The ADA Solar RGB light is the new LED light fixture for planted tanks that we’ve always expected from Aqua Design Amano. With the new Solar RGB LED light, ADA finally has a flagship light which is as functional as it is beautiful.
ADA is world renowned for making some of the most attractive aquarium products; their metal halide and power compact fixtures have always been as pretty as they are expensive. As gorgeous as ADA lights look over an aquarium, in recent years it’s been hard to justify the investment in technology with replaceable lamps, and no real controls to speak of.
Aqua Design Amano first tested the LED waters with pretty simplified light strips for smaller tanks. Their foray into the new Light Emitting Diode technology was kicked off by the AquaSky LED, which was followed up a couple of years later with slightly larger and more efficient AquaSky Moon LED strips. Still, you couldn’t reasonably light up a tank larger than two feet (60cm) with either the Aquasky or Aquasky Moon LED lights.
Finally! With the Solar RGB LED ADA has a high powered, broad color spectrum LED light fixture with the power and features to finally ditch metal halide lighting altogether. At least we assume that the Solar RGB LED will be color controllable, but we wouldn’t put it past ADA to claim that the “color rendition is perfect, so why control it?”
Indeed you can see that the multicolor red, green and blue LEDs of the Solar RGB light have dramatically better color rendition than the single-color Aquasky Moon LED in the image above. Full specification of the Solar RGB LED are slim, so we know nothing of the control and timing functions that the Solar RGB may be capable of.
We do know that the Solar RGB has a maximum power of 130 watts, and it is passively cooled and therefore silent. That kind of light output will be more than enough brightness for tanks up to two feet long (24 inches/60cm) but it should be able to cover up to three feet (90cm) depending on your lighting needs.
Aqua Design Amano will be releasing the ADA Solar RGB LED this summer with an estimated retail price of 75,600¥ in Japan, 799€ in Europe, but there’s no telling how much it will cost in that $715 to $900 price range in North America. We’d like to believe that this was probably one of the last major products that Takashi Amano worked on before his passing last year, and judging from the pictures the ADA Solar RGB LED was well worth the wait. [ADA]