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Aqua Illumination's new Hydra TwentySix completes AI's revamped product line

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 29, 2014 10:00 AM
The AI Hydra TwentySix is essentially a half-sized version of the Hydra FiftyTwo. The new miniaturized LED fixture will feature two of AI's newest 13-LED light puck (totaling 26 LEDs, hence its name) and output 90 watts at maximum setting. The TwentySix will retail for $399, available May 29, 2014.

The Aqua Illumination Hydra TwentySix is roughly half the size of the Hydra FiftyTwo and features half as many LEDs.  Interestingly, the power consumption of the TwentySix does not scale linearly with the FiftyTwo; Despite having only half as many LEDs (using the same LED puck), the TwentySix consumes 90 watts at max output versus the FiftyTwo's 135 watts. This would suggest the TwentySix's LEDs are driven more aggressively than its bigger brother and will yield higher light output per LED.

Nano reefkeepers should be particularly excited.  The TwentySix is a bit larger than AI's Nano model, but it packs almost three times as much light output.

The TwentySix will share all the features of the FiftyTwo, including seven channels of built-in wireless control and EXT rail mounting system.  The TwentySix is available in black and white finish.

Meet the New AI Family


Lauching May 29, 2014, the new AI Hydra TwentySix will round out Aqua Illumination's core product line.  All three Hydra products (the original Hydra, Hydra FiftyTwo, and Hydra TwentySix) will work together using AI's Director or new Controller.  AI will cease manufacturing of the Vega and Sol but will continue supporting these products (except the first generation two-fan Sol).


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Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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