Introducing the Kessil A350
What a treat is in store for you, with the new Kessil A350 – it provides twice the ouput of the previous Kessil A150 model. With the same energy saving design and really minimal heat output but now double the light output – I pity the fools still cooking under their hot bulbs when these LED lights are available. Do the maths on bulb replacement, and electricity bills – long term LEDs are going to save money – is your tank going anywhere soon?
Small but Powerful LED Unit
Opening the box you see the round Kessil A350 unit, a long 15ft power cord, the power supply and The Kessil A350 Owner’s Manual. It uses a dense LED array to fit many LEDs into a very compact unit. The fixture has a height of under 4″ and a diameter of exactly 4″. These things are tiny – smaller than a Coke can. Yes, this does mean it needs the built in fan. We couldn’t hear it unless we jammed our ears right up to the unit – not something we do a lot in normal circumstances.
Blue with Extra Blue: It’s Really Really Blue
What’s the Kessil A350 got to recommend it over the other affordable LED light systems recently on the market? Well, it’s got two knobs to twiddle that set the ‘Sky Blue’ and ‘Deep Ocean’ spectrum (that’s 10000K and 15000K respectively in number language). Check out the user reports here to see how coral colors have been benefiting from the customizable spectrum of the Kessil A350. The LEDs are based on the DiCon LED X350 Dense Matrix module. This as a 90W power rating platform. Together the two spectrum combine to produce a bright blue color named by Kessil ‘Tuna Blue’. Sounds fishy? It’s a play on the word tune-able.
Narrow or Wide Beam Model
There are two versions to choose from, the Kessil A350 is the standard version and provides
a relatively narrow light beam focus with the lamp set to 62 degrees of arc, perfect for illuminating those light hungry stony corals down in the depths of the tank. This lamp can be used for deep tanks over 24″ in depth. The reflector achieves the glimmering shimmer that reefers used to have to resort to Metal Halide to achieve. Those days are history now – along with the scorching heat and high bills.
The A350W is the wide angle version and spreads the light over a much wider 140 degrees.
This is an interesting lighting option for nano-reef owners. As the Kessil A350 units are so small, you can pair them up, or string multiple units together to provide light coverage for any tank size.
The main drawback to the Kessil A350 is that it is intended to be used in a hanging mount. Kessil recommends the A350 to be 1 or 2 feet above the aquarium. The A350 light has a ring for hanging onto a rail. The unit’s cooling vent and air intake holes must be kept 12 inches clear from obstructions. This will require a bit of work on your part if you’re upgrading from a tank mounted lighting system.
LED Has Come to Take Over the Aquarium Lighting World
In conclusion, the Kessil A350 LED aquarium light is a very powerful light indeed, anyone still not on board with the LED light revolution is obviously blinded from staring into their MH bulbs too long. At this price the days of ye olde metal bulb lighting are numbered. Kessil’s lighting products do invoke a strong brand loyalty and the first in the line to pick these up will be previous happy customers of their earlier lighting units. It’s worth checking out the user reports and making notes on the success the Kessil groupies are having with their stony corals.