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AquaIllumination Hydra FiftyTwo LED Fixture

AquaIllumination Hydra FiftyTwo LED Fixture

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AquaIllumination Hydra FiftyTwo LED Fixture Information

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Water Piercing Power!
  • Peak Par: 304 µMol
  • Energy Usage: 135 Watts (measure from the wall outlet)
  • Number of LEDS: 52
  • Colors: 7
Spectral Output

Hydra 52 Spectral Plot

The AI Hydra FiftyTwo™ continues the Hydra`s legacy of full spectrum performance with an output that exceeds the visible light spectrum, providing your livestock with the light they crave.

Power Output

Hydra 52 PAR

Combining the control of the AI Vega and unmatched power of the AI Sol, the AI Hydra FiftyTwo™ brings a new level of performance. At a maximum of 135 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.


Hydra 52 Optics

The Hydra FiftyTwo™ comes standard with 80 degree lenses giving you the best balance of power and spread. AI`s lens optics are custom designed, boasting greater than 90% optical efficiency and including a diffuse exit surface to provide improved color blending.*If you need to penetrate a deeper tank, AquaIlluminations offers optional 50 degree lenses (sold separately).


Hydra 52 LED`s

The AI Hydra FiftyTwo™ utilizes the latest LED technology from leading manufacturers, arranged to provide the best performance.
  • 16 - Cree XT-E Cool White (> 70 CRI)
  • 4 - OSRAM OSLON Deep Red
  • 4 - XP-E Green
  • 12 - Cree XT-E Royal Blue
  • 8 - OSRAM OSLON Very Deep Blue
  • 4 - SemiLED 415nm Violet
  • 4 - Edison Opto 400nm UV

Don’t be tethered to your tank, AI`s proprietary wireless control allows you the ultimate in flexibility.


Compatible with the AI family of wireless controllers*, the new Controller is an easy-to-use set it and forget it solution. If you need more advanced control, our web-based Director solution can be used anywhere on the web or mobile devices. *controller required and sold separately.


Compatible with the EXT Rail System of Rails, Tank Mounts and Hanging Kits.

Technical Specifications:
  • Dimensions: 11.875" x 5.375" x 1.6"
  • Weight: 3.28 lbs
  • Power Consumption: 135 Watts at full power
  • Universal Input Range: 100 to 240VAC / 50-60Hz
  • Cable Length: 10ft. (3.048m)
  • Regulatory Compliance: UL, CE & RoHS

Manufacturer Info

Founded in 2007, C2 Development, Inc. (AI Life Illuminated) is the leader in high performance, high efficiency reef aquarium lighting systems. We are constantly pushing the limits of illumination technology.

AquaIllumination Hydra FiftyTwo LED Fixture Reviews

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Great light

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 7/8/2014 from SALT LAKE CITY, UT UNITED STAT
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Awesome color selection, and shimmer on the water, my SPS are growing like crazy under these beasts. And the director gives great control.

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Hydra Fifty Two

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 6/24/2014 from Warrenton, VA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: The installation of the lights was easy...screws for mounting to 6' bar were too short to hold the lights securely. I obtained 1 1/4" 10/32 screws and they hold the lights well. The corals immediately responded to the increased lighting especially the rose anemone with increased color and overall health. After years of using metal halides I highly recommend this product...I look forward to watching my coral grow! The Marine Depot staff professionally guided me through my selection and were not only responsive to my questions but obviously knowledgeable.Marine Depot is fast becoming my favorite marine store.

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Bad Quality Control

Reviewers Rating Below Average

Posted: 5/30/2014 from San Jose, CA UNITED STATES
2.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: Bought two of these (one black and one white), The black one was good, but the white one had a hole in one of the pucks so I exchanged it for a white replacement. When the new one came in I plugged it in to hear a annoying buzzing noise WHEN THE LIGHTS WERE IN DIM MODE. Simply AI's quality control is very bad as far as HYDRA 52 is concerned. I called Marine Depot and they asked me to call AI, and when I called no one picked up the phone. Just decided to return this for refund. Seems like a great light but it is a hit or a miss, i.e., the probability of getting a defective unit is high. The ones who got non-buzzing defect free product are very lucky. I wanted to buy ten of these units but when I look at the hassle I have to go through I decided to stay away from the hydra 52. Even the Chinese reef breeders make non-buzzing lights and this so called American company can't put a quality engineer to measure the decibels in the dim mode before sending the units out? I can do a better job if I was the quality engineer for AI. lol WOULD HAVE GIVEN ZERO STARS IF THE LIGHTING WAS BAD, BUT THE LIGHT FROM IT IS AWESOME.

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Hydra 52

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 4/27/2014
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I have been enjoying the hydra 52 and my corals do as well

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Excellent product

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 4/9/2014 from LANESBORO, MA UNITED STATES
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I have had two of these units on my 120 gallon tank for about a month now, used in conjunction with their New Controller. The lights are a major step forward from the Ecoxotic units that I was previously using. I have the units placed roughly 6 inches above the top of my tank, which has a glass cover. At full brightness, intensity at the tank bottom well exceeds the 300 PAR they specify. Use of the New controller provides control of intensity in 1% increments, and each of the 7 different color banks is independently adjustable. The units are well made and run cool. Definitely worth the money.

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Great lighting

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 3/22/2014 from Irvine, CA UNITED STATES
4.5 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: I love this product, the output is amazing. I have two of them on my 120 g and I'm only using 70% of the max. Also, if you get the director, the possibilities are endless from simulating weather of any place around the world including thunderstorms, sunrise/sunset, to moon lighting.

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Don't like the shadows.

Reviewers Rating Average

Posted: 1/23/2014 from NORTH MIAMI, FL UNITED STATES
3.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: New to LED lighting, Found the light output to be somewhat low compared to my previous light a 250 watt metal 20 k. This light give me shadows on the side of a 54 gl corner tank that I was not getting before. Will I do again no, I would have kept the 250 watt halide.

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Great Lighting

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 1/18/2014 from LAS VEGAS, NV UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: The is a fantastic aquarium light. I will be connecting it to my tank with the new AI controller. The light output is amazing, all kind of configurations.

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