Just when we were beginning to think the AI Nano Sol might not be seen again until MACNA, Aqua Illumination goes and officially announces the launch of the much touted little LED light. Aqua Illumination states that it took ten months to refine this product and that it was going to be so different from Aqua Illumination’s flagship LED the AI Sol, that the nano LED light will now simply be known as the AI Nano.
Just a month first spotted that something had changed in the appearance of the AI Nano on its dedicated webpage. The AI Nano has been radically redesigned and not only in its appearance. Indeed the touch-sensitive AI Nano no longer looks or is controlled the same way as its big brother. The controllability and super interesting visual feedback built into the AI Nano Sol is so simple and streamlined that it disappears in the form of the nano LED fixture. But we already knew that.
What we didn’t know about the AI Nano is that it is now roughly one quarter the size of the original AI Nano LED and it has brand new LED clusters and a semi-common lens. The redesigned AI Sol uses two clusters of five LEDs, two each of the Cree XP-E blue and royal blue LED and a single white XM-L LED in the middle. The marriage of Cree XP and XM LED is something to get excited about, especially from a pioneer of LED and Cree XP LED for use over reef aquariums. The five LEDs are guided by a five-in-one LED lens with an unspecified beam angle.
Aqua Illumination says they’ve been running a single AI Nano over a 50 gallon reef tank for six months, in which case the AI Nano is quite a bit more than a nano LED light, more like a small metal halide replacement. The AI Sol now uses just 35 watts of the highest quality LED components and we hope it will land for the same original pricing of about $350. Aqua Illumination just announced that the AI Nano will be ready for distribution by the end of the July and we greatly look forward to seeing the new LED beast in person.