Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Fresh Water Aquarium Lights

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Fresh Water Aquarium Lights

2. Honpal LED Aquarium Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs,Fish Tank Light for Fresh Wa...

User Ratings: 67 7

Honpal First Impressions

"Then the bars slide out."

We just run the bright lights during the day. Also note this is an initial impression review. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. This light is amazing, especially for the price. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great.

  • Honpal LED Aquarium Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs,Fish Tank Light for Fresh Water and Salt Water
  • Energy efficient and high quality LEDs. 7.5W,42 LEDs(39 White Light+3 Blue Light)
  • Black shell with adjustable metal brackets to fit aquarium tank from 11.5 inches to 19.6 inches.
  • Two lighting modes: White+Blue LEDs for daylight and Blue LEDs for nightlight.Ideal for fresh water and seawater.
  • This light is conducive to the growth of aquatic plants.It also can create a special lighting effect and atmosphere for your fish tanks.
  • Three position waterproof design ,white+blue, off and blue.Easy to use, just put it on the top of fish tank and plug into the power.
  • Power: 7.5W
  • Voltage: 100-240v 0.3A 50/60hz
  • Output: DC 12V 1A
  • Manufacture: Honpal
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 4.9 x 0.78 inches; 15.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Honpal
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Honpal Final Thoughts

"Mainly wanted timer."

‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. This is another awsome product from hygger. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day.

Overall Score
4.3


(377 Points)

3. Aquaneat Aquarium Light White and Blue LED 12" 20" 24" 30" 36" 48" Fresh Water Fish Tank Light

User Ratings: 75 3

AQUANEAT First Impressions

"Well worth it I think!"

The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for.

  • Aquaneat Aquarium Light White and Blue LED 12" 20" 24" 30" 36" 48" Fresh Water Fish Tank 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, 36pcs 6500K white LED, 6pcs blue 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

"My cats love it!"

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on.

Overall Score
4.6


(358 Points)

4. 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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  • Value For Money
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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)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Fresh Water Aquarium Lights

5. Marineland Advanced LED Strip Light for Salt & Fresh Water Aquariums

User Ratings: 62 11

MarineLand ML90619 First Impressions

"But I didn't need them."

The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I bought the smaller one without realizing it.

  • Marineland Advanced LED Strip Light for Salt & Fresh Water Aquariums
  • Daylight LED Lamps provides brighter output than two typical fluorescent bulbs
  • Lunar LED Lamps replicate the moon light cycle
  • Integrated timer allows you to control the daytime and lunar settings automatically
  • Adjustable mounting legs for flexibility in 18-24” aquarium widths
  • Energy efficient for up to $50 in annual savings* and up to 5 year lifetime**
  • Refer to the PDF attached below for Manual
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 51.5 x 6.67 x 3.25 inches; 6.42 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand ML90619
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MarineLand ML90619 Final Thoughts

"It worked."

What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. The entire process took only a few days. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Just got this light today, and WOW! 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 Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium.

Overall Score
4.1


(157 Points)

6. Aquarium Lighting LED Fish Tank Hood Light Lamp for Freshwater Saltwater Marine Full Spectrum Blue a...

User Ratings: 83 5

PERSUPER First Impressions

"5 betta tank."

Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Overall build quality is really good. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want.

  • Aquarium Lighting LED Fish Tank Hood Light Lamp for Freshwater Saltwater Marine Full Spectrum Blue and White Decorations Light (11-18IN)
  • Energy Saving & LED Light: super bright, energy-saving, durable LED fish tank light, bring amazing and natural effect to your aquarium, easy to use, external controler, adjust the effect and mode the of fish tank from outside with just a simple click.
  • Water-Proof Hood: ABS black shell with adjustable mounting metal bracket, and it works all great for the tank with the length 11-18 inch.ensures that maximum light output is focused inside the marine aquarium, while five colors of 120-degree dispersion
  • Variable light Modes:Our LED aquarium light are controllable—the user can shift color and intensity throughout the day to simulate dawn and dusk. full spectrum LED fluorescent lightning mode, blue LED luminous lamp multi-color light could be run at the same time, and it coud provide the promising lightning condition both for fresh water and sea water(Cool white light 6000 k-Yellow light 15000k)
  • Better Plant Growth: While fish only aquariums can use basic lighting, our advanced LED aquarium lighting can simulate natural light cycles and weather, producing great output that benefit the plant growth of your fish tank.
  • Built in Adjustable Frame: our absolute maximum light possible while avoiding any heating of the aquatic environment. The adjustable width aquarium frame mounts with extendable brackets to safely support and position the fixture of different tank sizes.
  • Manufacture: PERSUPER
  • Item Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Size: 11-18IN
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PERSUPER
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  • Value For Money
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PERSUPER Final Thoughts

"Love this light!"

It's not too bright and not too dim. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. There IS a purple hue to this fixture. Trust me u will not be disappointed! The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew.

Overall Score
4.6


(30 Points)

7. Number-one LED Aquarium Light, 12V 18.9inch Waterproof Fish Tank Light with Timer Auto On and Off, W...

User Ratings: 85

Number-One First Impressions

"So we used tape."

Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty.

  • Number-one LED Aquarium Light, 12V 18.9inch Waterproof Fish Tank Light with Timer Auto On and Off, White and Blue LED Light Bar Strick for Fish Tank, Adjustable 3 Mode Lights
  • 【Quality and Safe Materials】- The led aquarium light uses a transparent acrylic tube, with a smooth surface, good light transmission, easy to clean, energy saving, long life and low heat. The material is durable and will not cause any pollution. Its operation is a low-voltage DC 12V working voltage, which is safe enough and harmless to people or fish.
  • 【3 Lighting Modes】- The fish tank light has white light, blue light or white blue light, which can make the color of all objects in the tank bright, creating a wonderful aquarium landscape. The color of the light can be enhanced by the switch. It is very suitable for night viewing, excellent night light and water tank illuminator.
  • 【Bult-in Timer】- The fish tank light has built-in timer and 3 timing durations, led fish tank lights will come on and go off at the same time every day and light up for 6 hours,10 hours or 12 hours.No need to buy extra timer.
  • 【IP68 Waterproof】-The three-layer encryption design, the aquarium led light IP68 waterproof, can be completely submerged. Low energy consumption, safe and reliable. Suitable for fresh water, brackish water or brackish water facilities.
  • 【Easy to Use】- This aquarium light is designed with 2 powerful suction cups and a rubber protective cover to prevent collision and damage. Can be installed on fish tanks, aquariums and any container filled with water.
  • Manufacture: Number-one
  • Material: Abs
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Style: Antique
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Number-One
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  • Value For Money
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Number-One Final Thoughts

"Except the programming."

The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank.

Overall Score
4.8


(10 Points)

8. Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, Cliplight

User Ratings: 71 4

Finnex S-48RB First Impressions

"I hope this light lasts."

It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red.

  • Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, Cliplight
  • Lunar Blue Moonlight LEDs
  • Ultimate Planted LED Clip light
  • True 660nm RED LED's, Daylight and Blue LEDs
  • Hood Construction: Aluminum/Plastic
  • Wattage: 5 Watts
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches; 13.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex S-48RB
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Finnex S-48RB Final Thoughts

"I have two reef tanks."

We just run the bright lights during the day. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too.

Overall Score
4.5


(478 Points)

9. Seven Master LED Aquarium Bubble Light Strip Fish Tank Color Changing Lighting with Remote Control &...

Nobranded First Impressions

"I am loving it so far!"

Trust me u will not be disappointed! Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. Now thanks to this light they are not only surviving but thriving also. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service.

  • Seven Master LED Aquarium Bubble Light Strip Fish Tank Color Changing Lighting with Remote Control & Manual Control (8")
  • 【Color Lighting】24 buttons remote controller, 16 colors and 4 modes (flash/strobe/fade/smooth) for your fish tank.Vibrant colors and terrific light make your aquarium have a great visual effect
  • 【Oxygen Aeration】The bubble light provides fresh oxygen for your beloved fish while lighting, creates a beautiful symphony of moving lighted bubbles that enhances any aquarium.(This product is NOT INCULD AIR PUMP, you need to buy an air pump to cooperate with use)
  • 【Adjustable Design】Lighting brightness adjustable and Color change speed adjustable also meet your different requirements, create whatever charming atmosphere you like
  • 【Waterproof Design】This light can fully submersible decorative lighting with built-in air stone.These 2 powerful and removable suction cups can effectively hold the light in place for you. Select the product length according to the size of the fish tank to achieve the best effect
  • 【Dual Control】Remote and manual control design allow you choose the color you like, adjust the brightness and color changing speed you need, turn light on/off on-demand. The remote control should face to the little box receiver while using. If the remote battery needs to be replaced, you can copy the following ASIN code to search CR2032 battery in amazon search bar. The ASIN code: B07GN8ZYZR
  • Manufacture: Nobranded
  • Item Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Power Source: Battery Powered
  • Batteries Included?: Yes
  • Batteries Required?: Yes
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nobranded
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nobranded Final Thoughts

"I love it."

It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. It's not too bright and not too dim. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying.

Overall Score
3.0


(1 Points)

10. LED Aquarium Light, 15 inches Fish Tank Light White Color Underwater Light Submersible Crystal Glass...

User Ratings: 70 6

Clever sprouts First Impressions

"I did not."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting.

  • LED Aquarium Light, 15 inches Fish Tank Light White Color Underwater Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lights
  • Great bright lights for fish tank night viewing,cool White LEDs add a shimmering effect to your reef. Ultra-bright SMD 5050 LEDs, which makes the fish tank light 35% brighter than others.
  • Excellent sealed design. The aquarium lamp is amphibious with IP68 Rating, can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. Two strong suction cup help fix cable firmly in the tank, fitting for aquarium, fish tank, pool, etc.
  • Safety low-voltage design. With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish.
  • Great for night viewing. Great night light and tank illuminator ,cool White LEDs add a shimmering effect to your reef.
  • Wildly use for aquariums, fish tanks, pools and so on.
  • Manufacture: COVO
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 1 inches; 8.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Clever sprouts
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Clever sprouts Final Thoughts

"We don't use that."

I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. It's not too bright and not too dim. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. The entire process took only a few days. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived.

Overall Score
4.4


(580 Points)

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