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Aqua Illumination Wireless Controller

Here’s some exciting news from Aqua Illumination regarding their new wireless controller.  After listening to customer feedback and suggestions, Aqua Illumination recently announced the release of a major revision to their New Controller firmware that I happened to install yesterday over our new Vega reef tank. This new update offers a long list of new options, including support for the custom AI PowerPucks (coming out in the near future - more on that in a later article), wireless operation for SOL and Nano modules using the wireless adapter, a global regional timer to mimic sunrise/sunset times of major coral reefs, and much more. This firmware update is, of course, free to everyone who owns the New Controller and it is currently available to download from the AquaIllumination website.

One of the slickest features we like are the fail safe Vega dim down and the global region timers that simulate the light schedule of major reefs around the world.  Although the reef sunlight schedule is not a must have for healthy coral growth it has been show that spawning can occur under lighting conditions that more closely mimic the suns patterns.

The fail safe dim down of the AI Vega is particularly important to prevent coral burning if the modules lose wireless communications.  The other really cool feature, which AI calls Global Region Timers, is useful for aquarists looking to recreate natural lighting as close to nature as possible.  The firmware upgrade mimics lighting conditions in ...

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AI Director

One of the most anticipated releases of 2013 is here, the Aqua Illumination Director.  The AI Director is the ultimate control platform that can control your Aqua Illumination LED fixtures from anywhere in the world with your smart phone, PC or tablet at a very reasonable $99.00 price tag.  Aquarium Specialty expects the 1st delivery to arrive no later than November 12th but they could land as soon as November 8th.  Feel free to pre-order now.  Aquarium Specialty promisses to ship all pre-orders the day that inventory arrives.


  • The new standard in control platforms
  • Control any AI wirelessly enabled device
  • The AI Director can be connected via 802.11 Wifi (with included dongle) or Ethernet
  • Connect to the Director through the cloud with myAI
  • You may also access the AI Director via your local network
  • Manage 10 tanks with up to 30 lights with one Director


LED Controls

  • Weather
    • Realistic cloud sweeps
    • Lightning Storms
    • *Provided an Internet connection, the Director can pull live weather from user configured locations on Earth
  • Lunar Cycle
  • Coral Acclimation
  • Test Run
    • Plays your entire day's timer configuration in fast forward.
  • Dynamically recognize changes in LED configurations using PowerPuck™ technology.
  • Up to 100 control points per LED color per group for a given day.


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    Aqua Illumination caught us off guard again with their new and improved Aqua Illumination Wireless Controller that features improved buttons for easier control and a vivid color display while remaining at the same $79.95 cost as the older version.  For wireless and world wide control from your smart phone, tablet, or desktop please see the Aqua Illumination Director controller.

    AI Wireless Controller

    AI Wireless Controller Advantages:

    With a vivid display and built-in wireless capability the Aqua Illumination controller is sure to make managing your lighting very colorful.  The new AI Controller features include:

    • Wireless Control
    • Intuitive easy to Navigate Menus
    • Sweeping Clouds & Lightning
    • Up to 30 Timers
    • Easy press buttons
    • Increased Menu Options
    • Energy Saver screen mode
    • Includes USB Power Adapter


    New, Improved Buttons

    Controllers now feature more reliable, easier to use buttons. Each button makes a subtle audible click when pressed to help users know that the button has been engaged.

    Simply Simple

    With a new, vivid color display and user-friendly interface, the new controller is easier to read and fun to use.

    Weather Effects

    Setup sweeping cloud cover which travels across light fixtures. Add lightning to the mix for the ultimate in realistic weather effects.

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