Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Full Spectrum Aquarium Lights

1. 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
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  • 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Full Spectrum Aquarium Lights

2. NICREW ClassicLED Plus Planted Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum LED Fish Tank Light for Freshwater Plan...

User Ratings: 81 2

NICREW N10372 First Impressions

"Then it'll be 10 stars."

Suprized how well it lights up this tank. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. There IS a purple hue to this fixture. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price.

  • NICREW ClassicLED Plus Planted Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum LED Fish Tank Light for Freshwater Plants
  • Aluminum alloy shell is stylish and incredibly durable; energy-efficient LED lighting to extend the operational life span
  • The full-spectrum array combines white, blue, red and green LEDs to be brighter than the most lights, producing a fine-tuned color spectrum for aquatic plants
  • Adjustable docking mounts provide an easy way for quick adaptability to fit both rimless and framed aquariums length 18 - 24 inch
  • Ideal for freshwater or saltwater fish and medium-high light level plants
  • This product is recommended for use over glass or acrylic canopy-covered aquariums
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Product Dimensions: 17.52 x 4.57 x 2.52 inches; 1.54 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N10372
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW N10372 Final Thoughts

"So we used tape."

Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. I added a moon light separately and all is good. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in.

Overall Score
4.7


(3801 Points)

3. Current USA Orbit Marine LED Light | with Loop IR Controller for Wireless Lighting & Wave Pump Contr...

User Ratings: 67 8

Current USA 4101 First Impressions

"I love this light."

‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. It's not too bright and not too dim. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price.

  • Current USA Orbit Marine LED Light | with Loop IR Controller for Wireless Lighting & Wave Pump Control
  • BRIGHTER, MORE COLORS- Your aquarium is full of spectacular colors, why not bring them all to life. Introducing the new Orbit Marine LED. Now packed with even more ultra-bright LEDs in a far wider color spectrum, it will make your corals and fish look even more spectacular. And it’s now in the LOOP, providing both light and pump control, taking your aquarium experience to a whole new level.
  • SUPER COLOR- Producing eye-popping color rendition and brilliant shimmer effects, the Orbit Marine produces a limitless number of color spectrums. A higher ratio of actinic blue spectrum LEDs balanced with full spectrum creates the perfect color combination for fish, inverts, live rock and corals to fluoresce and look amazing. Wide angle dispersion lenses evenly spread light over your entire tank while ensuring superior color blending.
  • 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; 2.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4101
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Current USA 4101 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. The entire process took only a few days. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine.

Overall Score
4.3


(1954 Points)

4. Finnex Planted+ 24/7 LED Klc Aquarium LED Light, Automated Full Spectrum Fish Tank Light, 46.5-48"

User Ratings: 65 11

Finnex KL-C48A First Impressions

"5 inch units."

I added a moon light separately and all is good. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. It's not too bright and not too dim. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all.

  • Finnex Planted+ 24/7 LED Klc Aquarium LED Light, Automated Full Spectrum Fish Tank Light, 46.5-48"
  • True customizable sunrise & Sunset effect W/ Controller
  • Hands free: simulating fire Red sunrise to blue starry night
  • 7K/multi-color blend for Plant Growth
  • Sleek designed built in sensor +water resistant LED coating
  • Four Customizable color channels, Dimmable, weather modes
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Item Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 46.5 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Batteries: 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex KL-C48A
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Finnex KL-C48A Final Thoughts

"It turns everything blue."

As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. My only complaint is the missing seal. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. This light has some great intensity to it.

Overall Score
4.2


(1634 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Full Spectrum Aquarium Lights

5. COVOART LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light RGB Color Underwater Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lig...

User Ratings: 71 7

COVOART AERLING-34691154 First Impressions

"The brackets work nicely."

For the price these lights are incredible. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER!

  • COVOART LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light RGB Color Underwater Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lights
  • Ultra bright and full spectrum RGB LEDs for showing vivid colors of aquatic plants and fish, can make your fish tank a colorful landscape. Ultra-bright SMD 5050 LEDs, which makes the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others.
  • Excellent sealed design. The tank light 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.
  • Equipped with memory. The light fixture can remembers last saved settings. The fixture interacts with the controller via an IR sensor.
  • Multiple colors & multiple lighting modes. Multi-color Remote Controller of the led aquarium light offers 16 solid colors and 4 various light modes: Flash, Strobe, Fade, Smooth.
  • Manufacture: COVOART
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 1 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The COVOART AERLING-34691154
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

COVOART AERLING-34691154 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. This light has some great intensity to it. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother.

Overall Score
4.4


(1327 Points)

6. MingDak LED Aquarium Plant Light - Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Aquarium Lighting for Fresh...

User Ratings: 75 3

MingDak First Impressions

"Hope it lasts."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. The entire process took only a few days. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers.

  • MingDak LED Aquarium Plant Light - Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Aquarium Lighting for Freshwater,White Blue Red Combine LEDs
  • FULL SPECTRUM: The 6500K natural light with the dedicated white, blue and red diodes has just the wavelengths which are the most conducive to plant growth. Not include extraneous colors such as green, orange, pink, etc. which grow algae.
  • BRIGHTER & MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT:With more leds , higher lumens stronger illuminance,but lower energy consumption,this light for 18 inch to 24 inch fish tank has 64 leds ,1000 lumens, 3335lux illuminance at 12'', energy consume 11W.
  • BRIGHTNESS ADJUST & TIME SETTING: This led aquarium light with an external multi-function controller which can be adjust the light brightness from 100% to 10%, also can be set the lighting time to 3, 6 or 12 hours.
  • 3 LIGHT MODES: White+Blue+red LEDS on,white+red LEDS on and only blue LEDS on. It is not only create a light that mimics the natural underwater effect of sunlight, but also allow for aquarium night time enjoyment.
  • BEAUTIFUL & FUNCTIONAL:Aluminum housing which is slim and sturdy;Adjustable mounting legs can expand from 18 inch to 24 inch,sutable for most tanks with cover or no, with rims or rimless.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Product Dimensions: 15.74 x 2.95 x 0.43 inches; 1.1 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak Final Thoughts

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. 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. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks.

Overall Score
4.5


(1032 Points)

7. MLJ LED Aquarium Light, 7-44 Inch Waterproof Fish Light White with Blue, RGB Underwater Lamp Submers...

User Ratings: 71 5

MLJ First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. 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. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly.

  • MLJ LED Aquarium Light, 7-44 Inch Waterproof Fish Light White with Blue, RGB Underwater Lamp Submersible LED Light for Fish Tank
  • Waterproof--With waterproof IP68 rating, this LED light Bar could be submerged entirely under or above the water.
  • Multi-size--7-44 Inch, we offer different size for different fish tank type. Can be widely used in fish tanks, cisterns, rockeries, pet cages and others. Bright LED Bar can make your tank look like part of oceans, and your fish and reptiles seen where they're swimming or moving.
  • RGB Light--Up graded RGB light beads brighter than others, long life span and energy saving. Ultra bright and full spectrum RGB LEDs for showing vivid colors of aquatic plants and fish, can make your fish tank like a colorful landscape.
  • 24 Buttons RGB Remote Control for Color Changing-- You can choose between 2 flashing modes (slow flashing and fast flashing), 16 different colors and 4 flash modes (Flash / Strobe / Fade / Smooth) to create a charming atmosphere in the aquarium. If you are using the remote control for the first time, please remove the insulating foil and install a suitable button battery.
  • Easy to Use-- Firm suction cup is comfortable and essential. Rubber protective cap to prevent collision and damage. Made of a highly transparent and explosion-proof acrylic lampshade, it is durable and easy to clean. With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish.
  • Manufacture: MLJ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MLJ
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MLJ Final Thoughts

"Looks great."

Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. The entire process took only a few days.

Overall Score
4.4


(1025 Points)

8. Lominie LED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank Light for Coral, Reef, Plan...

User Ratings: 61 10

Lominie Asta 20 First Impressions

"Took off 4 stars."

It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! Trust me u will not be disappointed! So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish.

  • Lominie LED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank Light for Coral, Reef, Planted Nano Aquarium Tank
  • ADJUSTMENT SYSTERM: Manual dimmer switch to dim the light from 0% to max. 360° adjustable rustproof gooseneck, the clamp is wide enough for 25mm thick glass, plastic screws won’t scratch the tank glass
  • SUPERIOR CRI: COB LED provides equally-distributed illumination, strong penetrability, energy efficient and slim body to produce amazing illumination effect for planted tank.
  • SOLID ALUMINUM HOUSING: Diameter 2.7 inches/7.0cm, suitable for 8"~18"(45 cm) long tank. Default 180 optical lens, plus an optional 60 degree lens for narrower tank; Excellent for freshwater and planted aquarium setups.
  • HEAT DISSIPATION: Asta 20 aquarium led lamp uses quality aluminum cold forging heat sink, efficient cooling system to extend the lifespan of the LEDs.
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE: 12 months long-time friendly service for any trouble of our lights. Welcome to ask any questions of light, we will do our best to help you.
  • Asta F20 aquarium led lamp uses quality aluminum cold forging heat sink, efficient cooling system to extend the lifespan of the LEDs. The casing will get a bit hot after working for a while, but the temperature is within normal range.
  • Color: Cold White
  • Suitable Tank Size: 8"~18" cube tank
  • Manufacture: KOTO
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lominie Asta 20
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Lominie Asta 20 Final Thoughts

"I did not."

So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank.

Overall Score
4.1


(862 Points)

9. VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Dimmable 165W 300W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Grow Coral Reef M...

User Ratings: 75 4

VIPARSPECTRA First Impressions

"I did not."

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. 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. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. This light is even better than I expected!

  • VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Dimmable 165W 300W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Grow Coral Reef Marine Fish Tank LPS/SPS
  • VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Series V165 LED Aquarium Light is scientifically engineered to keep the balance of the PAR output and coverage.
  • Internal timer allows you to turn the light on or off automatically and separately. Dimmable feature can be used to adjust two channels brightness individually.
  • V165 is full spectrum with our proprietary layout, which is contributed by thousands of ReefCentral members, has had years of success.
  • Suitable for all photosynthetic corals, be sure to acclimate your tank or new corals to the new light by slowing increasing its exposure/intensity to the light.
  • 1 year local warranty plus 30 days satisfaction or return guarantee.
  • Full spectrum that mimic natural light to help corals/fish achieve the best balance.
  • Built-in-Timer with two on/off settings one for blue and the other one for white.
  • Two channels brightness can be adjusted from 0% to 100% separately.
  • Manufacture: VIPARSPECTRA
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 8.5 x 2.4 inches; 9.3 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 Product Specific batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIPARSPECTRA
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VIPARSPECTRA Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

Just got this light today, and WOW! It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me.

Overall Score
4.5


(846 Points)

10. NICREW RGB Plus Aquarium Light, Freshwater Aquarium LED Light with Remote Controller, 24/7 Automated...

User Ratings: 62 11

NICREW First Impressions

"Very bright."

Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. For the price these lights are incredible.

  • NICREW RGB Plus Aquarium Light, Freshwater Aquarium LED Light with Remote Controller, 24/7 Automated Aquarium Light
  • Gradually mimics the effect of a slow sunrise, bright daylight and gentle sunset, providing your animals with a natural lighting cycle
  • Multiple weather effects including cloud cover and lightning storms
  • Adjustable full spectrum of this light is perfect for strong plant growth while producing vivid colors
  • 4 separate memory slots allowing users to save and access their custom colors and intensities
  • The infrared equipped remotes easily allows the fixture to enter a hands free 24/7 mode, activate weather modes and customize your own colors mode
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. This light has some great intensity to it. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral.

Overall Score
4.1


(825 Points)

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