Editor's Choice - Our Favorite ECtENX Aquarium Lights

1. ECtENX LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light, Clip on Fish Tank Lighting Color with White & Blue

User Ratings: 68 6

ECtENX ALJL24-WBX-FBA1 First Impressions

"I am happy again."

As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous!

  • ECtENX LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light, Clip on Fish Tank Lighting Color with White & Blue
  • Aquarium clip light super bright, energy efficient and long lasting LEDs, two-color LED lighting (blue and white) illuminates your tank's inhabitants, great for night viewing
  • Aquarium led light enhance colors in fish and corals and can be used to provide stunning lighting effects in the day or night
  • Super bright, 40% energy-saving than ordinary LED lights, the energy efficient and long lasting LEDs produce amazing shimmer to your aquarium
  • Gooseneck clamp/mount aquarium light, soft arm can be adjusted by any angles and positions
  • Note: The light clamp mount doesn't fit tanks with black top boarder which thicker than 0.39 inches. One-Year Limited Warranty
  • Two Lighting Modes: Only blue lights on for nightlight, white and blue lights all on for daylight.
  • Aquarium clip light a great night light and tank illuminator, two-color LED lighting, illuminates your tank's inhabitants.
  • Durable metal gooseneck tube can be 360 degree rotating, and convenience to illuminate any corner of fish tank.
  • Manufacture: ECtENX
  • Editor's Impressions Of The ECtENX ALJL24-WBX-FBA1
  • Brightness [star rating='3.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

ECtENX ALJL24-WBX-FBA1 Final Thoughts

"It is very bright!"

This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade.

Overall Score
4.3

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

2. Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (30cm - 12")

User Ratings: 73 8

Beamswork First Impressions

"5gal tanks."

I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom.

  • Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (30cm - 12")
  • LEDs: 15x 0.50W (700 lumen)
  • Config: 8x 10000K, 3x Actinic 460nm, 2x Red 620nm, 2x Green 520nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Item Weight: 1.39 pounds
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"We don't use that."

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Also note this is an initial impression review. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well.

Overall Score
4.4

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

3. 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 [star rating='4']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

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

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

4. 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 [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(1954 Points)

5. LED Aquarium Lights with Bluetooth Remote & Phone APP, RGB Full Spectru Color Changing Fish Tank Lig...

LEDBLE First Impressions

"✔ Very fast shipping!"

The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. My only complaint is the missing seal. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top.

  • LED Aquarium Lights with Bluetooth Remote & Phone APP, RGB Full Spectru Color Changing Fish Tank Lights 7/24 Automated Timer Aquarium Lighting for Plant Fish Tank
  • [High Quality]: Aquarium light is made of high quality aluminum alloy material,5050 highlight LED lights beads,long-term performance,energy saving and safe,Can be widely used in plant planting, aquarium, fish tank, ecological landscape, algae cultivation and some other occasions.And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • [Smart APP control]: The Smart app can control the aquarium light. Adjust the color,brightness,and set the timer as your thought.After set ok,you can close the app,the lamp will work as the timer.
  • [APP easy install]:Scan the QR code on the controller box,then download and install it.open bluetooth function on your phone,then power on the lamp, open the app,the app will connect lamp automatic.
  • [Strong Remote Controller]:One key 7/24 timer setting,one key demo,can quick demonstrate and view light display in the day/at night circulating for 24 hours.Sunrise and sundown setting.Turn off and turn on button,also can adjust the light brightness.The brightness adjustable(10%-100%) are perfect for strong plant growth while bringing vivid colors and can create an amazing atmosphere for fish, inverts, live rock and corals.
  • [Adjustable Length]:60cm fish tank lights with adjustable metal brackets to fit aquarium tank from 60-80cm.It fits both rimless and framed aquariums.
  • Manufacture: LEDBLE
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LEDBLE
  • Brightness [star rating='4.4']
  • Quality [star rating='4.8']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.6']

LEDBLE Final Thoughts

"So I ordered this."

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. For the price these lights are incredible. They did well enough during the time I had them. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(1 Points)

6. Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Fixture

User Ratings: 76 4

Aqueon 100115612 First Impressions

"This is a bright."

‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. For the price you will not find a better light on the market.

  • Aqueon LED Aquarium Light Fixture
  • The Aqueon Modular LED Aquarium Light last longer and is more energy efficient than standard T8 Fluorescent lighting.
  • One Day White LED is included, expansion slots for two additional easy-to-install LED lamps
  • Plug and play connections are moisture-resistant
  • Includes pre-installed, adjustable mounting legs and three-position power switch: day, night and moon glow
  • 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, plug and play!
  • Use up to 70% less energy than T8 fluorescent lamps and do not contain mercury, which is harmful to the environment
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 30 x 2.25 inches; 3.53 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100115612
  • Brightness [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='3.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aqueon 100115612 Final Thoughts

"It does not feel cheap."

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(349 Points)

7. LED Aquarium Light with Timer, Auto On/Off Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets 12" 18" 24" 30" ...

TaiTian K05000040190 First Impressions

"They are pretty clear."

That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals.

  • LED Aquarium Light with Timer, Auto On/Off Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets 12" 18" 24" 30" 36" Dimmable Full Spectrum Light Fixture for Freshwater Plants/Fish
  • Build-in Timer: This Planted Aquarium Light features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night), auto on and off, to create a optimal condition for your fish and aquatic plants. Easy to use, created especially for freshwater aquariums.
  • Adjustable Brightness: You can adjust the light brightness of the full spectrum aquarium according to your prefer or the light needs of the plants, fish, coral or other creatures. Setting up daytime to nighttime schedules, mimics sunrise and sunset, color gradient loop.
  • Full Spectrum&Energy saving: The full-spectrum array combines white, blue, red and green LED to be brighter than the most lights, producing a fine-tuned color spectrum for aquatic plants. Energy-efficient and long-lasting LED promotes healthy, vibrant growth of fish and aquatic plants.
  • Adjustable Metal Brackets: The fish tank light comes with extendable mounting brackets, You can easily to install this led fish tank light on most aquarium tanks, with cover or not, with rims or rimless. Suitable for 36-42inch aquarium.
  • IP68 Water-Resistant Rating: No need to worry about splashes, or other accidental drops of water. Premium fully encased 1.2mm thick aluminum shell provides more effective heat transfer and protects the device from humidity and water intrusion.
  • Manufacture: King Bai Tech
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TaiTian K05000040190
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

TaiTian K05000040190 Final Thoughts

"The choice is yours!"

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first.

Overall Score
5.0

[star rating="5"]
(2 Points)

8. NICREW SkyLED Plus Aquarium Light for Planted Tanks, Full Spectrum Freshwater Fish Tank Light, Light...

User Ratings: 76 2

NICREW N16562 First Impressions

"Seems to be well made."

I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. For the price these lights are incredible.

  • NICREW SkyLED Plus Aquarium Light for Planted Tanks, Full Spectrum Freshwater Fish Tank Light, Light Brightness and Spectrum Adjustable with External Controller, 18-24 Inches, 18 Watts
  • Super bright 6500K white LEDs combine with 450nm blue and 660nm red LEDs, creating the full spectrum lighting effect
  • Adjustable day and moonlight color spectrum and intensity with the wired switch on the power cord, day and night lighting channels can be operated together or independently for endless color modes
  • Adjustable docking legs allow quick and easy adjustments for a wide variety of installations, equipped with the brackets to extend to 18 - 24 inches
  • LED light designed to brighten up your aquatic environment, ideal for freshwater and medium-high light level plants, help support and grow plant
  • A glass or acrylic canopy is highly recommended to extend the life of the unit by preventing moisture from affecting it
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Item Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Size: 18 - 24 in
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N16562
  • Brightness [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

NICREW N16562 Final Thoughts

"Acting completely normal."

It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. 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. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. It's not too bright and not too dim. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light.

Overall Score
4.6

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

9. NICREW RGB Plus Aquarium Light, Freshwater Aquarium LED Light with Remote Controller, 24/7 Automated...

User Ratings: 62 11

NICREW First Impressions

"Very bright."

Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. For the price these lights are incredible.

  • NICREW RGB Plus Aquarium Light, Freshwater Aquarium LED Light with Remote Controller, 24/7 Automated Aquarium Light
  • Gradually mimics the effect of a slow sunrise, bright daylight and gentle sunset, providing your animals with a natural lighting cycle
  • Multiple weather effects including cloud cover and lightning storms
  • Adjustable full spectrum of this light is perfect for strong plant growth while producing vivid colors
  • 4 separate memory slots allowing users to save and access their custom colors and intensities
  • The infrared equipped remotes easily allows the fixture to enter a hands free 24/7 mode, activate weather modes and customize your own colors mode
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
  • Brightness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.3']

NICREW Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. This light has some great intensity to it. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral.

Overall Score
4.1

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

10. 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
  • Brightness [star rating='3.7']
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

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

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