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AquaIllumination Nano LED Exposed: Unboxing & Initial Thoughts

By Shane Graber - Posted Aug 30, 2011 09:00 AM
Sometimes the saying really is true; big things do come in small packages. Almost a year after being debuted at MACNA Orlando, the long-awaited Nano LED fixture from AquaIllumination is now being widely distributed. Advanced Aquarist got our hands on one of these fancy diminutive gadgets and wanted to share our initial thoughts as well as some photos of the unboxing.
AquaIllumination Nano LED Exposed: Unboxing & Initial Thoughts

The AquaIllumination Nano LED fixture proves that big things do come in small packages.

The first thing you'll notice is the simple yet sophisticated design of the AI Nano box; clean lines and an image of the fixture make it clear as to what's inside.

Additionally, on the back of the box, you'll find details about what's included inside, along with some basic specifications about the light itself.



Upon unboxing, the first thing we noticed was how small the fixture was; At 4.28 x 5.57 x 1.47 inches (10.9 x 14.1 x 3.7 cm), it's less than half the size of the 12'' AI Sol. The fixture includes (2) Cool White XM-Ls, (4) Blue Cree XP-Es and (4) Royal Blue Cree XP'Es mounted in a pair of five-in-one lenses. With 35 watts of LED power, this fixture is extremely energy efficient but at the same time packs a punch when it comes to light output.

The touch controls are visible on the front side of the unit.  Owners can adjust the three different LED colors independently to tailor the color and intensity of the AI Nano to their aquariums.  Simply select the LED bulb you want to adjust and swipe left and right to increase and decrease intensity.



Aside from the module itself, included is a user manual, power supply and cord, data cable and a mounting arm. The black plastic arm is lightweight and very easy to mount on glass/acrylic up to half inch thick. While perhaps not the most elegant design (especially compared with the sleek fixture itself), the mounting arm blends well and hides the cords neatly.



Our initial reaction of this LED fixture is that it's a great fit for nano aquariums from 10 to 35 gallons. The efficient, compact, and all-in-all design represents a nice new product from the folks at AquaIllumination that's surely going to get the nano crowd excited.

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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