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. Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (90cm - 36")

User Ratings: 74 3

Beamswork First Impressions

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

I thought they were fairly easy to set up. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia.

  • Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (90cm - 36")
  • LEDs: 42x 0.50W (2000 lumen)
  • Config: 29x 10000K, 6x Actinic 460nm, 3x Red 620nm, 4x Green 520nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Part Number: Huiyi-G41
  • Item Weight: 4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 35.5 x 5.25 x 1 inches
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"5 inch units."

They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. Overall build quality is really good. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. This is another awsome product from hygger. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT.

Overall Score
4.5


(185 Points)

5. Beamswork DA 0.50W Series LED Pent Aquarium Light Marine FOWLR Cichlid (120cm - 48")

User Ratings: 73 5

Beamswork First Impressions

"We don't use that."

For the price these lights are incredible. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first.

  • Beamswork DA 0.50W Series LED Pent Aquarium Light Marine FOWLR Cichlid (120cm - 48")
  • Lumen: 5200
  • LEDs: 120x 0.50 watt
  • Config: 104x 10000K, 16x Actinic 460nm LEDs
  • 2 Modes: All on / 16x only
  • Timer Ready
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Part Number: 1
  • Item Weight: 1.55 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 48.2 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"We don't use that."

I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. We just run the bright lights during the day. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. Trust me u will not be disappointed! This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes.

Overall Score
4.4


(132 Points)

6. Aquarium Lights 13W, LEDGLE Submersible Light Aquarium Clean Light with Timer, for Aquarium Water Cl...

User Ratings: 64

LEDGLE First Impressions

"No issues out of the box."

It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. Also note this is an initial impression review. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. The entire process took only a few days. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

  • Aquarium Lights 13W, LEDGLE Submersible Light Aquarium Clean Light with Timer, for Aquarium Water Clean Green Clear Waterproof Clean Lamp
  • Easy to Operate- With timer(3h,6h,12h,24h), when you set the timer, the clean light will work at the same time at the next day. Different timer modes designed for different needs.
  • IP68 Waterproof - our aquarium light can be used in water. Maintain cleanliness in the fish tank.Suitable for Freshwater and Saltwater, suggest that use the light 3-4 hours once in 2-4 days.
  • Impressive Effect- The powerful submersible clean lamp can help to remove green in the fish tank, pond, making it clear and providing clean water for your fishes.
  • Superior Silica Glass- With excellent light transmittance and ultra-durability, the life is about 10,000 hours, which will greatly save your replacement cost.
  • Warm Notice- Please measure the size of your aquarium, compare with the dimension of our product before purchase and read the user manual before use it. Please put the light where fish can not reach.
  • Manufacture: LEDGLE
  • Material: Silica glass
  • Item Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LEDGLE
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LEDGLE Final Thoughts

"But I didn't need them."

My main display has been running with ecotech radions. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. My only complaint is the missing seal. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well.

Overall Score
4.6


(8 Points)

7. Aquarium Lights [Mingdak] LED Fish Tank Hood Light for Freshwater and Saltwater, Universal Extendabl...

User Ratings: 66 9

MingDak First Impressions

"I would recommend buying!"

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. This is another awsome product from hygger. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

  • Aquarium Lights [Mingdak] LED Fish Tank Hood Light for Freshwater and Saltwater, Universal Extendable Stands, 36 LEDs,11-inch,Lighting Color White and Blue
  • Super bright, energy efficient and long lasting LEDs Brighter than one fluorescent tube fixture
  • Aasy-to-install LED light fixture with adjustable mounting legs which fit your aquarium tank from 11 inches to 19 inches
  • Two lighting modes:White & Blue light on for the daylight and only blue light on for the nightlight
  • Meets most of the basic requirements of a freshwater/saltwater tank for purpose of keeping fish happy
  • Provide the ultimate opportunity to create a realistic underwater home-aquarium environment
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Part Number: 9706004
  • Item Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.94 x 1.97 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak Final Thoughts

"100% recommend!"

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

Overall Score
4.3


(243 Points)

8. BeamsWork EA White Blue LED Aquarium Fish Tank Light Extendable Timer Ready

User Ratings: 77 3

Beamswork First Impressions

"I love this light."

It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison.

  • BeamsWork EA White Blue LED Aquarium Fish Tank Light Extendable Timer Ready
  • Lumen
  • Config: 10000K, Actinic 460nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day/Night Extendable
  • Suitable for freshwwater, cichlid, tropical fish, FOWLR
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"Mainly wanted timer."

The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. The entire process took only a few days.

Overall Score
4.6


(506 Points)

9. CURRENT USA Orbit Marine IC LED Saltwater Reef Aquarium Light | with Wireless Lighting & Wave Pump C...

User Ratings: 75 6

CURRENT 4207 First Impressions

"All good now!"

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. The entire process took only a few days. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank.

  • CURRENT USA Orbit Marine IC LED Saltwater Reef Aquarium Light | with Wireless Lighting & Wave Pump Control | Loop App - Bluetooth
  • BRILLIANT DESIGN - Delivering vivid colors and brightness, the Orbit Marine IC with wireless smartphone control is designed to make reefing easier and more enjoyable. From watching clouds gently roll across while listening to binaural ocean waves to producing pulsing waves, it completely changes your aquarium experience.
  • EYE POPPING COLORS - 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.
  • STUNNING REALISM - See your corals in amazing color rendition and immerse yourself with spectacular on-demand dynamic lighting modes and industry first binaural audio. Select the optimal lighting program to help you concentrate better or relax after a long day.
  • SLEEK & POLISHED - At less than ½” thick, the seamless aluminum housing keeps a low profile without sacrificing performance. The thermally efficient LED design requires no cooling fan and runs completely silent.
  • YOUR REEF CONNECTED - The Orbit Marine IC with Bluetooth control includes a LOOP controller for the LED light. Use the LOOP app on iOS or Android mobile devices and connect. It’s simple, intuitive and requires no wifi network.
  • Manufacture: Current
  • Product Dimensions: 46.8 x 3.5 x 0.44 inches; 1 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CURRENT 4207
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

CURRENT 4207 Final Thoughts

"It worked."

When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. Also note this is an initial impression review.

Overall Score
4.5


(29 Points)

10. Aquarium Light, Color Changing - Remote Control - Submersible Fish Tank Light, 11 inch - 42.51 inch ...

User Ratings: 69 5

DOCEAN MS-04 First Impressions

"Highly recommended!"

I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me. I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . This is another awsome product from hygger. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank.

  • Aquarium Light, Color Changing - Remote Control - Submersible Fish Tank Light, 11 inch - 42.51 inch & 9 LEDs - 63 LEDs Available, AC100-240V Premium Acrylic Underwater Aquarium Lamp for Fish Tank
  • COLOR CHANGING LED AQUARIUM LIGHT: Using RGB LED lights with 16 color 4 modes and controlled by wireless remote, this LED fish tank light can make your fish tank a colorful landscape. And your fish and reptiles seen like swimming or moving in part of oceans.
  • ULTRA BRIGHT: Compared with other led, our 5050SMD led bead is more brighter, energy efficient and long lasting. It can last for more than 50,000 hours.
  • WORKING MODES: Built in IR receiving Sensor and 24keys RGB remote controller, this submersible aquarium light can give off 16 kinds of monochrome static lighting effects(10 level adjustable brightness), and 4 kinds of dynamic effects (flash, strobe, fade, smooth ) with 10 level adjustable speed.
  • WATERPROOF & WEARPROOF: The IP68 waterproof acrylic fish tank light can be submerged in water without any damage. ( NOTE: IR receiving sensor and adapter can not be submerged in water completely.) And the explosion protection acrylic glass provide more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • WARRANTY: 120 days guarantee. If any quality problems happen in guaranteed period, we will maintain for free.
  • Manufacture: DOCEAN
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DOCEAN MS-04
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  • Value For Money
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DOCEAN MS-04 Final Thoughts

"Very bright."

Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. Overall build quality is really good. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted.

Overall Score
4.4


(511 Points)

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