Giesemann Aurora LED T5 Hybrid Fixture

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  1. Mike_J

    Mike_J Well-Known Member R2R Supporter CTARS Member Partner Member

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    Who owns this lighting fixture? I'm contemplating upgrading my current Kessil 360we's to the Aurora. It's a sexy beast for sure, but with the price tag I want some true insight from real world reefers before I take the plunge. I like the idea of the combination lighting, as I'm just not getting the growth I think I should be or want with the pure LED of the Kessils. Any insight on this Aurora hybrid fixture would be helpful, perhaps some pictures too ;)
     
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    I replaced 5 Aqua Illumination Primes with a 48" Aurora... over a 60" tank. The first thing I noticed was FAR better coral growth. Also 100% coverage. Even when the fish are right up next to the glass, the viewing side of them is illuminated. Likewise, it seemed as though the tops of my corals were illuminated nicely with the Primes, but not so much on the sides of the corals... the T5's really take care of that issue.

    I'm using the hanging kit and it just looks like it's floating there... it truly is a beautiful piece. Please let me know if you have any specific questions.

    [​IMG]IMG_6805 by Toby Broadfield, on Flickr
     
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    Thanks for the reply @Broadfield! As I quickly found out in researching, there really isn't a great deal of information available on this fixture including reviews from real world reefers. How is the fixture in terms of the heat that is generated throughout the day? Is the integrated cooling system to your satisfaction? Also, how does this light affect water temperatures throughout the day? Any great impact at all that you've noticed? As I suspected, the addition of the T5's greatly impacts coral growth and total light spread. Is programming this light overwhelming and does it come with any general preset programs? Overall, do you have any complaints at all about the Aurora? It really is quite an attractive and sleek lighting fixture and your entire setup is amazing and inspiring. Thanks for reaching out and sharing. I'm sure I'll have more questions to ask of you. :)
     
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    Can a moderator please move this to the Equipment, Lighting, Hardware, Aquarium Filtration forum? Thanks!
     
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    While the T5 bulbs do get a little warm compared to LED's, I'm not sure how much it actually affects the tank temp. Especially since I'm running my fixture pretty high at 11" AWL. I run it this high for a few reasons:
    1. Since I'm running the 48" fixture on a 60" tank, it gives me better coverage at the ends.
    2. There's plenty of power, so even at this height, I still only run stuff around 75%.
    3. It makes tank maintenance MUCH easier.
    4. It cuts WAY back on the amount of water splash that gets on the lens.
    As for programming, I don't have too many complaints. It has some cool stuff that the Aqua Illumination interface doesn't. Like you can take the graph of a channel and simply shift the whole thing throughout the day.... without the need to completely redo the graph to simply shift it one hour. It does have 3 presets built in. More can be downloaded from their site. There's also a "Color Mixer" mode which allows you to quickly play with colors and intensities in real time, without actually making a graph or affecting the current graph.
     
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    i had similar issues with the 360we's so i sold them and bought the 360N's they're so much better but I'm thinking again of trading in the kessils and giving this same light a shot. especially after broadfields pics and information.
     
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    What happens when the led runs the span of its lifetime. Are they replaceable like the T5 bulbs ?
     
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    Broadfield Red Sea Reefer Consultant... Non Affiliated R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award Reef Squad Partner Member

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    Running at 12 hours/day, I'll let you know in 15 years lol. The life expectancy of a quality LED is around 50,000 - 70,000 hours.
     
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    Check out the Giesemann Genesis coming out in a couple months. It basically hybrid T_5 and has the Verve cluster added. That's what I'm waiting for.
     
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    Do you think the Genesis will be a step up from the Aurora, an improved T5/LED fixture? And has there been any information about price point for the Genesis?
     
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    Keep me updated on your decision. I'm very curious.
     
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    @shred5 do you have a link to this Genesis?!!
     
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    wow . life span is 15 years .... i'll be 35 yrs old.
     
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    It is supposed to be lower priced fixture so I doubt it... But the Vervve cluster means to me it would be a upgrade for at least the led part of the fixture.
     
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    There are a few videos on youtube mostly in German...

    They will have this fixture at Macna and should be available shortly after.
     
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    good stuff. can't wait to see the specs side by side. @Broadfield do you notice any differences in the T5 area? what about in the cooling?
     
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    Curious, what do you feel the max front to back coverage would be on this light? I really like the light, but am curious if I'd need to get something in addition to cover a 40" front to back.

    Thanks and beautiful tank
     
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    @Broadfield, did a set of T5 bulbs come with the fixture or did you have to order those separate? From unpacking vids I found online it looked as if bulbs are included but BRS is telling me bulbs would be a separate order.
     
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    They do not come with it. I think that's only if you buy it directly from the company over in Germany... you get to pick out a set of T5's.
     
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