Aqua Illumination Sol Super Blue Kelvin ratings?

Discussion in 'Lighting, Equipment & DIY' started by jerth6932, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. jerth6932

    jerth6932 New Member

    I wrote Aqua Illumination the following regarding the Sol Super Blue:
    Would there be a possibility, as I don't have the equipment to do so, to test the Kelvin settings so we could use a pre determined % to get the desired look that users desire? I know it boils down to preference, but knowing where to start would be beneficial for those of us who aren't really inclined in this knowledge.
    There response was:
    At this time we do not have a chart available to set the color temperature. This is largely due to the abundance of blue within the Sol spectrum, as it goes beyond the black body scale (color temperature).
    White alone is 6000-7000K. As you add blue and royal blue, the value increases.
    Best regards,
    Has anybody done this research? It would be very beneficial for those who like "kelvin ratings", but don't know where to start to achieve them.
  2. nikesb

    nikesb New Member

    the problem is that there is no true spectrum because different batches of leds actually put out different spectrums.
    so while you may see a royal blue bulb make a coral pop, a different batch can have a royal blue bulb but not make it pop.
    but to answer your question, i would say its equivalent to a 20k metal halide bulb with actinic supplementation. so consider it 22,000 - 25,000k
  3. jerth6932

    jerth6932 New Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nikeSB
    the problem is that there is no true spectrum because different batches of leds actually put out different spectrums.
    so while you may see a royal blue bulb make a coral pop, a different batch can have a royal blue bulb but not make it pop.
    but to answer your question, i would say its equivalent to a 20k metal halide bulb with actinic supplementation. so consider it 22,000 - 25,000k
    I appreciate the answer, but not what I was trying to achieve.......
    It's not really a question, I'm looking for more of a guide as to % of White, Blue, and Royal settings that achieve certain Kelvin settings. More of a "if you have the tools to do the research, could you provide the rest of us with your data.... Achieving a 10k, 14k and a 20k % of white, blue, and royal settings.
    Make sense?
  4. nikesb

    nikesb New Member

    while i dont have access to a spectrograph, the comparison i remember are. these werent tests by me. still trying to find the source and will get back to you when if i can find it
    1:1:1 ratio, the look was approximately 14,000k-15,000k.
    at 30% white, 55% blue, 55% royal blue it was about 16,000k-17,000k.
    full blast blue and royal is supposedly 20000k, but i will differ and say its more of a 23000+K.
    full blast white is 6000-7000k
    20000k would be a long the lines of 30-50,100,100
  5. jerth6932

    jerth6932 New Member

    Thank you! That's what I was looking for. I would be intrigued to see the actual site, so if you come up with it, please post it. Off I go to see what those settings look like! Thanks!!
  6. s76rick

    s76rick New Member

    "still trying to find the source and will get back to you when if i can find it"
    Any luck? I'm interested to.
    Thanks for what you did post. I found it very helpful to, to have a reference.
  7. nikesb

    nikesb New Member

  8. jerth6932

    jerth6932 New Member

    OK, so I just have my one AI fixture over my 55 (Till I can afford another one...). I know that I would have dim spots on the edges.... can deal with that, but how high should I get the lighting up to percentage wise to sustain my SPS in the middle under the light? Also, the higher I go with my %'s, my outer edge's PAR goes up too, right?
  9. nikesb

    nikesb New Member

    yes correct, but the height should really be determined with a par meter. can you borrow one from your local club
  10. jerth6932

    jerth6932 New Member

    Thx nike, I'll see if they got one.......
    What will be the par levels I will want for general purpose for sps, lps and softies (leds can be tricky).
  11. nikesb

    nikesb New Member

    250+ par would be good for sps. i keep my acans and chalices around 100-150 par. my zoas are adjusted to 200+ par. sps do good at 500-600 levels too but need to be acclimated to them
  12. jerth6932

    jerth6932 New Member

    Do we know what levels of par the AI put out at full? I really appreciate your input nike.
  13. nikesb

    nikesb New Member

    depends how close it is, but it can definately penetrate to over 500 par on the sand bed if its close enough to the surface of the water. i wish i had one to play around with lol. only got to try it out for a week when i had my hands on it.
  14. jerth6932

    jerth6932 New Member


    depends how close it is, but it can definately penetrate to over 500 par on the sand bed if its close enough to the surface of the water. i wish i had one to play around with lol. only got to try it out for a week when i had my hands on it.
    They are a fun light system. I appreciate the refrence for this. I have the center brace cut out of my 55g with the fixture 16 in from surface of water for coverage. 500 par 2 sand bed is insane seeings how sps can survive off 250, and they are near the surface. These leds are pretty bad ace then, as people claim.

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