Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Plant Aquarium Lights

1. NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs

User Ratings: 80 3

NICREW ZJL-60A First Impressions

"- no color control."

As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. I'm very happy with the light performance. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration.

  • NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs
  • Super bright, energy-efficient and long-lasting LEDs promotes healthy, vibrant growth of fish and aquatic plants, to produce brilliant lighting to your aquascape
  • Two lighting modes: White & Blue LEDs for daylight and Blue LEDs only for nightlight, created especially for freshwater aquariums
  • Adjustable metal brackets to fit aquarium tank from 18 inches to 24 inches, light body without adjustable mounting brackets: 16.2 in L x 4 in W
  • Compatible with NICREW Single-channel timer and Single-channel timer Pro, gradually turn the light on to simulate sunrise, and to dim the light to simulate sunset
  • A glass or acrylic canopy is highly recommended to extend the life of the unit by preventing moisture from affecting it
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW ZJL-60A
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NICREW ZJL-60A Final Thoughts

"Except the programming."

Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! Overall build quality is really good. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals.

Overall Score
4.6


(11082 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Plant Aquarium Lights

2. 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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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)

3. 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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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)

4. S SMIFUL LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Waterproof RGB Color Changing Remote Control Underwater...

User Ratings: 68 7

S SMIFUL First Impressions

"No issues out of the box."

You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. Trust me u will not be disappointed!

  • S SMIFUL LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Waterproof RGB Color Changing Remote Control Underwater Submersible LED Lights Strip Background Decorate Glofish Betta Plant Lighting
  • >>> Colorful LED Lights --- Use of 21 RGB LED lights with 16 color 4 modes and controled by wireless remote, can make your fish tank a colorful landscape. 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.
  • >>> Light dim adjustable --- There are two button(Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote to adjust the brightness for this light.
  • >>> Color change speed adjustable --- Choose one of the mode "flash","strobe", "fade" or "smooth", then press the brightness adjust button to rise or down the color changing speed.
  • >>> IP68 Waterproof --- This LED light Bar could be submerged entirely under the water or put it out of the water, but the Power Adapter, Switch and Remote are Non-submersible! This light bar is very easy to attach to the fish tank with 2 suction cups (included), make it very easy to place on fish tank. This item can be put in the bottom of fish tank, on the top of fish tank and any where you want put in the fish tank to decorate your fish tank.
  • >>> Brighter and Safer --- 5050 LED lights chip is 20% brighter and is designed for reliable, long-term performance, energy saving and safe. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • Output: DV 12V
  • Input: AC 100-240V
  • LED Light Type: 5050
  • Manufacture: Smiful
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 1 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The S SMIFUL
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S SMIFUL Final Thoughts

"Using on 37 gal cube."

I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. We just run the bright lights during the day. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer.

Overall Score
4.3


(2125 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Plant Aquarium Lights

5. MingDak Submersible LED Aquarium Light,Fish Tank Light with Timer Auto On/Off, White & Blue LED Ligh...

User Ratings: 73 3

MingDak First Impressions

"What a pain!"

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • MingDak Submersible LED Aquarium Light,Fish Tank Light with Timer Auto On/Off, White & Blue LED Light bar Stick for Fish Tank, 3 Light Modes Dimmable,6W,11 Inch
  • 3 LIGHTING MODES: The white, the bule or the white & blue light brings out the color of everything in tank,creates a wonderful aquascape. It is the best choice for main light, accent light,or replacement aquarium hood light.
  • GOOD FOR PLANT & FISH: Ultra-bright 7000-7500k White LEDs and rich 460nm blue light are sufficient to grow your plant thriving.It also lights your fish in a way that really changes their color to stand out.
  • BUILT-IN TIMER: The fish tank light has built-in timer and 3 timing durations, it 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.
  • BUILT-IN DIMMER: There are 30 super bright leds in the 11 inch fish tank light, if you have over bright issues, you can adjust the brightness with the built-in dimmer for each white light and blue light.
  • WATERPROOF AND EASY TO MOUNT: It is submersible and with moveable suction cups, mount the light on tank bottom or at the top, attach it into the tank any angle or even outside the tank.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Item Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"It does not feel cheap."

That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer.

Overall Score
4.5


(1836 Points)

6. NICREW ClassicLED Gen 2 Aquarium Light, Dimmable LED Fish Tank Light with 2-Channel Control, White a...

User Ratings: 81 3

NICREW N14582 First Impressions

"So far A+ rating."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me.

  • NICREW ClassicLED Gen 2 Aquarium Light, Dimmable LED Fish Tank Light with 2-Channel Control, White and Blue LEDs, High Output
  • The 2nd generation of the ClassicLED aquarium light, more LEDs and 50% brighter
  • With inline LED controller, white and blue LEDs can be operated together or independently, allow you to adjust the light intensity and spectrum for your tank
  • Adjustable mounting brackets to fit rimless or rimmed aquariums from 18 inches to 24 inches in length
  • Ideal for freshwater or saltwater fish-only and low-high light level aquarium plants
  • This product is recommended for use over glass or acrylic canopy-covered aquariums
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW N14582
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NICREW N14582 Final Thoughts

" just in case."

I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. They did well enough during the time I had them. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes.

Overall Score
4.7


(1759 Points)

7. 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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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)

8. 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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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)

9. 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
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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)

10. 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
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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)

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