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. Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, Cliplight

User Ratings: 71 4

Finnex S-48RB First Impressions

"I hope this light lasts."

It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red.

  • Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, Cliplight
  • Lunar Blue Moonlight LEDs
  • Ultimate Planted LED Clip light
  • True 660nm RED LED's, Daylight and Blue LEDs
  • Hood Construction: Aluminum/Plastic
  • Wattage: 5 Watts
  • Manufacture: Finnex
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches; 13.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Finnex S-48RB
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Finnex S-48RB Final Thoughts

"I have two reef tanks."

We just run the bright lights during the day. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. The plants love it and it's easy on the eyes. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too.

Overall Score
4.5


(478 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. Aquarium Lights [Mingdak] LED Fish Tank Hood Light for Freshwater and Saltwater, Universal Extendabl...

User Ratings: 66 9

MingDak First Impressions

"I would recommend buying!"

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. This is another awsome product from hygger. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

  • Aquarium Lights [Mingdak] LED Fish Tank Hood Light for Freshwater and Saltwater, Universal Extendable Stands, 36 LEDs,11-inch,Lighting Color White and Blue
  • Super bright, energy efficient and long lasting LEDs Brighter than one fluorescent tube fixture
  • Aasy-to-install LED light fixture with adjustable mounting legs which fit your aquarium tank from 11 inches to 19 inches
  • Two lighting modes:White & Blue light on for the daylight and only blue light on for the nightlight
  • Meets most of the basic requirements of a freshwater/saltwater tank for purpose of keeping fish happy
  • Provide the ultimate opportunity to create a realistic underwater home-aquarium environment
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Part Number: 9706004
  • Item Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.94 x 1.97 inches
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MingDak Final Thoughts

"100% recommend!"

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect!

Overall Score
4.3


(243 Points)

5. 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)

6. Odyssea T5 Dual 6500K Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant Extendable

User Ratings: 67 4

Odyssea First Impressions

"Seems good quality."

When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. There IS a purple hue to this fixture.

  • Odyssea T5 Dual 6500K Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant Extendable
  • Lumen: 2000 initial
  • Wattage: 2x 24W
  • Config: 2x 6500K
  • Extendable brackets, External Ballasts
  • For freshwater and planted setups
  • Manufacture: Odyssea
  • Product Dimensions: 24.75 x 5 x 2.3 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Odyssea
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Odyssea Final Thoughts

"Very bright."

This light is amazing, especially for the price. Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying.

Overall Score
4.4


(140 Points)

7. Marineland Advanced LED Strip Light for Salt & Fresh Water Aquariums

User Ratings: 62 11

MarineLand ML90619 First Impressions

"But I didn't need them."

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. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I bought the smaller one without realizing it.

  • Marineland Advanced LED Strip Light for Salt & Fresh Water Aquariums
  • Daylight LED Lamps provides brighter output than two typical fluorescent bulbs
  • Lunar LED Lamps replicate the moon light cycle
  • Integrated timer allows you to control the daytime and lunar settings automatically
  • Adjustable mounting legs for flexibility in 18-24” aquarium widths
  • Energy efficient for up to $50 in annual savings* and up to 5 year lifetime**
  • Refer to the PDF attached below for Manual
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 51.5 x 6.67 x 3.25 inches; 6.42 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand ML90619
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

MarineLand ML90619 Final Thoughts

"It worked."

What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. The entire process took only a few days. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. Just got this light today, and WOW! Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium.

Overall Score
4.1


(157 Points)

8. Full Spectrum LED Light with Bamboo Board, fits Aquarium Nano Tank, Betta Fish Tank, Potted Plants, ...

User Ratings: 75 4

HIRO AQUATICS First Impressions

"Very nice light."

The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. This light is even better than I expected! Just got this light today, and WOW! I bought the smaller one without realizing it. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers.

  • Full Spectrum LED Light with Bamboo Board, fits Aquarium Nano Tank, Betta Fish Tank, Potted Plants, Succulent, Miniature Landscape
  • [Multiple Purpose] This lamp can be used as a nano quarium light, potted plant grow light, succulent grow light, Wabi Kusa light, a miniature lighta, a bonsai light and even a desk light. No matter what shape your tank or pot is, just simply put it on the bamboo board and your tank/plant is illuminated.
  • [Full Spectrum] The full Spectrum LED is designed to mimic natural outdoor sunlight to help your plants grow healthier and make plants look vivid. The lamp consistently emits wavelengths in the wide range, including those wavelengths visible to the human eye (what we perceive as color) and the invisible wavelengths, like ultraviolet and infrared. As a result, it will allow plants to grow healthily, as naturally grown in the sun. Also its CRI(RA) is above 80, better than normal LED Light
  • [Bamboo Board] It features hard texture, water-proof, strong temperature insulation, no deformation and anti-insect. The size of 7W's wood board is 11" X 10.5", Maximal light height is 18".
  • [360 Degree Swivel] The lamp head is 360 Degree adjustable to meet your need. Each lamp bead is equipped with a lens that designs to effectively increase the width and depth of the illumination without causing waste of light.
  • [100-240V] , US two pin Plug. Color temperature of this lamp is 6000K.
  • Manufacture: HIRO AQUATICS
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 10.5 x 18 inches; 2.54 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The HIRO AQUATICS
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

HIRO AQUATICS Final Thoughts

"No remote."

It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. I've had other Nicrew lights on other tanks and they have all performed well for me.

Overall Score
4.5


(141 Points)

9. Finnex Stingray LED Clip Light for Aquarium

User Ratings: 65 2

Finnex JL-C18 First Impressions

"I hope this light lasts."

Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price.

  • 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
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Finnex JL-C18 Final Thoughts

"It's a good light."

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. 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. Will purchase from them again in the future, highly recommended. My main display has been running with ecotech radions.

Overall Score
4.5


(246 Points)

10. 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
  • Brightness
  • Quality
  • 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)

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