Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Programmable Aquarium Lights

1. Hygger Auto On Off 30-36 Inch LED Aquarium Light Extendable Dimmable 7 Colors Full Spectrum Light Fi...

User Ratings: 66 5

hygger First Impressions

"100% recommend!"

So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me.

  • Hygger Auto On Off 30-36 Inch LED Aquarium Light Extendable Dimmable 7 Colors Full Spectrum Light Fixture for Freshwater Planted Tank Build in Timer Sunrise Sunset
  • Hygger 957 Planted Aquarium Light features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night), auto on and off, to create a optimal condition for your fish and aquatic plants
  • Build-in Timer - The lighting system enables a variety of features such as customizing the intensity and colors of the light, setting up daytime to nighttime schedules, mimics sunrise and sunset, color gradient loop, fine tune lighting schedule, auto on and off, memory function, and much more
  • Sunrise & Sunset Functions - enable the LEDs to be easily programmed to slowly turn on or off in 15-minute which prevents light shock to fish. The white daylight mode blends the white, red, green and blue LEDs together to produce bright light. Moonlight mode provides 6 single-colored ( red, purple, blue, cyan, green, yellow) and 10 levels dimmable options. One programmable preset can save customized color combinations and lighting
  • IP68 Water-Resistant Rating - No need to worry about splashes, or other accidental drops of water. Premium fully encased 1.2mm thick aluminum shell provides more effective heat transfer and protects the device from humidity and water intrusion. No fan. Low voltage DC adapter, safe to use, saving electric bill
  • The 30“ freshwater aquarium LED fixture contains (79) 6500K White, (14) 450-455nm Blue, (8) 620-625nm Red, (7) 520-525nm Green, (36) RGB LED's. 2365 lumens. 6500-10000K. This system has adjustable mounting legs which can be used in aquariums with widths between 30 and 36 inches
  • Restore Factory Default Settings: press up and down button at the same time until " SOP " shows up, unplug the adapter jack. Light will restore to factory default setting and auto turn on at 6:30 am.
  • Daylight light color: white full spectrum light. You cannot choose colors or brightness.
  • Moonlight preset color: blue. You can alter light color.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Item Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Took off 4 stars."

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. This light has some great intensity to it.

Overall Score
4.4


(719 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Programmable Aquarium Lights

2. hygger Aquarium Programmable LED Light, Full Spectrum Plant Fish Tank Light Extendable Brackets with...

User Ratings: 66 6

hygger First Impressions

"So took a chance."

This is another awsome product from hygger. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. For the price these lights are incredible. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too.

  • hygger Aquarium Programmable LED Light, Full Spectrum Plant Fish Tank Light Extendable Brackets with LCD Setting Display, IP68 Waterproof, 7 Colors, 4 Modes for Novices Advanced Players
  • 4 Modes: ①Default Mode. L: All-optical + Blue light(can change); Brightness is simulated sunrise to sunset + night effect. ②DIY Mode. L: All-optical;The brightness(10 kinds) and time (any time) of each stage(8 stages in total) can be set by yourself. ③Gradient Mode. The brightness time cannot be set. Cycle colors-dark blue, green, purple, light blue, yellow, red. ④All-day All-optical Mode.You can fine-tune the color temperature of RGB light, can not set the brightness and time.
  • New Upgrade: IP68 waterproof and easy to clean and wipe, even if it falls into the water, don't worry. The separable adapter, even if it is damaged, no need to replace the light to avoid waste. Power off memory function, after the light resumes work, the time is also real time, no need to set. The extendable bending bracket can be adjusted in length and easy to install, and can be applied to various freshwater tanks. Thicken aluminum to increase heat dissipation efficiency.
  • High-quality Light: the color of the fish tank light is all-optical, dark blue, green, purple, light blue, yellow, red, dark red (sign of the start color cycle mode). The light is soft, the color rendering index is close to natural light, up to 89%, protecting eyes and fish, to refuse the discomfort caused by stroboscopic for fish and viewers. Using high-quality 2835 + 5050 model lamp beads, long service life, at least 50,000 hours. And there are 10 kinds of light brightness can be adjusted.
  • LCD Display Operation: There are four function keys, mode setting / up / down / light setting keys. The main screen mainly displays the real-time local time (optional 12 hours/24 hours), the time is accurate to the second. The following two small screens are program timers, which used to set the start and end time of day and night in mode.
  • Technical Specifications: Aluminum alloy plastic case. ①LIGHT SIZE:45*10*2.2cm. ②APPLICATION: 18~24inch. ③INPUT VOTAGE: AC100-240V. ④OUTPUT VOTAGE:DC15V. ⑥LED QUANTITY:77PCS. ⑦RENDERING INDEX:89. ⑧LUMENS:1290. ⑨Color temp:6500-10000K. ⑩POWER CORD:4.9ft.
  • 8 Time Stages: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, L8;
  • 10 Brightness: 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90%, 100%;
  • 8 Stage Setting Time: Any Time;
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Super bright!"

I added a moon light separately and all is good. This light is amazing, especially for the price. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums.

Overall Score
4.3


(640 Points)

3. Hagen Fluval Plant Bluetooth Nano LED Aquarium Light (15 Watt)

User Ratings: 87 2

Hagen 14539 First Impressions

"This light is awesome!"

I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright.

  • Hagen Fluval Plant Bluetooth Nano LED Aquarium Light (15 Watt)
  • Programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night)
  • Optional pre-set habitat light configurations (Lake Malawi, Tropical, Planted)
  • Fully adjustable positioning (up/down, side-to-side, forward/backward)
  • New over-the-glass mounting design with repositionable, secure grip
  • Independent color control
  • Manufacture: Josh's Frogs
  • Product Dimensions: 7.28 x 5.12 x 0.87 inches; 1.5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hagen 14539
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Hagen 14539 Final Thoughts

"I would recommend buying!"

My only complaint is the missing seal. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended.

Overall Score
4.7


(287 Points)

4. MingDak Aquarium Light Timer, Led Aquarium Light Controller, Fish Tank Light Timer & Dimmer,LED Ligh...

User Ratings: 54 12

MingDak First Impressions

"But for a DISPLAY."

Overall build quality is really good. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. This light is even better than I expected! When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer.

  • MingDak Aquarium Light Timer, Led Aquarium Light Controller, Fish Tank Light Timer & Dimmer,LED Light Ramp Timer,24-Hour Digital Programmable
  • APPLICABLE LIGHTS: Before order, make sure your light is a dimmable light with DC connector(5.5 x 2.1 mm or 5.5 x 2.5 mm). Our timer should work with light 0-30V output voltage. It would be nice, you choose MingDak's light.
  • SIMULATE SUNRISE & SUNSET - The Ramp Timer is a fully programmable 24-hour LED lighting controller that not only turns your lights on and off, but it also simulates a gentle sunrise and sunset for your critters.
  • PROGRAMMABLE - At the pre-programmed “on” time, the Ramp Timer slowly increases the lighting level to full brightness over a period of 15 minutes. When the programmed “off” time is reached, it gradually dims the light over 15 minutes before turning off.Can also be used as a dimmer, it can be adjusted from 1 – 100% brightness.
  • BENEFITS- Help you keep the lights on and off the same time every day.Slowly acclimates animals to the high brightness that LEDs produce. This slow acclimation helps reduce stress often caused by sudden light intensity changes and provides a more natural rhythmic daily light cycle.
  • SUMPLE USE - Simply program your desired on and off times and choose between two modes: on/off or on/off with a 15 minute ramp up and dim down. A manual button even allows you to turn your lights on or off instantly.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3.54 x 1.57 x 0.59 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak Final Thoughts

"I love it."

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too.

Overall Score
3.9


(232 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Programmable Aquarium Lights

5. Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt

User Ratings: 83 1

Fluval 14522 First Impressions

"Acting completely normal."

I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it.

  • Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt
  • Features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night)
  • Includes six unique band waves for full spectrum results
  • Includes optional pre-set habitat light configurations like Lake Malawi, Tropical, and Planted
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 35.83 x 2.64 x 1.02 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 14522
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Fluval 14522 Final Thoughts

"Then the bars slide out."

Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. Trust me u will not be disappointed!

Overall Score
4.7


(210 Points)

6. AMZBD LED Planted Aquarium Light with Timer, 24/7 Mode + Auto On Off Mode, Dimmable 7 Colors, Progra...

User Ratings: 77 6

AMZBD FS803 First Impressions

"Actual length of the 7."

PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great.

  • AMZBD LED Planted Aquarium Light with Timer, 24/7 Mode + Auto On Off Mode, Dimmable 7 Colors, Programmable, Waterproof, Full Spectrum Light Fixture for Freshwater Aquarium
  • 4 Modes: ①Default Mode: Daylight is full spectrum + Moonlight is default Blue(Can be changed); Brightness is auto simulated sunrise to sunset + night effect. ②DIY Mode: All day is full spectrum to simulat sunlight; 10 kinds brightness can be set while setting 8 time stages. ③Gradient Mode: The brightness time can't be set. Cycle colors- blue, green, purple, cyan, yellow, red. ④Strongest full spectrum Mode: You can fine-tune the color temperature of RGB light, can't set the brightness and time
  • Design Features: ①IP68 Waterproof: Easy to clean and wipe, not afraid to fall into the water. ②Separable adapter: Even if adapter is damaged, no need to replace the light. ③Power off memory function: The time is still on time after reboot. ④Extendable brackets: Can be adjusted in length and firmly fixed on tanks. ⑤Aluminum shell: Aluminum back shell is designed with groove is better for transfer the heat than plastic. ⑥Acrylic lampshade: 92% light transmittance, strong corrosion resistance
  • LED Lights: There are 10 kinds brightness can be adjusted, 7 colors of full spectrum, blue, green, purple, cyan, yellow, red(Choose the red behind yellow marks the color cycle mode is beginning). soft lighting is close to 89% of sunlight, to refuse the discomfort caused by stroboscopic for fish and viewers. Using high-quality 2835 + 5050 model lamp beads, long service life, at least 50,000 hours
  • LCD Display: There are four function keys, mode setting / up / down / light setting keys. The main screen mainly displays the real-time local time (optional 12 hours/24 hours), the time is accurate to the second. The following two small screens are program timers, which used to set the start and end time of day and night in mode. (The time is not set at night will be auto off, waiting for the start time set at morning to auto on)
  • 18 Inch Planted Aquarium Light: ①Light size: 18“ x 3.8“ x 0.7“. ②Applicable tank length: 18~24 inch. ③Input votage: AC100-240V. ④Output votage: DC 15V. ⑤Output Power: 24W. ⑥LED Quantity: 93PCS. ⑦Natural Light Index: 89. ⑧Lumens: 1290. ⑨Color temp: 6000-10000K. ⑩Power cord length: 4.9ft
  • Manufacture: AMZBD
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AMZBD FS803
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AMZBD FS803 Final Thoughts

"I have a 120 gal."

I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. There IS a purple hue to this fixture.

Overall Score
4.4


(39 Points)

7. Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0 Bluetooth LED Strip Light 15-24", 22 Watts

User Ratings: 85

Fluval First Impressions

"So we used tape."

The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light.

  • Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0 Bluetooth LED Strip Light 15-24", 22 Watts
  • Features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night)
  • Includes six unique band waves for full spectrum results
  • Includes optional pre-set habitat light configurations like Lake Malawi, Tropical, and Planted
  • Manufacture: Hagen
  • Material: Plastic, Metal
  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. They did well enough during the time I had them. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted.

Overall Score
4.8


(35 Points)

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

User Ratings: 34 16

Lominie First Impressions

"These lights are great."

Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. 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. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all.

  • Lominie LED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Saltwater Freshwater Fish Tank Light for Coral, Reef, Planted Nano Aquarium Tank
  • 1. High Brightness: COB integrated chips with 48pcs leds, custom-made PMMA optical lens, equally-distributed illumination and strong penetrability, no light spot.
  • 2. Full Spectrum Color: Range from UV to red, the spectrum has been designed carefully to deliver the most photo synthetically useful light to Coral after  extensive   testing, 100% usable and efficient for your reef.
  • 3. Efficient cooling system: Aluminum fins passive cooling and PWM technology to control fan's speed and noise, self-monitoring function, noise level is 29db, silent  operation.
  • 4. IR Remote Controller: Dim 4 channels separately and customize the spectrum to your liking. Rustproof bendable gooseneck with 90 degree adapter, the lamp can be installed on rimless tank. The clamp is wide enough for 1.0inch thick glass, plastic screws won’t scratch the tank glass.
  • 5. Lastest DMX Technology: (need to buy Wifi Controller separately)One Wifi Controller can control multiple lights together on iPhone or Android phone, 4 programmable channels, timing and dimming. Thunder storm, moonlight, sunrise, sunset, cloud simulation.
  • Model: Asta S120
  • Actual power : 85 watts
  • 0.727amps @ 110V
  • Manufacture: Lominie
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lominie
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Lominie Final Thoughts

"Except the programming."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. This light has some great intensity to it.

Overall Score
3.7


(8 Points)

9. NICREW ClassicLED Gen 2 Aquarium Light, Dimmable LED Fish Tank Light with White and Blue LEDs, High ...

User Ratings: 46

NICREW First Impressions

"It's working fine now."

It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too.

  • NICREW ClassicLED Gen 2 Aquarium Light, Dimmable LED Fish Tank Light with White and Blue LEDs, High Output, Dual-Channel Timer Included
  • The 2nd generation of the ClassicLED aquarium light, more LEDs and 50% brighter
  • Programmable dual-channel timer simulates a 15-minute sunrise and sunset effects and sets the straight ON/OFF mode without dimming
  • Adjustable mounting brackets to fit rimless or rimmed aquariums from 30 - 36 inches in length
  • Ideal for freshwater, saltwater fish-only and low-high light level aquarium plant tanks
  • This product is recommended for use over glass or acrylic canopy-covered aquariums
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"But I didn't need them."

It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. 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. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. It's not too bright and not too dim. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. Trust me u will not be disappointed!

Overall Score
3.6


(4 Points)

10. LED Aquarium Light with Timer, Auto On/Off Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets 12" 18" 24" 30" ...

TaiTian K05000040190 First Impressions

"They are pretty clear."

That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals.

  • LED Aquarium Light with Timer, Auto On/Off Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets 12" 18" 24" 30" 36" Dimmable Full Spectrum Light Fixture for Freshwater Plants/Fish
  • Build-in Timer: This Planted Aquarium Light features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night), auto on and off, to create a optimal condition for your fish and aquatic plants. Easy to use, created especially for freshwater aquariums.
  • Adjustable Brightness: You can adjust the light brightness of the full spectrum aquarium according to your prefer or the light needs of the plants, fish, coral or other creatures. Setting up daytime to nighttime schedules, mimics sunrise and sunset, color gradient loop.
  • Full Spectrum&Energy saving: The full-spectrum array combines white, blue, red and green LED to be brighter than the most lights, producing a fine-tuned color spectrum for aquatic plants. Energy-efficient and long-lasting LED promotes healthy, vibrant growth of fish and aquatic plants.
  • Adjustable Metal Brackets: The fish tank light comes with extendable mounting brackets, You can easily to install this led fish tank light on most aquarium tanks, with cover or not, with rims or rimless. Suitable for 36-42inch aquarium.
  • IP68 Water-Resistant Rating: No need to worry about splashes, or other accidental drops of water. Premium fully encased 1.2mm thick aluminum shell provides more effective heat transfer and protects the device from humidity and water intrusion.
  • Manufacture: King Bai Tech
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TaiTian K05000040190
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

TaiTian K05000040190 Final Thoughts

"The choice is yours!"

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

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