Aqualight LED

For the life of your coral

The Aqualight LED is a fusion of innovative engineering and focus on a singular goal: Ensuring superior product performance to sustain a thriving saltwater reef. Designed and perfected for more than two years, Aqualight LED offers precision operation in an easy to use yet sophisticated style.

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Features and benefits
of the Aqualight LED

GROW AND MAINTAIN ANY CORAL SPECIES

Aqualight LED contains a balanced mix of high-power white, blue, and amber LEDs coupled with state-of-the-art optics including custom lenses and metallic reflectors. As a result, the maximum amount of light energy in the form of PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) is directed into the aquarium where it can be used by corals for growth.

 
 

THE MOST DESIRED COMPONENT: RELIABILITY

Aqualight LED was designed with quality in mind including key features to ensure reliable long term performance:

  • Passive and Active Heat Management: Built in heat sinks keep LED chips cool. When needed a variable speed fan will activate to provide additional cooling.
  • Protection from Moisture: Each LED board is covered with an advanced conformal coating designed to resist moisture while the clear polycarbonate lens adds another barrier of protection against evaporation and water spray.
  • Integrated Battery Back Up: Saves user settings in the event of power loss to the Aqualight LED. Once power is restored, Aqualight LED will remember prior settings and resume operation. No need to re-program the light fixture.
  • Mounting Options: Aqualight LED comes complete with mounting leg brackets and suspension hardware kit.

INTEGRATED CONTROL SYSTEM

A built in controller means you can select from three pre-programmed color settings – 10,000K, 14,000K, and 20,000K – plus moonlight and night. In addition, the intensity of each color setting can be adjusted from 10% to 100% allowing for a wide range of lighting options. Use the controller to quickly program the Aqualight LED including 24 hour timer to create a lighting cycle with sunrise, mid-day, sunset, and moonlight.

 
 

Operational savings:

Aqualight LED offers cost savings compared to traditional lighting technology. With LEDs there is no need for expensive replacement lamps or large chillers that utilize extra power.

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Advantages of LED Lighting Vs. Traditional

 

Control:

LEDs can be controlled electronically, dimmed, or turned on/off individually. This gives the end user a range of settings and light options not available with traditional lighting systems.

Color:

By combining different colored LEDs in a single array, many different color options can be created including optimal lighting for coral growth and PAR generation. Aqualight LED uses a mix of white, blue, and amber LEDs. White and blue LEDs provide a cool appearance and strong PAR while amber LEDs offer balance and warmth for full spectrum light.

 
 

Lifespan:

In a properly designed system LEDs can have a very long operating life and LEDs should not fail.

Energy Efficiency:

LEDs use energy efficiently by converting more of the energy used into light. Traditional lighting systems such as metal halide generate proportionately more heat per energy consumed.

 
 

Low Heat Radiation:

LEDs generate heat but don’t project heat outward towards the aquarium. Instead, heat is conducted through the LED chip and into the heat sink where it is dissipated from the light fixture.

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Inside the research and development
of Aqualight LED

Coral Growth Experiment - Set Up

A key research and development activity was to determine the proper number and type of LEDs needed to ensure coral growth. To do this we set up multiple coral growth experiments with prototype LED fixtures. This photo shows the test aquariums and prototype LED fixtures we used for the experiment.

Coral Growth Experiment - Frags

Here you can view a sample of the coral frags we used in the growth experiment. After just a few weeks we determined without a doubt that we could grow healthy vibrant corals under LED lighting. We also were able to figure out the right mix of white, blue, and amber LEDs to use in the Aqualight LED.

Reef Tank - Daylight

This is a photo of one of our reef tanks filled with SPS and LPS corals. We have the Aqualight LED set on 20,000K at 80% intensity. Many of the corals were the original corals that started out as frags in the initial coral growth experiment and we added in other corals to balance out the tank. This is a thriving coral reef tank that our R&D team is proud to display.

Reef Tank - Moonlight

This photo shows off the Aqualight LED under the full moonlight setting. The corals really fluoresce and display vibrant colors. The moonlight setting offers a great way to observe and enjoy the natural beauty of your corals.

Measuring PAR Output

From our coral growth experiment, we knew the Aqualight LED would grow vibrant healthy coral but we needed to understand the PAR output of the fixture. Therefore we tested PAR output through both air and water. Here you can see our PAR meter and a prototype light we used to take the PAR readings. We used the PAR data to construct the interactive 3D PAR map tool found at the bottom of the page.

Prototype Build

We designed the Aqualight LED as a modular system with LED boards mounted inside an aluminum housing. This gives us the flexibility to expand the line up to include other sizes while using common components for ease of assembly. Here you can see the different components set out for the prototype build.

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Interactive PAR Map
of Coral Species

PAR stands for Photosynthetically Active Radiation or the amount of light available to an organism for photosynthesis and is typically measured in micromoles of photons per second per square meter. PAR is an important consideration as PAR required by coral in the aquarium is directly related to PAR found in nature. For many corals, the PAR “sweet spot” is between 200 to 300 micromoles.

In developing the Aqualight LED, we measured PAR values throughout the aquarium and have created a three dimensional PAR map to provide a visual reference of how PAR is dispersed over a standard tank with dimensions 30" tall by 48" long by 24" wide.

The PAR map is interactive with the Coral species guide, so simply click on an area of the PAR map to view suggested corals. Conversely, you can select a coral type from the species guide and the PAR map will highlight the area in the tank where your coral will do best. We hope this guide becomes an easy to use reference for planning your aquarium set up.

Note: PAR map data taken from Aqualight LED at 100% intensity, 14,000K color setting. Changing the color setting and intensity of the Aqualight LED will alter PAR values. You may wish to use a PAR meter to take readings for your preferred settings.

PAR Levels

(umol photons per square meter per second):

50-99 Very Low 100-199 Low 200-399 Medium 400-599 Medium/High 600-799 High 800+ Very High

(Large Polyp Stony Corals)

Acanthastrea sp.
Caulastrea sp. (Trumpet & Candy Cane Coral)
Euphylia sp. (Hammer, Torch, Frogspawn, & Anchor Coral)
Favia sp. & Favites sp. (Brain Corals)
Fungia sp. (Plate Coral)
Galaxea sp. (Tooth Coral)
Goniopora sp. (Flower Pot Coral)
Lobophyllia sp. (Lobed Brain Coral)
Physogyra sp. & Plerogyra sp. (Bubble Coral)
Platygyra sp. (Worm Brain Coral)
Polyphillia sp. (Slipper & Tongue Coral)
Scolymia sp. & Cynaria sp. (Button Coral)
Trachyphyllia sp. (Open Brain Coral)

(Small Polyp Stony Corals)

Acropora sp.
Hydnophora sp. (Horn Coral)
Montipora sp. (branching, plating, & encrusting forms)
Pocillopora sp. (Cauliflower Coral)
Porites sp.
Seriatopora sp. (Birds Nest Coral)
Stylophora sp. (Cat's Paw Coral)

(Soft Corals)

Briareum sp. (Star Polyps)
Mushroom Coral (Actinodiscus sp., Ricordea sp., & Rhodactis sp.)
Sarcophyton sp. (Toadstool Leather Coral)
Sinularia sp. (Finger Leather Coral)
Xenia sp.
Zoanthus sp. (Zoanthid Polyps)

(Clams)

Tridacna sp.
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