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Ecotech + AI

Ecotech Marine and Aqua Illumination are merging the two companies together to form one dominate force in the aquarium industry.  Both Aqua Illumination and Ecotech Marine are considered by many to be the best LED lighting companies available in the aquarium industry.  What does this merger mean to you?  Well here is what we know so.

The partnership between Ecotech Marine and AquaIllumination will provide endless opportunities for development and innovation beyond what each company already provides as individual companies.  Each brand will remain a separate entity and continue to manufacture distinct product lines, but the shared ownership will allow each of us to improve and grow.

FAQs

Is either brand being dissolved?
No, both brands will remain independent. This exciting merger is designed to capitalize on the operational and infrastructure advantages that result from the merger of two US based manufacturers. Product lines and branding will remain separate and occur at the separate Iowa and Pennsylvania facilities.

Will EcoTech products be sold under the AI brand or vice versa?
No, the brands and products will remain independent.

Will I still be able to buy EcoTech  and AI products from my favorite store?
Yes, there will be no changes to retail availability. AI products will remain distributed by AI and EcoTech products will be distributed by EcoTech.

Will there be any changes to EcoTech or AI prices?
No. Prices will not be impacted.

Who do I contact for customer support?
EcoTech and A...

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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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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.

Features

  • 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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    By now you may have heard about the new Aqua Illumination Director LED lighting controller.  The AI Director is currently being Beta tested by several users and it appears to be in the final phases of testing.  Aquarium Specialty has placed it's inital stock order for the AI Director and they expect to begin taking pre-orders in the next week or so.  If you wish to get on the pre-order list then please email or call Aquarium Specialty to get in line for the 1st shipment.  Here's more about the Aqua Illumination Director and why we are excited to see this product hitting the market.

    Are you heading to MACNA next week?  If so then be sure to stop by the Aqua Illumination booth and check out the Director.  After you see it in action then head over to the Aquarium Specialty booth to pre-order one at the $99.00 introductory price.  No worries if you can't make it to the show.  You can still place pre-orders though the Aquarium Specialty website or hop on the Pay the Day it Ships list by calling Aquarium Specialty.

     

    Unmatched feature set:

    • 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
    • You may also access the AI Director via your local network
    • Manage 10 tanks with up to 30 lights with one Director
    • LED control features...
      • Weather
        • Realistic cloud sweeps
        • Lightning Storms
        • Provided an Internet connection, the Director can pull live weather from user configured locations on ...
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    The new Aqua Illumination Hydra LED Fixture combines the controls of the AI Vega and the unmatched power of the AI Sol at $399.00 per LED module.  The Aqua Illumination Hydra brings a new level of performance to the AI product line.  Available in a black or white case like the rest of the AI LED line, the AI Hydra features wireless connectivity out of the box.
    Unlike the AI Sol Blue & White, the Hydra uses 80 degree lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending. At a maximum of 95 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.
    Hydra

    LEDs

    The AI Hydra utilizes the latest LED technology from leading manufacturers, arranged to provide the best performance.

    Power

    Combining the control of the AI Vega and unmatched power of the AI Sol, the AI Hydra brings a new level of performance. Unlike the Sol Blue & White, the Hydra uses 80 degree lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending. At a maximum of 95 watts from the wall, it follows in the family’s efficient footsteps.

    The Hydra fills the visible light spectrum with light to spare. We set the standard in LEDs, and have taken our years of experience and customer feedback to provide an even wider spectral output with the AI Hydra by adding 415nm Violet and 400nm UV LEDs to the mix.

    Visible Spectrum

    80 Degree Lens Array

    It Blends

    The AI Hydra uses 80 degree proprietary lenses to provide uniform light output and color blending.  The Hydra utilizes the same TIR (Total Internal Reflection) optical design while incorporating and diffuse exit sur...

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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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