Redesigning the plastics in the Hydra lineup has resulted in two major benefits: better efficiency and better aesthetics. Efficiency improvements reduce the demands on active cooling for longer component life. Improvements to design thin the fixtures and reduce their profile and presence over your aquarium.
Water resistance is a major benefit in aquarium lighting - and while the new Hydras are not waterproof, design improvements make them more capable of facing the moisture rich adventures of reef keeping.
A dedicated moonlight LED and channel has been added in the new Hydra 32HD and Hydra 64HD modules. This allows for independent moonlighting designed to simulate the natural lunar color and intensity.
Control on the lights will use the existing myAI® app which is free, simple and very quick to program offering onsite direct BLE connection through your smart device. Additional control options may become available for the new generation Prime and Hydras over time.
Optics and Output:
Output in terms of PAR, color mixing and spread are all improved with the new fixtures. The incorporation of more LEDs results in a more targeted full spectrum, TIR lenses shape the light’s output and improve its efficiency. The result is more color POP as well as a slightly wider output area and higher average PAR. A combination LED placement and lens geometry blend the light from the clusters so that color separation is further reduced. The Hydra® 64HD delivers more output with higher average PAR than any other AI Module.
AI’s popular HD functionality, through which a user can route power not in use by one color channel into another color channel is a much loved feature on the previous generation HD fixtures. As the new name implies, all the new HD lights retain this exciting feature.
Mounting hardware as previously available for Hydra fixtures will work with the new version lights. The exception is the Hydra Flex arm which will require a different light bracket due to the size difference in the new fixtures. The Flex arm bracket will change with he new fixtures. Older flex arms being used to mount the new lights will need a new light bracket.
Dimensions: 11.875 x 5.375 x 1.42in
# of LEDS: 64 (+ 4)
Color Channels: 7 (+1)