Photon 48-V2+ (Discontinued)

(53 customer reviews)


  • Ideal for Mixed reef or SPS tanks from 44″ to 50″ in length.
  • Handles SPS up to 30″, LPS up to 40″ deep.
  • 24″ Tank width per light
  • 88 5watt and 3watt Cree LEDs
  • Wireless Remote Included
  • Tank Mounting Legs Included
  • 24 Month USA Warranty

38 in stock (can be backordered)

SKU: P48V2 Category:


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+ 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.

What’s NEW with the V2 +?

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. Upgrade kits are available at a reasonable cost for current V2s.

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. Just ask one of our customers- 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. You can program the light to change all 6 channels every hour for a sunrise, sunset, and moonlight simulation. 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 4 Osram 3watt 660nm
Channel 2 Green 4 Semi LED 3watt 520nm
Channel 3 Royal Blue 24 Cree XT-E 5watt 450nm
Channel 4 White 20 Cree XP-E 5watt 5500K
Channel 5 Cool Blue 16 Cree XP-E 3watt 480nm
Channel 6 Violet 20 Semi LED 3watt 420nm

Click Here to download our layout.

Ships From Wakefield, RI USA

Additional information

Weight 27.1 lbs
Dimensions 48.5 × 12.5 × 6.5 in
Product Dimensions

43" x 8.5" x 1"

Coverage Area

FOWLR/Softies: 52" x 24" x 36", Mixed Reef: 50" x 24" x 30", SPS: 48" x 24" x 30"

Number of LEDs

88 5watt and 3watt LEDs


100 Degree TIR

Actual Wattage Draw

240watts Max, 90-220V AC Input | 48V DC 2000ma max output


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

53 reviews for Photon 48-V2+ (Discontinued)

  1. Robert Craig

    I have used many economy, and top of the line lights. This is by far my favorite! I have used fixtures that cost 3x what the photon v2+ cost, and had to use multiple over the same tank. I can get the same color output, and power output as Radion xr30 gen 4 pro, kessil, aqua illumination. This light can’t be used at full power, even just blues can’t be used at full power, it has plenty left to spare, above the most light demanding corals, in the deepest tanks. The remote works great, the buttons are very easy to use, and won’t corrode, or wear out. The customer service is second to none! I will never buy a different brand light ever again!

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

  3. NARCENE CAMPBELL (verified owner)

  4. Frank (verified owner)

    Awesome light, very bright, easily programmable

  5. James R. (verified owner)

    So far this light has exceeded my expectations. Everything from packaging to the build quality and all the mounting hardware options you get right out of the box. Love the control features the most. Even the programming directions were good. Which is rare nowadays.

  6. Arron Mcdorman (verified owner)

    Absolutely love this light! Haven’t had it long so I can’t comment on actual coral growth but my tank has never looked better. The hand held controller is easy to use. Would recommend to anyone!

  7. Karen O. (verified owner)

  8. mark hall (verified owner)

  9. James (verified owner)

    Just setup my lights yesterday and as soon as I turned them on I saw colors on my corals that I havent seen before. Great Light! I love them!

  10. Mike

    Great light. Love the controllability and style of the light. Everything is happy and growing. The remote is very user friendly as well. Would highly recommend

  11. Steve S. (verified owner)

    Awesome light. Extremely satisfied.

  12. Finis C. (verified owner)

    This light is awesome. Easy to program.

  13. David O. (verified owner)

    Beautiful light, easy programming, and silent. Couldn’t have asked for a better fixture. Packaging was excellent as well.

  14. Chris (verified owner)

    Amazing light! I can’t wait to get the tank up and running. My first LED fixture hope it’s a good one.

  15. Evan D. (verified owner)


  16. David Sandstrom (verified owner)

  17. Kevin (verified owner)

  18. Jonathan (verified owner)

    I am really impressed with the lights and the array of colors. Brings out new colors in my coral.

  19. Ellery F Wong (verified owner)

    I originally wanted another Maxspect Recurve but it was out of stock so I found this as another alternative in the same price range for my 120g. When I received it I was pleasantly surprised how well the packaging was and looked pretty sleek. I was a little confused with the packaging since it just said Photon V2 and not Photon V2+ but it appears to have all the features described. So far is looks good but I had a mounting limitation reducing the amount of spread since it’s only a few inches above the frame. Let’s hope the these new leds last longer than the Bridgelux leds in some other Chinese Black box units.

  20. James T. (verified owner)

  21. Candice Young (verified owner)

    Awesome lights .it was a plus that uincluded the decorative end caps for the aquatic life t5 unit I my understanding those are charged extra for .also it was nice that you guys drilled out the holes for mounts for photon on t5 unit.i think I made the best decision I could by choosing reef breeders thank you very much.

  22. Sheila (verified owner)

    Light looks great on the tank. Makes the colors of the corals and fish pop. Programming was time consuming, but the light ramps up and down nicely. Hopeful that the corals stay healthy and show good growth long term and that the light functions well for years to come.

  23. Carl Locicero (verified owner)

    Just received my 48 photon V2+ ×2 the packageing was unbelievable top notch and as far as the lights are concern unbelievable best bang for the buck and once your get use to the program uint its a breeze to adjust to your taste, seen the Radion Eco Tech Pro at my LFS and for the price and coverage it doce not compare to the reefbreeders if the hold up which i see no reason they shouldn’t wow plus you get a full 2year warranty and tech support is very good

  24. Carl Locicero (verified owner)

  25. salvatore randazzo (verified owner)

  26. Cory w. (verified owner)

  27. Hakim Nunez (verified owner)

  28. Rachael T. (verified owner)

    Absolutely love the light! We’ve only had it a few days, but so far everything in the tank has perked up and the colors look amazing!

  29. Richard Kligman (verified owner)

    very quickly arrived

  30. Ralph (verified owner)

    For the money in the warranty you can’t beat it

  31. Tyler (verified owner)

    Got the light quick. So far, very impressed! Colors and features are incredible! So far, highly recommend

  32. David W. (verified owner)

    Excellent customer service. And great packaging. Light is extremely worth the money.

  33. Jason Davidson (verified owner)

    Love the light! Easily programmed, leds are very strong. You can tell the light is built very well and will last, all metal and sturdy legs to support it. The ramping features for the individual channels are great. I have only had the light running for a few days and already seeing improvements in my corals. Well worth the money!

  34. Bob Bleifus (verified owner)

  35. Frederick S. (verified owner)

    A friend of mine had been bugging me for a few months to get this light. & I’ll be honest, at first I was shocked at the price of an “aquarium light”. They go on, they go off right? Not this light. It slowly comes on and slowly goes out just like a real sun up/ sun set. This thing is the bomb! Everything in the tank LOVES this light!!!! The plants, the fish, the people watching the plants & the fish. After using it for a few weeks I still haven’t changed my mind about if it was a good decision or not. Definitely a great decision. Cowboy up and buy one. You won’t be sorry. It’s worth every penny!

  36. Matthew W. (verified owner)

    Excellent customer service and very responsive. This is the second light I have purchased and would highly recommend if you have a Gen1 light to go ahead and upgrade as the v2+ makes everything really pop.

  37. Miguel Soreque (verified owner)

    grear light so far i love it and my corals too thank you

  38. Roberto G. (verified owner)

    I shopped lighting for my 120g tank for about a month before I settled on Reefbreeders. After reading reviews, and speaking with a couple friends who use Reefbreeders I was sold, and planned on making my purchase at the CT frag show, as I knew Reefbreeders would have a booth. I soon found out I would not be able to make the show, and reached out to the company to ask if I could still purchase the lights with the show discount. I was delighted when I was sent my own personalized discount code, and I made the purchase. I was pleased excellent customer service, and my lights were shipped the next day After I ordered. I haven’t set my display up yet, but as soon as I do I plan on following up with another review of the operational lights.

  39. Keni McMurtry (verified owner)

  40. Robert P. (verified owner)

    Just received this light today.. package was in great shape. Care was definitely put into packaging.. will evaluate and update as needed..

  41. Shawn Reuille (verified owner)

    Awesome spread and easy to assemble. Also like all the functions you can do with the remote. Highly recommend

  42. Cody B. (verified owner)

    Made the jump from an old T5 fixture to a reef breeder photon and couldn’t be happier with it over my 120g mixed reef!!

  43. Bryan K. (verified owner)

    My order was backordered but still delivered in less than a week. The packing of the light was excellent. I unpacked the lights in Friday night, set them up on a table on the included legs so I could program the remote before putting them on the tank. Saturday morning, it took longer to remove my T-5s than it did to hang the Photon using the included hanging kit. The light was ready to go before the scheduled 9 am ramp up. 3 full days in, I can say I am very impressed. My corals are reacting beautifully and even the fish seem happier. Having used AI Vegas in the past, I can’t say enough how impressed I am with this product. Pros: price point, ease of set up, included hardware, support, packaging. Cons: programming the light could be easier, but it still beats the AI there.

  44. Leon Schmalz (verified owner)

    So far, product works as advertised
    It was an extreme pleasure working with Logan

  45. Charles (verified owner)

    Very well packaged everything that i expected

  46. atnan iswandy (verified owner)

    everything came in nice and undamaged! free merchandise like stickers and cap! came with light stand and hanging kit.
    Also very good and fast after sale service!

  47. Justin Plante (verified owner)

    Been working with Logan for some time to supply my clients with financially competitive, high quality products, and just love the Photon V2+’s!! Many pleased customers on my end, and great lights!!!

  48. Joshua C. (verified owner)

  49. Jennie R. (verified owner)

    Love it . My corals look much happier.

  50. John P. (verified owner)

    Still too early to tell everything about the light but the service was Amazing. Logan has helped me a couple of times before and after the sale. Would highly recommend.

  51. Chad C. (verified owner)

    Amazing light for the price! The programming is fairly easy. I ordered the Wi-Fi module for it excited to see how it works with reef nexus

  52. Roland K. (verified owner)

    This light rocks, like stadium lighting for coral.

  53. Jesse B. (verified owner)

    I did a lot of research on lighting and was very pleased with the fixture. Absolutely worth it and I the customer service with Logan was TOP NOTCH! Highly recommended for anyone deciding on a new light fixture.

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