Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Coralife Aquarium Lights

1. Coralife Marine Aquarium Clip-On LED Light

User Ratings: 70 5

Coralife 100533614 First Impressions

"I hope this light lasts."

I thought they were fairly easy to set up. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. Also note this is an initial impression review. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes.

  • Coralife Marine Aquarium Clip-On LED Light
  • Marine aquarium clip-on LED light
  • 60 bright LEDs with blue spectrum for a Deep sea look
  • 3-Way soft-touch LED control (all on/Blue on/all off)
  • Ideal for marine aquariums up to 20 gallons
  • Easily mounts on framed or frameless aquariums with mounting screw
  • 1 year warranty
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 4.75 inches; 1.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100533614
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Coralife 100533614 Final Thoughts

"It's a good light."

I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. This light is amazing, especially for the price. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss.

Overall Score
4.5


(84 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Coralife Aquarium Lights

2. Coralife T5 Replacement Lamp Colormax

User Ratings: 52 25

Coralife 100105624 First Impressions

"But for a DISPLAY."

All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well.

  • Coralife T5 Replacement Lamp Colormax
  • High-intensity output that enhances the natural beauty of freshwater fish and plant
  • Color-enhancing phosphors that provide full-spectrum light
  • Simulates the sun at high noon with a slight cloud base
  • Energy efficient
  • Manufacture: Coralife
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 36.8 x 1 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100105624
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Coralife 100105624 Final Thoughts

"- no color control."

This light is even better than I expected! It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. This is another awsome product from hygger. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. For the price these lights are incredible. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible.

Overall Score
3.6


(35 Points)

3. Fluval Aquasky LED Strip Light, 35 Watts

User Ratings: 82 3

Fluval First Impressions

"My cats love it!"

Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. They did well enough during the time I had them. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. I bought the smaller one without realizing it.

  • Fluval Aquasky LED Strip Light, 35 Watts
  • 6500K white LEDs with tri-colored RGB LEDs offer an adjustable light spectrum
  • Replicates various natural environments, as well as creating cloud cover, fading lunar, storm and lightning effects
  • Skypad remote control: adjust your color & sky effects; choose from up to 11 preset sky effects and a wide array of color selections
  • 120 degree light dispersion for full area coverage and uniform lighting
  • Extendable mounting brackets allow easy installation on a variety of aquarium widths
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 3.04 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval Final Thoughts

"The blues are beautiful."

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. The entire process took only a few days. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. My only complaint is the missing seal. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia.

Overall Score
4.7


(327 Points)

4. Finnex Planted+ 24/7 ALC Aquarium LED Light, Automatic Sunrise and Sunset, 660nm Deep Red LEDs

User Ratings: 81 4

Finnex ALC-48 First Impressions

"No remote."

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. This is another awsome product from hygger. We just run the bright lights during the day. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light.

  • Finnex Planted+ 24/7 ALC Aquarium LED Light, Automatic Sunrise and Sunset, 660nm Deep Red LEDs
  • Aquarium LED light: Finnex planted+ 24/7 ALC LED light
  • 24/7 mode: fully customizable LED sunrise & Sunset
  • Plants: Plant capable grow LED bulb configuration
  • Remote included +built in sensor
  • True 660Nm RED LEDs
  • Included Components: Led Light, Remote, Legs
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 2 x 1 inches; 3.35 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex ALC-48
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Finnex ALC-48 Final Thoughts

"Acting completely normal."

Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. This is another awsome product from hygger. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. They did well enough during the time I had them.

Overall Score
4.6


(76 Points)

5. Fish Tank Clip on Light, VARMHUS RGB Clamp Aquarium Light Fish and Plant Aquarium Lighting with Time...

User Ratings: 65

VARMHUS First Impressions

"I hope this light lasts."

Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! I added a moon light separately and all is good. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. For the price you will not find a better light on the market.

  • Fish Tank Clip on Light, VARMHUS RGB Clamp Aquarium Light Fish and Plant Aquarium Lighting with Timer Dimmer for Sunrise and Sunset (7W)
  • Sunrise and Sunset - Our fish tank lighting equipped with a 24-hour aquarium light timer, which simulates sunrise and sunset. Adjust the light brightness freely to give your fish a regular lifestyle.
  • 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.
  • Adjustable Brightness & Dimmable---Press "W" (White Color/Green Color) and "B" (Blue Color/Red Color) buttons from 1 to 10 times, adjust brightness from 10% to 100%.
  • 3 Lighting Modes---VARMHUS Aquarium Light with Dimmer has 3 lighting modes. Press switch to change colors: Blue and Red Color, White and Green color, All Color.
  • Easy to install over the aquarium glass with the included screws, with no drilling or cutting
  • Manufacture: VARMHUS
  • Item Weight: 9.5 ounces
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VARMHUS
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

VARMHUS Final Thoughts

"May bother you may not."

The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank.

Overall Score
4.5


(13 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
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  • 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. DONGKER LED Aquarium Light, 110V Clamp Aquarium Light Fish Tank Clip Light Aquarium Lighting LED Cli...

User Ratings: 59

DONGKER First Impressions

"So far A+ rating."

I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. This is another awsome product from hygger. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great.

  • DONGKER LED Aquarium Light, 110V Clamp Aquarium Light Fish Tank Clip Light Aquarium Lighting LED Clip Light Super Slim for Plants Illuminating
  • Dimensions: 13 x 7.5 x 3.5cm.
  • 24 LED: The 24 LED lights allows for bright illumination at a low energy cost.
  • Long Life: Fashionable ultra-slim design and long service life.
  • Suitable for: Suitable for fish tank within 5mm thickness.
  • SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE: To Provide You With the Highest Quality Service, If You Have Any Question, Please Feel Free to Contact Us.We Will Provide After-sales Service Until You Are Satisfied.
  • Manufacture: DONGKER
  • Editor's Impressions Of The DONGKER
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

DONGKER Final Thoughts

"But for a DISPLAY."

They did well enough during the time I had them. I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. Trust me u will not be disappointed! This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well.

Overall Score
4.6


(3 Points)

8. Lominie LED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank Light for Coral, Reef, Plan...

User Ratings: 34 16

Lominie First Impressions

"These lights are great."

Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all.

  • Lominie LED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank Light for Coral, Reef, Planted Nano Aquarium Tank
  • 1. High Brightness: COB integrated chips with 48pcs leds, custom-made PMMA optical lens, equally-distributed illumination and strong penetrability, no light spot.
  • 2. Full Spectrum Color: Range from UV to red, the spectrum has been designed carefully to deliver the most photo synthetically useful light to Coral after  extensive   testing, 100% usable and efficient for your reef.
  • 3. Efficient cooling system: Aluminum fins passive cooling and PWM technology to control fan's speed and noise, self-monitoring function, noise level is 29db, silent  operation.
  • 4. IR Remote Controller: Dim 4 channels separately and customize the spectrum to your liking. Rustproof bendable gooseneck with 90 degree adapter, the lamp can be installed on rimless tank. The clamp is wide enough for 1.0inch thick glass, plastic screws won’t scratch the tank glass.
  • 5. Lastest DMX Technology: (need to buy Wifi Controller separately)One Wifi Controller can control multiple lights together on iPhone or Android phone, 4 programmable channels, timing and dimming. Thunder storm, moonlight, sunrise, sunset, cloud simulation.
  • Model: Asta S120
  • Actual power : 85 watts
  • 0.727amps @ 110V
  • Manufacture: Lominie
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lominie
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
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Lominie Final Thoughts

"Except the programming."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. 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. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. This light has some great intensity to it.

Overall Score
3.7


(8 Points)

9. AQUANEAT Aquarium Led Clip Lamp Light 48 LEDs Multi Color Full Spectrum Blue White Nano Fish Tank Li...

User Ratings: 68 7

AQUANEAT First Impressions

"Acting completely normal."

This light has some great intensity to it. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. They did well enough during the time I had them. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great.

  • AQUANEAT Aquarium Led Clip Lamp Light 48 LEDs Multi Color Full Spectrum Blue White Nano Fish Tank Light Up to 10 Gal (Blue White for Rimmed Tank)
  • Suitable for all freshwater, cichlids (not for plant)
  • Totally 48 LEDs: 40 pcs white light, 8 pcs blue light
  • Soft arm can be adjusted by any angles and positions; Suitable for standard rimmed tank up to 0.6" (17mm) thick
  • Recommend aquarium tank size: Up to 10 Gal, tank length: 12" - 20"
  • Two Mode: All lights on and All lights off
  • Manufacture: AQUANEAT
  • Item Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUANEAT
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AQUANEAT Final Thoughts

"Highly recommended!"

I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. Just got this light today, and WOW!

Overall Score
4.4


(119 Points)

10. 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
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  • 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)

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