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
  • Brightness
  • 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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  • Value For Money
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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. 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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  • 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)

7. IREENUO Aquarium LED Light, Full Spectrum Fish Tank Clip on Light with Remote, Color Changing Lighti...

User Ratings: 68 5

IREENUO HDJP-UK-ACL-HY-3030F-UK First Impressions

"Mainly wanted timer."

The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. The entire process took only a few days.

  • IREENUO Aquarium LED Light, Full Spectrum Fish Tank Clip on Light with Remote, Color Changing Lighting for Reef Coral Aquatic Plants and Fish Keeping
  • ECO-LIKE NATURAL LIGHTING: Aquarium fish light comes with a 24-hour Automatic Sunlight Cycle Mode and 4 Weather Effect Modes (Cloudy, Thunder, Sunny, Moon). You can also choose the custom color mode to create a lighting solution tailored to your aquatic plants.
  • SUIT FOR VIRTUALLY ANY TANKS: Adjustable clip-on fish tank light can be clamped on any position of the fish tank wall whose maximum thickness is 0.9 inches (2.3 cm).
  • MAKE YOUR FISH MORE BEAUTIFUL: High-quality lamp bead of IREENUO fish tank light, with excellent color, provides a splendid soft lighting environment for your fish and fish tank landscape, which promotes a better color synthesis of fish scales and help them growing up.
  • HIGHER ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Low power consumption operation promises the security of aquarium lighting. 7W/13W energy-saving LED light allows low power consumption even for a long time working.
  • NOTE: There are two sizes for choice, 11.8*2.6*0.4 in (30*6.5*1 cm) with 7W; 20.5*2.6*0.4 in (52*6.5*1 cm) with 13W. And this aquarium light isnt waterproof, please dont use or put it underwater.
  • Simulate the change of sunlight during the day and automatically change the color to provide the best light for plants growing indoors.
  • Cloudy mode, Lightning mode, Daylight mode, Night mode -- Simulate the change of sunlight in different weather
  • Manufacture: IREENUO
  • Product Dimensions: 11.81 x 2.56 x 0.39 inches; 1.43 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The IREENUO HDJP-UK-ACL-HY-3030F-UK
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IREENUO HDJP-UK-ACL-HY-3030F-UK Final Thoughts

"Its awesome."

I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral.

Overall Score
4.4


(148 Points)

8. 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
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  • Value For Money
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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


(103 Points)

9. Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights

User Ratings: 75 7

Finnex AL-U36WM First Impressions

"The color looks great."

I added a moon light separately and all is good. Just got this light today, and WOW! I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service.

  • Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights
  • Package Weight: 2.499 pounds
  • The package length is 93.98 centimeters
  • The package height is 6.604 centimeters
  • The package width is 7.62 centimeters
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 36 x 2.75 x 1 inches; 1.81 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex AL-U36WM
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  • Value For Money
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Finnex AL-U36WM Final Thoughts

"So far so good!"

I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top.

Overall Score
4.4


(841 Points)

10. Red Sea REEFLED 50 LED Light Fixture and Universal Tank Mount for 14" to 20" Wide Tank with Glass Th...

Red Sea Reefer First Impressions

"Don't buy others."

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. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day.

  • Red Sea REEFLED 50 LED Light Fixture and Universal Tank Mount for 14" to 20" Wide Tank with Glass Thickness of 5/16" to 5/8" (ONLY Rimless OR TRIMLESS Tank) Reef LED
  • Manufacture: Red Sea Reefer
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Red Sea Reefer
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
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Red Sea Reefer Final Thoughts

"5gal tanks."

As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. For the price these lights are incredible. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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