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. JackSuper Bright Classic LED Aquarium Light, Reef Plant Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, Aq...

User Ratings: 72 10

JackSuper First Impressions

"I love this light."

This light is amazing, especially for the price. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. Trust me u will not be disappointed! The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • JackSuper Bright Classic LED Aquarium Light, Reef Plant Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, Aquatic Plant Growth Lamp White and Blue LEDs
  • 【Upgrade LED and Super bright】Full-spectrum white light with more than 88% high color rednering "HCRI" and can render any object closest to the natural color. Super safe LEDs for fish tank plants and fishes.
  • 【Aplication】Suitable for freshwater or saltwater fish-only and low-high light level aquarium plants recommended for use over glass or acrylic canopy-covered aquariums
  • 【Professionally designed】 1.35m Cable length, Made of the high luminance LEDs 7500K Color temperature, professionally designed for aquarium plant cultivation and fish,frog,turtle,chichlids
  • 【Extendable Brackets】 Adjustable metal brackets to fit tank length from 7.5 inches to 11.5 inches and glass less than 0.3 inch thickness.
  • 【Energy-saving LEDs】 LED lights are more energy-efficient than fluorescent bulbs and will save your money and last up to 20,000 hours.
  • Manufacture: JackSupermall
  • Product Dimensions: 8.85 x 1.61 x 0.31 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JackSuper
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

JackSuper Final Thoughts

"So far A+ rating."

It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright.

Overall Score
4.3


(80 Points)

5. MingDak Full Spectrum LED Aquarium Light,Fish Tank Light with Aluminum Housing Extendable Brackets,W...

User Ratings: 77 3

MingDak First Impressions

"But it's awesome!"

The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. It's not too bright and not too dim. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk.

  • MingDak Full Spectrum LED Aquarium Light,Fish Tank Light with Aluminum Housing Extendable Brackets,White Blue Red Green LEDs for Freshwater Plants,18 to 24-inch,6500K
  • MORE PROFESSIONAL: The 6500K full-spectrum natural light which have the spectral range of lighting from 400 to 700 nanometers that boost your aquatic growth.
  • MORE BRIGHTER: Combines white, blue, red and green total 78 leds, which is more LEDs and 25% brighter than other standard light.
  • TWO LIGHT MODES: Daylight create a shimmering light that mimics the natural underwater effect of sunlight, night light allow for night time enjoyment of the aquarium.
  • ALUMINUM HOUSING: Sleek fixture design with high-quality alloy Shell to help cool down the lights which will make the light bulbs last even longer .
  • EASILY TO MOUNT: Comes with 2 metal adjustable mounting legs which fit both rimless and framed aquarium tank from 18 inches to 26 inches.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Part Number: Aclouddatee-116
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Color: 18"- 24"
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak Final Thoughts

"The brackets work nicely."

Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. There IS a purple hue to this fixture. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. It's not too bright and not too dim. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also!

Overall Score
4.6


(136 Points)

6. LED Aquarium Light Clip On Fish Tank Lighting Fit for 12-18 Inch Fish Tank & Aquarium White and Blue...

User Ratings: 63

WOTERZI JTL-18T First Impressions

"It's a good light."

We just run the bright lights during the day. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. This light is even better than I expected! For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well.

  • LED Aquarium Light Clip On Fish Tank Lighting Fit for 12-18 Inch Fish Tank & Aquarium White and Blue LEDs, 7W
  • 【SIZE】Recommended for aquarium tank from 12 inches to 18 inches. The max tank wall thickness it can fits is up to 0.98 inch(or 2.5cm).
  • 【TWO LIGHTING MODES】Switch I : Only 3 blue lights on for nightlight. Switch II : 15 white and 3 blue all on for daylight.
  • 【GOOD PERFORMANCE】High quality, Super bright, energy efficient and long-lasting LED lights. Ultra-thin aluminium alloy shell ensures excellent heat dissipation.
  • 【EASY INSTALLATION】Easy to install over the aquarium glass with the included screws, fit for fish tank with no lid, with no drilling or cutting, no pressure on the fish tank.
  • 【ADJUSTABLE NECK】With a flexible neck, the aquarium light can be easily bent to any angle and position as you want. The recommended lighting time is 8-10 hours per day.
  • Manufacture: WOTERZI
  • Part Number: JTL-18T
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Item Weight: 9.5 ounces
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WOTERZI JTL-18T
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

WOTERZI JTL-18T Final Thoughts

"If that makes sense."

Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. This light is even better than I expected!

Overall Score
4.4


(50 Points)

7. WEAVERBIRD X3 Libra LED Aquarium Fish Tank Light 6W 12 LED Aquarium Planted Clip Lamp 600LM for 8-15...

User Ratings: 64

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"Using on 37 gal cube."

It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. Also note this is an initial impression review. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect.

  • WEAVERBIRD X3 Libra LED Aquarium Fish Tank Light 6W 12 LED Aquarium Planted Clip Lamp 600LM for 8-15 Inch Fish Tank
  • Durable & Saving- LED Aquarium clip light made of ABS, It's durable and saves powers. Super bright, 40% energy-saving than ordinary LED lights, the energy efficient and long lasting LED produce amazing shimmer to your aquarium.
  • Application- Suitable for 20cm/8inch to 40cm/15inch fish tank, max. thickness 6mm aquarium, no drilling or cutting.
  • Specification- 110V,50~60Hz,US plug,600LM, 6W. (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 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.
  • Easy to Installed- Clip on the fish tank wall and will be stable on it. Very easy and convenient. Help plants to thrive and light up for fishes anytime you want. TIPS: The limit of the lamp clip is 6mm.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Product Dimensions: 5.91 x 3.66 x 2.56 inches; 3.99 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WEAVERBIRD
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"The lightning is great."

The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants.

Overall Score
4.4


(26 Points)

8. Odyssea T5 Dual 6500K Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant Extendable

User Ratings: 67 4

Odyssea First Impressions

"Seems good quality."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. 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. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. There IS a purple hue to this fixture.

  • Odyssea T5 Dual 6500K Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant Extendable
  • Lumen: 2000 initial
  • Wattage: 2x 24W
  • Config: 2x 6500K
  • Extendable brackets, External Ballasts
  • For freshwater and planted setups
  • Manufacture: Odyssea
  • Product Dimensions: 24.75 x 5 x 2.3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Odyssea
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Odyssea Final Thoughts

"Very bright."

This light is amazing, especially for the price. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying.

Overall Score
4.4


(140 Points)

9. NATEEL LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Waterproof RGB Color Changing Remote Control Underwater S...

User Ratings: 73 4

NATEEL First Impressions

"So took a chance."

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. For the price these lights are incredible. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap.

  • NATEEL LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Waterproof RGB Color Changing Remote Control Underwater Submersible LED Lights Strip Background Decorate Lighting
  • Colorful LED lights -- RGB LED lights with 16 kinds of different color and have 4 modes. Bring you a colorful and interesting aquarium.
  • IP68 waterproof -- you can set this light under water or out of water, any where you want to light your fish tank..
  • 5050 LED, ABS plastic and acrylic glass -- make this light in great quality, bring you a energy saving brighter and releable light.
  • Light can dim -- control the brightness by press the up/down button, you can choose your favor.
  • Color change speed is adjustable -- you can adjust the color change speed as your interest when you choose the 4 mode..
  • Manufacture: NATEEL
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NATEEL
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NATEEL Final Thoughts

"Its awesome."

I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(421 Points)

10. NICREW ClassicLED Gen 2 Aquarium Light, Dimmable LED Fish Tank Light with 2-Channel Control, White a...

User Ratings: 81 3

NICREW N14582 First Impressions

"So far A+ rating."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me.

  • NICREW ClassicLED Gen 2 Aquarium Light, Dimmable LED Fish Tank Light with 2-Channel Control, White and Blue LEDs, High Output
  • The 2nd generation of the ClassicLED aquarium light, more LEDs and 50% brighter
  • With inline LED controller, white and blue LEDs can be operated together or independently, allow you to adjust the light intensity and spectrum for your tank
  • Adjustable mounting brackets to fit rimless or rimmed aquariums from 18 inches to 24 inches in length
  • Ideal for freshwater or saltwater fish-only and low-high light level aquarium plants
  • This product is recommended for use over glass or acrylic canopy-covered aquariums
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N14582
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW N14582 Final Thoughts

" just in case."

I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. They did well enough during the time I had them. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes.

Overall Score
4.7


(1759 Points)

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