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

User Ratings: 73 3

WOTERZI First Impressions

"Before I begin!"

I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. My only complaint is the missing seal. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light.

  • WOTERZI LED Aquarium Light Clip On Fish Tank Lighting Fit for 12-18 Inch Fish Tank & Aquarium White and Blue and Color 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).
  • 【THREE LIGHTING MODES】Switch I : 13 white lights and 1 red &1 green light on for day light. Switch II : only 3 blue lights on for night light. Switch III:15 white and 3 blue and 1 red &1 green 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
  • Item Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Color: Black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WOTERZI
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

WOTERZI Final Thoughts

"My cats love it!"

I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning.

Overall Score
4.5


(70 Points)

5. NICREW Aquarium Light Timer&Dimmer, Easy to Program Fish Tank Light Controller

User Ratings: 87

NICREW First Impressions

"What a pain!"

I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Overall build quality is really good. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light.

  • NICREW Aquarium Light Timer&Dimmer, Easy to Program Fish Tank Light Controller
  • Available for simulating a sunrise and sunset effect, 3 default setting mode for choosing from
  • Program on/off mode simply with the power button
  • Increase and decrease the light brightness manually with the plus and minus button, it can adjust the brightness from 10 – 100%
  • Compatible with 5.5mm x 2.1mm barrel connector, 5 - 24V DC LEDs single-channel LED strip lights
  • Install the controller quickly, easy to use
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"Vibrant colors."

It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. This is another awsome product from hygger. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish.

Overall Score
4.9


(11 Points)

6. Number-one LED Aquarium Light, 12V 18.9inch Waterproof Fish Tank Light with Timer Auto On and Off, W...

User Ratings: 85

Number-One First Impressions

"So we used tape."

Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty.

  • Number-one LED Aquarium Light, 12V 18.9inch Waterproof Fish Tank Light with Timer Auto On and Off, White and Blue LED Light Bar Strick for Fish Tank, Adjustable 3 Mode Lights
  • 【Quality and Safe Materials】- The led aquarium light uses a transparent acrylic tube, with a smooth surface, good light transmission, easy to clean, energy saving, long life and low heat. The material is durable and will not cause any pollution. Its operation is a low-voltage DC 12V working voltage, which is safe enough and harmless to people or fish.
  • 【3 Lighting Modes】- The fish tank light has white light, blue light or white blue light, which can make the color of all objects in the tank bright, creating a wonderful aquarium landscape. The color of the light can be enhanced by the switch. It is very suitable for night viewing, excellent night light and water tank illuminator.
  • 【Bult-in Timer】- The fish tank light has built-in timer and 3 timing durations, led fish tank lights will come on and go off at the same time every day and light up for 6 hours,10 hours or 12 hours.No need to buy extra timer.
  • 【IP68 Waterproof】-The three-layer encryption design, the aquarium led light IP68 waterproof, can be completely submerged. Low energy consumption, safe and reliable. Suitable for fresh water, brackish water or brackish water facilities.
  • 【Easy to Use】- This aquarium light is designed with 2 powerful suction cups and a rubber protective cover to prevent collision and damage. Can be installed on fish tanks, aquariums and any container filled with water.
  • Manufacture: Number-one
  • Material: Abs
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Style: Antique
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Number-One
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  • Value For Money
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Number-One Final Thoughts

"Except the programming."

The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(10 Points)

7. Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Fixture, 48-Inch

User Ratings: 69 7

Aqueon 100115614 First Impressions

"I hope this light lasts."

Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. I added a moon light separately and all is good. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! This light has some great intensity to it.

  • Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Fixture, 48-Inch
  • Preloaded with one Day White LED lamp
  • Slots for two additional LED lamps of your choice: Day White, Colormax, Beauty Max or Max Blue
  • Changing LED lamps are easy to snap in and out to customize the look of your aquarium
  • Use up to 70% less energy than T8 fluorescent lamps
  • Adjustable legs for proper fit
  • Full coverage lighting over aquarium
  • Fits Aquarium Size 33 Long, 40 Long, 55, 70, 72 Bow, 90, 120
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Item Weight: 5.28 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 48 x 2.25 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100115614
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100115614 Final Thoughts

"Not with this light!"

This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. My main display has been running with ecotech radions.

Overall Score
4.3


(174 Points)

8. Current USA Orbit Marine LED Light | with Loop IR Controller for Wireless Lighting & Wave Pump Contr...

User Ratings: 67 8

Current USA 4101 First Impressions

"I love this light."

‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. It's not too bright and not too dim. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price.

  • Current USA Orbit Marine LED Light | with Loop IR Controller for Wireless Lighting & Wave Pump Control
  • 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: 22.8 x 3.5 x 0.44 inches; 2.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4101
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Current USA 4101 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. The entire process took only a few days. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine.

Overall Score
4.3


(1954 Points)

9. NICREW Submersible RGB Aquarium LED Light, Underwater RGB LED Light Stick for Fish Tank, Multicolor ...

User Ratings: 73 5

NICREW N16602 First Impressions

"Look at this!"

So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. My only complaint is the missing seal. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after.

  • NICREW Submersible RGB Aquarium LED Light, Underwater RGB LED Light Stick for Fish Tank, Multicolor LED Lights with Remote Control, 11 Inches, 4W
  • 16 colors and 4 dynamic lighting modes to choose, the light can provide beautiful illumination and colors for aquarium
  • Adjustable light intensity, you can customize your own colors with the remote
  • Strong suction cups promise fix firmly in the tank or aquarium, easy to mount and fix
  • Safe working voltage 12V DC, without any risk to people or fishes
  • Compact design, super-easy to use, can be positioned anywhere in your aquarium
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N16602
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW N16602 Final Thoughts

"I'm very pleased."

Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. Just got this light today, and WOW! They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. 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.

Overall Score
4.5


(315 Points)

10. MingDak Aquarium Air Bubble Light,Aquarium Air Bubbler Decorations,Volcano Ornament/LED Air Stone ...

User Ratings: 59 8

MingDak First Impressions

"I'm very pleased."

My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. I'm very happy with the light performance. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Trust me u will not be disappointed! Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck.

  • MingDak Aquarium Air Bubble Light,Aquarium Air Bubbler Decorations,Volcano Ornament/LED Air Stone Light for Fish Tank
  • Package Included: Air Stone Disk Round with 3 suction cup, 3/16 inch air tube and power adapter.Not Included Air Pump
  • Bubble Disk: Built-in air stone supplies more tiny air bubbles which can increase dissolved oxygen rate
  • Color-Changing Light: Auto Slowly changing colors one by one. It is a beautiful decoration in your fish tank.(NO REMOTE INCLUDED)
  • Color-Changing Light: Auto Slowly changing colors one by one. It is a beautiful decoration in your fish tank.
  • Suitable for most aquariums, fish tanks, pools and other similar occasions. CAN'T WORK WITH REMOTE
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. Suprized how well it lights up this tank.

Overall Score
4.1


(558 Points)

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