Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Tetra Aquarium Lights

1. Tetra Hidden LED Stick Light for Aquariums, Brilliant White

User Ratings: 74 1

Tetra 26658 First Impressions

"This is a bright."

Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. This is another awsome product from hygger. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on.

  • Tetra Hidden LED Stick Light for Aquariums, Brilliant White
  • HIDDEN LED LIGHT STICK Compact waterproof LED fixture illuminates aquariums with brilliant white light creating a natural underwater shimmer effect
  • EASY TO INSTALL Clips onto any framed aquarium – on the frame or under the hood
  • COMPACT FIXTURE Easy to hide from view use the included routing clips to conceal the cord
  • INCLUDES Aquarium light low-voltage transformer on/off switch frame clip and cord routing clips
  • SIZE This 6-inch long LED stick illuminates aquariums up to 15 gallons
  • Included components: 1 x Hidden LED Stick 6 Inches, Brilliant White Aquarium Light for Tanks Up to 15 Gallons
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.88 x 3 x 6.56 inches; 2.24 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 26658
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Tetra 26658 Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it.

Overall Score
4.6


(213 Points)

2. Finnex Planted+ 24/7 ALC Aquarium LED Light, Automatic Sunrise and Sunset, 660nm Deep Red LEDs

User Ratings: 81 4

Finnex ALC-48 First Impressions

"No remote."

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. This is another awsome product from hygger. We just run the bright lights during the day. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light.

  • Finnex Planted+ 24/7 ALC Aquarium LED Light, Automatic Sunrise and Sunset, 660nm Deep Red LEDs
  • Aquarium LED light: Finnex planted+ 24/7 ALC LED light
  • 24/7 mode: fully customizable LED sunrise & Sunset
  • Plants: Plant capable grow LED bulb configuration
  • Remote included +built in sensor
  • True 660Nm RED LEDs
  • Included Components: Led Light, Remote, Legs
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 48 x 2 x 1 inches; 3.35 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex ALC-48
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Finnex ALC-48 Final Thoughts

"Acting completely normal."

Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. This is another awsome product from hygger. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. They did well enough during the time I had them.

Overall Score
4.6


(76 Points)

3. MingDak LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Under Water Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lights White...

User Ratings: 72 4

MingDak First Impressions

"Best thing I did!"

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! I am going to have to order more for my 55s after seeing what this one can do . I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss.

  • MingDak LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Under Water Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lights White Light/Blue Light
  • Output 12V/0.5A Brighter than 5V/1A
  • Great for night viewing,Great night light and tank illuminator,cool White LEDs add a shimmering effect to your reef
  • Mingdak's fish tank litht bar brings the light to the inside of your aquarium. The in-frame mounting allows you to see the light without seeing the fixture
  • All are fully submersible and come with suction cups to give you endless possibilities on how to use these systems.Super water resistant
  • Safe and low voltage:LED lights is 20% brighter and is designed for reliable, long-term performance
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Product Dimensions: 7.09 x 0.98 x 0.98 inches; 5.29 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak Final Thoughts

"The blues are beautiful."

This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day.

Overall Score
4.5


(3761 Points)

4. Aqueon LED Aquarium Lamp

User Ratings: 68 8

Aqueon 100113265 First Impressions

"I'm very pleased."

The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. This is another awsome product from hygger. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day.

  • Aqueon LED Aquarium Lamp
  • Beauty Max LED Lamps use a combination of red, green, and blue LEDs to deepen the richness of colors in your aquarium that enhance fish, plants and décor
  • Use 70% less energy than T8 fluorescent lamps and maintains brightness & color over time
  • If LED goes out, simply purchase a new bulb instead of an entire fixture!
  • Easy to install and simply plug and “snap” into the appropriatly sized Aqueon fixture
  • Choose your own colors and customize your light fixtures Dimensions: 1.25" x 1.25" x 32.5"
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 0.75 x 0.75 x 30.5 inches; 8.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100113265
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Aqueon 100113265 Final Thoughts

"5gal tanks."

You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great.

Overall Score
4.3


(267 Points)

5. Current USA 18"-24" Satellite Plus PRO LED Light

User Ratings: 75 4

Current USA 4013 First Impressions

"5 betta tank."

The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. Just got this light today, and WOW!

  • Current USA 18"-24" Satellite Plus PRO LED Light
  • SUPER BRIGHT- 6500k White LEDs and RGBW LED's come together in an amazingly sleek fixture that's dialed in for freshwater Aquatics like nothing before
  • 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- Sliding docking legs allow quick and easy adjustments for a wide variety of installations. This system also makes adding multiple fixtures a snap.
  • REALISTIC EFFECTS- Beyond the world of white and blue light, the Satellite LED also features effects that mimic real-world aquatic conditions.
  • WIRELESS CONTROL- Now you can wirelessly program and control just about everything! Seeing dynamic weather effects over your tank is just the beginning! With the integrated 24-hour timer function, you can also program what time to start a gradual sunrise, gentle sunset and both the color spectrum and intensity of your daylight and moonlight.
  • Manufacture: Current USA
  • Product Dimensions: 46.8 x 3.5 x 0.44 inches; 3.5 Pounds
  • Batteries: 2 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4013
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Current USA 4013 Final Thoughts

"I really like this light."

I'm very happy with the light performance. This light is amazing, especially for the price. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. They did well enough during the time I had them. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty.

Overall Score
4.5


(329 Points)

6. Current Orbit Marine IC Reef Aquarium Accessory LED Light Fixture

User Ratings: 71 4

Current USA 4128 First Impressions

"I would recommend buying!"

If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. For the price these lights are incredible. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect.

  • Current Orbit Marine IC Reef Aquarium Accessory LED Light Fixture
  • 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: 70.8 x 3.5 x 0.44 inches; 6.2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Current USA 4128
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Current USA 4128 Final Thoughts

"Then the bars slide out."

Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. This light has some great intensity to it. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels.

Overall Score
4.5


(101 Points)

7. hygger Adjustable Blue White LEDs Aquarium Light with Aluminum Alloy Shell Extendable Brackets,wit...

User Ratings: 85

hygger HG-918B 14w First Impressions

"I would recommend buying!"

They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. The entire process took only a few days. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank.

  • hygger Adjustable Blue White LEDs Aquarium Light with Aluminum Alloy Shell Extendable Brackets,with External Controller Dimmer, for Freshwater Fish Tank (18-52 inch)
  • 【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 LEDS, 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
  • 【Dimmable & Timing】 you can adjust the light brightness from 100% to 10% according to your prefer, 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. Please note this light is not auto off, it will stay at the dimmest level when it reaches the setting time
  • 【Durable & Warranty】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. We provide 1 year warranty for this aquarium light, has any issues, please contact the seller directly
  • 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
  • Editor's Impressions Of The hygger HG-918B 14w
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hygger HG-918B 14w Final Thoughts

"Super bright!"

The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase.

Overall Score
4.8


(41 Points)

8. WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Fish Tank Light Aquarium Planted Clip Lamp with Extendable Brackets for Fish Tan...

User Ratings: 74

WEAVERBIRD First Impressions

"It is awsome!"

I added a moon light separately and all is good. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. The entire process took only a few days. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. This light is amazing, especially for the price. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals.

  • WEAVERBIRD Aquarium Fish Tank Light Aquarium Planted Clip Lamp with Extendable Brackets for Fish Tank
  • Durable & saving: Aquarium clip light made of ABS, It's durable and saves powers. Super bright, energy-saving than ordinary LED lights, the energy efficient and long lasting LED produce amazing shimmer to your aquarium.
  • Application: Suitable for 20cm/7.8inch to 30cm/11.8inch fish tank, max. thickness 8mm aquarium, no drilling or cutting.
  • Specification: 110V 50~60Hz US plug, 1000LM, 5W. (Please confirm the parameters before order). Aquarium led light enhance colors in fish and corals and can be used to provide stunning lighting effects in the day or night.
  • Special design: This double head light is specially designed for fish tank, which can light up your fish tank and bring brightness for fish. Help plants to thrive and light up for fishes anytime you want.
  • Special design: This double head light is specially designed for fish tank, which can light up your fish tank and bring brightness for fish. Help plants to thrive and light up for fishes anytime you want.
  • Manufacture: WEAVERBIRD
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WEAVERBIRD
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WEAVERBIRD Final Thoughts

"Using on 37 gal cube."

Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light.

Overall Score
4.6


(10 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
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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. WILLS Newest 165W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum Dimmable Lighting Lamp for Coral Reef Fish Tank F...

User Ratings: 71 4

WILLS First Impressions

"Mainly wanted timer."

This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly.

  • WILLS Newest 165W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum Dimmable Lighting Lamp for Coral Reef Fish Tank Freshwater & Saltwater
  • 【HIGH PAR VALUE 】- Scientifically engineered to keep the PAR/Lumen Output and Coverage balanced. The PAR Value can reach 858 at 24" height while others just 377. Perfect fit for depth 24" tank. Fit for less than 57 gallon. Max coverage area: 36"*36"*36". Suggest distance above water surface: 3-5inches.
  • 【ADVANCED FULL SPECTRUM】 - Includes Red, Blue, Purple, White, Green and Bluish Violet Light, perfect full spectrum layout that can promote photosynthesis of aquatic plants to provide enough oxygen for aquarium creatures, make your aquarium growing healthily. Red light can promote healthy growth of fish; Blue light can promote the amount of Vitamins D3, which will help coral absorb Calcium and make the coral healthy growth; Purple light can be used to sterilize and protect fish growth.
  • 【2 DIMMING CHANNELS】 - 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.
  • 【SECONDARY OPTICAL CRYSTAL LENS】 - 90° crystal lens thereby to penetrate the depth of water, make the water more brighter and clearer, providing optimal lighting environment, beautify your aquarium. The difference of us is the daisy chain design, you can use the power cord which in the original package to connect no more than 5 lights together at the same time.
  • 【BEST SERVICE】 - 1 year warranty guarantee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we will provide you with complete customer satisfaction.
  • 1 x 165W Aquarium Light
  • 1 x Power Cords (USA)
  • 1 x Stainless Steel Hanging Kit
  • Manufacture: WILLS
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 8.3 x 2.4 inches; 6.7 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WILLS
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WILLS Final Thoughts

"I would recommend buying!"

This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! I thought they were fairly easy to set up.

Overall Score
4.5


(235 Points)

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