Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 30 Inch Aquarium Lights

1. MarineLand LED Aquarium Natural Shimmering Light

User Ratings: 75 5

MarineLand 32996 First Impressions

"It is very bright!"

This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT.

  • MarineLand LED Aquarium Natural Shimmering Light
  • BRIGHTER LIGHT White LEDs create a shimmering illumination that mimics sunlight’s natural underwater effect – now 25% brighter compared to previous model white LEDs
  • NIGHT LIGHT EFFECT Enjoy your aquarium at night by switching to the blue night light mode
  • RUBBER FEET Use with a glass canopy – rubber feel minimize slipping
  • SIZE For aquariums up to 30 inches long
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Update the look of your aquarium with this LED aquarium light and a glass canopy
  • Long lasting 60 mW LEDs, never replace a light bulb again
  • Energy efficient, low voltage power supply helps reduce energy costs
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 1 inches; 12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand 32996
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MarineLand 32996 Final Thoughts

"5 betta tank."

When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter.

Overall Score
4.5


(1037 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated 30 Inch Aquarium Lights

2. GloFish Blue LED Aquarium Light

User Ratings: 75 3

GloFish 29014 First Impressions

"Before I begin!"

Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after.

  • GloFish Blue LED Aquarium Light
  • AQUARIUM LIGHT: Easily convert an aquarium into a stunning home for your GloFish fluorescent fish.
  • BLUE LED LIGHTS: Suspend GloFish LED Aquarium Light over your aquarium cover to enhance your tank.
  • FOR UP TO 10 GALLONS: Add to your 10-gallon aquarium to create the ultimate GloFish environment.
  • UNIVERSAL USE: Fits aquariums up to 30 inches long – use with a glass or clear plastic canopy.
  • Use one for 5-10 gallon aquariums; use two for 20-55 gallon aquariums.
  • Manufacture: GloFish
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 1.88 x 8.56 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GloFish 29014
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GloFish 29014 Final Thoughts

"Definitely submersible."

Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. My only complaint is the missing seal. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. But now was an opportunity to upgrade.

Overall Score
4.6


(353 Points)

3. MQ 8-24 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Newest 240° Angle Underwater LED Light, Color Changing w...

User Ratings: 64 8

MQ First Impressions

"The color looks great."

Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying.

  • MQ 8-24 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Newest 240° Angle Underwater LED Light, Color Changing with Remote Control, 5050 RGB LED Fish Tank Light, 9.3-13W, for Fish Tank 9-30 inch
  • 240° Wide-angle Lighting - This LED light for fish tank is made of double row beads, 240°Angle irradiation range for fish tank. The irradiation range is wider and brighter, and the corner of the fish tank is also clear. Provide a perfect living environment for your fish and plants.
  • Colorful Visual Effect - 24 keys controller can provide 16 colors and 4 modes for your fish tank. Intelligent switching, intelligent remote control. Multi Color Changing LED Lamp gives bright light effects and a totally different vision.
  • Energy Saving - 5050 LED lights chip make the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others. 5050 RGB four core lamp beads are safe, low heat and long-lasting. Can be widely used in fish tank, turtle tank, reptile tank, pond and so on.
  • Safety Design - The streamlined housing design and the heat-dissipating aluminum alloy groove make it have better heat dissipation, as well as the humanized power line separation design. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • IP68 Waterproof – The fish tank light can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. 2 Strong Suction Cups allow you to fix the submersible fish tank light to the specific place as you wish.
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MQ Final Thoughts

"So we used tape."

I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible.

Overall Score
4.3


(126 Points)

4. WILLS Newest 165W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum Dimmable Lighting Lamp for Coral Reef Fish Tank F...

User Ratings: 71 4

WILLS First Impressions

"Mainly wanted timer."

This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly.

  • WILLS Newest 165W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum Dimmable Lighting Lamp for Coral Reef Fish Tank Freshwater & Saltwater
  • 【HIGH PAR VALUE 】- Scientifically engineered to keep the PAR/Lumen Output and Coverage balanced. The PAR Value can reach 858 at 24" height while others just 377. Perfect fit for depth 24" tank. Fit for less than 57 gallon. Max coverage area: 36"*36"*36". Suggest distance above water surface: 3-5inches.
  • 【ADVANCED FULL SPECTRUM】 - Includes Red, Blue, Purple, White, Green and Bluish Violet Light, perfect full spectrum layout that can promote photosynthesis of aquatic plants to provide enough oxygen for aquarium creatures, make your aquarium growing healthily. Red light can promote healthy growth of fish; Blue light can promote the amount of Vitamins D3, which will help coral absorb Calcium and make the coral healthy growth; Purple light can be used to sterilize and protect fish growth.
  • 【2 DIMMING CHANNELS】 - Both Blue Channel and White Channel can be adjusted uniformly from 0%-100% to meet different needs of your corals, reef and fish (freshwater & saltwater), which promotes the growth of any SPS and LPS flourished under it. You can turn on the blue and white channel at the same time, or turn them on separately, these two channels are controlled independently.
  • 【SECONDARY OPTICAL CRYSTAL LENS】 - 90° crystal lens thereby to penetrate the depth of water, make the water more brighter and clearer, providing optimal lighting environment, beautify your aquarium. The difference of us is the daisy chain design, you can use the power cord which in the original package to connect no more than 5 lights together at the same time.
  • 【BEST SERVICE】 - 1 year warranty guarantee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we will provide you with complete customer satisfaction.
  • 1 x 165W Aquarium Light
  • 1 x Power Cords (USA)
  • 1 x Stainless Steel Hanging Kit
  • Manufacture: WILLS
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 8.3 x 2.4 inches; 6.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WILLS
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

WILLS Final Thoughts

"I would recommend buying!"

This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! I thought they were fairly easy to set up.

Overall Score
4.5


(235 Points)

5. MingDak LED Aquarium Plant Light - Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Aquarium Lighting for Fresh...

User Ratings: 75 3

MingDak First Impressions

"Hope it lasts."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. The entire process took only a few days. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers.

  • MingDak LED Aquarium Plant Light - Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Aquarium Lighting for Freshwater,White Blue Red Combine LEDs
  • FULL SPECTRUM: The 6500K natural light with the dedicated white, blue and red diodes has just the wavelengths which are the most conducive to plant growth. Not include extraneous colors such as green, orange, pink, etc. which grow algae.
  • BRIGHTER & MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT:With more leds , higher lumens stronger illuminance,but lower energy consumption,this light for 18 inch to 24 inch fish tank has 64 leds ,1000 lumens, 3335lux illuminance at 12'', energy consume 11W.
  • BRIGHTNESS ADJUST & TIME SETTING: This led aquarium light with an external multi-function controller which can be adjust the light brightness from 100% to 10%, also can be set the lighting time to 3, 6 or 12 hours.
  • 3 LIGHT MODES: White+Blue+red LEDS on,white+red LEDS on and only blue LEDS on. It is not only create a light that mimics the natural underwater effect of sunlight, but also allow for aquarium night time enjoyment.
  • BEAUTIFUL & FUNCTIONAL:Aluminum housing which is slim and sturdy;Adjustable mounting legs can expand from 18 inch to 24 inch,sutable for most tanks with cover or no, with rims or rimless.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Product Dimensions: 15.74 x 2.95 x 0.43 inches; 1.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak Final Thoughts

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks.

Overall Score
4.5


(1032 Points)

6. NICREW Multi-Colored LED Aquarium Air Stone Disk, Round Fish Tank Bubbler with Auto Color Changing L...

User Ratings: 65 6

NICREW PT0291 First Impressions

"5gal tanks."

Trust me u will not be disappointed! This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first.

  • NICREW Multi-Colored LED Aquarium Air Stone Disk, Round Fish Tank Bubbler with Auto Color Changing LEDs
  • Diameter: 2 inches
  • Promoting underwater supplemental oxygen
  • Slow color changing LED light
  • It fits for most aquariums, fish tanks, pools and other similar occasions
  • Package: Round Bubbling Stone Disk with suction cup, 3/16 in. tube and power adapter. Pump is not included
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 3.1 x 2.1 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW PT0291
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW PT0291 Final Thoughts

"It turns everything blue."

I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. I'm very happy with the light performance. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures.

Overall Score
4.3


(1822 Points)

7. HIRO AQUATICS WRGB Full Spectrum Pendant Aquarium Light with Built-in Cooling Fan

HIRO AQUATICS First Impressions

"May bother you may not."

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. This light is even better than I expected! If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Trust me u will not be disappointed! My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright.

  • HIRO AQUATICS WRGB Full Spectrum Pendant Aquarium Light with Built-in Cooling Fan
  • Please note that the mounting arm in the image is sold separately. Also note that this light only suit for RIMLESS tank, tank glass should be thinner than 16mm(0.6inch). If your tank glass is thicker than 16mm, please contact us for a bigger clip. If your tank has a black rim, you may need to remove a small piece of rim to ensure a safe installation.
  • Full Spectrum WRGB =White+Red+Green+Blue technology makes you experience the true colors of your aquascape in its highest potential, which offers an optimum range of wavelengths of 400nm to 700nm which is exactly what plants need to thrive and flourish. 70 Watt option - Luminous Flux: 3500 Lumens. Color Temperature: 7250K
  • Three different wattage options. 30W / 50W / 70W. ensure sufficient light energy to be delivered your plants and promote their daily photosynthesis.
  • Equipped with a built-in sound-off cooling fan, the HIRO B Series light can help release heat very quickly and minimize light decay, ensuring maximum light energy can be transmitted to plants.
  • One year manufacture warranty and 30-days money back guarantee. Free lifetime tech support from GA, USA
  • The built-in 90 degree condensing lens improves the penetration of light in water.
  • A larger and wider illuminated area.
  • Equipped with an extra-quiet built-in cooling fan, it can efficiently dissipate heat, ensuring a low light decay and a long life-span.
  • Manufacture: MOSART USA LLC
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HIRO AQUATICS
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

HIRO AQUATICS Final Thoughts

"Don't buy others."

I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. I'm very happy with the light performance.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

8. Beamswork LED 1W 6500K HI Lumen Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant (DHL 72 6500K)

User Ratings: 62 8

Beamswork First Impressions

"IT IS SUPER BRIGHT!"

Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. Trust me u will not be disappointed! Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! For the price you will not find a better light on the market.

  • Beamswork LED 1W 6500K HI Lumen Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant (DHL 72 6500K)
  • Lumen: 9500
  • LEDs: 90x 1W
  • Config: 72x 6500K, 18x Actinic
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • For freshwater and live plant setups
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Item Weight: 10 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 71 x 1.25 x 5 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"It turns everything blue."

It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. They did well enough during the time I had them. This light is amazing, especially for the price. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones.

Overall Score
4.2


(12 Points)

9. Marineland LED Light Hood for Aquariums, Day & Night Light

User Ratings: 66 6

MarineLand 32994 First Impressions

"I'm very pleased."

For the price these lights are incredible. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. Also note this is an initial impression review. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. I added a moon light separately and all is good. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank.

  • Marineland LED Light Hood for Aquariums, Day & Night Light
  • DOMED HOOD Sleek design with energy-efficient LED light bar
  • NATURAL EFFECT White LEDs create a shimmering illumination that mimics sunlight’s natural underwater effect
  • HINGED Includes two sets of hinges to fit most popular frame sizes – for easy access during maintenance
  • SIZE Measures 24 inches by 12 inches
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 12.25 x 3.63 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand 32994
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MarineLand 32994 Final Thoughts

"I hope this light lasts."

Trust me u will not be disappointed! The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. It's not too bright and not too dim. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up.

Overall Score
4.3


(2723 Points)

10. NICREW SlimLED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Aquarium Light for Planted and Freshwater Tanks, Fish T...

User Ratings: 84 6

NICREW First Impressions

"Very nice light."

No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. Just got this light today, and WOW! However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light.

  • NICREW SlimLED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Aquarium Light for Planted and Freshwater Tanks, Fish Tank Light with Wired Timer and Extendable Brackets
  • Pairs super-bright 6500K white LEDs with 460nm blue, and 660nm red LEDs, high output LED chips with 120° angle provide optimal spread and color blending, promoting healthy, vibrant growth of fish and aquatic plants
  • The wired controller timer allows for 3 default timing modes to set the lighting time in 8 hours,10 hours and 12 hours. Sunrise and sunset mode settings make fish and plants wake up and fall asleep gently
  • Designed for maintaining a thriving and vibrant live aquatic plants, intensity adjustable white lighting channel and blue lighting channel for customized aquarium requirement
  • Easy-to-install LED light fixture with extendable docking mounts which fit your rimmed or rimless tank from 48 inches to 60 inches
  • Aluminum alloy shell is lightweight and incredibly durable, and the energy-efficient LED lighting lasts longevity lifetime
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"Look at this!"

Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. This is another awsome product from hygger.

Overall Score
4.7


(25 Points)

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