I pulled the trigger and got the new AquaIllumination Vega Color LED lights! I won't bore you with unboxing photos or specifications that you can find online, but you can see below how I mounted them to my tank. I got two Vega Color fixtures, one EXT hanging kit, and three 6 inch EXT rails from my favorite one stop shop, Marine Depot.
What attracted me to the AI Vega Colors is its design, different mounting options, and its ipod looking controller. While I don't like the touch sensitive buttons on the controller, it is very easy to setup and have everything running in a short amount of time. More on my controller settings at a later time, here are some photos of the LED fixture mounted above the aquarium.
|A quick Google Sketchup as I wanted to see how it would look like mounted on the tank with the exact dimensions.|
|Side view showing the EXT rail with hanging locking clamp and cable|
|AI Vega Color fixtures linked with the center 6 inch EXT rail, and one on each end for the hanging kit.|
|Top view of the hanging kit and EXT rail|
|While these Vega Colors provides a nice spread with its 80 degree optics, it doesn't blind me or the camera when looking up at the fixture.|
|I have these mounted about 12 inches above the tank. I prefer hanging fixtures above the aquarium as it gives me control on the light spread and it gives me plenty of clearance when working on the aquarium.|
|Top view of the connected AI Vega fixtures with the 6 inch EXT rail.|
|Shot of the aquarium from a distance to give some perspective of how tall everything is in the living room.|