The VerVve One and VerVve Pro are Giesemann’s most mature LED light fixture that we’ve seen them release for the aquarium market. Two weeks ago in D.C. we got to see these new VerVve LED lights in person, and besides the obvious LED and controlling package, the fixture and housing are truly in line with what Giesemann is capable of in terms of look, fit and finish; the VerVve LED lights are simply beautiful.
Giesemann will be offering the VerVve in two models, the VerVve One which retails for $679 and the VerVve Pro which prices out at $729. Both models of the Giesemann VerVve have identical lighting engines but different control schemes. The VerVve Pro is essentially the ‘master’ LED fixture with the VerVve One acting as a secondary ‘slave’ to the VerVve Pro’s commands.
Giesemann’s vision is for users of the VerVve LED lighting platform to use just a single VerVve Pro LED for lighting a smaller tank, or to purchase a single VerVve Pro and multiple VerVve One fixtures. With such a slight cost difference of $50 per fixture, we’d just as well get all VerVve Pro fixtures if we were to invest in Giesemann’s LED lighting.
Where the differentiation of two fixtures is somewhat confusing, the installation of these lights and programming them is quite simple. We can’t stress enough how beautiful Giesemann has managed to make their VerVve LED fixtures, with a subtle curve to the topside, finned ‘wings’ for heatsink on either side of the internals, and a gun metal finish with hints of sparkling in the anodizing layer.
The middle of the topside of the Giesemann VerVve is completely covered in a metal speaker-grill style fan intake screen. This center section is bordered by a track that holds a bracket straddling the middle, allowing the light to be suspended or mounted in a variety of different orientations. It may seem like we’re spending a lot of time on the appearance of the LED fixture but in a field that is dominated by plastic fixtures, the VerVve really classes up the joint by going with an all metal construction, of an aluminum and magnesium alloy no less.
Actually powering the light of the Giesemann VerVve are two clusters of diodes, totalling 56 diodes with all the major colors you’d expect to find. The VerVve Pro and One both have red, green, warm white, UV, and lots of blue and royal blue LEDs. Controlling the VerVve couldn’t be any simpler with direct connectivity to smartphones on both the iOS and Android platforms.
Seeing a light in person in this day and age is good enough to get a feel for its general brightness and performance. But to truly know what a light is capable of it needs to be displayed over live corals, live plants and live fish to accurately display its color rendition in a real world setting. Giesemann is still a few months away from fully releasing the VerVve Pro and VerVve One fixtures to the market at which time it will be much easier to evaluate the fixtures’ performance in a real world setting.