Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Timer Aquarium Lights

1. NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs

User Ratings: 80 3

NICREW ZJL-60A First Impressions

"- no color control."

As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. Overall, this appears to be a good light for the price. I'm very happy with the light performance. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration.

  • NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs
  • Super bright, energy-efficient and long-lasting LEDs promotes healthy, vibrant growth of fish and aquatic plants, to produce brilliant lighting to your aquascape
  • Two lighting modes: White & Blue LEDs for daylight and Blue LEDs only for nightlight, created especially for freshwater aquariums
  • Adjustable metal brackets to fit aquarium tank from 18 inches to 24 inches, light body without adjustable mounting brackets: 16.2 in L x 4 in W
  • Compatible with NICREW Single-channel timer and Single-channel timer Pro, gradually turn the light on to simulate sunrise, and to dim the light to simulate sunset
  • A glass or acrylic canopy is highly recommended to extend the life of the unit by preventing moisture from affecting it
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW ZJL-60A
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NICREW ZJL-60A Final Thoughts

"Except the programming."

Its sold in different lengths and worked great for this light. This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! Overall build quality is really good. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals.

Overall Score
4.6


(11082 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Timer Aquarium Lights

2. 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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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)

3. MingDak Submersible LED Aquarium Light,Fish Tank Light with Timer Auto On/Off, White & Blue LED Ligh...

User Ratings: 73 3

MingDak First Impressions

"What a pain!"

Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. I think the blue lights are meant to be an evening light. It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter. Another note, there are more blue LED than red LED. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • MingDak Submersible LED Aquarium Light,Fish Tank Light with Timer Auto On/Off, White & Blue LED Light bar Stick for Fish Tank, 3 Light Modes Dimmable,6W,11 Inch
  • 3 LIGHTING MODES: The white, the bule or the white & blue light brings out the color of everything in tank,creates a wonderful aquascape. It is the best choice for main light, accent light,or replacement aquarium hood light.
  • GOOD FOR PLANT & FISH: Ultra-bright 7000-7500k White LEDs and rich 460nm blue light are sufficient to grow your plant thriving.It also lights your fish in a way that really changes their color to stand out.
  • BUILT-IN TIMER: The fish tank light has built-in timer and 3 timing durations, it will come on and go off at the same time every day and light up for 6 hours,10 hours or 12 hours.No need to buy extra timer.
  • BUILT-IN DIMMER: There are 30 super bright leds in the 11 inch fish tank light, if you have over bright issues, you can adjust the brightness with the built-in dimmer for each white light and blue light.
  • WATERPROOF AND EASY TO MOUNT: It is submersible and with moveable suction cups, mount the light on tank bottom or at the top, attach it into the tank any angle or even outside the tank.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Item Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"It does not feel cheap."

That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures. For the price you will not find a better light on the market. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer.

Overall Score
4.5


(1836 Points)

4. BeamsWork DA FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Pent Freshwater

User Ratings: 76 4

Beamswork First Impressions

"So far A+ rating."

This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. When I ordered my second light it arrived with a dead transformer. We just run the bright lights during the day. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. When I disassembled it- I found the light had no seal on either end cap.

  • BeamsWork DA FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Pent Freshwater
  • Lumen: 5200
  • LEDs: 120x 0.50W
  • Config: 86x 10000K, 16x Actinic 460nm, 9x Red 620nm, 9x Green 520nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Product Dimensions: 48.25 x 5.25 x 1.5 inches; 5 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
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Beamswork Final Thoughts

"The light is not hot!"

The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! It's a simple design, easy and intuitive to set up, adjustable and fits great. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. I added a moon light separately and all is good.

Overall Score
4.6


(974 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Timer Aquarium Lights

5. VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Dimmable 165W 300W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Grow Coral Reef M...

User Ratings: 75 4

VIPARSPECTRA First Impressions

"I did not."

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. The last pic is the blue setting on the NICREW light. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. I thought they were fairly easy to set up. So my ALL Blues run alone one hour before and an hour after. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. This light is even better than I expected!

  • VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Dimmable 165W 300W LED Aquarium Light Full Spectrum for Grow Coral Reef Marine Fish Tank LPS/SPS
  • VIPARSPECTRA Timer Control Series V165 LED Aquarium Light is scientifically engineered to keep the balance of the PAR output and coverage.
  • Internal timer allows you to turn the light on or off automatically and separately. Dimmable feature can be used to adjust two channels brightness individually.
  • V165 is full spectrum with our proprietary layout, which is contributed by thousands of ReefCentral members, has had years of success.
  • Suitable for all photosynthetic corals, be sure to acclimate your tank or new corals to the new light by slowing increasing its exposure/intensity to the light.
  • 1 year local warranty plus 30 days satisfaction or return guarantee.
  • Full spectrum that mimic natural light to help corals/fish achieve the best balance.
  • Built-in-Timer with two on/off settings one for blue and the other one for white.
  • Two channels brightness can be adjusted from 0% to 100% separately.
  • Manufacture: VIPARSPECTRA
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 8.5 x 2.4 inches; 9.3 Pounds
  • Batteries: 1 Product Specific batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The VIPARSPECTRA
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VIPARSPECTRA Final Thoughts

"Switch has 3 settings."

Just got this light today, and WOW! It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. The daytime lights are MUCH brighter than the lights my Top Fin hood has built in. I really wanted to like this light, but ultimately it didn't work for me.

Overall Score
4.5


(846 Points)

6. MingDak Fish Tank Clip on Light with Inline Timer, Clamp Aquarium Light with White & Blue LEDs, 3 Li...

User Ratings: 75 2

MingDak First Impressions

"- no color control."

This light is definitely amazing build quality and brightness for the price! That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! Check out the photos on this 20 gallon grow out tank. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. Both are quality lights, well built with excellent output.

  • MingDak Fish Tank Clip on Light with Inline Timer, Clamp Aquarium Light with White & Blue LEDs, 3 Lighting Modes, Dimmable, 7W, 18 LEDs
  • 3 LIGHTING MODES: The white, the bule or the white & blue light brings out the color of everything in tank,creates a wonderful aquascape.
  • BUILT-IN TIMER: Mingdak fish tank clip on light has built-in timer it will come on and go off at the same time every day and light up for 6 hours,10 hours or 12 hours.
  • BUILT-IN DIMMER: Don't worry about over bright issue, you can adjust the brightness with the built-in dimmer for each white light and blue light.
  • WIDE MOUNT CLIP WITH GOOSENECK: Mingdak aquarium clip on light with 0.98 inch wide clip fit for all most fish tank wall, Soft gooseneck can be adjusted by any angles and positions.
  • GOOD FOR PLANT & FISH: Ultra-bright 7000-7500k White LEDs and rich 460nm blue light are sufficient to grow your plant thriving.It also lights your fish in a way that really changes their color to stand out.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Part Number: BB-JL-18
  • Item Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Color: 18 Led 7w (Timer&dimmer)
  • Batteries Required?: No
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"Thanks Julio!"

I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT. I am so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. I contacted NICREW they were great with customer service. 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. The timers are exactly what I needed to create sunrise and sunset effect. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly.

Overall Score
4.6


(738 Points)

7. Hygger Auto On Off 30-36 Inch LED Aquarium Light Extendable Dimmable 7 Colors Full Spectrum Light Fi...

User Ratings: 66 5

hygger First Impressions

"100% recommend!"

So I contacted customer service and asked them to send me a new transformer. They inquired about the issue with the item and then they replaced it right away. I actually thought the tank had constant algae blooms before I got this light. ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. That sounded like a good plan to me so I agreed it was worth the risk. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. My standard 10 gallon tank's hood finally crapped out on me.

  • Hygger Auto On Off 30-36 Inch LED Aquarium Light Extendable Dimmable 7 Colors Full Spectrum Light Fixture for Freshwater Planted Tank Build in Timer Sunrise Sunset
  • Hygger 957 Planted Aquarium Light features programmable, gradual 24-hour light cycle settings (sunrise, midday, sunset and night), auto on and off, to create a optimal condition for your fish and aquatic plants
  • Build-in Timer - The lighting system enables a variety of features such as customizing the intensity and colors of the light, setting up daytime to nighttime schedules, mimics sunrise and sunset, color gradient loop, fine tune lighting schedule, auto on and off, memory function, and much more
  • Sunrise & Sunset Functions - enable the LEDs to be easily programmed to slowly turn on or off in 15-minute which prevents light shock to fish. The white daylight mode blends the white, red, green and blue LEDs together to produce bright light. Moonlight mode provides 6 single-colored ( red, purple, blue, cyan, green, yellow) and 10 levels dimmable options. One programmable preset can save customized color combinations and lighting
  • IP68 Water-Resistant Rating - No need to worry about splashes, or other accidental drops of water. Premium fully encased 1.2mm thick aluminum shell provides more effective heat transfer and protects the device from humidity and water intrusion. No fan. Low voltage DC adapter, safe to use, saving electric bill
  • The 30“ freshwater aquarium LED fixture contains (79) 6500K White, (14) 450-455nm Blue, (8) 620-625nm Red, (7) 520-525nm Green, (36) RGB LED's. 2365 lumens. 6500-10000K. This system has adjustable mounting legs which can be used in aquariums with widths between 30 and 36 inches
  • Restore Factory Default Settings: press up and down button at the same time until " SOP " shows up, unplug the adapter jack. Light will restore to factory default setting and auto turn on at 6:30 am.
  • Daylight light color: white full spectrum light. You cannot choose colors or brightness.
  • Moonlight preset color: blue. You can alter light color.
  • Manufacture: hygger
  • Item Weight: 2.7 pounds
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Took off 4 stars."

The corals look beautiful and the color spectrum is great. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. Has all the functions I need and want, and I am happy with this purchase. I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. The 300w light is 16lbs, so I wouldn't trust using drywall anchors to mount it. This light has some great intensity to it.

Overall Score
4.4


(719 Points)

8. hygger Aquarium Programmable LED Light, Full Spectrum Plant Fish Tank Light Extendable Brackets with...

User Ratings: 66 6

hygger First Impressions

"So took a chance."

This is another awsome product from hygger. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER! ‍♂️Rgbw, Multiple settings, 3 stage timer. It can penetrate deep into the tank and grow corals. For the price these lights are incredible. They truly stand behind their products for the full 1 year warranty. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too.

  • hygger Aquarium Programmable LED Light, Full Spectrum Plant Fish Tank Light Extendable Brackets with LCD Setting Display, IP68 Waterproof, 7 Colors, 4 Modes for Novices Advanced Players
  • 4 Modes: ①Default Mode. L: All-optical + Blue light(can change); Brightness is simulated sunrise to sunset + night effect. ②DIY Mode. L: All-optical;The brightness(10 kinds) and time (any time) of each stage(8 stages in total) can be set by yourself. ③Gradient Mode. The brightness time cannot be set. Cycle colors-dark blue, green, purple, light blue, yellow, red. ④All-day All-optical Mode.You can fine-tune the color temperature of RGB light, can not set the brightness and time.
  • New Upgrade: IP68 waterproof and easy to clean and wipe, even if it falls into the water, don't worry. The separable adapter, even if it is damaged, no need to replace the light to avoid waste. Power off memory function, after the light resumes work, the time is also real time, no need to set. The extendable bending bracket can be adjusted in length and easy to install, and can be applied to various freshwater tanks. Thicken aluminum to increase heat dissipation efficiency.
  • High-quality Light: the color of the fish tank light is all-optical, dark blue, green, purple, light blue, yellow, red, dark red (sign of the start color cycle mode). The light is soft, the color rendering index is close to natural light, up to 89%, protecting eyes and fish, to refuse the discomfort caused by stroboscopic for fish and viewers. Using high-quality 2835 + 5050 model lamp beads, long service life, at least 50,000 hours. And there are 10 kinds of light brightness can be adjusted.
  • LCD Display Operation: There are four function keys, mode setting / up / down / light setting keys. The main screen mainly displays the real-time local time (optional 12 hours/24 hours), the time is accurate to the second. The following two small screens are program timers, which used to set the start and end time of day and night in mode.
  • Technical Specifications: Aluminum alloy plastic case. ①LIGHT SIZE:45*10*2.2cm. ②APPLICATION: 18~24inch. ③INPUT VOTAGE: AC100-240V. ④OUTPUT VOTAGE:DC15V. ⑥LED QUANTITY:77PCS. ⑦RENDERING INDEX:89. ⑧LUMENS:1290. ⑨Color temp:6500-10000K. ⑩POWER CORD:4.9ft.
  • 8 Time Stages: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, L8;
  • 10 Brightness: 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90%, 100%;
  • 8 Stage Setting Time: Any Time;
  • Manufacture: hygger
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hygger Final Thoughts

"Super bright!"

I added a moon light separately and all is good. This light is amazing, especially for the price. However, each brings a distinct look to the tank. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. This is the second Nicrew light I have purchased for my aquariums.

Overall Score
4.3


(640 Points)

9. Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (120cm - 48")

User Ratings: 72 5

Beamswork First Impressions

"No remote."

I really like that I can get a 24-hour effect with the timer. They immediately sent out the package via UPS but UPS lost it. This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. This light coming in at 6500 kelvin is perfect! Overall build quality is really good. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours.

  • Beamswork EA Timer FSPEC LED Aquarium Light Freshwwater Plant Extendable (120cm - 48")
  • LEDs: 54x 0.50W (2500 lumen)
  • Config: 37x 10000K, 9x Actinic 460nm, 4x Red 620nm, 4x Green 520nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day / Night
  • Suitable for freshwater, plants, cichlid
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Part Number: 9705865
  • Item Weight: 4.49 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 47.5 x 5.25 x 1 inches
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Batteries Included?: No
  • Batteries Required?: No
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
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Beamswork Final Thoughts

"Seems to be well made."

The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. It's not too bright and not too dim. This tank is 15 years old with lps and sps corals. For the price these lights are incredible. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired.

Overall Score
4.4


(639 Points)

10. BeamsWork EA White Blue LED Aquarium Fish Tank Light Extendable Timer Ready

User Ratings: 77 3

Beamswork First Impressions

"I love this light."

It should be much further down the cord so that it can be hidden if desired. The purple hue bugged me that much I returned it. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck. That said, I tried it out today and it's gorgeous! 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. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison.

  • BeamsWork EA White Blue LED Aquarium Fish Tank Light Extendable Timer Ready
  • Lumen
  • Config: 10000K, Actinic 460nm
  • Timer Ready, 2 Mode Day/Night Extendable
  • Suitable for freshwwater, cichlid, tropical fish, FOWLR
  • 1 Year Warranty*
  • Manufacture: Beamswork
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Beamswork
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Beamswork Final Thoughts

"Mainly wanted timer."

The built-in schedule will restrict you which is super annoying. I contacted Nicrew support over the weekend and received a reply within hours. This lights had the reviews i was looking for. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. The second pic is my old Top Fin light for comparison. The entire process took only a few days.

Overall Score
4.6


(506 Points)

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