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
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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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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. MLJ LED Aquarium Light, 7-44 Inch Waterproof Fish Light White with Blue, RGB Underwater Lamp Submers...

User Ratings: 71 5

MLJ First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly.

  • MLJ LED Aquarium Light, 7-44 Inch Waterproof Fish Light White with Blue, RGB Underwater Lamp Submersible LED Light for Fish Tank
  • Waterproof--With waterproof IP68 rating, this LED light Bar could be submerged entirely under or above the water.
  • Multi-size--7-44 Inch, we offer different size for different fish tank type. Can be widely used in fish tanks, cisterns, rockeries, pet cages and others. Bright LED Bar can make your tank look like part of oceans, and your fish and reptiles seen where they're swimming or moving.
  • RGB Light--Up graded RGB light beads brighter than others, long life span and energy saving. Ultra bright and full spectrum RGB LEDs for showing vivid colors of aquatic plants and fish, can make your fish tank like a colorful landscape.
  • 24 Buttons RGB Remote Control for Color Changing-- You can choose between 2 flashing modes (slow flashing and fast flashing), 16 different colors and 4 flash modes (Flash / Strobe / Fade / Smooth) to create a charming atmosphere in the aquarium. If you are using the remote control for the first time, please remove the insulating foil and install a suitable button battery.
  • Easy to Use-- Firm suction cup is comfortable and essential. Rubber protective cap to prevent collision and damage. Made of a highly transparent and explosion-proof acrylic lampshade, it is durable and easy to clean. With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish.
  • Manufacture: MLJ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MLJ
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MLJ Final Thoughts

"Looks great."

Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. The entire process took only a few days.

Overall Score
4.4


(1025 Points)

5. DaToo Aquarium Light Small LED Clip Light for Fish Tank, 1 Yr Warranty

User Ratings: 73 4

DaToo First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too.

  • DaToo Aquarium Light Small LED Clip Light for Fish Tank, 1 Yr Warranty
  • DaToo Aquarium Clip Lights - How to enjoy your beautiful fish at night? DaToo Aquarium Clip Light helps you implement it easily. Both white and blue lights not only make your aquarium more beautiful at night but also promote aquarium plant growth and improve your fish tank's ecological environment. Select DaToo Aquarium Clip Lights and let your fish live in a beautiful and healthy environment
  • High Brightness And Energy Saving - DaToo Aquarium LED Light uses German high-brightness and energy-saving light beads, brightness is 1.5~2 times that of ordinary Aquarium LED light. but energy consumption is only 60% of ordinary LED lights. Select DaToo Aquarium LED Lights, not only provide better light for your fish, but also save electricity fees for you.
  • 360 Degree Light Adjustment - Different light Angle can let your aquarium tank show different feeling. Just gently turn the soft arm of the DaToo Aquarium Lights and you'll get the angle you want. Very Easy. Select DaToo Aquarium Clip Lights, adjust your lighting angle as you like.
  • Safe And Sturdy - Every plastic component of the DaToo Aquarium Clip Light is made with high-quality, Environmentally friendly, Durable, Sturdy plastic. Just gently turn the screw on the clip and you can fix the aquarium light on the tank wall. The sturdy material ensures that DaToo Aquarium LED LIGHTS has a long service life and can be firmly fastened to the wall of your fish tank. Select DaToo Aquarium LED Lights, let us serve you and your fish for life.
  • DaToo Aquarium Service - One Year Warranty and 100% Money-back Guarantee. Your satisfaction is the pursuit of DaToo. Select DaToo Aquarium Product = Own A Private Aquarium Housekeeper. JUST DO IT, Let’t Go!!
  • Manufacture: DaToo
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DaToo
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DaToo Final Thoughts

"Definitely submersible."

I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER!

Overall Score
4.5


(619 Points)

6. Current Orbit Marine IC Reef Aquarium Accessory LED Light Fixture

User Ratings: 71 4

Current USA 4128 First Impressions

"I would recommend buying!"

If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. For the price these lights are incredible. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect.

  • Current Orbit Marine IC Reef Aquarium Accessory LED Light Fixture
  • BRIGHTER, MORE COLORS- Your aquarium is full of spectacular colors, why not bring them all to life. Introducing the new Orbit Marine LED. Now packed with even more ultra-bright LEDs in a far wider color spectrum, it will make your corals and fish look even more spectacular. And it’s now in the LOOP, providing both light and pump control, taking your aquarium experience to a whole new level.
  • SUPER COLOR- Producing eye-popping color rendition and brilliant shimmer effects, the Orbit Marine produces a limitless number of color spectrums. A higher ratio of actinic blue spectrum LEDs balanced with full spectrum creates the perfect color combination for fish, inverts, live rock and corals to fluoresce and look amazing. Wide angle dispersion lenses evenly spread light over your entire tank while ensuring superior color blending.
  • 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- Extendable brakets allows this LED light to fit most aquairum fish tanks 18-24 inches wide.
  • 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.
  • Manufacture: Current USA
  • Product Dimensions: 70.8 x 3.5 x 0.44 inches; 6.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4128
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Current USA 4128 Final Thoughts

"Then the bars slide out."

Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. This light has some great intensity to it. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels.

Overall Score
4.5


(101 Points)

7. All Glass Aquarium AAG25920 Fluorescent Strip Light, 20-Inch

User Ratings: 60 10

All Glass Aquariums 15905259200 First Impressions

" just in case."

What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. I added a moon light separately and all is good. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • All Glass Aquarium AAG25920 Fluorescent Strip Light, 20-Inch
  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
  • These are exact strip-light replacements for Full Hoods
  • 20-Inch Black
  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
  • These are exact strip-light replacements for Full Hoods
  • 20-Inch Black
  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
  • These are exact strip-light replacements for Full Hoods
  • Manufacture: Allen's Bookshop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Glass Aquariums 15905259200
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All Glass Aquariums 15905259200 Final Thoughts

"Vibrant colors."

The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. This light is even better than I expected!

Overall Score
4.1


(151 Points)

8. Allnice Aquarium Bubble Light Aquarium Air Stone Disc with 7 Light Colors Changing and Slow Flash Ef...

User Ratings: 69 4

Allnice First Impressions

"It's a good light."

They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium.

  • Allnice Aquarium Bubble Light Aquarium Air Stone Disc with 7 Light Colors Changing and Slow Flash Effect LED Light Air Bubble Stone Lamp for Fish Tanks Aquariums and Fish Ponds
  • 【Ultra-high dissolved oxygen】- Note: Without remote control. This aquarium air stone push out the bubbles small, dense, uniform, which makes double oxygen dissolving rate in water, improved oxygenation and gas exchange. Increases air flow/circulation to oxygenate water, which is beneficial to aquatic life.
  • 【Colorful lights】- This bubbler fish tank lights creates beautiful underwater effects by a slow flash way. It comes with 12 straw-hat light beads and 7 kinds of lighting colors. Always keep your fish vivid and lively.
  • 【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.
  • 【IP68 Waterproof】- The lamp body can be fully submerged in water and work underwater, but the power adapter is not waterproof, please keep it away from water and water vapor.
  • 【Safe & Environmental Friendly】- Fish tank air bubble lamp 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 1-2 hours.
  • Manufacture: Allnice
  • Material: Circular sand
  • Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Color: Multicolor
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Allnice
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Allnice Final Thoughts

"I would recommend buying!"

I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly.

Overall Score
4.4


(40 Points)

9. Glo A1624 14-Watt Power Fluorescent Bulb, 15-Inch

User Ratings: 59 22

Glo A1624 First Impressions

"No dimmer or timer."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

  • Glo A1624 14-Watt Power Fluorescent Bulb, 15-Inch
  • T8 25 Mm diameter bulb fits standard and electric ballasts
  • Simulates open water lighting conditions
  • Close placement to water surface offers the potential to maximize light entry into the aquarium
  • Generates very bright light; Adds a vibrant blue and white illumination
  • Made in Japan
  • Manufacture: glo
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 1.3 x 16.2 inches; 3.36 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Glo A1624
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Glo A1624 Final Thoughts

"What a pain!"

When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. This light is even better than I expected! I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company.

Overall Score
3.8


(71 Points)

10. 4PCS Stainless Steel Aquarium Stand For Aquatic High LED Light Lamp Fish Tank Holder Bracket Support...

User Ratings: 62 10

Corner Biz Aquarium First Impressions

"But I didn't need them."

Suprized how well it lights up this tank. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service.

  • 4PCS Stainless Steel Aquarium Stand For Aquatic High LED Light Lamp Fish Tank Holder Bracket Support
  • 100% Brand new and high quality
  • Do you often bother how to support your LED lamp on the aquarium?
  • This bracket can solve your problem totally!
  • Professionally designed for aquarium light bracket.
  • Made of high quality stainless steel, sturdy and durable.
  • Manufacture: general
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Corner Biz Aquarium
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Corner Biz Aquarium Final Thoughts

"No issues out of the box."

For the price you will not find a better light on the market. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. For the price these lights are incredible. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. My only complaint is the missing seal.

Overall Score
4.0


(15 Points)

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