Editor's Choice - Our Favorite MQ Aquarium Lights

1. MQ 8-20 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, IP68 ...

User Ratings: 68 5

MQ First Impressions

"But I didn't need them."

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I'm very happy with the light performance. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. For the price these lights are incredible. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade.

  • MQ 8-20 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, IP68 Crystal Glass LED Lights Bar, for Fish Tank 10-35 inch
  • Colorful Visual Effect- 24 keys controller can provide 16 colors and 4 modes (smooth/flash/strobe/fade) for your fish tank. Multi Color Changing LED Lamp gives bright light effects and a totally different vision.
  • Lighting Brightness Adjustable - Two buttons (Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote used to adjust the brightness for this light. It can make your fish tank a colorful landscape.
  • Energy saving - 5050 LED lights chip make the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others. 5050 SMD lamps are safe, low heat and long-lasting. Can be widely used in fish tank, turtle tank, reptile tank, pond and so on.
  • IP68 Waterproof – The fish tank light can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. 2 Strong Suction Cups allow you to fix the submersible fish tank light to the specific place as you wish.
  • Safety Design - With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • Waterproof: IP68 Waterproof for the LED bar
  • Light Color: 16 color with 4 modes
  • LED Light Type: 5050
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
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MQ Final Thoughts

" just in case."

You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. Now thanks to this light they are not only surviving but thriving also. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.4


(684 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated MQ Aquarium Lights

2. MQ 8-24 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Newest 240° Angle Underwater LED Light, Color Changing w...

User Ratings: 64 8

MQ First Impressions

"The color looks great."

Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying.

  • MQ 8-24 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Newest 240° Angle Underwater LED Light, Color Changing with Remote Control, 5050 RGB LED Fish Tank Light, 9.3-13W, for Fish Tank 9-30 inch
  • 240° Wide-angle Lighting - This LED light for fish tank is made of double row beads, 240°Angle irradiation range for fish tank. The irradiation range is wider and brighter, and the corner of the fish tank is also clear. Provide a perfect living environment for your fish and plants.
  • Colorful Visual Effect - 24 keys controller can provide 16 colors and 4 modes for your fish tank. Intelligent switching, intelligent remote control. Multi Color Changing LED Lamp gives bright light effects and a totally different vision.
  • Energy Saving - 5050 LED lights chip make the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others. 5050 RGB four core lamp beads are safe, low heat and long-lasting. Can be widely used in fish tank, turtle tank, reptile tank, pond and so on.
  • Safety Design - The streamlined housing design and the heat-dissipating aluminum alloy groove make it have better heat dissipation, as well as the humanized power line separation design. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • IP68 Waterproof – The fish tank light can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. 2 Strong Suction Cups allow you to fix the submersible fish tank light to the specific place as you wish.
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
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MQ Final Thoughts

"So we used tape."

I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible.

Overall Score
4.3


(126 Points)

3. MQ RGB Aquarium Light, LED Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 24/7 Automated Planted Plus Aqu...

User Ratings: 64 4

MQ First Impressions

"Definitely submersible."

Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. This lights had the reviews i was looking for.

  • MQ RGB Aquarium Light, LED Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 24/7 Automated Planted Plus Aquarium Light with Remote Controller
  • Perfectly Imitable: This Fish Tank Light can gradually mimics the effect of a slow sunrise, bright daylight and gentle sunset, providing your animals with a natural lighting cycle
  • Multiple Weather Setting: Multiple weather effects including cloudy, lightning, sunny and moonlight. Power: 7W, Input: AC 100-240V. Numbers of LED Lights: 36 (24 White + 12RGB) Power Cable Length: 6.56ft(2m)
  • Adjustable Light: With RGB and white lights, 4 color changing and brightness adjustable are perfect for strong plant growth while bringing vivid colors and can create an amazing atmosphere for fish, inverts, live rock and corals
  • Multi-Mode: The infrared equipped remotes easily allows the fixture to enter a hands free 24/7 auto cycle mode, activate weather modes and customize your own colors mode
  • Easy Installation: Extendable brackets allows this LED light to fit most aquarium fish tanks 12-20 inches wide. Can be used over a glass aquarium cover or panel. (Each side can be extended to extra 12cm/4.7in.)
  • Light Color: White and RGB
  • LED Light Type: 2835 and 5050
  • Light Length: 12in(30cm)
  • Manufacture: MQ
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MQ
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MQ Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. 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. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase.

Overall Score
4.3


(73 Points)

4. Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (120cm - 48")

User Ratings: 72 5

Beamswork First Impressions

"No remote."

I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! Overall build quality is really good. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (120cm - 48")
  • LEDs: 54x 0.50W (2500 lumen)
  • Config: 37x 10000K, 9x Actinic 460nm, 4x Red 620nm, 4x Green 520nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Part Number: 9705865
  • Item Weight: 4.49 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 47.5 x 5.25 x 1 inches
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
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Beamswork Final Thoughts

"Seems to be well made."

The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. It's not too bright and not too dim. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. For the price these lights are incredible. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired.

Overall Score
4.4


(639 Points)

5. 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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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)

6. 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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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)

7. Bozily Coral Reef Light 168W Dimmable Full Spectrum LED Aquarium Light with 168 LEDs /Intelligent Co...

User Ratings: 73 13

Bozily First Impressions

"5 inch units."

This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. This is another awsome product from hygger. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap.

  • Bozily Coral Reef Light 168W Dimmable Full Spectrum LED Aquarium Light with 168 LEDs /Intelligent Cooling System /Daisy Chain for Grow Coral Reef Marine Fish Tank LPS/SPS[Freshwater & Saltwater]
  • 【Sunset & Sunrise Dimmer Modes】Both Blue Channel and White Channel can be adjusted uniformly from 0%-100% to meet different needs of your corals, reef and fish (freshwater & saltwater), which promotes the growth of any SPS and LPS flourished under it. You can turn on the blue and white channel at the same time, or turn them on separately, these two channels are controlled independently
  • 【Perfect Sunlight Effects】 Professional LED Lens with transmittance to be 30% higher than ordinary lens by converging lighting beams enables lights to reach as deep as 40 inch (1 meter) into tanks with few loss of luminous energy. 90 degree and 3-layer reflector cup creat a super spotlight effect, which will provide more efficient light to your Coral, Reef, Marine Fish,and PAR value is able to increase by 50%
  • 【Intelligent Cooling System&Noise Control】we add a small heatsink in each chip,perfect for Heat Dissipation.it comes with two built-in fans,Once the temperature Reaches 113℉/45℃,the fans will auto work, while lower than 113℉/45℃, they'll auto stop working. Noise is controlled to a minimum ,You even can’t hear any noises when working. We use two temperature detection chips, don’t worry about our Intelligent Cooling System
  • 【Daisy Chain】:One light comes with power cords that are used for power and daisy chain, easy to connect to more Aquarium lights with only a wall outlet(as image showing). We suggest connecting no more than 4pcs LED Aquarium lights together when daisy chained
  • 【Quality Products&Great Servcie】Bozily Aquarium lights have been certified by FCC, CE, ROHS . We provide 18-Months warranty & 30 days money back. If more questions, pls feel free to contact us.
  • 1 X Bozily Aquarium Light
  • 1 X US Plug power cord
  • 1 X Hanging Hook Kit
  • Manufacture: Bozily
  • Item Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Bozily
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Bozily Final Thoughts

"I am loving it so far!"

My main display has been running with ecotech radions. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother.

Overall Score
4.3


(41 Points)

8. Finnex Stingray 2 Aquarium LED Light

User Ratings: 83 3

Finnex FL-48 First Impressions

"Pretty easy to program."

I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. I'm very happy with the light performance. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired.

  • Finnex Stingray 2 Aquarium LED Light
  • 48" Pencil thin multi Color LED Fixture
  • (112) 7000K + (16) actinic Blue LEDs + (16) 660Nm RED LEDs
  • Tri-color blend to promote and showcase inhabitants
  • 3 position switch +moonlights
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 46.5 x 2.75 x 1 inches; 2.75 Pounds
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Finnex FL-48 Final Thoughts

"I love this light."

It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels.

Overall Score
4.7


(289 Points)

9. Aquarium Lights [Mingdak] LED Fish Tank Hood Light for Freshwater and Saltwater, Universal Extendabl...

User Ratings: 66 9

MingDak First Impressions

"I would recommend buying!"

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. This is another awsome product from hygger. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

  • Aquarium Lights [Mingdak] LED Fish Tank Hood Light for Freshwater and Saltwater, Universal Extendable Stands, 36 LEDs,11-inch,Lighting Color White and Blue
  • Super bright, energy efficient and long lasting LEDs Brighter than one fluorescent tube fixture
  • Aasy-to-install LED light fixture with adjustable mounting legs which fit your aquarium tank from 11 inches to 19 inches
  • Two lighting modes:White & Blue light on for the daylight and only blue light on for the nightlight
  • Meets most of the basic requirements of a freshwater/saltwater tank for purpose of keeping fish happy
  • Provide the ultimate opportunity to create a realistic underwater home-aquarium environment
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Part Number: 9706004
  • Item Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.94 x 1.97 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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  • Value For Money
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"100% recommend!"

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

Overall Score
4.3


(243 Points)

10. zision Aquarium Bubble Light 18" Fish Tank Lamp Diving Remote Control RGB Submersible LED Air Glofis...

User Ratings: 53 9

zision First Impressions

"I really like this light."

I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me. It's not too bright and not too dim. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted.

  • zision Aquarium Bubble Light 18" Fish Tank Lamp Diving Remote Control RGB Submersible LED Air Glofish Essential for Seawater and Freshwater
  • 2 IN 1//, Aquarium Light and Aquarium oxygen charge! Pay for one item and get two functions!
  • 16 COLOR MULTIPLY 4 MODES//Cooperate with the artistic bubble wall, create a fantastic underwater world in your own fish tank! Both beautiful and practical!
  • REMOTE CONTROL//Powerful and convenient remote control,change the colors and modes without touching the light!
  • SUCTION CUP//With excellent workmanship, the 2 suction cup makes it easy to fixed and move/remove.
  • IP68 WATERPROOF,LONG LAST QUALITY//High level of waterproof and dustproof give this product a safe guarantee to work both in seawater and freshwater. And this is why we dare to say our product is a 1-year free replacement and 3-years free repair guaranteed!
  • High-quality SMD beads, good brightness, and long service life, The body of the lamp can be completely submersible.
  • Dedicated power design, energy saving, comes with an infrared remote control and an integrative external switch. With the remote control, the light can switch between 16 colors multiply by four modes!
  • Telescopic rod suction cup design which will help the product fixed well on any smooth surface. Suitable for both freshwater and sea water.
  • Manufacture: zision
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.47 x 1.18 inches; 14.39 Ounces
  • Batteries: 1 CR123A batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The zision
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zision Final Thoughts

"Pretty easy to program."

The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. This light is even better than I expected! This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light.

Overall Score
4.0


(78 Points)

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