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 [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.6']

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

[star rating="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 [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

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

[star rating="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 [star rating='3.9']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(126 Points)

4. 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
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

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

[star rating="4.6"]
(704 Points)

5. Current Orbit Marine IC PRO LED Reef Aquarium Dual Light System with Wireless Loop

User Ratings: 62 12

Current USA 4227 First Impressions

"That is the best."

The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light.

  • Current Orbit Marine IC PRO LED Reef Aquarium Dual Light System with Wireless Loop
  • FULL SPECTRUM- Producing eye-popping color and amazing color rendition, full spectrum control allows you to create the perfect color spectra for your reef. A powerful blend of Dual Actinic blue 445nm/460nm, Dual Daylight white 6,700K/10,000K and RGB LEDs combined with 90° spherical optical lenses delivers the perfect blend of light for strong coral growth and amazing fluorescence.
  • 2 IS BETTER THAN 1- The Orbit Marine IC PRO produces the same vibrant, full color spectrum as the Orbit Marine IC LED, but delivers up to twice the amount of light. That means everything you see will be noticeably more brilliant and vivid in color.
  • REALISTIC EFFECTS- From start-up to sundown, the Orbit Marine gradually mimics the effect of a slow sunrise, bright daylight, dimming sunset and moonlight. Built-in lighting programs create a 24-hour natural biorhythmic lighting cycle, while on-demand dynamic weather effects gently roll clouds across your reef.
  • BUILT IN WAVE PUMP CONTROLLER- It’s wave pump ready. Whether you have a mixed reef or just keeping a large fish only saltwater aquarium, the colors will be so enriched and vivid, you’ll feel like you’re in the ocean too.
  • Manufacture: Current USA
  • Product Dimensions: 46.8 x 7.2 x 0.44 inches; 10.55 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4227
  • Brightness [star rating='3.1']
  • Quality [star rating='3.2']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Current USA 4227 Final Thoughts

"Love this light!"

Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. There IS a purple hue to this fixture. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(129 Points)

6. Aqueon Fluorescent Strip Light, 24-Inch

User Ratings: 58 12

Aqueon 158083 First Impressions

"Love this light!"

If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. This is another awsome product from hygger. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. My main display has been running with ecotech radions.

  • Aqueon Fluorescent Strip Light, 24-Inch
  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
  • These are exact strip-light replacements for Full Hoods
  • 24-Inch Black
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 158083
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Aqueon 158083 Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light.

Overall Score
4.1

[star rating="4.1"]
(76 Points)

7. Current USA 18"-24" Satellite Plus PRO LED Light

User Ratings: 75 4

Current USA 4013 First Impressions

"5 betta tank."

The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. Just got this light today, and WOW!

  • Current USA 18"-24" Satellite Plus PRO LED Light
  • SUPER BRIGHT- 6500k White LEDs and RGBW LED's come together in an amazingly sleek fixture that's dialed in for freshwater Aquatics like nothing before
  • MULTIPLE MODES- With modes that dim periodically to create cloud cover effects, storm modes that will blow you away complete with lightning strikes and innovative evening modes that include lunar and dusk – it’s sure to add excitement and intrigue to any aquarium.
  • EASY INSTALLATION- Sliding docking legs allow quick and easy adjustments for a wide variety of installations. This system also makes adding multiple fixtures a snap.
  • REALISTIC EFFECTS- Beyond the world of white and blue light, the Satellite LED also features effects that mimic real-world aquatic conditions.
  • WIRELESS CONTROL- Now you can wirelessly program and control just about everything! Seeing dynamic weather effects over your tank is just the beginning! With the integrated 24-hour timer function, you can also program what time to start a gradual sunrise, gentle sunset and both the color spectrum and intensity of your daylight and moonlight.
  • Manufacture: Current USA
  • Product Dimensions: 46.8 x 3.5 x 0.44 inches; 3.5 Pounds
  • Batteries: 2 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4013
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Current USA 4013 Final Thoughts

"I really like this light."

I'm very happy with the light performance. This light is amazing, especially for the price. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. They did well enough during the time I had them. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(329 Points)

8. WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Fish Tank Light Aquarium Planted Clip Lamp with Extendable Brackets for Fish Tan...

User Ratings: 74

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"It is awsome!"

I added a moon light separately and all is good. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. The entire process took only a few days. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. This light is amazing, especially for the price. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals.

  • WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Fish Tank Light Aquarium Planted Clip Lamp with Extendable Brackets for Fish Tank
  • Durable & saving: Aquarium clip light made of ABS, It's durable and saves powers. Super bright, energy-saving than ordinary LED lights, the energy efficient and long lasting LED produce amazing shimmer to your aquarium.
  • Application: Suitable for 20cm/7.8inch to 30cm/11.8inch fish tank, max. thickness 8mm aquarium, no drilling or cutting.
  • Specification: 110V 50~60Hz US plug, 1000LM, 5W. (Please confirm the parameters before order). Aquarium led light enhance colors in fish and corals and can be used to provide stunning lighting effects in the day or night.
  • Special design: This double head light is specially designed for fish tank, which can light up your fish tank and bring brightness for fish. Help plants to thrive and light up for fishes anytime you want.
  • Special design: This double head light is specially designed for fish tank, which can light up your fish tank and bring brightness for fish. Help plants to thrive and light up for fishes anytime you want.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WEAVERBIRD
  • Brightness [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"Using on 37 gal cube."

Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(10 Points)

9. Fish Tank Light KAPATA Aquarium Fish Tank LED Lights with 24key Controller 16 Colors and 4 Changing ...

User Ratings: 55 8

Kapata First Impressions

"Before I begin!"

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. The entire process took only a few days. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day.

  • Fish Tank Light KAPATA Aquarium Fish Tank LED Lights with 24key Controller 16 Colors and 4 Changing Modes Air Bubble Lights 30CM/12inch
  • Fish Tank Light Wateroroof desigin,diving,lighting and oxygen enrichment(but need to use with the pump).
  • Adopt the particle highlight led lamp beads.Super energey saving,long life and less heat.suitable for freshwater and amphibious.
  • Multi-color Remote Controller offers 16 solid colors and 4 various light modes: Flash, Strobe, Fade, Smooth. The LED light is dimmable under 16 colors modes and the flash frequency are adjustable under color changing modes
  • The lamp body adopts fireproofing and high temperature resistant PVC material,can reduce unnecessary damage during trasportation.
  • Safe to use: Low voltage output: 12V only, safe and reliable for both people and fish.
  • Manufacture: KAPATA
  • Material: Metal
  • Item Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 0.63 x 1.1 x 11.81 inches
  • Size: 30cm/12inch
  • Color: Blue
  • Style: Eclectic
  • Power Source: Battery Powered
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Kapata
  • Brightness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.8']

Kapata Final Thoughts

"It is awsome!"

This is another awsome product from hygger. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. This light has some great intensity to it. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(230 Points)

10. 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 [star rating='4.1']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.5']

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

[star rating="4.5"]
(235 Points)

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