Editor's Choice - Our Favorite S SMIFUL Aquarium Lights

1. 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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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

2. Aqueon OptiBright MAX LED Light, 48 to 54 Inches, Remote Control Aquarium Lamp

User Ratings: 90 10

Aqueon 1002533617 First Impressions

"Switch has 3 settings."

So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. I'm very happy with the light performance.

  • Aqueon OptiBright MAX LED Light, 48 to 54 Inches, Remote Control Aquarium Lamp
  • Adjustable mounting brackets: 48 to 54 inches long
  • Fits aquariums size 33 and 40 long, 55, 72 bow front
  • Jam packed with bright LEDs for MAXimum aquarium illumination
  • Includes RF remote control of 24-hour light timer and individual light intensity
  • With this kind of power, you can grow and sustain most low-medium light level plants in your aquatic ecosystem
  • Manufacture: AQUEON
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 4.5 x 49 inches; 4.15 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 1002533617
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 1002533617 Final Thoughts

"My cats love it!"

If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. Just got this light today, and WOW! So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. It's not too bright and not too dim.

Overall Score
4.6


(12 Points)

3. 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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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

4. 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
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

5. Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (50cm - 18")

User Ratings: 75 5

Beamswork First Impressions

"It is very bright!"

I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. This light is even better than I expected! The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great.

  • Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (50cm - 18")
  • LEDs: 22x 0.50W (1000 lumen)
  • Config: 15x 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: 2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 5.25 x 1 inches
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"Very bright!"

The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in.

Overall Score
4.5


(181 Points)

6. Marine Saltwater Aquarium Light for 10-30 Gallon or 12-18 inches Nano Reef Coral Tank 18W Full Spect...

User Ratings: 65 7

LUXCARE 40A First Impressions

"What a pain!"

Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. Overall build quality is really good. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in.

  • Marine Saltwater Aquarium Light for 10-30 Gallon or 12-18 inches Nano Reef Coral Tank 18W Full Spectrum Light Including Royal Blue (410- 430 nm) Royal Violet (390- 400 nm) , LPS & SPS 80 LEDs
  • PMMA Lens/High Power/Lumen/PAR Value:Total Power 18W and up to 100μmol PAR value at 11.8 inches height. Design with 80pcs Full Spectrum LEDs, 60 degree Optical Lens, ensure the light more concentrated and reducing 30% light loss, improved high PAR/Lumen output and maximize Growth.
  • Full Spectrum 7-Band: 80pcs LED inside. Professional full spectrum light include green (490-560 nm),red (630- 790 nm),royal blue (410- 430 nm),royal violet 390- 400 nm),blue (465 nm),blue (430- 480 nm). Suitable for freshwater and Saltwater aquarium, Reef ,Coral LPS & SPS.
  • Two lighting modes: Full spectrum LEDs for coral tank landscape + coral growth or Blue LEDs only for coral growth, created especially for Saltwater aquarium ,Reef ,Coral LPS & SPS
  • Adjustable Light Color :You can adjust light mode and brightness ;Tap “M” button to Switch 3 light modes, hold button for 4 seconds to turn it off .Tap “W” button to control brightness of White LEDS and Tap “B” button to control brightness of blue LEDs .
  • Safety voltage: 20V input voltage with UL listed wall plug switch power. Our 30-day money back guarantee policy and 3 Years Warranty.
  • Manufacture: LUXCARE
  • Material: Metal
  • Item Weight: 1.52 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LUXCARE 40A
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LUXCARE 40A Final Thoughts

"Look at this!"

Overall build quality is really good. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. This light has some great intensity to it. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank.

Overall Score
4.3


(51 Points)

7. Finnex Stingray Aquarium LED Light

User Ratings: 66 5

Finnex JL-30S First Impressions

"100% recommend!"

I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first.

  • Finnex Stingray Aquarium LED Light
  • 30" Pencil Thin Multi Color LED Fixture
  • (32) 7000k + (8) Actinic Blue LEDs + (8) 660nm Red LEDs
  • True 660nm RED High CRI Scoring LED Bulbs
  • 16 Output Watts
  • Tri-color Blend to Promote and Showcase Inhabitants
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 2 x 0.75 inches; 1.4 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex JL-30S
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Finnex JL-30S Final Thoughts

"They are pretty clear."

If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME.

Overall Score
4.4


(93 Points)

8. 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
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

9. Koval Aquarium Lighting Fish Tank Light Hood with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs

User Ratings: 70 5

Koval First Impressions

"The light is not hot!"

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum.

  • Koval Aquarium Lighting Fish Tank Light Hood with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs
  • Bright LEDs with 5 colors, full spectrum LEDs and makes phycophyta vivid
  • Extendable bracket makes LED light fits different size aquariums in extendable range
  • High-quality LEDs, can be used at least 50000 hrs
  • If one of the LEDs is not working by being misused, the others would not be affected (But other cheaper ones will be extinguished lots of LEDs and can't be used any more)
  • High efficiency, low energy dissipation, save cost, extend LEDs life span
  • Manufacture: Koval
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Koval
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Koval Final Thoughts

"Don't buy others."

PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also!

Overall Score
4.4


(574 Points)

10. LONDAFISH Aquarium Air Bubble Lights LED Fish Tank Light Lighting Remote Control 3.8W/5.8W 16 Colors...

User Ratings: 73 12

LONDAFISH D179-URGB2 First Impressions

"I love this light."

It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. My only complaint is the missing seal. We just run the bright lights during the day. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer.

  • LONDAFISH Aquarium Air Bubble Lights LED Fish Tank Light Lighting Remote Control 3.8W/5.8W 16 Colors
  • LED Lights and Model: 3.8W with 15pcs lights, RGB LED lights with 16 color and 4 modes
  • It can provide oxygen for your fish, enhance colors in fish and corals, provide stunning lighting effects in the day or night, energy-saving lighting decoration light source, make your tank looks like part of oceans, and your fish and reptiles seen where they're swimming or moving. used in aquarium, pond, rockery or similar occasions
  • Safe and Reliable: Low voltage output DC12V only, safe and reliable for both people and fish;The power lines up to 2.2 meters to meet your needs
  • RF Remote Controller: not IR remote controller, 2.4G radio frequency signal technology, signal can penetrate objects of certain thickness, longer controller distance up to 15M, no directionality or line of sight needed (battery not included)
  • Package included: Oxygen Tube, Suction Cups, Water Stop Check Valve and Oxygen Tube Connector (easy to fix it, water stop check valve make sure no water flow to air pump, tube connector avoid folding the oxygen tube and affect bubble effect)
  • 1* Fish tank bubble light(air pump not included);
  • 2* Suction cups with brackets;
  • 1* AC/DC adapter;
  • Manufacture: LONDAFISH
  • Product Dimensions: 1338.58 x 1.57 x 2.17 inches; 11.22 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LONDAFISH D179-URGB2
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

LONDAFISH D179-URGB2 Final Thoughts

"Mainly wanted timer."

The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. It's been about a month since the new LED light came in. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. Also note this is an initial impression review.

Overall Score
4.2


(59 Points)

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