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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(919 Points)

2. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(18 Points)

3. Koval Aquarium Lighting Fish Tank Light Hood with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs

User Ratings: 70 5

Koval First Impressions

"The light is not hot!"

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. 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.

  • Koval Aquarium Lighting Fish Tank Light Hood with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs
  • Bright LEDs with 5 colors, full spectrum LEDs and makes phycophyta vivid
  • Extendable bracket makes LED light fits different size aquariums in extendable range
  • High-quality LEDs, can be used at least 50000 hrs
  • If one of the LEDs is not working by being misused, the others would not be affected (But other cheaper ones will be extinguished lots of LEDs and can't be used any more)
  • High efficiency, low energy dissipation, save cost, extend LEDs life span
  • Manufacture: Koval
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koval
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koval Final Thoughts

"Don't buy others."

PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also!

Overall Score
4.4


(574 Points)

4. hygger Adjustable Blue White LEDs Aquarium Light with Aluminum Alloy Shell Extendable Brackets,wit...

User Ratings: 85

hygger HG-918B 14w First Impressions

"I would recommend buying!"

They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. The entire process took only a few days. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank.

  • hygger Adjustable Blue White LEDs Aquarium Light with Aluminum Alloy Shell Extendable Brackets,with External Controller Dimmer, for Freshwater Fish Tank (18-52 inch)
  • 【Ultra Bright Led Light】this aquarium led light is DC12V/14W, 5730 large leds, super bright, makes the aquarium water look more sparkly clean.Suggest for fish tank 18 inch to 24 inch in width, support low-to-mid light level plant growth. Input: AC100-240V/60HZ. Suitable for freshwater aquarium, not for saltwater use
  • 【Adjustable Brackets】the fish tank light comes with 2 metal and 2 plastic mounting brackets, which are both freely extendable. You can easily to install this led fish tank light on most aquarium tanks, with cover or no, with rims or rimless
  • 【3 Light Color Modes】this aquarium light has 3 light modes: White LEDS, Blue+white LEDS, Blue LEDS, it's very easy to shift the color by press the second button for 1 to 3 times on the controller. Color changes will make your one aquarium change to 3 different wonderful views
  • 【Dimmable & Timing】 you can adjust the light brightness from 100% to 10% according to your prefer, 5 levels of brightness in total. Besides, on the external controller, you can set the lighting time to 3, 6 or 12 hours by pressing the third button for 1 to 3 times. Please note this light is not auto off, it will stay at the dimmest level when it reaches the setting time
  • 【Durable & Warranty】low profile mounting bracket fish tank light, with aluminum alloy metal shell,has a nice feel and fast heat dissipation. With high-quality leds, energy efficient, can last up to 20000 hours of lighting. We provide 1 year warranty for this aquarium light, has any issues, please contact the seller directly
  • The whole light shell is aluminum alloy metal, nice touch feel, fast heat dissipation.
  • Comes with 2 kinds of extendable mounting brackets.
  • External controller has memory function when timer is off in case of power-down.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger HG-918B 14w
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

hygger HG-918B 14w Final Thoughts

"Super bright!"

The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase.

Overall Score
4.8


(41 Points)

5. Glo A1624 14-Watt Power Fluorescent Bulb, 15-Inch

User Ratings: 59 22

Glo A1624 First Impressions

"No dimmer or timer."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

  • Glo A1624 14-Watt Power Fluorescent Bulb, 15-Inch
  • T8 25 Mm diameter bulb fits standard and electric ballasts
  • Simulates open water lighting conditions
  • Close placement to water surface offers the potential to maximize light entry into the aquarium
  • Generates very bright light; Adds a vibrant blue and white illumination
  • Made in Japan
  • Manufacture: glo
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 1.3 x 16.2 inches; 3.36 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Glo A1624
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Glo A1624 Final Thoughts

"What a pain!"

When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. This light is even better than I expected! I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company.

Overall Score
3.8


(71 Points)

6. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(372 Points)

7. Aquarium Water Clean Green Algae Clean Waterproof Clean Lamp for Pond Fish Tank Sump Pump(20Watt)

User Ratings: 63 17

Taysing First Impressions

"Pretty easy to program."

Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. It's not too bright and not too dim. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer.

  • Aquarium Water Clean Green Algae Clean Waterproof Clean Lamp for Pond Fish Tank Sump Pump(20Watt)
  • New upgrade: With timing function, it solves the problem of forgetting to turn on and off the light. It can be scheduled for 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours of circulation, for example, setting 3 hours, 3 hours per day, the other 21 hours is off, 24 hours a cycle.
  • This water clean light help to clean the water and algae,such as Fish tank,swimming pool,pond, shoes,dog house clean and so on.
  • Please Note that this light only clean the algae and green in the water,but can not clean the black algae attach on rock and tank.
  • Easy to use:With two strong suction cups, it is easy for you to install and use it. And you can also adjust the position freely. Note: Please put the tube in the filter tank or filter groove of fish tank(you can see details in the picture which show the right install position).
  • Warranty:If the product have any issues within 1 year,please email to us directly.We will replace or refund it.
  • Manufacture: Taysing
  • Item Weight: 12 ounces
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Taysing
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Taysing Final Thoughts

"Very bright!"

Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter.

Overall Score
3.9


(13 Points)

8. JOYHILL LED Aquarium Lights,Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets,Suitable for Aquatic Reef Coral...

User Ratings: 64 5

JOYHILL First Impressions

"10%-100%-10%."

I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. They did well enough during the time I had them. This light is amazing, especially for the price. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I'm very happy with the light performance. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals.

  • JOYHILL LED Aquarium Lights,Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets,Suitable for Aquatic Reef Coral Plants and Fish Keeping
  • Timer and DIMMABLE Controller : 4 level brightness. You can adjust the light intensity. 3 Timing mode to chose for your need( 3h 6h 12h)
  • High-quality & SUPER BRIGHT: High-quality SMD 5730 LEDS, Super brighter than other light which Can be used at least 50000 hrs
  • SAFETY OUTPUT VOLTAGE: High efficiency, low energy dissipation, save cost, extend LEDs life span,Recommended for both freshwater and marine tank
  • 4x Extendable bracket: Fits different size aquariums tank in the extendable range (it would looks more beatiful with different height with the Extract two Brackets)
  • The Aquarium Light is not waterproof, don' t put it into water.
  • You can Turn on the light and adjust the light intensity for your aquarium with Dimmable Controller
  • Turn on the timer, Your aquarium light then automatically turn on 3h, then close the light 3h ( 6h or 12h are optional)
  • Super Bright with 4 colors Full Spectrum SMD 5730 LEDs High-quality LEDs
  • Manufacture: JOYHILL
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JOYHILL
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

JOYHILL Final Thoughts

"I love it."

I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer.

Overall Score
4.3


(429 Points)

9. Marine Saltwater Aquarium Light Full Spectrum LED Light for 18-24 inches Reef Coral Tank 25W Includi...

User Ratings: 57 5

LUXCARE First Impressions

"Highly recommend."

I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank.

  • Marine Saltwater Aquarium Light Full Spectrum LED Light for 18-24 inches Reef Coral Tank 25W Including Royal Blue (410- 430 nm),Royal Violet (390- 400 nm), LPS & SPS 100 LEDs
  • Full Spectrum 7-Band: 100pcs 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.
  • PMMA Lens/High Power/Lumen/PAR Value:Total Power 25W and up to 120μmol PAR value at 11.8 inches height. Design with 100pcs 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.
  • 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
  • Adjustable Light Color :You can adjust light mode and brightness ;Tap “M” button to Switch 3 light modes, hold button for 4 seconds to turn it off .Tap “W” button to control brightness of White LEDS and Tap “B” button to control brightness of blue LEDs .
  • Safety voltage: 20V input voltage with UL listed wall plug switch power. Our 30-day money back guarantee policy and 3 Years Warranty.
  • Manufacture: LUXCARE
  • Item Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Color: White & Blue & Red
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LUXCARE
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LUXCARE Final Thoughts

"The light is not hot!"

I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move.

Overall Score
4.1


(55 Points)

10. AQUANEAT LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum Fish Tank Light 12" 20" 24" 30“ 36" 48" Multi-Color Fres...

User Ratings: 73 3

AQUANEAT First Impressions

"So far A+ rating."

The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! I added a moon light separately and all is good. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish.

  • AQUANEAT LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum Fish Tank Light 12" 20" 24" 30“ 36" 48" Multi-Color Fresh Water Light
  • Fits aquarium tank from 18" to 24" in length with adjustable mounting brackets
  • Light body without docking brackets: 17” L x 2.7” W. Tank thickness: No limit to rim size
  • Configuration: Total 42 LEDs, 30 pcs 6500K white LED, 6pcs blue LED, 3 pcs pink LED, 3 pcs Green LED
  • Mode: all lights on and all lights off
  • Super bright and energy efficient LEDs, suitable for all freshwater NOTE: KEEP THE LIGHT AWAY FROM THE SPLASHING WATER
  • Manufacture: AQUANEAT
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUANEAT
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

AQUANEAT Final Thoughts

"No remote."

The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. Overall build quality is really good. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! My main display has been running with ecotech radions. It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty.

Overall Score
4.5


(717 Points)

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