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Old 10/04/2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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Giesemann Lighting Club.

Share pictures of your Giesemann lighting setups. Discuss all things Giesemann, what you like, what you don't like, ask questions. Wether you are a past, present or future owner or even a fan of Giesemann lighting fixtures share your experiences in here.

For those that post up pics it would also be good to post up lighting specs.

To get the ball rolling here is mine.

Giesemann Infiniti 250w hqi + 4x24w T5's
14.5k Megachrome hqi bulb
2x Aquablue + and 2x Pure Actinic T5 tubes.







Look forward to seeing your pictures.

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Old 10/04/2009, 11:04 AM   #2
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here is my Neptune Pro 250w 2 t5ho 24w.







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Old 10/04/2009, 11:05 AM   #3
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Oh they took care of the sticker in the first picture. sent me 4 new ones. Great service.


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Old 10/04/2009, 11:14 AM   #4
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I really like the Spectra models to open it up to some other bulb choices (SE). Now all i need is the budget for the 48" model.....


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Old 10/04/2009, 04:40 PM   #5
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nice mojo~, great looking tank, how are you liking your fixture so far?

Jason the spectra is really nice, looks alot like the infiniti but obviously gives you the single ended bulb choice and can get them custom made, a fellow UK reefer went from 2x400w lumenarcs to a 2x250w spectra pendant and he is happy, getting as much growth and spread as the 400w, aswell as looking a lot better than the retrofit lumenarcs.

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Old 10/04/2009, 05:24 PM   #6
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Look nice. I replaced my stock bulb(10k ushio) with a 14k phoenix. I like the look of it pretty well burns pretty white. I did try the evc 20k which is suppose to be like the helios and radium bulb but I think the phoenix is closer to the radium. I have thought about replacing the t5's but I thought I might as well wait another couple months.


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Old 10/04/2009, 05:35 PM   #7
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Look nice. I replaced my stock bulb(10k ushio) with a 14k phoenix. I like the look of it pretty well burns pretty white. I did try the evc 20k which is suppose to be like the helios and radium bulb but I think the phoenix is closer to the radium. I have thought about replacing the t5's but I thought I might as well wait another couple months.
Yeah, in a similar situation. My fixture is 6 months old so all stock at the minute, no complaints but I will be changing the T5's out for ATI equivalent ones for that little extra PAR and looking to go for a 20k halide bulb probably XM. Should be a really nice colour with that set up.


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Old 10/04/2009, 05:36 PM   #8
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The only thing I don't like about my Spectra is the fact you can't overdrive the T5's with an icecap. Heat is trapped and shuts the bulbs down. Too bad, as it really adds a nice kick to the 60" bulbs. May work on a fan mod, but it is tough to get the CFM's required in a small enough fan.

Anybody running SE bulbs pull their glass plates out yet? Thinking of yanking mine for the exta par.

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3x400 SE Radiums on M135 Blue Wave Ballasts
4x80w T5 ATI True Actinic
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Old 10/04/2009, 06:52 PM   #9
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Wow, thanks for the good info. I have been debating over the 250w vs the 400w version for my tank build. I want to run radiums in the spectra and then figure out the t-5's from there.

But i have one question still though, does the spectra have fans in the fixture? I have been under the impresstion that they didnt have fans.


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Old 10/04/2009, 09:20 PM   #10
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No fans. The halides are vented all across the top and their heat convects out nicely. T5's have no vents hence the problem with overdriving.


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Old 10/04/2009, 10:30 PM   #11
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Wow, thats insane that they didnt vent the T5's. Im suprised there isnt a problem with heat normally.

Mako, if you had a chance to buy your light fixture over again would you stick with the spectra?


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Old 10/04/2009, 10:57 PM   #12
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72" spectra here. Running SLS Galaxy ballasts. It allows me to easily go back and forth between 250 and 400 watt bulbs.


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Old 10/04/2009, 11:56 PM   #13
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a long time giesemann user here. i will post pics when i buy a new camera or find the one that i (didnt) lose!!!


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Old 10/05/2009, 05:43 AM   #14
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The Spectra has a lot of strengths which overshadow the lack of T5 vents. So yes, I would buy it again. I haven't given up on trying to OD the T5's with an IC660. It's just been a challenge to work out a fan mod that will work.


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Old 11/17/2009, 01:13 AM   #15
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Hey Guys,

I'm having quite the trouble setting my new infinity up. I never knew how hard it could be to setup a lighting system, especially a Giesemann, but here it goes:

Do you guys know how to get the halides to work? I tried and tried to put in the halide lamps differently, but there can't be any other way. THe lamps aren't cracked, black or anything. The connectors seem to be fine too.

The ballasts that came with it don't buzz when I switch my powerstrip. It's funny, because it seems like each ballast is powering one set of T5's. There's only two chords coming out of the fixture, and they both have huge white plugs that connect to the ballast. The ballast has two female 3 prong plugs in it as well that aren't being used.

So if I shut off one ballast, one side of t5's shutoff, if I shutoff the next halide ballast, the other side goes off. Never do any of the halides fire.

I looked inside the fixture with a flashlight, and I think I see the t5 ballasts in there, they're small. So why do the T5's plug into the Halide ballast?

I'm totally confused! What should be behavior be for the ballasts? Should they buzz even if not plugged into the fixture? Should the T5's be plugging into the T5 ballasts in the first place? Does each ballast control one set of T5's? Am I totally wrong in installing my lamps? Pictures below, please help!




















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Old 11/17/2009, 02:08 AM   #16
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Precko the tank looks very good


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Old 11/17/2009, 11:36 AM   #17
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Share pictures of your Giesemann lighting setups. Discuss all things Giesemann, what you like, what you don't like, ask questions. Wether you are a past, present or future owner or even a fan of Giesemann lighting fixtures share your experiences in here.

For those that post up pics it would also be good to post up lighting specs.

To get the ball rolling here is mine.

Giesemann Infiniti 250w hqi + 4x24w T5's
14.5k Megachrome hqi bulb
2x Aquablue + and 2x Pure Actinic T5 tubes.







Look forward to seeing your pictures.

Paul.
Hello Paul...so how do you like the 14.5k Megachrome bulb, I have the 13k Megachrome bulb but I think I want a little more blue so I was thinking of the 14.5k bulb or maybe going with the Phoenix 14k?


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Old 11/17/2009, 06:41 PM   #18
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Have they discontinued the Infiniti 24" Fixture 250W HQI? I can't seem to find anyone that still has one.


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Old 11/17/2009, 09:22 PM   #19
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Looks like Premium Aquatics may still have some...


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Old 11/17/2009, 10:11 PM   #20
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I looked inside the fixture with a flashlight in one end, I could see two blue lines going to the right side of the fixture behind the right pair of T5 reflectors, but then there's blue lines on the left pair of T5's that go out to the chords. It looks almost certain that the cables are going to the wrong side, and the wiring is backwards.

Lines going from halides to the right:


Lines going out of the fixture, notice the right side has no blue lines, left has two


Closer shot of the left side getting two blues. I didn't see anywhere else where the blues were coming from:



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Old 11/17/2009, 10:37 PM   #21
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Kinetic, did you buy that new? Why not reach out to the vendor?


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Old 11/17/2009, 10:46 PM   #22
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Kinetic, did you buy that new? Why not reach out to the vendor?
Yes it was new. Reach out to the vendor... You mean Giesemann? I've tried, they're in Germany, it's hard to get an email response from them.

I sent a few emails to Xenia Inc with no replies so far. Calling them is hard since I'm working while they're working, and can't make the call until I'm done =(


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Sorry to hear that, but you'll get it sorted soon enough and when you do, that's a KICKA** light!


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Old 11/18/2009, 12:20 AM   #24
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Old 11/18/2009, 12:21 AM   #25
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Sorry to hear that, but you'll get it sorted soon enough and when you do, that's a KICKA** light!
thanks dude, I'll let you guys know how the rest goes. I've sent Xenia Inc. an email, hopefully I can catch them on the phone tomorrow.

it looks pretty neat though, had them do a polar white coat of paint on it... looks nice, doesn't light anything up =P


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