- Spectral Controller X - Kessil
Kessil LED Light Control At Your Fingertips
Intuitive and Affordable Light Control
Equipped with flawless touch control and a vivid color display, the Spectral Controller X is effortless light control at the touch of your fingertips. Its straightforward approach to light control programming allows for endless customization options without the confusion. The sleek, modern design ensures a beautiful and cohesive setup that won't disrupt the look of your aquarium.
Smart K-Link Communication
The new K-Link communication method is an upgrade of the easy plug & play 0-10V, allowing users to network multiple A360X together(up to 32 fixtures per chain) and set individual groups to run their own programs. K-Link is also a two-way communication, meaning the Spectral Controller X can detect the number of lights in the network, the status of the lights, etc.
One Controller, Two Ports
Each controller is equipped with one K-Link port and one 0-10V output port. The K-Link port allows users to connect to the new A360, while the 0-10V port is for Kessil’s 0-10V light fixture.
Features three ways of setting a customized light schedule to match individual tank needs. Maximum of 12 programs can be created
- Quick Set - Create unique dawn and dusk effects by altering light intensity and color throughout eight different time points.
- Acclimation Mode - Simplify the introduction of new lights to a tank or new corals to an existing setup with acclimation mode. The acclimation timeline can be customized to suit specific needs.
- Manual Mode: Instantly tune color and intensity for on demand light customization.
Kessil Spectral Controller X is backwards compatible with a wide variety of lights and includes a 0-10V port along with a K-Link connection, meaning you will not need to get new cables or equipment to control your lights.
- A360X (all models)
- A360 (all models)
- A160 (all models)
- A80 (all models)
*0-10v cable not included and required for use with non-X models
1x Spectral Controller X
1x Magnetic Mounting Plate
1x Micro USB Cable (for firmware updates)
1x 10' K-Link Cable
2x Nylon Anchors
It works, which matters By Angrytang on 4/21/2020Angrytang would recommend this product to a friendWiFi and Bluetooth controllers are all terrible. This works 100% of the time when hardwired and no Radion or AI can say that. It’s not as glamorous as a phone app, but who cares?
Great Controller By Abe on 10/15/2019Abe would recommend this product to a friendI was skeptical before buying based on some of the reviews, but I am glad I did. I bought it specifically for my A360X and i have to say it has been money well spent. Feels well constructed and being able to create custom light schedules makes this controller well worth it. It's pretty much set it and forget it.
Cons: Had a bit of difficulty learning the GUI interface and customizing the light initially, so Kessil has room for improvement in their instruction manual.
A back-light on the controller would be a nice to have, since i found myself tweaking the controller at night and I can't get a tactile feel on the controller since it lacks physical buttons.
I don’t get the hate By Samuel on 5/9/2019Samuel would recommend this product to a friendThis is one of those rare aquarium products that you actually feel is worth what you’re paying for it. It looks nice, the quality feels great, and the buttons and screen are responsive. The single USB-C from the light to power the unit is awesome and means you can easily mount it to your hood if you want without running additional power. The 10’ cable it comes with is convenient as well.
I’ve posted it elsewhere and I’ll post it here too: You can use generic USB-C cables of any length to connect your lights. I was able to get 3, 3’ cables and 90 deg adapters for very cheap on an online box store. You do NOT have to use the Kessil cable.
When I researched lighting my new tank it became apparent that I was guilty of tweaking the lights daily or weekly in the past. The EcoSmart Live and Radion make it too easy (and maybe too fun). I don’t tweak salinity or temperature every day, why do I think tweaking the lights is a good idea? The reality is that setting your lights and leaving them alone is what’s best for your tank. Play and tweak while the tank is cycling then commit to a schedule and stick with it. Bluetooth and Wifi just aren’t necessary for this process.
There is a learning curve to the controller. It is not as easy or customizable as the Radions and EcoSmart Live. That being said, it took me, an old person, 5 minutes to set a day schedule with an afternoon peak as well as a red moonlight setup. It’s just not that hard and while it isn’t super easy to go back and tweak, maybe that’s a good thing.
Good controller By Nick on 4/2/2019Nick would recommend this product to a friendCome up guys, you have experienced so much WiFi issues with your AI, Apex, Amazon Alexa etc. The wired connection is just the safest way to do it, no doubt about that. I understand their logic, a separate WiFi dongle to avoid interference. Just wish the WiFi Dongle can come out earlier.
The controller itself is good to use, you can control the additional colors and programming the eight points are not that hard. Same concept as the previous controller, if you are new, true that there is some learning but nothing hard.
A good controller By Matt on 2/23/2019Matt would recommend this product to a friendFirstly, that reviewer Josh seems to be reviewing the concept of a physical controller vs phone/tablet app, rather than this light controller itself. Works just like the previous generation controller, but they allow you to mess with other colors like red and purple, which might be too much power for tinkerers. Overall nice, but having to spend 100 bucks to control the light you just spent 450 bucks on is tough.
Disappointing Product By Richard on 2/20/2019Richard wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis controller is anything but intuitive and there are no worthwhile instructions available for it. You can download the 'user's manual' from Kessil's website but it's too vague to be of any practical use. So frustrating. For such an expensive light / controller combo, produced by a tech savvy company, this controller is a sad disappointment. I agree with the previous reviewer, Kessil could have done much better with an app driven control system for the new A360X LED Light.
Waste of money By Craig on 2/16/2019Craig wouldn't recommend this product to a friendTotal waste of money. They need a phone app for all their lights not just AP700’s, keep up with the times kessil.
Feels cheap, clunky software, touch controls are really clunky By Josh on 2/1/2019Josh wouldn't recommend this product to a friendFor 100 dollars, this doesnt offer much. They could have got rid of the display and touch controls, installed bluetooth, and created a phone app. It would be much cheaper and a lot better.
Misleading By Nathan on 1/6/2019Nathan would recommend this product to a friendIn the description it says “all A360” lights yet it doesn’t work with the A360WE. Buyer beware.
The product details states the X controller will work with the A80, but a question answered states the X controller is not adaptable to the other models. I am looking to control 2 tanks with one controller, my 40 will have the X, and my 12 has the A80. Will the X controller control both of them?
Thank you for reaching out to us! The X-series controller does work with both the A-series and X-series (there is a single K-link port and then one normal 3.5mm port). I have the exact same setup with one A360x tuna sun on the K-link port and then 3 A80s daisy chained on the 3.5mm port. If you have any other questions let us know. Happy reefing!
Are the capacitance buttons back-light? They look like they are in the photo, but my controller buttons are not.
These controllers will not have backlit buttons. Have a great day!
Will the 0 to 10 v 3.5mm connection work with the aquaricLife dimmable hybrid fixtures
In theory, any 0-10v control signal should work but since this unit is designed to work with Kessil lights I am afraid I am not able to recommend using it on your T5s. Doing so would likely void any warranty on the controller so I would also keep that in mind.
I hope this helps.
Is the X series controller compatible with the H series refugium lights? Can I hook up 2 A360X light with a H360 refugium light off the same controller? Thanks!