The Sicce LED is a welcome yet unexpected product from the company that specializes in making really, really good aquarium water pumps. Coming in two models, the 110 watt AM466 and 170 watt AM650, the Sicce LED is a passively cooled bank of numerous medium output LEDs encased in a gorgeous slab of acrylic. Whereas most aquarium LED lights use either high output or low output LEDs, the Sicce LED has a novel approach to getting blue and white light over your tank. Sicce’s LED light uses 28 high powered blue LEDs 392 white LEDs in the AM466 in a ratio of 14 white LEDs to one blue LED. Continue reading for more information and a look at what the Sicce LED lights look like under the hood.
The use of extremely numerous LED is a novel move from Sicce and we are pleased to learn that the blue LEDs used have an emission peak at 446nm, exactly what we would expect from the royal blue LEDs that many reef aquarists find more attractive over corals, and complimentary to the really cool white look of most white LEDs. Both the Sicce LED AM466 and AM650 are passively cooled and therefore completely silent, they have an average color temperature of 14,000 Kelvin, so a nice crisp white look that we come to expect from LEDs, and they have two channels of color control for white and blue yet they also have a sunrise sunset feature which is built in to the fixture, but activated through an external timer.
The Sicce LED has two channels of color control for the blue and white LEDs which are evenly spread out over the area of the fixture. The well spread out LEDs evenly distribute heat through the passively cooled aluminum heatsink and secondary optics are not required to produce an even and well-distributed light field. Like most LED aquarium lights on the market, the Sicce LED will be able to be suspended over the aquarium or mounted to a variety of tanks with forthcoming brackets.
The Sicce LED AM466 is about 18 inches long and 1.5 inches thick, rated for coverage of a two foot reef aquarium whereas the Sicce LED AM650 is 24 inches long and expected to cover a three foot reef tank. Unlike Sicce pumps, the Sicce LED will only be distributed through authorized Sicce dealers where the Sicce LED AM466 is expected to retail at around $1400 and the Sicce LED AM650 will be in the $2100 range. A full release in North America is still being developed but we expect to hear more on Sicce LED lights and when they will be available very soon.