Editor's Choice - Our Favorite biOrb Aquarium Lights

1. biOrb MCR LED Light, Small

User Ratings: 70 9

biOrb First Impressions

"BUYER BE WARE."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. 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. 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. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • biOrb MCR LED Light, Small
  • The BiOrb MCR LED Light, Small, is an upgrade to the lighting for the BiOrb Classic 15, Classic 30, Classic 60, Classic 105, Life 15, BiUbe and Tube Aquariums. It's also a replacement part for the BiOrb aquariums that came with the MCR LED S Lighting (EXCEPT FOR THE HALO).
  • The BiOrb MCR LED Light, Small, can be used in manual or cycle (automatic) modes. In the cycle mode you can choose an 8, 10, 12 or 14 hour cycle. In each cycle there is a 15 minute sunrise period where the light ramps up to full brightness and the end of the cycle the light ramps down. During the off hours only a dim night light will operate.
  • NOTE: WHEN YOU TURN ON THE LIGHT IT WILL FLASH AND TURN OFF. THIS IS NORMAL. YOU THEN CONTROL IT WITH THE REMOTE.
  • In manual mode you will have control over the color mix and the brightness of the light. The LEDs are white, blue, green and red.
  • Includes the MCR LED light, remote control and clear adapter ring. Light dimensions 4-5/16". Clear adapter ring dimensions: 5-11/16".
  • Manufacture: BiOrb
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

biOrb Final Thoughts

"It's working fine now."

My main display has been running with ecotech radions. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals.

Overall Score
4.3

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

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2. biOrb Standard LED Light, Large

User Ratings: 93

biOrb First Impressions

"I love it."

If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well.

  • biOrb Standard LED Light, Large
  • Compatible with ALL BiOrb 30 Liter Classic and 60 Liter Classic Aquariums
  • The BiOrb Standard LED Light, Large, illuminates your BiOrb with bright white LEDs that are suitable for 50,000 hours of lighting. Long life LEDs means that there are no bulbs to change and for your peace of mind, the light is low voltage.
  • Can be used to replace the BiOrb Halogen Light. Does NOT include the Transformer. It uses the same Transformer that runs the Halogen Light.
  • Manufacture: BiOrb
  • Editor's Impressions Of The biOrb
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

biOrb Final Thoughts

"Not happy."

It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral.

Overall Score
4.9

[star rating="4.9"]
(20 Points)

3. Marineland Hidden LED Strip Light for Aquariums, White and Blue LEDs

User Ratings: 71 5

MarineLand NV33109 First Impressions

"The price was just right."

It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. It's not too bright and not too dim. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light.

  • Marineland Hidden LED Strip Light for Aquariums, White and Blue LEDs
  • 6,500K white and 460nm blue LEDs illuminate the tank from within
  • Flexible mounting options include exclusive in frame option, for the ultimate aquarium experience
  • 17 Inch length
  • Directional dial to position the LEDs
  • Single 3 way switch with included cord routing
  • 6, 500k white and 460nm blue lads illuminate the tank from within
  • Flexible mounting options include exclusive in frame option, for the ultimate aquarium experience
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 1.5 inches; 1.07 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand NV33109
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

MarineLand NV33109 Final Thoughts

"I have a 120 gal."

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(244 Points)

4. Finnex Marine+ 24/7 Fully Automated Aquarium LED v2, Remote

User Ratings: 56 9

Finnex CMB-48 First Impressions

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. 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 tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price!

  • Finnex Marine+ 24/7 Fully Automated Aquarium LED v2, Remote
  • Fully Customizable LED Lighting
  • Built In LED Indicating Sensor
  • Four customizable color channels, Dimmable
  • 48 Inch
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 3.8 x 1 inches; 4.05 Pounds
  • Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex CMB-48
  • Brightness [star rating='3.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

Finnex CMB-48 Final Thoughts

"No remote."

The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. Just got this light today, and WOW!

Overall Score
4.1

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

5. COLOR TREE Submersible LED Aquarium Light, 12V 5050SMD Underwater Strip Light for Fish Tank

User Ratings: 75

COLOR TREE First Impressions

"Very nice light."

I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants.

  • COLOR TREE Submersible LED Aquarium Light, 12V 5050SMD Underwater Strip Light for Fish Tank
  • Colorful LED Lights with Great Brightness : It is used of 15 RGB LED lights with 16 color 4 modes controlled by wireless remote. 5050 LED lights chip is brighter and is designed for reliable, long-term performance, Which make your fish tank a colorful landscape.
  • Light Dim and Color Change Speed Adjustable: There are two button(Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote to adjust the brightness for this light. Choose one of the mode "flash","strobe", "fade" or "smooth", then press the brightness adjust button to rise or down the color changing speed.
  • Environmentally and Safer Light Bar Transparent acrylic tube body, smooth surface, easy to clean, material is durable and environmentally friendly, won't cause any pollution. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • IP68 Waterproof with Strong Suction Cup : This LED light Bar could be submerged entirely under the water or put it out of the water, but the Power Adapter, Switch and Remote are Non-submersible! This light bar is very easy to attach to the fish tank with 2 suction cups (included), and can be put in the bottom, on the top of fish tank or any where you want to decorate your fish tank.
  • Widely Application: The Light bar 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.
  • Manufacture: color tree
  • Editor's Impressions Of The COLOR TREE
  • Brightness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

COLOR TREE Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light.

Overall Score
4.6

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

6. MQ 8-20 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, IP68 ...

User Ratings: 68 5

MQ First Impressions

"But I didn't need them."

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I'm very happy with the light performance. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. For the price these lights are incredible. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade.

  • MQ 8-20 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, IP68 Crystal Glass LED Lights Bar, for Fish Tank 10-35 inch
  • Colorful Visual Effect- 24 keys controller can provide 16 colors and 4 modes (smooth/flash/strobe/fade) for your fish tank. Multi Color Changing LED Lamp gives bright light effects and a totally different vision.
  • Lighting Brightness Adjustable - Two buttons (Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote used to adjust the brightness for this light. It can make your fish tank a colorful landscape.
  • Energy saving - 5050 LED lights chip make the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others. 5050 SMD lamps are safe, low heat and long-lasting. Can be widely used in fish tank, turtle tank, reptile tank, pond and so on.
  • 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.
  • Safety Design - With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • Waterproof: IP68 Waterproof for the LED bar
  • Light Color: 16 color with 4 modes
  • LED Light Type: 5050
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
  • Brightness [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='3.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

MQ Final Thoughts

" just in case."

You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. Now thanks to this light they are not only surviving but thriving also. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(684 Points)

7. 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)

8. NICREW SlimLED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Aquarium Light for Planted and Freshwater Tanks, Fish T...

User Ratings: 84 6

NICREW First Impressions

"Very nice light."

No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. Just got this light today, and WOW! However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light.

  • NICREW SlimLED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Aquarium Light for Planted and Freshwater Tanks, Fish Tank Light with Wired Timer and Extendable Brackets
  • Pairs super-bright 6500K white LEDs with 460nm blue, and 660nm red LEDs, high output LED chips with 120° angle provide optimal spread and color blending, promoting healthy, vibrant growth of fish and aquatic plants
  • The wired controller timer allows for 3 default timing modes to set the lighting time in 8 hours,10 hours and 12 hours. Sunrise and sunset mode settings make fish and plants wake up and fall asleep gently
  • Designed for maintaining a thriving and vibrant live aquatic plants, intensity adjustable white lighting channel and blue lighting channel for customized aquarium requirement
  • Easy-to-install LED light fixture with extendable docking mounts which fit your rimmed or rimless tank from 48 inches to 60 inches
  • Aluminum alloy shell is lightweight and incredibly durable, and the energy-efficient LED lighting lasts longevity lifetime
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

NICREW Final Thoughts

"Look at this!"

Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. This is another awsome product from hygger.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(25 Points)

9. 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
  • Brightness [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="4.4"]
(511 Points)

10. lucare LUXCARE Marine Saltwater Reef Coral Aquarium Light with Timer Control Full Spectrum Light LPS...

User Ratings: 35

lucare First Impressions

"If that makes sense."

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. There IS a purple hue to this fixture. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. They did well enough during the time I had them. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous!

  • lucare LUXCARE Marine Saltwater Reef Coral Aquarium Light with Timer Control Full Spectrum Light LPS & SP
  • PMMA Lens/High Power/Lumen/PAR Value:Total Power 18W and up to 100μmol PAR value at 11.8 inches height. Design with 80pcs Full Spectrum LEDs, 60 degree Optical Lens, ensure the light more concentrated and reducing 30% light loss, improved high PAR/Lumen output and maximize Growth.
  • ️Timer Control and Adjustable Light Color :You can adjust light mode and brightness Tap “W” button to control brightness of White LEDS and Tap “B” button to control brightness of blue LEDs .
  • Full Spectrum 7-Band: 80pcs LED inside. Professional full spectrum light include green (490-560 nm),red (630- 790 nm),royal blue (410- 430 nm),royal violet 390- 400 nm),blue (465 nm),blue (430- 480 nm). Suitable for freshwater and Saltwater aquarium, Reef ,Coral LPS & SPS.
  • Two lighting modes : Full spectrum LEDs for coral tank landscape + coral growth or Blue LEDs only for coral growth, created especially for Saltwater aquarium ,Reef ,Coral LPS & SPS
  • Safety voltage: 20V input voltage with UL listed wall plug switch power. Our 30-day money back guarantee policy and 3 Years Warranty.
  • Manufacture: lucare
  • Editor's Impressions Of The lucare
  • Brightness [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

lucare Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(3 Points)

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