Prime HD LED Module (Black) Aqua Illumination

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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.  

Coverage Specifications:

Maximum Spread - 24" x 24"

Recommended spread - 18" x 18"


MyAI App

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.


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Product Questions

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.
Question by: Ritesh Varma on Mar 17, 2019, 9:57 PM
Hey there-

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! :)
Answer by: Brad Ohmann on Mar 25, 2019, 11:08 AM
Can I use this light without the controller?
Question by: Mike on Dec 12, 2018, 10:19 AM
Hey there! Actually with this light you don't need a controller at all. The AquaIllumination HD lights like this one come with built-in WiFi where all you need to do is download the MyAI app, connect to your light, and program it to your desired time and spectrum for your tank.
Answer by: Randy on Dec 12, 2018, 11:40 AM
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?
Question by: Chad Roman on Aug 30, 2018, 12:29 PM
Hey there!

They would not be compatible so a master/slave relationship would not be possible using a non-HD prime.
Answer by: Thomas on Aug 30, 2018, 2:15 PM
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
Question by: Nick on Oct 23, 2017, 3:20 PM
Hi there, thanks for reaching out to us!

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!
Answer by: Nick on Nov 10, 2017, 11:38 AM
Would 2 AI Prime work for a deep blue 60gal frag tank 48x24x12" with sand? No SPS or would 2 hydra 26 work better?
Question by: Shawn on Sep 12, 2017, 9:23 PM
Hi Shawn,
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.
Answer by: Charlie on Sep 13, 2017, 1:19 PM
Good afternoon! Can this lamp be used in a freshwater aquarium with plants?
Question by: Felipe Fraga on Jun 8, 2017, 3:43 PM
While this light could be used with a freshwater aquarium and could likely provide the needed intensity, the light spectrum is designed for saltwater use for corals and will not be ideal for plants.

Have a great day!
Answer by: Zack on Jun 13, 2017, 10:01 PM
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.
Question by: Philip Winslow on Feb 24, 2017, 6:49 PM
Hey there,
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!
Answer by: Zack on Feb 27, 2017, 3:58 PM
Starting a 20 long nano. It is 30x12x12. Would two of these work? Or would you suggest something different?
Question by: Zach on Jan 25, 2017, 2:52 PM
Great question! Although two of these will cover that tank, you may have issues with low PAR for corals like SPS. If you plan on having mostly Softies and LPS, these should work well for you. :-)
Answer by: Randy on Jan 28, 2017, 11:06 AM
Would you recommend 2 of the AI Prime HD or 1 AI Hydra 26 for a 24x20x12 Nuvo tank? Planning to go SPS dominant
Question by: Alexander Lor on Jan 15, 2017, 3:48 PM
Great question! For an SPS dominate tank with those depths, I would actually recommend two Hyrda 26 lights or a single Hydra 52. I do think that the Prime HDs will not be enough intensity/PAR for that size of tank. :-)
Answer by: Randy on Jan 16, 2017, 12:40 PM
How good would these be to grow los and soft corals in 10g
Question by: Kevin Haynes on Dec 27, 2016, 9:45 PM
Great question! This light is absolutely sufficient for those coral types in a 10gal tank. :-)
Answer by: Randy on Jan 2, 2017, 7:31 AM
I have a 20 gallon long with dimensions of 30x13x13 will this light work would i need one or two?
Question by: karla on Nov 8, 2016, 9:46 AM
Great question! I would recommend two for optimal spread and PAR. :-)
Answer by: Randy on Nov 8, 2016, 11:42 AM
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.
Question by: Bob Sterling on Aug 14, 2016, 6:25 PM
Great question! According to the manufacturer specs, this fixture will have a peak intensity of 93 PAR, and the coverage will drop off considerably by 24". For this reason, we generally only recommend this fixture for smaller nano type setups and/or tanks dominated by lower light corals. A better solution for your system if you plan to have a mixed reef or sps dominated setup might be the Hydra 26. If we can be of further assistance, please let us know. Have a great day and happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack on Aug 16, 2016, 2:35 PM
Is one light good for reefer 170? which mounting arm should I get?
Question by: Lena Chen on Jul 12, 2016, 1:43 PM
Hi Lena,
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.
Answer by: Charlie on Jul 13, 2016, 8:00 AM
Are these Apex compatible?
Question by: Tony on Jul 8, 2016, 10:30 PM
The HD series of lights are not compatible with external controllers. You can use the MyAI software through any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Answer by: Charlie on Jul 11, 2016, 8:41 AM
How would this work on a jbj 30 gallon rl?
Question by: Vincent on Jun 30, 2016, 4:00 PM
This will certainly work over a 12" x 12" area. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor on Jun 30, 2016, 6:26 PM
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.
Question by: Jason on Jun 27, 2016, 9:46 AM
This would be a little limited spreading across the tank. For even spread you will want 2 or a wider light such as Kessil a360.
Answer by: Connor on Jun 29, 2016, 6:42 PM
Would this light work with a jbj 45?
Question by: Cody Burnett on Jun 23, 2016, 12:08 PM
This will realistically be a little small but will work well for low light corals.
Answer by: Connor on Jun 29, 2016, 5:12 PM
Would this be sufficient lighting for a 60 gallon cube tank?
Question by: Raymon Gomez on Jun 16, 2016, 9:34 PM
Great question!
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!
Answer by: Connor on Jun 21, 2016, 2:37 PM
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?
Question by: Dan Larsen on Jun 16, 2016, 2:12 PM
Great question!
If the light is placed close enough and it is softies mixed reef tank you certainly could use several Primes for coverage!
Answer by: Connor on Jun 21, 2016, 3:43 PM
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?
Question by: LLOYD on Jun 15, 2016, 9:54 PM
The light does not include mounting hardware which can be purchased separately in Hanging and Mounting form. Additionally these lights are rather limited and would not be an ideal fit for a tank of your size. We recommend instead the Hydra 26 models by AI. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions.
Answer by: Connor on Jun 16, 2016, 11:26 AM
Is this light the prime HD light strong enough for SPS corals??
Question by: Roland on Jun 15, 2016, 9:39 PM
Great question!
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.
Answer by: Connor on Jun 16, 2016, 11:25 AM
Will this be good for one of the new nuvo tanks?
Question by: Damon on Jun 15, 2016, 1:50 PM
Great question!
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!
Answer by: Connor on Jun 15, 2016, 2:11 PM
will this light would be good for 75 gallon tank?
Question by: olby toribio on Jun 15, 2016, 12:53 PM
Great question!
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!
Answer by: Connor on Jun 15, 2016, 1:09 PM
Would two of these be good for a 65gallon that's 36x20x20 or would it be better to get a hydra 52 hd
Question by: Michael on Jun 15, 2016, 12:26 PM
Great question!
These will be a little limited and for best growth and spread we recommend the Hydra 52 with a 30" x 24" spread.
Answer by: Connor on Jun 15, 2016, 1:13 PM