've also seen examples from many other people now who buy multiples and the color output is not the same between 2 or more lights. I also have seen the light come on and off outside of the scheduled program. There are certainly some issues here that AI needs to address. It's sad to see the brand deteriorate with the new generations rolling out...maybe this is the parent company trying to push us into the more expense radions.
The pros to this light is it is a more densely packed cluster of LEDs producing better blending and the output is nice. My corals don't seem to mind the color differences between the 2 lights. I was able to tweak my settings in the new light to match the color output in my second light. Early morning when lights first come on and late night before lights out are the only times the colors do not match. The light is more crisp over the previous generation this can be a pro or con depending on your preference. Overall the light is still easy to control and you still get a nice full spectrum light at a low price point. I would recommend this light for those who would only need a single light. If you need 2 or more I would say you may want to consider going with a better, more expensive light like the xr-15's.
Great light clean install By Brad on 5/5/2020Brad would recommend this product to a friendThis is an amazing little light! I am making a mixed reef and found this light does the job! I hung mine from the ceiling using the hanging kit (sold separately) with 3 lights over my 120 gallon tank. The biggest downside to this, is my Apex CANNOT control the light, which means another stupid app to have to manage, This was almost enough for me not to buy this light, but the app is good and i do not plan to touch the lights for adjustments after this setup. However not being able to monitor the lights more directly is really stupid, and a huge downside to me...
Poor Quality Control By Bradley on 4/24/2020Bradley wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have purchased two lights April 2020. I hqve gone through 5 lights in 2 weeks. They blue channels are completely different colors. The company has made me jump through hoops just to get a new light. I have spoken to others with this light who have this problem and they have gotten nowhere. They told me to run then since they look operable based on a cell phone picture. I would buy more expensive lights but I am out $500 on these lights. Now I have a tank that is half green/blue and half blue.
Great light for my fluval 13.5 By Shawn on 4/7/2020Shawn would recommend this product to a friendI've had this light on my tank for around six months and couldn't be happier. I recently got a par meter and found out but I had to turn the light down significantly. I ended up finding a setting for the light they gave me par numbers between 50 and 60 throughout the entire tank. I also purely by accident found out a way to increase and decrease the settings of the light without having to go in and manually do each color spectrum. If you go on to the 24-hour graph of your light and use your fingers to zoom in or out like you would for Google maps it will actually increase and decrease all of the spectrum's equally at the same time.
Very good, can't complain By Matt on 3/14/2020Matt would recommend this product to a friendI personally don't understand how people are complaining about this product. It's great. The app is very easy to use. You can download presets from AI's website. The fan isn't loud unless the lights are ramping up. For the price I can't complain. It's on my 13g Fluval Evo
Great LED light By justyn on 3/13/2020justyn would recommend this product to a friendThis is a great little late for nano tanks. It worked right out of the box. Easy to control with the app, looks great on on my nano tank, not to small not to big. I just wish I had weather affects like my old hydras.
Lovely upgrade By Jim on 2/26/2020Jim would recommend this product to a friendNice improvement over the hd. To the guy saying there’s not a visual improvement, you may want to look at them side by side set to the same spectrum and intensity. It’s there.
Fan is quiet.
Tank looks great under it, corals love it, the new moonlight channel is a winner.
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.
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 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!
That would be an excellent light choice for that tank!
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.