Aqua Illumination Vega – Color Us Impressed!
The affordable LED Lighting system Aqua Illumination Vega, caused quite a stir on its initialrelease. The Aqua Illumination Vega exceeds comparable LED light systems with it’s flexibility and user control of the lighting color. There are eight different LED colors available, ran through twenty color channels. The user can control each LED channel individually.
Opening the box is an exciting moment. These kinds of new Aquarium LED fixtures look a bit more futuristic than the old bulb fixtures. This is due to the passive cooling systems used, the design uses heatfins arrayed along the length of the unit to allow air to circulate freely along the grooves between the fins. The unit is rated at 95W.
As well as the passive cooling, the Aqua Illumination Vega also has active cooling, with a near silent-running fan – situated in the middle of the unit. Apart from the compact unit, the only other contents of the package was a power supply and a quick start guide. A lot of LED lighting is packed into a very small space in the Vega – hence the need for active cooling. This aquarium light measures about twelve inches in length, 6 in width, and around one and a half inches in height, the idea behind it is to support wireless daisy chaining.
Joseph and his Many Colored LED Lights
The LED colors are Cool White, Blue, Royal Blue, Red, Green, UV, Deep Red,Very Deep Blue. You might be wondering why AI have chosen to provide such a multi-colored spectrum, if you subscribe to the corals just need blue and white light point of view. In which case you might like to proceed to our article on aquarium lighting for corals. Depending on which corals you are keeping, the color spectrum needs some red light for health. Over time, the corals can become washed out – this is what has given LED lights a bad rep in some quarters, but now we have the Aqua Illumination Vega, we can set the color spectrum to include the colors needed by our more ‘difficult’ corals.
Fancy Shmancy Puck System
Fiddling about with the color configuration is easy using AquaIllumination’s PowerPuck program. This allows you to choose the colors for each ‘PowerPuck’ module. You can select from three whites in the center and seven of the other colors around the Puck. To begin with, the Pucks come standard as cool white with blue LEDs. Once you know a little bit more about your particular corals and what spectrum they need, you can use the plug and play system to tell the main controller how to configure the Pucks.
So, how do you fit this beast to your tank? Well, here’s slight flaw in an otherwise perfect package. Aqua Illumination have seen fit to provide us with their AI EXT mounting system. This mounting system doesn’t share the Vega’s good looks it must be said. The hanging kit is fine, but most people will be looking for a tank mount – and this area needs some improvement from AquaIllumination.
There has been a huge buzz around this product, even before it’s launch, with high hopes being placed on it by would-be LED converters, seduced by it’s affordability, modularity and wide variety of LED colors. Now is the time to make the move to LED and say goodbye to the previous century’s hot and bulksome lighting methods. The Aqua Illumination Vega is the most sophisticated LED lighting system at this price point.