View Full Version : Upgraded Aqua Illumination Module

05/08/2010, 09:30 PM
I currently have six generation one AI modules over my 60" tank. This past week I got one of my modules upgraded. Wow, serious difference!

Pictures of the new module. I really like the new cords that they come with, much less fussy.



This is the par in my tank before any upgrades, the whites are at 100%, blues are at 100% (sorry for the quick photoshopping):


Here is the tank after the upgrade, again White/Blue 100%/100% :


This is the tank with the new module set to 30%/30% (the rest are still at 100%):


This is a picture of the par when it was held at around 3-4" below the surface:


Needless to say, I'll be trying to save up my money to upgrade the remaining five modules :fish1:

05/08/2010, 09:37 PM
Just curious, what is the cost difference when upgrading the modules compared to selling the lights and buying the new versions?

05/08/2010, 09:40 PM
My husband deals with that stuff, you'd have to contact AI for that information.

05/09/2010, 12:49 AM
Now, did you wait until all your fish swam under the new light to take those pics, or did they just do that on their own? :)

05/09/2010, 12:52 AM
My fish are extremely photogenic :) It's sometimes hard to even look at the coral in the tank because the big Naso is always front and center wanting attention.

05/09/2010, 12:52 PM
Forgot to mention, I'm currently running the new module on my profilux controller and the older modules on the AI controller so I can separately dim the new one so it doesn't blast my corals!

05/09/2010, 03:51 PM
Better PAR, but I definitely don't like the 100% White/Blue on the new generation. 30% pic looks much better.

05/09/2010, 04:46 PM
Oh no, I'd never run it at 100%. Besides cooking the coral, it is a little too white for me. I just wanted to compare 100% on the old to 100% on the new.

05/09/2010, 06:34 PM
very cool comparison...

my t5 fixture is flaking out and on the fence to bite the bullet and go for the AI plunge...

i need 5 modules so definitely pricey...

how do the corals bob with the new bulbs?

shimmer? anything you dont like?

05/09/2010, 06:47 PM
It's definitely a pricey plunge to take. I've only had the new module on for about 3 days, so I can't confirm any differences for the corals. Since I have it turned down to the 30% range for now, I don't expect any real differences. It's still LED, it just has a lot more power potential. It does have more of a shimmer than T5, but that's never been a really big deal for me. For the old lights, I didn't like how touchy the cords were that plugged them in. The new ones seem to be improved and more stable. I'll keep this updated as I go. I think I might send the next module in for upgrade this week.

05/10/2010, 11:58 AM
AI is planning on offering pucks with different combinations of LED's. Check this out: