- 48" MATRIXX II T5 Fixture - Giesemann
Giesemann has been known for making high-quality light fixtures that use the highest quality parts available, with a durable powder coat finish. Most people will actually call their light fixtures a piece of furniture with how they look. We have run multiple Giesemann lights for years and have been very happy with them. Between Giesemann fixtures and the many other light fixtures out there, just simply the quality of parts and thickness of material make the Giesemann light fixtures our first choice for almost any tank where the light will be mounted externally and be visible.
Fixture color is powder coated Black
- Stylish Corrosion Resistant Anodized Aluminum Fixture
- Tough High Gloss Twin Layer Powder Coat Finish
- Independent Reflector for Each T5 Tube
- Three Light Circuits Can be Switched Independently
- Non-flickering lamp start
- Full Electronic German Ballast with Non-Flickering Lamp Start
- Optimized Ventilation - Passive and Active Cooling
T5 Lighting has been a proven method of lighting a reef tank that works. For a simple light fixture that is easy to install with either the mounting legs or hanging kit the Matrixx II T5 fixture is an amazing well-built light.
Depending on the number of lamps in the units, the power cords will be able to control different groups of lamps independently. That allows you to set multiple timers or a controller to "ramp" the light up in the morning and down at night. The Matrixx II gives off a beautiful even light with 99.8% reflective reflectors that keep hot spots and shadows from forming and blending all the lamps into one cohesive color illumination.
With active and passive cooling technologies keeping your T5 lamps at the proper temperature for maximum par output and bulb life is taken care of by the Matrixx II fixtures. With a glass panel that seals off the top of the fixture acting as a giant heatsink, while keeping a beautiful aesthetic appeal. The Matrixx II units have a robust heavy duty extruded and formed aluminum alloy for the outer with hand assembly putting them all together. All parts are pre-painted before assembly to keep corrosion from forming and protect your investment.
Giesemann uses high-quality ballasts as they do understand for a slight bit more in ballast cost, the light output is much greater than the standard ballasts the industry uses.
|Standard Non-Dimmable Matrix II T5 Lighting Fixture|
|LENGTH / WIDTH||RATED POWER|
|25.6in||4 x 24 W||24in||22in||25.6 x 10.25in||98 Watt|
|37.4in||4 x 39 W||24in||22in||37.4 x 10.25in||159 Watt|
|37.4in||6 x 39 W||24in||22in||37.4 x 17.25in||238 Watt|
|49.25in||4 x 54 W||24in||22in||
49.2 x 10.25in
|49.25in||6 x 54 W||24in||22in||49.2 x 17.25in
|49.25in||8 x 54 W||24in||22in||49.2 x 17.25in
|61"||8 x 80 W||24in||22in||.61 x 17.25in
6 and 8 lamp models use the Giesemann 435mm hanging kit
Not for SPS By Shawn on 12/20/2017Shawn wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought the 60x54watt, 6 bulb light thinking it was the best on the market because of the name. However, come to find out after buying it and installing it, it does not provide sufficient par for SPS which was the only reason I bought the light. After doing more research I wish I went with a metal halide t5 combination as that apparently is by far the best combination for sps. Live and learn, at least it was a black Friday deal. I've read many reviews that the light gets hot as well and the fans aren't sufficient. Mine does seem to run hot. Other than that, it's a great looking light.
Solid construction but.... By Greg on 7/22/2017Greg wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe 4 bulb fixture does NOT have any cooling fans....Giesemann states in the manual that it is NOT needed. This is disappointing to find out as this is a premium fixture at a premium price.
German Engineering By Bobaloo on 1/28/2017Bobaloo would recommend this product to a friendI took advantage of the BRS Black Friday specials and purchased the 48" MATRIXX II 6x54W model, and I'm so glad I did. This T5 fixture has to be the best built and best looking fixture I have ever own. I chosed to run 3 ATI B+, 1 Actinic, 1 Coral+ and 1 Purple+. Because the fixture comes with 3 separate power supplies, I use 1 to turn on the Actinic/B+ bulbs, the 2nd one to turn on the Purple+/B+ and the 3rd one to turn on the Coral+/B+. So far so good for my SPS and LPS corals. I chose the non-dimmable fixture because of the price point and it didn't make any sense to me to spend the extra funds for a dimmable one. So far this bulb combination works very well for my corals so if it isn't broke, don't monkey with it. If you're getting frustrated trying to dial in your LED fixture to get the best spectrum for your corals, I would highly recommend this fixture to eliminate that frustration and start enjoying this hobby again. When BRS says it's a PLUG N PLAY lighting solution, believe them!
Not for SPS By Mr.Salty on 2/13/2016Mr.Salty wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAs good looking as this fixture is. It really lacks in power. Hung at just 4 inches above the water it only puts out 350 par at center of fixture. All my sps are 6-8 inches below water level and the max par I'm getting is 240. I'm not sure if it is because of the Dimmable ballast but I wish I would have save a nice chunk of money and went with an ATI.
Best looking t-5 fixture out there. By Advanced on 11/4/2015Advanced would recommend this product to a friendI own the 48" MATRIXX II 6x54W for a while now and love it, It is built very solid. Mine has 3 ballast, one for every two lamps. The powder coating looks so much better than just bent aluminum. It is as good to look at as it performs. Best t-5 fixture out there right now.
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The 4 bulb will have 2 power cords while the 6 will have 3. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
When it comes to T5 fixtures and what lamps to put in them, a lot of it will come down to what do you like to see and what are you trying to grow. For almost all fixtures we do a mix of 2x ATI Blue Plus, 2x ATI Aquablue Specials, 1x ATI Coral Plus, and 1x ATI True Actinic lamps. We find that mixture produces a nice spectrum around 16-18k and allows for good growth of most corals.
Giesemann does have mounting legs available for the Matrixx fixtures. I have included a link below! Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
That should be plenty of light for an SPS dominated tank provided you aren't trying to grow super demanding Acros across the entire length as there will be some dimmer areas on the end of the tank.
Based on our tests with the ATI fixture we suggest mounting the light around 6 above the water for minimal light spillage. Due to the fact this light would be a bit shorter than the tank you may want to hang it a bit higher for better coverage.
Hope this helps!