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. Beamswork LED Plant Pink Aquarium Light Freshwater RGB Chip Roseate

User Ratings: 61 13

Beamswork First Impressions

"But it's awesome!"

Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit.

  • Beamswork LED Plant Pink Aquarium Light Freshwater RGB Chip Roseate
  • Lumen: 1700
  • LEDs: 72x 0.20W
  • Config: 72x Roseate Pink
  • 2 Modes: All on / Middle row only
  • Enhances color and promotes plant growth
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 5 x 1.25 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"We don't use that."

I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move.

Overall Score
4.1


(16 Points)

4. NICREW RGB+W LED Aquarium Light with Remote Control, Full Spectrum Fish Tank Light for Planted Fresh...

User Ratings: 70 10

NICREW First Impressions

"5 betta tank."

So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in.

  • NICREW RGB+W LED Aquarium Light with Remote Control, Full Spectrum Fish Tank Light for Planted Freshwater Tanks
  • The fixture incorporates 6500K Daylight White LEDs and full-spectrum RGB LEDs to allow planted aquariums to thrive
  • The infrared equipped remotes easily allows the fixture to enter multiple preset color modes, simulate a thunderstorm and customize it at your own desire
  • Adjustable brackets allow you to fit various size tanks
  • Compatible with NICREW single channel timer or single channel timer pro or standard timers (sold separately)
  • For use in freshwater aquariums with plants that require a low-to-high light level and fish-only saltwater aquariums
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"I would recommend buying!"

What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update.

Overall Score
4.3


(44 Points)

5. KZKR Aquarium LED Fish Tank Light 16-84 inch Remote Control Hood Lamp for Freshwater Saltwater Marin...

User Ratings: 66 9

KZKR First Impressions

"Very bright!"

I bought the smaller one without realizing it. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. Also note this is an initial impression review. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. Trust me u will not be disappointed! I like that it has a timer built into the control module too.

  • KZKR Aquarium LED Fish Tank Light 16-84 inch Remote Control Hood Lamp for Freshwater Saltwater Marine Full Spectrum Blue and White Decorations Light
  • Full spectrum LEDs aquarium light, bring more natural light to your animal and plant. 3 optional control modes: All LEDs On / Only Blue LEDs On / Close.
  • Super bright 5730SMD. High-quality LEDs for low energy dissipation. Aluminum case for faster cooling to keep long service life.
  • Suitable Tank Length: 150cm/ 60inch- 180cm/ 72inch. With extendable bracket to fits your tank. Color temperature(K) : 8000. Lumen :2040. Power: 40W.
  • This light is not waterproof, please don't put it into the water.
  • Package include: 1x LED Aquarium Light, 2x Extendable Brackets, 1 x Power Supply. We will check the packaging carefully before shipping, avoid the damage to the light during transit.
  • Manufacture: KZKR
  • Product Dimensions: 52.8 x 6.8 x 3.2 inches; 5.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KZKR
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

KZKR Final Thoughts

"5 betta tank."

Suprized how well it lights up this tank. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible.

Overall Score
4.2


(639 Points)

6. Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (120cm - 48")

User Ratings: 72 5

Beamswork First Impressions

"No remote."

I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! Overall build quality is really good. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (120cm - 48")
  • LEDs: 54x 0.50W (2500 lumen)
  • Config: 37x 10000K, 9x Actinic 460nm, 4x Red 620nm, 4x Green 520nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Part Number: 9705865
  • Item Weight: 4.49 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 47.5 x 5.25 x 1 inches
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"Seems to be well made."

The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. It's not too bright and not too dim. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. For the price these lights are incredible. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired.

Overall Score
4.4


(639 Points)

7. VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Dimmable 165W 300W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Grow Coral Reef M...

User Ratings: 75 4

VIPARSPECTRA First Impressions

"I did not."

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. This light is even better than I expected!

  • VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Dimmable 165W 300W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Grow Coral Reef Marine Fish Tank LPS/SPS
  • VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Series V165 LED Aquarium Light is scientifically engineered to keep the balance of the PAR output and coverage.
  • Internal timer allows you to turn the light on or off automatically and separately. Dimmable feature can be used to adjust two channels brightness individually.
  • V165 is full spectrum with our proprietary layout, which is contributed by thousands of ReefCentral members, has had years of success.
  • Suitable for all photosynthetic corals, be sure to acclimate your tank or new corals to the new light by slowing increasing its exposure/intensity to the light.
  • 1 year local warranty plus 30 days satisfaction or return guarantee.
  • Full spectrum that mimic natural light to help corals/fish achieve the best balance.
  • Built-in-Timer with two on/off settings one for blue and the other one for white.
  • Two channels brightness can be adjusted from 0% to 100% separately.
  • Manufacture: VIPARSPECTRA
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 8.5 x 2.4 inches; 9.3 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 Product Specific batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIPARSPECTRA
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  • Value For Money
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VIPARSPECTRA Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

Just got this light today, and WOW! It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me.

Overall Score
4.5


(846 Points)

8. Full-Spectrum RGB Fish Tank Light, 24-Hour Sunrise and Sunset Ecosystem, with Remote Timing, 19.5W P...

User Ratings: 51

commonly HL-3060A First Impressions

"I did not."

This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me.

  • Full-Spectrum RGB Fish Tank Light, 24-Hour Sunrise and Sunset Ecosystem, with Remote Timing, 19.5W Power Black, Suitable for 19’-31’’ Aquariums and Reptile Plants
  • 【1】72 LED lamp beads including 48 white plus 24RGB, with high brightness and full spectrum debugging
  • 【2】24-hour simulated sunrise and sunset lighting system and 4 kinds of weather selection lighting to make your Beta aquarium more realistic ecological environment
  • 【3】The aluminum alloy material makes the lamps that work for a long time have better heat dissipation, and the retractable lamp frame is convenient for different sizes of aquariums,Suitable for Beta aquariums of 19in-31.5in length
  • 【4】The remote control allows you to manage the aquarium more freely, the adjustable infrared head is more convenient, and the physical buttons on the lamps are also retained
  • 【5】A well-built aquarium needs a perfect rgb lighting system, you can’t imagine how happy the fish in such an environment is
  • Manufacture: Commonly
  • Material: Plastic, Aluminum alloy
  • Item Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 19.68 x 3.93 x 0.78 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Style: Modern
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The commonly HL-3060A
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  • Value For Money
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commonly HL-3060A Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well.

Overall Score
4.4


(9 Points)

9. 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
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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)

10. NICREW Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Underwater Fish Tank Light, Brilliant and Vivid White, Blue a...

User Ratings: 74 4

NICREW First Impressions

"Definitely submersible."

Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter.

  • NICREW Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Underwater Fish Tank Light, Brilliant and Vivid White, Blue and Red Light Stick for Freshwater and Planted Tanks
  • Brilliant planted LED light bar for adding additional light to decorate and highlight the aquatic plants and finned friends
  • Features white, blue and red LEDs for daylight mode and blue LEDs only for a nightlight mode
  • The daylight/nightlight mode can be controlled separately by the W/B button, and it can be compatible with NICREW dimmer and single-channel timer
  • Available in three lengths to suit aquariums of various sizes. Ideal for use in tanks 10-15 gallons
  • Safe working voltage 12V DC, without any risk to people or aquatic pets
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"It is awsome!"

For the price you will not find a better light on the market. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! 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. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium.

Overall Score
4.6


(39 Points)

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