Photon 16-V2+

(9 customer reviews)


The Photon 16-V2+ is ideal for sps, mixed reef, or soft coral tanks up to 30″ Long and measures 16″ x 8.5″ x 1″ tall.

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The Photon series is our flagship line of lights, and the second generation of the Photons brings many of the features our customers have requested from us since the release of the widely popular Photon Series. The Photon V2+ breaks away from the ugly “Black Boxes” of the past, bringing a beautiful slim profile and high end hardware at an affordable price.

The Photon V2+ brings an upgraded controller to the Photon V2s. The new controller is very similar in how it is programmed- you enter the intensity you would like for each hour during the daylight and night time cycle. However the V2+ Controller takes those one hour steps, and automatically splits each hour into 10 small ramping increments. That means smoother ramping and more realistic transitions between night and day.

The Photon V2+ uses 5 watt Cree XT-Es, and 3 watt Cree, Semi, and Osram diodes, bringing the Photon V2+ up to date with the latest in LED technology. There are also 6 dimming channels, so you can have precise control over every color.

Our layout is based on years of reef keeping, research, and consulting with experts and renowned hobbyists on the subject of LED lighting and your corals. We target both chlorophyll and the accessory proteins in coral tissues which aide in growth and color. Our layout is one of the best around and has been for years!

Each light is now made with a slim, 100% extruded aluminum case which will not rust in a marine environment and is built to last, unlike the steel cases the black box lights use. Each light includes adjustable tank mounting legs as well as the standard hanging set. Alternatively, you can use the T track on top of the light with your own bolts, for almost limitless mounting configurations.

The Photon V2+s are cooled with silent, temperature-controlled fans. The Air moves over the heat-sink and never comes into contact with the internal electronics, keeping all components cool and dry.

The new Photon V2+ includes a wireless hand-held controller that can program multiple Photon V2+ units at the same time. (Note: The new remotes are not compatible with the original V2- however upgrade kits are available). You can program the light to change all 6 channels every hour for a sunrise, sunset, and moonlight simulation. The new smart controller will then take that hourly program, and automatically break it into 10 smooth ramping points. Because of the WiFi signal the controller uses, you can even program your lights through a canopy while comfortably seated across the room.

The Photon V2+  is backed in the USA by our full 2 year warranty, which covers parts, labor, and shipping for the entire fixture and controller, both ways.

The exact dimming channel breakdown is as follows:

Channel 1 Deep Red 2 Osram 3watt 660nm
Channel 2 Green 2 Semi LED 3watt 520nm
Channel 3 Royal Blue 8 Cree XT-E 5watt 450nm
Channel 4 White 10 Cree XP-E 5watt 5500K
Channel 5 Cool Blue 8 Cree XP-E 3watt 480nm
Channel 6 Violet 6 Semi LED 3watt 420nm

Click Here to download our layout.

Ships From Wakefield, RI USA


Additional information

Weight 8.8 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 10.5 × 4.5 in
Product Dimensions

16" x 8.5" x 1" LWH

Coverage Area

FOWLR/Softies: 24" x 24" x 40", Mixed Reef: 24" x 24" x 30", SPS: 24" X 24" X 30"

Number of LEDs

36 5watt and 3watt LEDs


100 Degree TIR


3 Manual Modes, 6 Control Channels, Full Sunrise, Sunset, and Moonlight Ramping, Wireless Remote With Touch Buttons.

Included Accessories

Adjustable Ceiling Suspension Kit, Controller, Manual, Power Supply, Tank Mounting Legs


24 Months USA

Actual Wattage Draw

3-115watts, 90-220V AC input | 48V DC 980ma max amperage output

9 reviews for Photon 16-V2+

  1. Joe Tarticchio (verified owner)

    I purchased this light 4 months ago,and I’m very happy with it,its got to be the best light I’ve owned so far,its very easy to program and the color and shimmer is excellent,you cant beat all the features for the price

  2. Matthew S. (verified owner)

    Nice light for the price! Very customizable which can be overwhelming at first, but I would recommend this light.

  3. Nicholas (verified owner)

    So far light is working as expected. I have owned reef breeders LEDs previously and have been an advocate for their lights.

  4. Jonathan (verified owner)

    Great lights

  5. Vincent B. (verified owner)

    Great light, excellent build quality and mounting options, especially the hanging kit. There is a learning curve with the remote but once you have it the possibilities for customization are endless. Customer Service is responsive. I would recommend the Photon V2+ to anyone shopping for a light for their tank.

  6. Courtney Carr (verified owner)

    Awesome light! I wish there were more in depth details on setup.

  7. Joey Mccall (verified owner)

    Awesome light

  8. Marty H. (verified owner)

    Have to say one of the best companies communication wise and product wise that I’ve dealt with in 20 years in reef hobby. Thank you!!! As long as Logan owns this business all my reef lighting will be Reefbreeders.

  9. Kyle S.

    This light brought the coral in my 29 biocube to life! My anemone is more colorful than I’ve ever seen it! I did have to remove the biocube hood (trust me, I fought to keep it on..), but for $20 I custom cut a piece of acrylic from Lowes (added vent holes throughout) for the front and back refugium to cut down on evap and it is great! Running royal blues and light blues at 40% max white 15% max with the light mounted at the highest setting with the included mounts. Best thing I ever did for my saltwater tank! Have multiple acropra montipora cyphastria that grown significantly now with this light! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    Kyle S. Biocube Photo

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