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
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • 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
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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. hygger Full Spectrum Aquarium Light with Aluminum Alloy Shell Extendable Brackets, White Blue Red LE...

User Ratings: 79 3

hygger First Impressions

"It is awsome!"

The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top.

  • hygger Full Spectrum Aquarium Light with Aluminum Alloy Shell Extendable Brackets, White Blue Red LEDs, External Controller, for Freshwater Fish Tank
  • 【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+red LEDS, Red+ 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
  • 【Brightness & Timing】 you can adjust the light brightness from 100% to 10% according to your prefer or the light needs of the plants, 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
  • 【Durable Aquarium Light】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
  • 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
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 2.4 inches; 1.39 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

hygger Final Thoughts

"Well worth it I think!"

Also note this is an initial impression review. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Also note this is an initial impression review.

Overall Score
4.6


(4193 Points)

7. Galapara UV Light Sterilizer Lamp Submersible LED Lights for Aquarium Fish Tank Light Pond Submersib...

User Ratings: 56 18

Galapara First Impressions

"But for a DISPLAY."

Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. This light is even better than I expected! Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers.

  • Galapara UV Light Sterilizer Lamp Submersible LED Lights for Aquarium Fish Tank Light Pond Submersible Ultraviolet Sterilization Water Disinfection AC110-120V ( 13W)
  • 【 WARNING 】 Light Will Kill Fish if don't separate the fish from the lights! Recommended to use this lamp in aquarium filter system.Dear customer, please read the precautions carefully before purchasing or using this product; at the same time, because this product is fragile, please contact us in time if you receive the payment, and we will exchange it for you, wish you a happy life!
  • 【good quality】High quality filament for high performance and energy-saving. Suitable for controlling malignant bacteria in aquarium and fish tank.Adopt explosion proof quartz glass tube for high transmission of ultraviolet ray.
  • 【 Fast Clean 】the UV Light Sterilizer Lamp help to remove the green in the fish tank, pond, make it clear.
  • 【safe】Safe water-proof design for totally submersible use.Powerful suction cups for adjusting position freely.Independent power switch is great for safer use.
  • 【 Warm Tip 】Due to the long transportion, after receiving the parcel, please check carefully whether the bulb is intact, if broken or have any crack mark, please contact our service, we will send new replacement parcel in 24 hours.wish you a happy day!
  • Part Number: UPP0076497587202SS
  • Material: Glass
  • Item Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Galapara
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Galapara Final Thoughts

"10%-100%-10%."

The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for.

Overall Score
3.7


(27 Points)

8. Aquarium Air Bubbler LED Light Aquarium Air Stone Disk Kit Fish Tank Air Bubbler Decoration with 6 C...

User Ratings: 74 11

XY-Firestar First Impressions

"I would recommend buying!"

I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it.

  • Aquarium Air Bubbler LED Light Aquarium Air Stone Disk Kit Fish Tank Air Bubbler Decoration with 6 Color Changing LEDs
  • Supplemental Oxygen: the build-in air stones diffuse air into the fish tank and provide enough oxygen for fish to breathe
  • Colorful Light: 6 auto changing LEDs creating beautiful light into your aquarium, a desire aquarium air bubbler decorations to have
  • Specifications: IP68 waterproof, power 1 watt, voltage 110v, diameter 2.1 inches, LED color: white, blue, yellow, red, green
  • Long Service Life: the fish tank air bubbler light is made from high quality beads, which provide long service life and good brightness to the light, low luminous decay and no flickering
  • Package Included: round air stone disk with suction cup, power adapter, and tube to connect with air pump, pump is not included
  • Manufacture: Firestar Corporation
  • Item Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The XY-Firestar
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

XY-Firestar Final Thoughts

"Best thing I did!"

So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. Trust me u will not be disappointed! Overall a good competitor to Nicrew.

Overall Score
4.4


(22 Points)

9. Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Light for Aquarium

User Ratings: 73 4

Current USA 4008 First Impressions

"No dimmer or timer."

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. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great.

  • Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Light for Aquarium
  • SUPER BRIGHT- 6500k White LEDs and rich 445Nm Blue LED's come together in an amazingly sleek Fixture that's dialed in for freshwater Aquatics like nothing before
  • 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- Sliding docking legs allow quick and easy adjustments for a wide variety of installations. This system also makes adding multiple fixtures a snap.
  • REALISTIC EFFECTS- Beyond the world of white and blue light, the Satellite LED also features effects that mimic real-world aquatic conditions.
  • 30 DAY GUARANTEE-We are so sure you’ll be happy with your purchase that we offer a “30-Day Money-Back Guarantee” to ensure customer satisfaction of our Current USA products. If for any reason you wish to discontinue using the products, we will promptly issue a refund.
  • Manufacture: Current USA
  • Product Dimensions: 46.8 x 3.5 x 0.44 inches; 3.86 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4008
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Current USA 4008 Final Thoughts

"We don't use that."

I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too.

Overall Score
4.5


(1398 Points)

10. 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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


(349 Points)

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