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 [star rating='5']
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

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

[star rating="4.6"]
(213 Points)

2. 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
  • Brightness [star rating='3.3']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.7']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

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

[star rating="4.3"]
(2125 Points)

3. COLOR TREE Submersible LED Aquarium Light, 12V 5050SMD Underwater Strip Light for Fish Tank

User Ratings: 75

COLOR TREE First Impressions

"Very nice light."

I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. I plan to upgrade all of my aquariums to this light. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants.

  • COLOR TREE Submersible LED Aquarium Light, 12V 5050SMD Underwater Strip Light for Fish Tank
  • Colorful LED Lights with Great Brightness : It is used of 15 RGB LED lights with 16 color 4 modes controlled by wireless remote. 5050 LED lights chip is brighter and is designed for reliable, long-term performance, Which make your fish tank a colorful landscape.
  • Light Dim and Color Change Speed Adjustable: There are two button(Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote to adjust the brightness for this light. Choose one of the mode "flash","strobe", "fade" or "smooth", then press the brightness adjust button to rise or down the color changing speed.
  • Environmentally and Safer Light Bar Transparent acrylic tube body, smooth surface, easy to clean, material is durable and environmentally friendly, won't cause any pollution. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • IP68 Waterproof with Strong Suction Cup : 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), and can be put in the bottom, on the top of fish tank or any where you want to decorate your fish tank.
  • Widely Application: The Light bar 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.
  • Manufacture: color tree
  • Editor's Impressions Of The COLOR TREE
  • Brightness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.3']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.7']

COLOR TREE Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. So if you set it to white only, it will default to ALL lights on. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(49 Points)

4. lucare LUXCARE Marine Saltwater Reef Coral Aquarium Light with Timer Control Full Spectrum Light LPS...

User Ratings: 35

lucare First Impressions

"If that makes sense."

But now was an opportunity to upgrade. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. There IS a purple hue to this fixture. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. They did well enough during the time I had them. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous!

  • lucare LUXCARE Marine Saltwater Reef Coral Aquarium Light with Timer Control Full Spectrum Light LPS & SP
  • 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.
  • ️Timer Control and Adjustable Light Color :You can adjust light mode and brightness Tap “W” button to control brightness of White LEDS and Tap “B” button to control brightness of blue LEDs .
  • 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
  • Safety voltage: 20V input voltage with UL listed wall plug switch power. Our 30-day money back guarantee policy and 3 Years Warranty.
  • Manufacture: lucare
  • Editor's Impressions Of The lucare
  • Brightness [star rating='4.5']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

lucare Final Thoughts

"Highly recommend."

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(3 Points)

5. Aquarium Bubble Light, LEDGLE 6 LED Round Fish Tank Air Bubbler, Fish Tank Light with Auto 24 Color ...

User Ratings: 68 7

LEDGLE First Impressions

"Switch has 3 settings."

Now thanks to this light they are not only surviving but thriving also. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks.

  • Aquarium Bubble Light, LEDGLE 6 LED Round Fish Tank Air Bubbler, Fish Tank Light with Auto 24 Color Changing LEDs, Fish Tank Stones Accessories Decoration
  • ❤️Add More Oxygen: This aquarium bubbler can connect to air pump for air bubble billow effect (Air pump not included). This fish tank bubbler creates more air bubbles to improve oxygenation and gas exchange, good for fishes' health.
  • ❤️IP68 Waterproof and Multi-Colored Bubbler This fish tank accessoriesc an be easily driven by a air pump (not included) larger than 2.8W, and connects with air tube, creating more oxygen to keep your fishes healthy.❤️A Rainbow Pattern: 24 colors freely change.No need to switch modes.
  • ❤️Convenient to Use: No more other complex instructions, plug and play, only need to connect with the power, able to slow flash and change colors automatically.
  • ❤️With Suction Cups: Capable to easily fix the air bubble light in specified position of bottom after sink into the bottom, which won’t disturb or hurt the fishes.
  • ❤️Versatile Use: Fish tank light has been able to submersible in water, suitable for use in fish tanks, aquarium, fountain and so on.
  • Manufacture: LEDGLE
  • Material: Plastic
  • Item Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Size: 6LED
  • Color: Multicolor
  • Style: Aquarium Bubble Light
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The LEDGLE
  • Brightness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='4.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

LEDGLE Final Thoughts

"2nd time Purchasing!"

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. This light is amazing, especially for the price. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(215 Points)

6. Full-Spectrum RGB Fish Tank Light, 24-Hour Sunrise and Sunset Ecosystem, with Remote Timing, 19.5W P...

User Ratings: 51

commonly HL-3060A First Impressions

"I did not."

This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me.

  • Full-Spectrum RGB Fish Tank Light, 24-Hour Sunrise and Sunset Ecosystem, with Remote Timing, 19.5W Power Black, Suitable for 19’-31’’ Aquariums and Reptile Plants
  • 【1】72 LED lamp beads including 48 white plus 24RGB, with high brightness and full spectrum debugging
  • 【2】24-hour simulated sunrise and sunset lighting system and 4 kinds of weather selection lighting to make your Beta aquarium more realistic ecological environment
  • 【3】The aluminum alloy material makes the lamps that work for a long time have better heat dissipation, and the retractable lamp frame is convenient for different sizes of aquariums,Suitable for Beta aquariums of 19in-31.5in length
  • 【4】The remote control allows you to manage the aquarium more freely, the adjustable infrared head is more convenient, and the physical buttons on the lamps are also retained
  • 【5】A well-built aquarium needs a perfect rgb lighting system, you can’t imagine how happy the fish in such an environment is
  • Manufacture: Commonly
  • Material: Plastic, Aluminum alloy
  • Item Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 19.68 x 3.93 x 0.78 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Style: Modern
  • Power Source: Corded Electric
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The commonly HL-3060A
  • Brightness [star rating='4.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.1']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

commonly HL-3060A Final Thoughts

"Actual length of the 7."

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(9 Points)

7. Marineland LED Light Hood for Aquariums, Day & Night Light

User Ratings: 66 6

MarineLand 32994 First Impressions

"I'm very pleased."

For the price these lights are incredible. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. Also note this is an initial impression review. I was skeptical about only having 3 lighting types at first. I added a moon light separately and all is good. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank.

  • Marineland LED Light Hood for Aquariums, Day & Night Light
  • DOMED HOOD Sleek design with energy-efficient LED light bar
  • NATURAL EFFECT White LEDs create a shimmering illumination that mimics sunlight’s natural underwater effect
  • HINGED Includes two sets of hinges to fit most popular frame sizes – for easy access during maintenance
  • SIZE Measures 24 inches by 12 inches
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 12.25 x 3.63 inches; 2 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand 32994
  • Brightness [star rating='3.8']
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.4']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.9']

MarineLand 32994 Final Thoughts

"I hope this light lasts."

Trust me u will not be disappointed! The remote that comes with the light leaves a lot to be desired. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. It's not too bright and not too dim. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up.

Overall Score
4.3

[star rating="4.3"]
(2723 Points)

8. Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (90cm - 36")

User Ratings: 74 3

Beamswork First Impressions

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

I thought they were fairly easy to set up. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia.

  • Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (90cm - 36")
  • LEDs: 42x 0.50W (2000 lumen)
  • Config: 29x 10000K, 6x Actinic 460nm, 3x Red 620nm, 4x Green 520nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Part Number: Huiyi-G41
  • Item Weight: 4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 35.5 x 5.25 x 1 inches
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
  • Brightness [star rating='4.2']
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Beamswork Final Thoughts

"5 inch units."

They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. Overall build quality is really good. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. This is another awsome product from hygger. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT.

Overall Score
4.5

[star rating="4.5"]
(185 Points)

9. UPMCT Aquarium Light with Extendable Brackets, 2-Channel Control White and Blue LEDs, Fish Tank Ligh...

User Ratings: 75

UPMCT First Impressions

"I love this light."

I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. I thought they were fairly easy to set up.

  • UPMCT Aquarium Light with Extendable Brackets, 2-Channel Control White and Blue LEDs, Fish Tank Light with Color Rendering and Good Lighting Effect (14-18 in)
  • 【Specification】9W, kelvin:6500K, lumen:1320, 16 pcs white leds and 8 pcs blue light, aquarium light measures: 13.8 in L x 3.9 in W. Comes with two adjustable stands of 5 in length. The optimal size of aquariums for this light ranges from 13.8 in to 17.8 in.
  • 【Two lighting modes】white ray and actinic blue lamp are suitable for daytime spectrum and intensity. The actinic blue lamp can penetrate deep water and make everything in the aquarium brighter, creating a wonderful aquarium view. With only the blue LED on, moonlight at night can be imitated, which can not only encourage fish to do exercise but also provide lighting for them and allow you to enjoy the moonlight view of coral reefs and algae.
  • 【Complete rage of sizes & small length span】After optimizing the length, the problem that the aquarium light is too long or too short for the aquarium is solved. Our fish tank light can match perfectly with aquariums of different sizes. It comes with two adjustable metal stands that can be easily installed on most of aquariums with or without lids.
  • 【Compatible】Compatible with UPMCT Single-channel timer, simulate sunrise & sunset to provide a natural day and night cycle for your fish and free your hand.
  • 【This is an aquarium light with cost-effectiveness】 The wattage of LED beads is very low, which saves electricity. Despite the low power, the LED beads can produce strong lighting just like other forms of aquarium lighting. In addition, compared with other types of lighting equipment, the rust-proof metal shell, lower heat and faster heat dissipation make it perfect choice for freshwater aquarium and artificial fish tank.
  • Manufacture: UPMCT
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Item Weight: 1.18 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The UPMCT
  • Brightness [star rating='3.6']
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

UPMCT Final Thoughts

"It is plenty of light."

I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. I changed my review and contacted Hygger. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Trust me u will not be disappointed! It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(21 Points)

10. COODIA Aquarium Hood Lighting Color Changing Remote Controlled Dimmable RGBW LED Light for Aquarium/...

User Ratings: 72 6

COODIA First Impressions

"Its awesome."

There IS a purple hue to this fixture. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. This light is amazing, especially for the price. Cycling through brightness levels is awkward as well. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me.

  • COODIA Aquarium Hood Lighting Color Changing Remote Controlled Dimmable RGBW LED Light for Aquarium/Fish Tank, Extendable (for Fresh and Salt Water)
  • Multiple colors and multiple lighting modes.This light is also beneficial to grow plants.
  • With extendable bracket to adjust the length to fit your fish tank,fits tank 19 inch--28inch in length
  • Dedicated and professional power supply design, more energy-efficient,over 10000 hours lifespan
  • 2.4G remote technology is updated on July 15, no longer requests point the remote straight to the receiver. You can even control the light through a wall. High bright LEDs and dimmable with remote control
  • Easy to use, just put it on the top of fish tank and plug into the power. Ideal for freshwater and seawater
  • Manufacture: COODIA
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.4 x 22.4 inches; 1.81 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The COODIA
  • Brightness [star rating='4.7']
  • Quality [star rating='3.4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

COODIA Final Thoughts

"These lights are great."

So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. The person I sold them to had one start smoking and burnt out the white channel. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank.

Overall Score
4.4

[star rating="4.4"]
(778 Points)

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