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. Honpal LED Aquarium Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs,Fish Tank Light for Fresh Wa...

User Ratings: 67 7

Honpal First Impressions

"Then the bars slide out."

We just run the bright lights during the day. Also note this is an initial impression review. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. This light is amazing, especially for the price. You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great.

  • Honpal LED Aquarium Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs,Fish Tank Light for Fresh Water and Salt Water
  • Energy efficient and high quality LEDs. 7.5W,42 LEDs(39 White Light+3 Blue Light)
  • Black shell with adjustable metal brackets to fit aquarium tank from 11.5 inches to 19.6 inches.
  • Two lighting modes: White+Blue LEDs for daylight and Blue LEDs for nightlight.Ideal for fresh water and seawater.
  • This light is conducive to the growth of aquatic plants.It also can create a special lighting effect and atmosphere for your fish tanks.
  • Three position waterproof design ,white+blue, off and blue.Easy to use, just put it on the top of fish tank and plug into the power.
  • Power: 7.5W
  • Voltage: 100-240v 0.3A 50/60hz
  • Output: DC 12V 1A
  • Manufacture: Honpal
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 4.9 x 0.78 inches; 15.2 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Honpal
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Honpal Final Thoughts

"Mainly wanted timer."

‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. This is another awsome product from hygger. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. 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.

Overall Score
4.3


(377 Points)

3. Coralife T5 Replacement Lamp Colormax

User Ratings: 52 25

Coralife 100105624 First Impressions

"But for a DISPLAY."

All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well.

  • Coralife T5 Replacement Lamp Colormax
  • High-intensity output that enhances the natural beauty of freshwater fish and plant
  • Color-enhancing phosphors that provide full-spectrum light
  • Simulates the sun at high noon with a slight cloud base
  • Energy efficient
  • Manufacture: Coralife
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 36.8 x 1 inches; 6.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Coralife 100105624
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  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Coralife 100105624 Final Thoughts

"- no color control."

This light is even better than I expected! It's so bright, I was concerned that I would bleach the corals at the 1 setting. This is another awsome product from hygger. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. For the price these lights are incredible. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible.

Overall Score
3.6


(35 Points)

4. Aqueon Modular LED Aquarium Lamp

User Ratings: 75 8

Aqueon 100113254 First Impressions

"Best thing I did!"

I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! We just run the bright lights during the day.

  • Aqueon Modular LED Aquarium Lamp
  • Colormax Color LED Lamps use a combination of white and red LEDs that enhance color of your fish and plants by boosting the appearance of their natural colors
  • 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
  • Lamps fit into any of the Aqueon LED light fixtures, strips or hoods with interchangeable LED lamps
  • Manufacture: Central Garden & Pet
  • Product Dimensions: 1.25 x 1.25 x 14.5 inches; 12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqueon 100113254
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Aqueon 100113254 Final Thoughts

"It is plenty of light."

Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output. There IS a purple hue to this fixture.

Overall Score
4.4


(113 Points)

5. WOTERZI LED Aquarium Light Clip on Fish Tank Light with Extendable Bracket

User Ratings: 75 3

WOTERZI First Impressions

"No remote."

I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. I purchased three of these for my 240 gallon reef tank and they work incredibly well. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. This is another awsome product from hygger. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price!

  • WOTERZI LED Aquarium Light Clip on Fish Tank Light with Extendable Bracket
  • ✔ADJUSTABLE BRACKET & CLAMP - The aquarium light adopts pull rod design, no pressure on the fish tank. Adjustable bracket and clamp fit for fish tanks of 10 to 18 inches, not more than 0.98 inches in thickness.
  • ✔MULTIPLE MODES - Switch I : Only 3 blue lights on. Switch II : 12 white and 3 blue all on. Ultra-bright 7000-8000k White LEDs and rich 460-465nm Blue light provides sufficient light for daily and nightly lighting.
  • ✔LOWER CONSUMPTION, BETTER PERFORMANCE - High quality voltage converter outputs 12V low voltage and 6W Power which ensures long-lasting well-balanced lighting while reducing electric consumption.
  • ✔SOLIDLY MATERIAL - The body of the aquarium lamp is made of aluminum alloy which effectively reduce the heat generation problem of high luminosity LED lamps.
  • ✔EXCELLENT DESIGN - Slim and modern look makes the aquarium light LED blend in different styles. High bright LEDs help you create a realistic underwater home-aquarium environment for algae, anemones, coral, fish, shrimp and other underwater living plants.
  • Manufacture: WOTERZI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.05 x 1.96 x 0.31 inches; 13.62 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The WOTERZI
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WOTERZI Final Thoughts

"Don't buy others."

I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. This light has some great intensity to it. The following Monday they shipped a new power supply. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum.

Overall Score
4.5


(306 Points)

6. 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
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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


(21 Points)

7. Aquarium Fish Tank Light LED Lighting 48 Inch Lamp for Freshwater Saltwater Marine Full Spectrum Blu...

User Ratings: 70 7

CrownLEDJG First Impressions

"Definitely submersible."

The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. Also note this is an initial impression review. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. I initially planned to put this light on a 10 gallon with some javaferns and moss. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light.

  • Aquarium Fish Tank Light LED Lighting 48 Inch Lamp for Freshwater Saltwater Marine Full Spectrum Blue and White Decorations Light
  • 【Full Spectrum RGB】The aquarium light is designed with a special combination of blue, red and green, giving people a sense of ocean vision. Light can also stimulate the growth of aquatic plants and make your plants and fish grow healthy.
  • 【Adjustable】Extendable bracket-single side bracket can add 10cm (4"), 120cm aquarium light can be suitable for 120-140cm (47"-55") fish tank. This aquarium light has 2 modes: Full spectrum (daylight), Blue LED (night light).
  • 【Quick heat dissipation】The main body of the aquarium lamp is made of aluminum alloy, which quickly dissipates heat. High-quality LED lights, energy-saving and efficient, can last up to 20,000 hours of lighting.
  • 【Practical type】The slim and modern appearance makes aquarium LED lights blend together in different styles. High-brightness LEDs can help you create a realistic underwater aquarium environment for algae, corals, fish, shrimps and other underwater creatures. Suitable for freshwater or saltwater fish and medium-high light level plants.
  • 【Focus on reminding】Note: This light is not waterproof, please do not put it in water. If there are missing parts in the product you received, it may be caused by logistics. Don't worry, please feel free to contact us and we will reissue parts for you. The product has no timer and can be purchased and installed separately.
  • Manufacture: CrownLEDJG
  • Product Dimensions: 4.68 x 2.34 x 48.75 inches; 4.25 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The CrownLEDJG
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CrownLEDJG Final Thoughts

"I have two reef tanks."

So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. No pictures because the camera on the phone couldn't pick it up. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. Overall a good competitor to Nicrew.

Overall Score
4.3


(99 Points)

8. SHUPAT Full Spectrum Aquarium Light, with Aluminum Alloy Shell Extendable Brackets Fish Tank Light, ...

User Ratings: 76 3

SHUPAT First Impressions

"Thanks Julio!"

PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. They did well enough during the time I had them. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. Thia works fantastic for my 75 G salt tank. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums.

  • SHUPAT Full Spectrum Aquarium Light, with Aluminum Alloy Shell Extendable Brackets Fish Tank Light, White Blue Red Combine LEDs, for Freshwater Plants
  • ULTRA BRIGHT LED LIGHT: this aquarium led light is DC12V/20W, 5730 large leds, super bright, makes the aquarium water look more sparkly clean.support low-to-mid light level plant growth. Input: AC100-240V/60HZ. Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • ADJUSTABLE BRACKETS: the fish tank light comes with 2 metal mounting brackets, which are both freely extendable. You can easily to install this led fish tank light on most aquarium tanks.
  • TWO LIGHT COLOR MODES: this aquarium light has two light modes: full spectrum (daylight), blue LED(nightlight). Bright LED with full spectrum makes it brighter, it can be turned the mode to blue lamp at night, it combines different color LED to maximize plant growth.
  • DURABLE AQUARIUM LIGHT: the body of the aquarium lamp is made of aluminum alloy, has a nice feel and fast heat dissipation. With high-quality leds, energy efficient, can last up to 20000 hours of lighting
  • EXCELLENT DESIGN: slim and modern look makes the aquarium light LED blend in different styles. High bright LEDs help you create a realistic underwater home-aquarium environment for algae, anemones, coral, fish, shrimp and other underwater living plants.
  • Manufacture: SHUPAT
  • Editor's Impressions Of The SHUPAT
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SHUPAT Final Thoughts

"I would recommend buying!"

My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. We've got wide 13 gallon tank that is about 23 inches long. This light has some great intensity to it. Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. But I will stick with the Nicrew classic LED PLUS as it also has full spectrum. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light.

Overall Score
4.5


(285 Points)

9. S SMIFUL LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Waterproof RGB Color Changing Remote Control Underwater...

User Ratings: 68 7

S SMIFUL First Impressions

"No issues out of the box."

You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. Trust me u will not be disappointed!

  • S SMIFUL LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light Waterproof RGB Color Changing Remote Control Underwater Submersible LED Lights Strip Background Decorate Glofish Betta Plant Lighting
  • >>> Colorful LED Lights --- Use of 21 RGB LED lights with 16 color 4 modes and controled by wireless remote, can make your fish tank a colorful landscape. Can be widely used in fish tanks, cisterns, rockeries, pet cages and others. Bright LED Bar can make your tank look like part of oceans, and your fish and reptiles seen where they're swimming or moving.
  • >>> Light dim adjustable --- There are two button(Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote to adjust the brightness for this light.
  • >>> Color change speed adjustable --- Choose one of the mode "flash","strobe", "fade" or "smooth", then press the brightness adjust button to rise or down the color changing speed.
  • >>> IP68 Waterproof --- This LED light Bar could be submerged entirely under the water or put it out of the water, but the Power Adapter, Switch and Remote are Non-submersible! This light bar is very easy to attach to the fish tank with 2 suction cups (included), make it very easy to place on fish tank. This item can be put in the bottom of fish tank, on the top of fish tank and any where you want put in the fish tank to decorate your fish tank.
  • >>> Brighter and Safer --- 5050 LED lights chip is 20% brighter and is designed for reliable, long-term performance, energy saving and safe. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • Output: DV 12V
  • Input: AC 100-240V
  • LED Light Type: 5050
  • Manufacture: Smiful
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 1 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The S SMIFUL
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S SMIFUL Final Thoughts

"Using on 37 gal cube."

I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums. We just run the bright lights during the day. Like most led strips, this is low profile and thin. When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. Therefore you cannot use this fixture on a customer timer.

Overall Score
4.3


(2125 Points)

10. Karcy Aquarium Clean Light Submersible Waterproof Lamp Aquarium Water Clean Green Algae Clean Waterp...

User Ratings: 38 39

Karcy First Impressions

"I love it."

Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me. The entire process took only a few days. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too.

  • Karcy Aquarium Clean Light Submersible Waterproof Lamp Aquarium Water Clean Green Algae Clean Waterproof Clean Lamp
  • Ultraviolet rays are harmful to the human body: please do not observe with the naked eye, direct exposure will harm human eyes and skin.
  • Package Including: 1pcs x Aquarium Clean Water Light
  • Prohibition: Turn on the lights continuously for more than 6 hours. It is recommended to turn on the lights for about 2 hours each time, and use 3 or 4 times a week.
  • Aquarium UV Clean Light can only be used in the filter tank, not directly in the fish tank, and it is forbidden to directly irradiate organisms.
  • Tube length: 17.5cm/6.89"; cable length: 143cm/56.3"; suitable for fish tanks below 60cm/23.62"
  • Manufacture: Karcy
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Karcy
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Karcy Final Thoughts

"The color looks great."

My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. I'm very happy with the light performance. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration.

Overall Score
3.2


(5 Points)

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