- Prime HD LED Module (Black) Aqua Illumination (DISCONTINUED)
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 fastest and easiest lights to connect to and control from anywhere in the world.
Recommended Coverage: 18" x 18"
Aqua Illumination has always been known for producing easy to use, attractive and functional LED lights. With many different mounting option, and ease of control, for small or large tanks the AI Prime HD is a small light, that can easily out perform some of the big boys. With a refined mixture of LED's and enhanced optics carefully packaged into a sleek and stylish housing the Prime HD is more than just for looks. Aqua Illumination updated the mix of LED's in the module creating a complete spectrum that your corals will love.
- Hyper Drive Technology - Allows the transfer of overall power to the LED's that need it.
- WIFI based programming - That means no separate controller is required to program the light. You can do so right from your phone or computer via WIFI!
- Spectrum - As with all of the Aqua Illimunation family of lights, the Prime continues in the full spectrum footsteps with the colors that your reef needs.
- Affordable - One of the best "bang for your buck" options available to date.
Maximum Spread - 24" x 24"
Recommended spread - 18" x 18"
By far one of the cleanest and easiest to use apps for any aquarium light. The MyAI app is by far one of the easiest LED light control apps we have ever used letting you easily program your lights daily schedule, lightning storms, acclimation modes, moon lighting, and much more. With any device that can connect to the internet will let you have full control over the Prime HD. The MyAI app lets you sync multiple Prime HD or other AI HD lights together to create the ultime aquarium lighting system.
13 High Powered LED's creates a bright full spectrum, with outstanding color mixing capabilities.
3 - Cree XP-G2 Cool White (> 70 CRI)
3 - Cree XT-E Royal Blue
3 - Cree XP-E2 Blue
1 - Cree Deep Red 660nm
1 - Cree XP-E2 Green
1 - SemiLED 415nm
1 - SemiLED 405nm
- Dimensions: 4.88" x 4.88" x 1.34"
- Power Consumption: 55W at full power
- Input Range: 100 to 240VAC / 50-60Hz
- Power Cable Length: 10'
- UL, CE, and RoHS compliant power supply
What is in the box?
1x Black Body Hydra Prime HD LED light Unit
1x AC Adapter Power Supply
1x User Manual
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.
Great Light By Cory on 9/26/2019Cory would recommend this product to a friendI’ve only had this for a week or so but i love this light so far. It’s completely silent, has just enough shimmer and plenty of light for my 40 cube. The app is great and easy to use once you decide how to work your schedule.
Having to replace 2 times in 2 months! By Alexx on 9/17/2019Alexx wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI was so excited to receive my new HD Prime in the middle of July. It worked great for about a month then it started going on and off at will not following the schedule and would show "not online." So I spoke to BRS tech support and they couldn't get it to work as we walked through all the steps and suggested I call AI, which I did. Tech rep at AI tried to help me get it working but had the same challenges that BRS supply had and decided it was the module inside that must have went bad. Ok, things happen I thought and was pleased they were readily willing to replace my unit. Got the new unit in a little over a month ago and now today it's doing the EXACT SAME THING!! UGH! Now I'm back to get this one replaced as well. This is not good. Two lights and each only last approximately a month! Unacceptable. I keep the lights very far from the water and wipe it down weekly when doing water changes. It has NEVER touched water. Very frustrating. The sad part is I just bought a brand new Red Sea 525XL that will be delivered this Friday and that blasted tank has AI lights on it....ugh! At this point I'm not feeling good vibes with this AI brand and will resort to a different brand if these new lights on my new tank crap out this quickly.
Almost 2 years old, fan noise By Jim on 9/16/2019Jim would recommend this product to a friendI have 2 of these and one of the fans makes a grinding noise whenever I touch the light. I have ordered replacement fans, but less than 2 years on a fan sounds like cheap bearings to me.
These lights however are great, good spectrum and more light than I can use (40 breeder, 2 lights)
Good light....for 3 weeks at least By Alexx on 8/5/2019Alexx wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI would give the light 1 star only, however, AI's customer service is going to see about replacing my light, as they feel it has a faulty connector to make it talk to the phone app. Had a problem with it last week but found that I had the "lunar" setting in place which caused the light to not work....odd...but whatever. Today, I get up and no light.....again! I spent hours searching online trying to figure out what the problem could be. I ended up calling into BRS support and as always they were great....but couldn't fix the issues, as it was not doing as the script demanded. They suggested I call AI directly, which I did at that point. Rep could not get the light to talk to the light and finally concluded the module that allows that to happen must be bad so they are willing to investigate a warranty replacement. So the 2nd start I am giving is for decent customer service, however, I find it hard to give a good rating to a light of this caliber if it defaults in week two and then again in week 3. Just not what I had hoped for when spending $210 for a light! Makes me think I should have taken my chances on a $30 light from Amazon. Sad....not sure the warranty light will be any better but hopefully it will prove to be better than this first unit. At this point of aggravation I would prefer to just get my money back so I can move forward, as my corals are quickly closing up and missing the light......but now they have to wait until something can be done with a replacement. Could that be a week away? Two weeks? A month of hassles? Lesson learned. PITA POS.
Great product! By Joseph on 7/12/2019Joseph would recommend this product to a friendI have two of these and couldn’t be happier. The app makes set up easy and love that you can load a schedule from the website.
Biocube upgrade By Brettward on 3/20/2019Brettward would recommend this product to a friendI've known since I got my biocube that I wanted to go beyond the stock lighting, I looked and I researched, and it was the BRS video discussing the AB+ spectrum from WWC that really sold this as my upgrade. Sinve i've put it on, I've had my corals take off growing and coralline algae really taking off on my rocks. It's handsome, the control profiles download easily (found them on the facebook group) and there is plenty of community to talk to about it. Totally pleased.
Love the user experience and results of coral growth so far By Britt on 2/21/2019Britt would recommend this product to a friendI recently switched from Kessil A160's on my frag tank to AI Primes. And I have to say, I love the App and control of these lights. I did not experience any of the issues described in the other comments about linking to the network. Also, the corals seem to love them too, as I have not seen any issues with coral health. Thinking about expanding my lighting systems to exclusively AI.
Great light for a great price! By William on 12/29/2018William would recommend this product to a friendI just got this light a week or two ago and I am already loving it! The controllability is fun to set up and the scheduling is super nice for automation. The price is amazing for what you get, it connects really fast and is not too hard to set up.
Great Control By P Davis on 12/22/2018P Davis would recommend this product to a friendThis light has so many adavanced options for controlling the light levels based on time of day or even custom weather and lunar settings.
Coral growth is great By jansen on 12/11/2018jansen would recommend this product to a friendI bought two of these with a future upgrade in mind, and I have to say is that the only upgrade I will be making is adding a 3rd Prime fixture, the lights have worked great, the app hasn't had issues and the connectivity and communication between the lights has not been an issue. I had been worried that this may be an issue based on previous reviews but thought I would risk it. I think the company must have worked out quite a few bugs.
The programming was easy by following the BRStv video that can be found here on the product page. I would definitely recommend these, after placing corals in the tank I saw encrusting and growth within a week's time, I am very particular about my water parameters as well, so proper maintenance and water changes combined with these lights seem like a winning system.
NO SUPPORT FROM COMPANY By Xcubed on 9/24/2018Xcubed wouldn't recommend this product to a friendkfsutops is correct in his review. This company ALWAYS says the light has water damage. I have researched online. Mine had this same "water damage". It did NOT. It was on their stand. The light went out and also melted the socket. They would not replace. Some of these lights have something faulty in them. They are great while they work but BEWARE. The experience can be expensive.
Will Not Last By Xcubed on 8/3/2018Xcubed wouldn't recommend this product to a friendKFSUTOPS is correct in his review. The company will say water damage. They did the same with me. Light NEVER touch any water and was on their stand! Company would not replace the light. Wish many times over I had never purchased this light.
I have a marineland 27 Gallon, dimensions are 20x18x18H. Was wondering if 1 of these lights would be sufficient to grow a mixed reef tank. Maybe a clam or anemone as well? Thank you.
Is one light good for reefer 170? which mounting arm should I get?
A single Prime HD would be a very nice light on the Reefer 170 and with the tanks 18 x 18” footprint, we would suggest going with the 18” Prime Flex Arm. That would give you a good height for the light above the tank while giving you the ability to center it over the tank as well.
Thanks for the questions and if you have any more just let us know.
Can I use this light without the controller?
Would two of these be good for a 65gallon that's 36x20x20 or would it be better to get a hydra 52 hd
These will be a little limited and for best growth and spread we recommend the Hydra 52 with a 30" x 24" spread.
Will this light would be good for 75 gallon tank?
This is not quite large enough with penetration to cover the 75 gallon system. Instead we recommend the Hydra 26 HD's x2. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Will this be good for one of the new nuvo tanks?
This light will be a great fit for the New Nuvo Concept tanks! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Hi, I have an older prime non hd from 3 years ago, is the new one compatible with this? Can I setup the older one as the child?
They would not be compatible so a master/slave relationship would not be possible using a non-HD prime.
Good afternoon! Can this lamp be used in a freshwater aquarium with plants?
Have a great day!
Is this light the prime HD light strong enough for SPS corals??
This certainly can work with some SPS no problem as long as you keep the SPS in the 12" range and adjust the light intensity accordingly. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
How good would these be to grow los and soft corals in 10g
Does the light come with any mounting hardware? How many lights would be required for a 60"x 18" x 24", 112 gal tank? Would 2 be sufficient?
Would one of these lights along with the T-5 retrofit kit be good to cover a 27x27x10 frag tank? Looking to grow SPS and LPS
The AI Prime combined the T5 hybrid fixture should be plenty of light for your frag tank.
If you haven't already watched our videos on the AI Prime and the T5 hybrid you should check them out. We have a ton of great information on these lights including PAR charts that should give you a good idea of their potential.
I hope this helps!
I have a red sea reefer nano. AI Prime HD. I am only growing BTA (Bubble Tip Anemone). What is the correct height, and what are the correct settings.
Great question! To get a precise answer you will want to test your PAR levels, however one of the biggest perks of AI is that they have their signature series: http://www.aquaillumination.com/signature/ which has multiple proven successful light schedules. This will eliminate lighting as a barrier to success and the intensity as well as time of day can easily be fine tuned to your needs by swiping up/down and left/right with 3 fingers inside the MyAI app. As for mounting height I prefer at least 12" above the water surface to minimize salt creep from developing on the light.
Happy reefing! :)
So I have a 48 x 23 and after I put sand in it will only be 13 1/2 inches deep I already have one prime if I got anotger one could I use it on this tank sense it so shallow?
If the light is placed close enough and it is softies mixed reef tank you certainly could use several Primes for coverage!
How would this work on a jbj 30 gallon rl?
Does it inhibit the efficiency of the light if there is a glass lid on the aquarium? Obviously the glass would have no UV protection or anything. DIY project in the making.
Unfortunately a glass shield would have a negative affect on light intensity and can actually reflect/block a significant amount of light from the fixture.
Have a great day!
Would you recommend 2 of the AI Prime HD or 1 AI Hydra 26 for a 24x20x12 Nuvo tank? Planning to go SPS dominant
Would this be sufficient lighting for a 60 gallon cube tank?
This will be limited for penetration much deeper than 12". We do not recommend this light for a 60 cube. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I have a 20 gallon long with dimensions of 30x13x13 will this light work would i need one or two?
Starting a 20 long nano. It is 30x12x12. Would two of these work? Or would you suggest something different?
I was wondering if this light would work for a 40G hexagonal tank? I want to make this a reef tank, but want to make sure I have sufficient lighting for corals. This tank measures 20.5" across and is 23" high.Thank you.
Would this light work with a jbj 45?
Are these Apex compatible?
Would 2 AI Prime work for a deep blue 60gal frag tank 48x24x12" with sand? No SPS or would 2 hydra 26 work better?
If you could we would almost suggest using 3x AI Primes if not even four total. We have found over the past couple years, it isn’t all about the intensity of the light but the overall spread and evenness. For a non-SPS tank, two should do just fine if you can mount them high enough to get even coverage. Using two Hydra 26 modules would be better, however, it would not make a difference in success or failure. The AI Primes put out a lot of light, and personally, I would rather have more single lights that let me control the distance between them than a larger light that does not give me that aspect of control.