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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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)

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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. Current USA Orbit Marine IC LED Reef Aquarium Light | 24 Hour IR Lighting & Wave Pump Control | Adju...

User Ratings: 66 8

Current USA 4105 First Impressions

"I love it."

It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. It's not too bright and not too dim. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade.

  • Current USA Orbit Marine IC LED Reef Aquarium Light | 24 Hour IR Lighting & Wave Pump Control | Adjustable Color Spectrum
  • FULL SPECTRUM- Producing eye-popping color and amazing color rendition, full spectrum control allows you to create the perfect color spectra for your reef. A powerful blend of Dual Actinic blue 445nm/460nm, Dual Daylight white 6,700K/10,000K and RGB LEDs combined with 90° spherical optical lenses delivers the perfect blend of light for strong coral growth and amazing fluorescence.
  • NEW TECHNOLOGY- The new Orbit Marine IC LED brings your aquarium to life in an entirely new way. Delivering brilliant color and brightness, it’s capable of things never seen before in an aquarium light. From watching clouds gently roll across your reef to producing surging water currents and pulsing waves, it completely changes your aquarium experience.
  • 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; 2.3 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4105
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Current USA 4105 Final Thoughts

"100% recommend!"

‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first.

Overall Score
4.3


(227 Points)

7. Aqueon Fluorescent Strip Light, 24-Inch

User Ratings: 58 12

Aqueon 158083 First Impressions

"Love this light!"

If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. This is another awsome product from hygger. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. My main display has been running with ecotech radions.

  • Aqueon Fluorescent Strip Light, 24-Inch
  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
  • These are exact strip-light replacements for Full Hoods
  • 24-Inch Black
  • Manufacture: TopDawg Pet Supply
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.02 x 0.02 inches; 0.32 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 158083
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Aqueon 158083 Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light.

Overall Score
4.1


(76 Points)

8. Vanja LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Under Water Light with External Controller for Fish Tank

User Ratings: 61

Vanja Y-01 First Impressions

"Super bright!"

Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. For the price these lights are incredible.

  • Vanja LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Under Water Light with External Controller for Fish Tank
  • [Colorful Visual Effects]: This fish tank light can provide your fish tank with 16 colors and 4 dynamic lighting modes (lighting / flash / twinkle / single light slow brighten).
  • [Remote Control]: With memory function, you can choose the modes freely within 5m(please hold the remote control focus on the receiver), use the remote control to select a color. When using the remote control to turn off the light and then turn on the light, the light color is still used one last time.
  • [Lighting Brightness Adjustable]: You can use the two buttons (up/down) on the upper left corner of the remote control to customize the lighting brightness, provide you with more possibilities.
  • [Easy to install]: 2 powerful suction cups allow you to fix the diving fish tank light to a specific location in the fish tank or aquarium as needed.
  • [Attention]: Due to the long shipping time, please carefully check whether the bulb is in good condition after receiving the package. If there is any damage or crack, please contact us by email.
  • Manufacture: Vanja
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Vanja Y-01
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  • Value For Money
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Vanja Y-01 Final Thoughts

"It turns everything blue."

I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up.

Overall Score
4.2


(3 Points)

9. NICREW SkyLED Aquarium Light Planted Tanks, Full Spectrum Freshwater Fish Tank Light

User Ratings: 77 5

NICREW First Impressions

"Pretty easy to program."

I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service.

  • NICREW SkyLED Aquarium Light Planted Tanks, Full Spectrum Freshwater Fish Tank Light
  • 6500K white LEDs and full spectrum RGB LEDs promote and support low-to-mid light level plant growth
  • Improved in-line switch to reduce light damage by preventing moisture
  • Extendable mounting brackets allow easy installation on a variety of aquarium widths
  • LED strip light with independent White and RGB LED control
  • A glass or acrylic canopy is highly recommended to extend the life of the unit by preventing moisture from affecting it
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
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  • Value For Money
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NICREW Final Thoughts

"Very nice light."

This lights had the reviews i was looking for. I'm very happy with the light performance. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. Also note this is an initial impression review.

Overall Score
4.5


(646 Points)

10. All Glass Aquarium AAG25920 Fluorescent Strip Light, 20-Inch

User Ratings: 60 10

All Glass Aquariums 15905259200 First Impressions

" just in case."

What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. I added a moon light separately and all is good. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • All Glass Aquarium AAG25920 Fluorescent Strip Light, 20-Inch
  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
  • These are exact strip-light replacements for Full Hoods
  • 20-Inch Black
  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
  • These are exact strip-light replacements for Full Hoods
  • 20-Inch Black
  • All-Glass Strip-Lights are used with Versa-Tops for proper aquarium lighting
  • These are exact strip-light replacements for Full Hoods
  • Manufacture: Allen's Bookshop
  • Editor's Impressions Of The All Glass Aquariums 15905259200
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All Glass Aquariums 15905259200 Final Thoughts

"Vibrant colors."

The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. This light is even better than I expected!

Overall Score
4.1


(151 Points)

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