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
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • 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. Fluval Marine and Reef 3.0 LED Strip Light 48"-60"

User Ratings: 76 4

Fluval 14517 First Impressions

"They are pretty clear."

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. This light has some great intensity to it. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. This is another awsome product from hygger. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank.

  • Fluval Marine and Reef 3.0 LED Strip Light 48"-60"
  • Full Spectrum Marine & Reef LED Lighting
  • With essential actinic blue spectral wavelengths
  • Promotes and supports strong coral growth and color
  • Balanced combination of multiple LEDs for optimal coral photosynthetic activity, growth & viewing
  • Features 6 unique LEDs, including 400, 420, 440, 460nm LEDs for outstanding blue spectrum coverage
  • Manufacture: Fluval
  • Item Weight: 4.49 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 48.03 x 2.64 x 1.02 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval 14517
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  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Fluval 14517 Final Thoughts

"I am loving it so far!"

I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. We just run the bright lights during the day.

Overall Score
4.6


(108 Points)

3. Galapara UV Light Lamp Submersible LED Lights for Aquarium Fish Tank Light Pond Submersible Water ...

User Ratings: 57 12

Galapara First Impressions

"Thanks Julio!"

The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. I'm very happy with the light performance. For the price these lights are incredible. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Sadly I can't really use it yet because the glass canopy I ordered hasn’t arrived. Trust me u will not be disappointed! I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first.

  • Galapara UV Light Lamp Submersible LED Lights for Aquarium Fish Tank Light Pond Submersible Water ,make aquarium clean AC110-120V (7W)
  • 【 WARNING 】 Light Will Kill Fish if don't separate the fish from the lights! Recommended to use this lamp in aquarium filter system
  • 【good quality】High quality filament for high performance and energy-saving. Suitable for controlling malignant bacteria in aquarium and fish tank.Adopt explosion proof quartz glass tube for high transmission of ultraviolet ray.
  • 【 Fast Clean 】the UV Light Lamp help to remove the green in the fish tank, pond, make it clear.
  • 【safe】Safe water-proof design for totally submersible use.Powerful suction cups for adjusting position freely.Independent power switch is great for safer use.
  • 【 Warm Tip 】Due to the long transportion, after receiving the parcel,so please check carefully whether the bulb is intact, if broken or have any crack mark, please contact our service, we will send new replacement parcel in 24 hours.wish you a happy day!
  • Part Number: ITO3187358908725ZW
  • Material: Glass
  • Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Galapara
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Galapara Final Thoughts

"5 betta tank."

Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. Now thanks to this light they are not only surviving but thriving also. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals.

Overall Score
4.1


(69 Points)

4. 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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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

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)

5. JackSuper LED Aquarium Light, Reef Plant Fish Tank Light Waterproof Remote Control Submersible Brigh...

User Ratings: 67 7

JackSuper First Impressions

"Mainly wanted timer."

The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. This light is amazing, especially for the price. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well.

  • JackSuper LED Aquarium Light, Reef Plant Fish Tank Light Waterproof Remote Control Submersible Brightness RGB Light Colorful Adjustable Underwater
  • 【Suitable for outdoor and indoor】Ideal for aquarium, fish tank, turtle tank,reptiles,home or party decor,pool,pond and other similar occasions.
  • 【Submersible and Memory Function】The aquarium light has memory function,can remember the last save setting,Safe working voltage 12V DC, Beautify your tank without any risk to people and fishes,IP68 Submersible suitable for freshwater and saltwater
  • 【Say goodbye to the dark】 aquarium background lighting blink your fish create a stunning sunset, a vivid shores of a reef,or highlight submerged caves, takes your underwater view to a hole new level.
  • 【Multifunction 】Compatible with 110-240V AC,5050 SMD LEDs,RGB 16 Colors available,4 changing modes: Flash / Strobe / Fade / Smooth
  • 【UPGRADE LIGHT】 Upgraded RGB light beads brighter than others light, long life span and energy saving;Strong Upgraded suction cups help fix firmly in the tank or aquarium, easy to mount and fix.
  • Manufacture: JackSupermall
  • Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JackSuper
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

JackSuper Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. It's not too bright and not too dim. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED.

Overall Score
4.3


(45 Points)

6. NICREW Aquarium LED Reef Light, Dimmable Full Spectrum Marine LED for Saltwater Coral Fish Tanks

User Ratings: 69 4

NICREW First Impressions

"The brackets work nicely."

The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. Trust me u will not be disappointed! I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks.

  • NICREW Aquarium LED Reef Light, Dimmable Full Spectrum Marine LED for Saltwater Coral Fish Tanks
  • Full color spectrum (popular blue spectrum, red, green and Violet+UV) can promote optimal coral growth and enhance dramatic coloration, while creating a gentle shimmer throughout the aquarium
  • With a maximum spread of 24″ x 24″, the light has a peak PAR of 250µMol at a depth of 24 inches, suitable for SPS tanks
  • Smart fans for LEDs temperature control ensuring optimal LEDs' working conditions
  • With touch control, white and blue channels can be operated together or independently, allowing you to adjust the light intensity and spectrum for your tank
  • Easily mount your light on your rimmed or rimless tank with the tank mount included, you can also choose to suspend the light above your aquarium with hanging kit (Sold separately)
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

NICREW Final Thoughts

"The blues are beautiful."

I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning.

Overall Score
4.4


(261 Points)

7. Yescom AquaBasik Multi-Color Aquarium Light Lamp Full Spectrum Bulbs for Freshwater Saltwater Fish T...

User Ratings: 72 6

Yescom First Impressions

"May bother you may not."

Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. My only complaint is the missing seal. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all.

  • Yescom AquaBasik Multi-Color Aquarium Light Lamp Full Spectrum Bulbs for Freshwater Saltwater Fish Tank
  • [5 Color Illumination & 1 Button Control]: Yescom Full Spectrum Aquarium LED Light, LEDs in 5 colors stimulate natural sunlight condition, 1 button to switch modes, different color lights improve the growth of fishes, corals and plants, also an illuminator to shine your aquarium, creates a vivid and gorgeous underwater view
  • [Extendable Brackets & Solid Construction]: Fits different size aquariums ranging from 24" to 35"; Lightweight aluminum alloy shell with grooves offers better heat dissipation and durability, up to 10,000 hours servicing life
  • [2 Lighting Modes]: Full brightness mode for day use provides a combination of spectral reinforcement required for optimal coral photosynthetic activity, growth and viewing; Half brightness mode for night use to simulate deep ocean, perfect for marine ornamental fish, also for saving electricity
  • [Bright & Energy Efficient LED]: 5730 large LEDs for better illumination, 0.5 W per LED light to save electricity, 78 LEDs in total, 62 white chips, 6 blue chips, 4 pink chips, 4 red chips and 2 green chips
  • [Safe & Wide Use]: Spill-resistant joint prevents electric shock; Ideal for freshwater or saltwater fish and low-medium light level plants; To help algae to grow more luxuriant, and make your aquatic plants have vivid color
  • Lumen: 3510 luminous flux
  • LED Quantity: 78pcs
  • Voltage: AC 100 to 240 V
  • Manufacture: Yescom
  • Product Dimensions: 0.75 x 5.12 x 0.98 inches; 2.91 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Yescom
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Yescom Final Thoughts

"BUYER BE WARE."

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price!

Overall Score
4.4


(471 Points)

8. Finnex Stingray LED Clip Light for Aquarium

User Ratings: 65 2

Finnex JL-C18 First Impressions

"It's a good light."

Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for.

  • Finnex Stingray LED Clip Light for Aquarium
  • Hood Construction: Aluminum/Plastic
  • Hood Length: 9.5 Inches
  • Wattage: 4 Watts
  • Power Cord Length: 47 Inches
  • Cliplight Rim Allowance: Under 1.5cm
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex JL-C18
  • Brightness
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Finnex JL-C18 Final Thoughts

"Its awesome."

The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them.

Overall Score
4.5


(246 Points)

9. 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)

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

User Ratings: 64 8

MQ First Impressions

"The color looks great."

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

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

"So we used tape."

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

Overall Score
4.3


(126 Points)

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