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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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. 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
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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)

5. Lominie LED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank Light for Coral, Reef, Plan...

User Ratings: 34 16

Lominie First Impressions

"These lights are great."

Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all.

  • Lominie LED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank Light for Coral, Reef, Planted Nano Aquarium Tank
  • 1. High Brightness: COB integrated chips with 48pcs leds, custom-made PMMA optical lens, equally-distributed illumination and strong penetrability, no light spot.
  • 2. Full Spectrum Color: Range from UV to red, the spectrum has been designed carefully to deliver the most photo synthetically useful light to Coral after  extensive   testing, 100% usable and efficient for your reef.
  • 3. Efficient cooling system: Aluminum fins passive cooling and PWM technology to control fan's speed and noise, self-monitoring function, noise level is 29db, silent  operation.
  • 4. IR Remote Controller: Dim 4 channels separately and customize the spectrum to your liking. Rustproof bendable gooseneck with 90 degree adapter, the lamp can be installed on rimless tank. The clamp is wide enough for 1.0inch thick glass, plastic screws won’t scratch the tank glass.
  • 5. Lastest DMX Technology: (need to buy Wifi Controller separately)One Wifi Controller can control multiple lights together on iPhone or Android phone, 4 programmable channels, timing and dimming. Thunder storm, moonlight, sunrise, sunset, cloud simulation.
  • Model: Asta S120
  • Actual power : 85 watts
  • 0.727amps @ 110V
  • Manufacture: Lominie
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lominie
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Lominie Final Thoughts

"Except the programming."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. This light has some great intensity to it.

Overall Score
3.7


(8 Points)

6. Bozily Coral Reef Light 168W Dimmable Full Spectrum LED Aquarium Light with 168 LEDs /Intelligent Co...

User Ratings: 73 13

Bozily First Impressions

"5 inch units."

This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. This is another awsome product from hygger. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap.

  • Bozily Coral Reef Light 168W Dimmable Full Spectrum LED Aquarium Light with 168 LEDs /Intelligent Cooling System /Daisy Chain for Grow Coral Reef Marine Fish Tank LPS/SPS[Freshwater & Saltwater]
  • 【Sunset & Sunrise Dimmer Modes】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
  • 【Perfect Sunlight Effects】 Professional LED Lens with transmittance to be 30% higher than ordinary lens by converging lighting beams enables lights to reach as deep as 40 inch (1 meter) into tanks with few loss of luminous energy. 90 degree and 3-layer reflector cup creat a super spotlight effect, which will provide more efficient light to your Coral, Reef, Marine Fish,and PAR value is able to increase by 50%
  • 【Intelligent Cooling System&Noise Control】we add a small heatsink in each chip,perfect for Heat Dissipation.it comes with two built-in fans,Once the temperature Reaches 113℉/45℃,the fans will auto work, while lower than 113℉/45℃, they'll auto stop working. Noise is controlled to a minimum ,You even can’t hear any noises when working. We use two temperature detection chips, don’t worry about our Intelligent Cooling System
  • 【Daisy Chain】:One light comes with power cords that are used for power and daisy chain, easy to connect to more Aquarium lights with only a wall outlet(as image showing). We suggest connecting no more than 4pcs LED Aquarium lights together when daisy chained
  • 【Quality Products&Great Servcie】Bozily Aquarium lights have been certified by FCC, CE, ROHS . We provide 18-Months warranty & 30 days money back. If more questions, pls feel free to contact us.
  • 1 X Bozily Aquarium Light
  • 1 X US Plug power cord
  • 1 X Hanging Hook Kit
  • Manufacture: Bozily
  • Item Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bozily
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Bozily Final Thoughts

"I am loving it so far!"

My main display has been running with ecotech radions. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother.

Overall Score
4.3


(41 Points)

7. GYIELDS Aquarium Light Full Spectrum Dimmable, 165W 5 Colors LED Coral Reef Light for 30 Gallon Salt...

User Ratings: 50

GYIELDS First Impressions

"But it's awesome!"

I'm very happy with the light performance. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. We just run the bright lights during the day. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks.

  • GYIELDS Aquarium Light Full Spectrum Dimmable, 165W 5 Colors LED Coral Reef Light for 30 Gallon Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank LPS SPS
  • 【Full Spectrum】- 5 Color LEDs aquarium light perfectly simulate the natural sunlight required for the growth of corals, fish and algae. This light booming the growing process by providing all necessary spectrum: Blue light is important for plant, promoting fish growth, white & red lights are helpful for the coral reef growth, orange and cyan light brighter color and promote the flourish of SPS and LPS.
  • 【Dual Dimmable Channels】- Two combinations of lighting beams ( Blue/ White and others) specifically designed for aquatic plants, you can adjust the brightness of two beams to achieve the best light environment for your aquarium. Two dimming nob can freely adjust the light intensity from 10% to 100%.
  • 【Truly Transparent】- 165W high PPFD aquarium light with professional LED Lens. 25% higher transmittance than ordinary lens by converging lighting beams enables lights to reach as deep as 1m into tanks with few loss of luminous energy. Suitable for a 30 gallon 24″x24″ fish coral tank.
  • 【Low Noise Powerful Fans】- Upgraded long lifespan fans and large solid aluminum heat sink, low noise, disperse heat much quickly. Moreover, the driver is attached on the iron shell rather than heat sink like other similar light achieved the great cooling performance.
  • 【Warranty】- GYIELDS has a professional R&D team and production factory. We provide a 90-day money-back guarantee and a trusted 3 years warranty. Please feel free to contact us if you have any problem.
  • Manufacture: GYIELDS
  • Item Weight: 7.3 pounds
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The GYIELDS
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

GYIELDS Final Thoughts

"Not with this light!"

I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

8. NICREW Fish Tank Clip on Light, Clamp Aquarium Light with White and Blue LEDs

User Ratings: 72 3

NICREW N14211 First Impressions

"- no color control."

The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. They did well enough during the time I had them. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. My only complaint is the missing seal. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived.

  • NICREW Fish Tank Clip on Light, Clamp Aquarium Light with White and Blue LEDs
  • Allows accurate views of plants, invertebrates and fish in their natural colors
  • Provides an adjustable solution to mount LED light fixtures on virtually any aquarium
  • Easy to install over the aquarium glass with the included screws, with no drilling or cutting
  • A durable on/off rocket switch for lighting control
  • Reccomended for aquariums 2.5 to 5 gallons
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N14211
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  • Value For Money
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NICREW N14211 Final Thoughts

"The price was just right."

I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. 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. So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer.

Overall Score
4.6


(704 Points)

9. LED Aquarium Lights with Bluetooth Remote & Phone APP, RGB Full Spectru Color Changing Fish Tank Lig...

LEDBLE First Impressions

"✔ Very fast shipping!"

The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. My only complaint is the missing seal. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top.

  • LED Aquarium Lights with Bluetooth Remote & Phone APP, RGB Full Spectru Color Changing Fish Tank Lights 7/24 Automated Timer Aquarium Lighting for Plant Fish Tank
  • [High Quality]: Aquarium light is made of high quality aluminum alloy material,5050 highlight LED lights beads,long-term performance,energy saving and safe,Can be widely used in plant planting, aquarium, fish tank, ecological landscape, algae cultivation and some other occasions.And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • [Smart APP control]: The Smart app can control the aquarium light. Adjust the color,brightness,and set the timer as your thought.After set ok,you can close the app,the lamp will work as the timer.
  • [APP easy install]:Scan the QR code on the controller box,then download and install it.open bluetooth function on your phone,then power on the lamp, open the app,the app will connect lamp automatic.
  • [Strong Remote Controller]:One key 7/24 timer setting,one key demo,can quick demonstrate and view light display in the day/at night circulating for 24 hours.Sunrise and sundown setting.Turn off and turn on button,also can adjust the light brightness.The brightness adjustable(10%-100%) are perfect for strong plant growth while bringing vivid colors and can create an amazing atmosphere for fish, inverts, live rock and corals.
  • [Adjustable Length]:60cm fish tank lights with adjustable metal brackets to fit aquarium tank from 60-80cm.It fits both rimless and framed aquariums.
  • Manufacture: LEDBLE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LEDBLE
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LEDBLE Final Thoughts

"So I ordered this."

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. For the price these lights are incredible. They did well enough during the time I had them. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. shleyqin LED Aquarium Air Bubble Light,Multi-Colored Fish Tank Air Stone Disk Lamp Underwater Bubble...

User Ratings: 80

shleyqin First Impressions

"5gal tanks."

That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. This is another awsome product from hygger. So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. The entire process took only a few days.

  • shleyqin LED Aquarium Air Bubble Light,Multi-Colored Fish Tank Air Stone Disk Lamp Underwater Bubbler LED Light for Fish Tanks and Fish Ponds (12 LEDs, RGBW)
  • 【Add More Oxygen】- This aquarium bubble light built-in air bubble stone, you could connect the air pump to creates air bubbles for improving oxygenation and gas exchange, which makes double oxygen dissolving rate in water. Increases air flow/circulation to oxygenate water, which is beneficial to aquatic life. Always keep your fish vivid and lively.(AIR PUMP IS NOT INCLUDED).
  • 【Round Disc Design】- Round disc shapes can stay steady at the bottom of the tank bubbler, maximizes the outlet area of the air stone. And add beauty to your display aquarium with this round fish tank bubbler stone to create micro bubbles. Color-Changing Lights auto slowly changing colors one by one. It is a beautiful decoration in your fish tank.(NO REMOTE INCLUDED)
  • 【Safe and Durable】- IP68 Waterproof lamp body can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. Fish tank air bubble is made of circular sand, with high temperature sintering, safe, durable and environmental friendly, it is safe to use in your aquarium. For first time use, we recommend you wash it with tap water and sock it with tank water for 2-3 hours.
  • 【Versatile Use】- Fish tank light has been able to submersible in water, suitable for use in fish tanks, aquarium, fountain and so on.
  • 【Package Included】- 1 X 12 LEDs Round Bubbling Stone Disk with suction cup, 1 X Air tube,1 X Suction Cup, 1 X US plug Power Adapter. (Pump and remote is not included)
  • Manufacture: Shleyqin
  • Item Weight: 6.3 ounces
  • Color: Multicolor
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The shleyqin
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

shleyqin Final Thoughts

"Definitely submersible."

For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well.

Overall Score
4.6


(23 Points)

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