- 36" DX18 Hybrid Dimmable T5 HO Light Fixture - Aquatic Life
A Dimmable T5 HO Aquarium Light Fixture with Provisions for your Favorite LED Modules!
The ultimate way to incorporate both fluorescent and LED lighting over your aquarium in a stylish and compact package. Aquatic Life's DX18 Hybrid Light Fixture accepts four T5 lamps which, when paired with a 0-10V controller like an Apex, allows you to control the overall intensity of the lights through two individual channels. Between having control over your LED's color and intensity as well as the fluorescent bulbs, you can set the perfect PAR levels for your aquarium's inhabitants.
- Compatible with ATI and Giesemann Bulbs
- 0-10v Dimmable Control
- LED Cord Concealment Built-In
- Ideal Conditions for Corals
- Single Power Cord for T5 Bulbs
In our quest to create the perfect lighting conditions for fish and more importantly coral, we have found the mixture of tried and true T5 fluorescent lighting combined with LED creates an easy to use and balanced lighting system. Using either lighting option on its own can be just fine, but both have downfalls that make them visually unsatisfying or lacking in a balanced spectrum. Combining both LED and T5 lighting together can overcome the downfalls, producing great shimmer while having a full spectrum and even coverage of light available for your corals to grow and color up.
Included with Aquatic Life's DX18 Hybrid Light Fixtures are rectangular LED module brackets. Each LED module will normally use two brackets and can be secured in the rails built into the fixture's body. The rectangular rails are compatible with many of the major LED brands available like Ecotech Marine Radion XR15 and XR30 models, Aqua Illumination TwentySix, FiftyTwo, and Prime LEDs, Kessil AP700 and many more. If you have circular LEDs like the Kessil A160 or A360x, round LED brackets can be purchased separately.
Without a controller, all four lights will always be at 100% intensity when plugged into an outlet, and having four T5HO lamps on at full blast can be a lot of light, especially for some lower light corals. Controlling the intensity of your fluorescent lights you can slowly ramp up and down the intensity throughout the day. Dimming can be controlled through the 0-10V cable and a controller system and when connected you will get dual-channel control. Each channel includes one light from the front of the fixture and one in the back of the fixture. Connecting the DX18 to a controller is super simple with the included female 3.5mm dual channel plug, no longer will you need to connect a wire directly to the ballast, adding a 3.5mm male to RJ45 cable (sold separately) lets the Aquatic Life DX18 interface to an Apex System or other controllers that have a 0-10V output.
Dimensions - 37.4" x 18" x 1.88"
LED Mounting Bracket Length - 7"
Power Consumption - 156 watts
Power Cord Length - 112" Total
Ballast Style - HEP Dimmable
Ballast Dimming Levels - 2% - 100%
Channels - 2 (requires controller)
0-10V Cord Type - 3.5mm Dual Channel Stereo Jack
0-10V Cord Length - 36"
Mounting Bracket Length - 7"
1x Four Lamp 39 Watt Hybrid T5 HO Dimmable Light Fixture
1x 0-10v 3.5mm Female Stereo Jack (Dual Channel)
1x Cord Management Strip
4x Rectangular Brackets
10x Bracket Screws
1x Wire Hanging Kit
Note - Bulbs required for use and not included. We suggest using ATI Aquablue Special or ATI Blue Plus lamps. LED modules are not included. 0-10V interface cable and controller must be purchased separately.
Tuning Your New LED Light
Most LED lights will actually put out more light than your corals will actually need and without a PAR Meter to test the overall output, it is really hard to guess if the light is too dim or intense. We highly suggest using a PAR Meter to test the output of your lights at different points throughout your tank that you can use to tune the lights output or know where to put specific corals.
Works By Marc on 10/4/2019Marc would recommend this product to a friendI have this 36” hybrid paired with 2 Radion XR30W LED lights. Be honest. I hardly use them as the fixture did not come with the 3.5mm to RJ45 cable that would connect to my Apex to control the dimming feature. Using both the LED and T5 at full power would be to much for 8 hours. You can’t just use just any 3.5mm, it has to be a stereo type (2 channels). Using something like the icecap wave pump apex cable won’t work. But you can buy one from Aquatic Life’s website for 24.99 Aquatic Life T5 HO Dimmable 4-Lamp Hybrid Mounting System Fixtures - APEX Controller Cable 9 ft.
Be nice if BRS carried this, not just because of the length, but because Aquatic Life will not ship to Alaska, guess they never seen a map or they would have figured out that Alaska is part of the American Continent, oh wait, most of the American Continent :p
Will the AI 32 HD LED lights mount to this unit? The description indicates the 26's but no comment about the 32's.
Yes you can use the 32's in there, the page has not been updated with the new AI lights yet.
Do I need anything else to mount my 2 AI Hydra26HD ? Do you need anything to mount on the ceiling? Or it comes with everything as per product manual?
You should have everything that you need included with the light!
I've got a RSR XL 425 - Would this 36" unit or the 48" unit be better for a tank that size?
I think that would be fine, by the time you factor in the distance not covered it is only 5.5' on each side. The reflectors can cover that AND the LEDs that you add will cover that as well.