Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fluval Aquarium Lights

1. 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
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  • 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Fluval Aquarium Lights

2. Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt

User Ratings: 83 1

Fluval 14522 First Impressions

"Acting completely normal."

I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it.

  • Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt
  • Features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night)
  • Includes six unique band waves for full spectrum results
  • Includes optional pre-set habitat light configurations like Lake Malawi, Tropical, and Planted
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 35.83 x 2.64 x 1.02 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 14522
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  • Value For Money
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Fluval 14522 Final Thoughts

"Then the bars slide out."

Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. Trust me u will not be disappointed!

Overall Score
4.7


(210 Points)

3. Fluval Marine and Reef 3.0 LED Strip Light 48"-60"

User Ratings: 76 4

Fluval 14517 First Impressions

"They are pretty clear."

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. This light has some great intensity to it. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. This is another awsome product from hygger. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank.

  • Fluval Marine and Reef 3.0 LED Strip Light 48"-60"
  • Full Spectrum Marine & Reef LED Lighting
  • With essential actinic blue spectral wavelengths
  • Promotes and supports strong coral growth and color
  • Balanced combination of multiple LEDs for optimal coral photosynthetic activity, growth & viewing
  • Features 6 unique LEDs, including 400, 420, 440, 460nm LEDs for outstanding blue spectrum coverage
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 4.49 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 48.03 x 2.64 x 1.02 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 14517
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 14517 Final Thoughts

"I am loving it so far!"

I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. We just run the bright lights during the day.

Overall Score
4.6


(108 Points)

4. Fluval AQUASKY 2.0 LED Aquarium Light 15-24"

User Ratings: 86 3

Fluval First Impressions

"Hope it lasts."

I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! This light has some great intensity to it. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap.

  • Fluval AQUASKY 2.0 LED Aquarium Light 15-24"
  • Operated exclusively via mobile app
  • Larger Touch-Switch surface and design offers stable control without any fuss
  • Allows you co control the red, green, blue and super bright white LEDs individually
  • Wider coverage – each individual LED casts 120° of illumination for wider, uniform lighting without dead spots
  • Multiple weather effects – from stormy lightning to dense cloud cover, recreate seasonal systems from the world’s great fish habitats
  • Manufacture: Hagen
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval
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Fluval Final Thoughts

"Good build quality."

Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. This light has some great intensity to it. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply.

Overall Score
4.7


(104 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Fluval Aquarium Lights

5. Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0 Bluetooth LED Strip Light 15-24", 22 Watts

User Ratings: 85

Fluval First Impressions

"So we used tape."

The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light.

  • Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0 Bluetooth LED Strip Light 15-24", 22 Watts
  • Features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night)
  • Includes six unique band waves for full spectrum results
  • Includes optional pre-set habitat light configurations like Lake Malawi, Tropical, and Planted
  • Manufacture: Hagen
  • Material: Plastic, Metal
  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval
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  • Value For Money
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Fluval Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. They did well enough during the time I had them. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted.

Overall Score
4.8


(35 Points)

6. Chihiros C2 Full Spectrum Dimmable Aquarium LED Light with Bluetooth Controller Built-in, Suitable f...

User Ratings: 90 4

CHIHIROS AQUATIC STUDIO First Impressions

"BUYER BE WARE."

My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived.

  • Chihiros C2 Full Spectrum Dimmable Aquarium LED Light with Bluetooth Controller Built-in, Suitable for Terrariums, Paludariums, and Nano Tanks Up to 18inch in Length
  • CHIHIROS C SERIES VERSION 2.0 FULL SPECTRUM LED LIGHT. 16 watt, 1500 lumen, 60LEDs 8000k white light. This light produces strong white light that closely matches our natural sunlight. The light gives off that amazing shimmering underwater effect therefore enhancing the beauty of the plants and critters inside the tank
  • FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE ‘MY CHIHIROS” PHONE APP. The C2 has Bluetooth capability built-in. One can turn the light ON and OFF, and adjust the brightness from 10% to 100%. The easy-to-follow ramping up and down features mimic the natural sunrise and sunset light waves
  • LIGHT FIXTURE COMES WITH ADJUSTABLE MOUNTING BRACKET FOR EASY ARM ADJUSTMENT. The bracket is designed to work on 8mm or thinner glass. The arms can rotate 360 degrees
  • CLASS 1 APPEREANCE AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY. Beautiful design and elegant look. The lamp is made of aluminum alloy and is coated with frosted and rust-proof material. The screws on the glass side are coated with soft silicone. The power cables are completely hidden inside the body of the lamp
  • WARRANTY AND ATTENTIONS! waterproof IP54, heat dissipation design, 1 year warranty and friendly customer service. NOT for saltwater use. NOT for rimed tank.
  • Suit for: 7.8-17.8inch(20-45cm) long rimless tanks with glass thickness no greater than 8 mm
  • Led Count: 60 pieces
  • Brightness: 1500 lm
  • Manufacture: CHIHIROS AQUATIC STUDIO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CHIHIROS AQUATIC STUDIO
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CHIHIROS AQUATIC STUDIO Final Thoughts

"Except the programming."

They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. I'm very happy with the light performance. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. For the price these lights are incredible. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. We just run the bright lights during the day.

Overall Score
4.8


(41 Points)

7. MingDak Aquarium Air Bubble Light,Aquarium Air Bubbler Decorations,Volcano Ornament/LED Air Stone ...

User Ratings: 59 8

MingDak First Impressions

"I'm very pleased."

My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. I'm very happy with the light performance. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Trust me u will not be disappointed! Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck.

  • MingDak Aquarium Air Bubble Light,Aquarium Air Bubbler Decorations,Volcano Ornament/LED Air Stone Light for Fish Tank
  • Package Included: Air Stone Disk Round with 3 suction cup, 3/16 inch air tube and power adapter.Not Included Air Pump
  • Bubble Disk: Built-in air stone supplies more tiny air bubbles which can increase dissolved oxygen rate
  • Color-Changing Light: Auto Slowly changing colors one by one. It is a beautiful decoration in your fish tank.(NO REMOTE INCLUDED)
  • Color-Changing Light: Auto Slowly changing colors one by one. It is a beautiful decoration in your fish tank.
  • Suitable for most aquariums, fish tanks, pools and other similar occasions. CAN'T WORK WITH REMOTE
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. Suprized how well it lights up this tank.

Overall Score
4.1


(558 Points)

8. 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
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  • Value For Money
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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)

9. Aquaneat LED Aquarium Light Color Adjustable 12" 20" 24" Fish Tank Light Marine FOWLR Blue and White...

User Ratings: 63 5

AQUANEAT First Impressions

"I'm very pleased."

They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light.

  • Aquaneat LED Aquarium Light Color Adjustable 12" 20" 24" Fish Tank Light Marine FOWLR Blue and White
  • Color adjustable with 3 group of LED lights, each group can be turned on and off separately
  • Group 1: only 26 pcs white lights on if you do not like blueish tank; Group 2: 3 blue lights on for night mode; Group 3: another 3 blue lights on
  • There are totally 7 combinations you can set to meet all your need. With the design which blue and white can be controlled separately, you can adjust the color of your tank. If you want more blue, turn on all the blue lights.
  • Fits aquarium tank from 11" to 14" in length with adjustable mounting brackets
  • Suitable for Fresh Water Tank: bright, energy efficient and long lasting full spectrum LEDs emit enough light for your fresh water fish. NOTE: KEEP THE LIGHT AWAY FROM THE SPLASHING WATER
  • Manufacture: AQUANEAT
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUANEAT
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AQUANEAT Final Thoughts

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

It's not too bright and not too dim. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. This light is amazing, especially for the price. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for.

Overall Score
4.3


(221 Points)

10. LEMONBEST Super bright 24 LEDs Aquarium Lamp Fish Tank Stainless Steel Tube Flexible Clamp Clip LED ...

User Ratings: 73 5

LemonBest First Impressions

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

My only complaint is the missing seal. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in.

  • LEMONBEST Super bright 24 LEDs Aquarium Lamp Fish Tank Stainless Steel Tube Flexible Clamp Clip LED light Flood downlight
  • Input Voltage: AC 100-240V 50/60Hz.;3 Modes: Only blue light on, all white & blue light on and power off
  • Works for rimless, glass only tanks; Can stuck the thickness around 1CM, thickness of general aquariums is between 0.5-0.7CM
  • Stainless steel bending tube, 135 mm long and can rotate 360 ¡ã
  • Ul modelling and you can easily adjust the tightness.
  • Used for aquarium, fish tank, lighting and other similar occasions.
  • Manufacture: Lemonbest
  • Part Number: PD-19749
  • Material: Steel
  • Item Weight: 6.7 ounces
  • Color: Black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LemonBest
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LemonBest Final Thoughts

"The color looks great."

Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it.

Overall Score
4.4


(101 Points)

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