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The first look at the new AquaIllumination Vega Color!

By Shane Graber - Posted Sep 07, 2012 11:00 AM
The AquaIllumination Vegas are just now shipping to retailers; Advanced Aquarist has ours in hand! Here is our unboxing of the Vega Color and matching controller.
The first look at the new AquaIllumination Vega Color!

The new AquaIllumination Vega Color

AquaIllumination just released their new Vega LED lighting systems for public consumption.  The Vega comes in two versions: a Blue and Color version (both available in black and white finish).  Advanced Aquarist received the Color version for this unboxing.


One noticeable update to the fixture is that AquaIllumination slightly changed the bulb configuration from their past specs and increased the Cree XP-E Green and OSRAM OSLON Deep Red from one LED per fixture to two and decreased the Cree XP-E Royal Blue LEDs from six to four.  Photos of the light in action are found later in the unboxing.

AI Vega Dimensions:

  • Length: 11.88 inches
  • Width: 5.38 inches
  • Height: 1.57 inches
  • Weight: 3.25 pounds

Power Supply:

  • Power Consumption: 95W max power from outlet
  • PFC: > 0.9
  • Universal Input Range: 100 to 240VAC / 50 to 60Hz
  • DC Cable Length: 10ft
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 5.84 x 2.14 x 1.26 in.
  • Regulatory Compliance (Meets Requirements/Limits): UL, CE & RoHS


The Vega retails for $558.95 USD.  The Controller is sold separately and retails for $79.95 USD.

In the coming weeks, we will provide a complete review the new AquaIllumination Vega Color for our readers. In the mean time, we wanted to give you a first look at this new LED lighting fixture.

The unboxing begins!

The AquaIllumination Vega and controller arrived packaged together in plenty of bubble-wrap.

Left: AquaIllumination Vega; Right: Controller

The bubble-wrap is removed!

We opened up the Controller box...

...and inside was the Controller, power supply, and cables.

The Controller and power supply just out of the box.

Unboxing the Vega. Nice box!

Underneath is the AquaIllumination Vega light fixture. Plug it in. Enjoy!

Removed from the packaging: The AquaIllumination Vega and power supply.  The Vega is about the length and width of a sheet of copy paper (and under 2" thick).

The AquaIllumination Vega flipped over to expose the four banks of LEDs AI calls PowerPucks.

Closer view of the cooling fan on top.

Another shot of the fan.

Bottom view of the four banks of LEDs PowerPucks.

Close-up of the PowerPucks.  The Vega Color consists of the following LEDs:

4 - Cree XM-L Cool White
4 - Cree XP-E Royal Blue
4 - Cree XP-E Blue
4 - OSRAM OSLON Deep Blue
2 - Cree XP-E Green
2 - OSRAM OSLON Deep Red

Notice the multi-colored LEDs.

The output is bright!

Two additional views of the LEDs in action.  On to the Controller ....

The Controller powered on.

Setting up the timer.

The AquaIllumination Vega and Controller

Another shot of the AquaIllumination Vega and Controller.

AquaIllumination has also posted a number of great videos on their Youtube channel highlighting the different features of the New Controller. Below are the latest two on their channel:

Check out the AquaIllumination channel on Youtube for videos showing how to change modes, coral acclimation, setup, lunar cycle, and more.

Also, check back here in the coming weeks for Advanced Aquarist's full review of the AI Vega and Controller.

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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