Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Underwater Aquarium Lights

1. 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)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Underwater Aquarium Lights

2. 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
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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


(2723 Points)

3. 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)

4. MingDak LED Aquarium Light, Wireless Remote Control Fish Tank Light,RGB Colored Changing,Brightness ...

User Ratings: 73 3

MingDak First Impressions

"Actual length of the 7."

I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. This light has some great intensity to it. I am very pleased and plan to get the smaller version for my betta tank. It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. I like that it has a timer built into the control module too. Programming the lights was a breeze, and it lights up my tank well. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank.

  • MingDak LED Aquarium Light, Wireless Remote Control Fish Tank Light,RGB Colored Changing,Brightness Adjustable,Underwater Submersible LED Light
  • UP GRADE LIGHT: Up graded RGB light beads brighter than others, long life span and energy saving;Upgraded suction cups give you endless possibilities on how to use these light;Water resistant can be fully submersible.
  • AQUARIUM BACKGROUND LIGHT: Install led light behind aquarium, background lighting create a stunning sunset, a vivid shores of a reef,or highlight submerged caves, takes your underwater view to a hole new level.
  • FISH AQUARIUM LIGHT: Submersive or above water mount ,brightly illuminate your fish with dazzling colors you choose, each color is individually adjustable for endless custom color blends.
  • AMBIANCE LIGHT: The brilliant lighting colors put yourself in the mood to focus, be creative, or simply relax and unwind, experience color therapy both day and night. Set the ambiance for any room or aquascape.
  • REMOTE CONTROL: With 16 solid colors and 4 various light modes, wireless remote control allows you to dial-in whatever color your want, Change intensity, adjust the color changing speed,turn light on/off on-demand.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MingDak
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"I'd recommend it."

I purchased 2 of these lights for my 90 gal reef tank. 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. It illuminates my 20g long fish tank entirely and perfectly. It's not too bright and not too dim. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers. I am running 20 something aquariums and have multiple lights running in my fishroom.

Overall Score
4.5


(1861 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Underwater Aquarium Lights

5. NICREW Multi-Colored LED Aquarium Air Stone Disk, Round Fish Tank Bubbler with Auto Color Changing L...

User Ratings: 65 6

NICREW PT0291 First Impressions

"5gal tanks."

Trust me u will not be disappointed! This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. I now own 2 of these lights and I love them. For the price range of this light that is truly outstanding customer service. I have to once again sing praises for this light and company. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. It's not an issue now that I understand it, but I thought it was broken at first.

  • NICREW Multi-Colored LED Aquarium Air Stone Disk, Round Fish Tank Bubbler with Auto Color Changing LEDs
  • Diameter: 2 inches
  • Promoting underwater supplemental oxygen
  • Slow color changing LED light
  • It fits for most aquariums, fish tanks, pools and other similar occasions
  • Package: Round Bubbling Stone Disk with suction cup, 3/16 in. tube and power adapter. Pump is not included
  • Manufacture: NICREW
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 3.1 x 2.1 inches; 6.38 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The NICREW PT0291
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NICREW PT0291 Final Thoughts

"It turns everything blue."

I got my light today couldn't wait to put it on my blackwater tank. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. It's been a few years since I left this review and thought I'd leave an update. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. I'm very happy with the light performance. I just put half inch molding around the lights so they don't move. All my plants doubled in size in a month as shown in the pictures.

Overall Score
4.3


(1822 Points)

6. COVOART LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light RGB Color Underwater Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lig...

User Ratings: 71 7

COVOART AERLING-34691154 First Impressions

"The brackets work nicely."

For the price these lights are incredible. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. I eventually saw the tracking slip and it was terrible. So these lights obviously can produce SPS required PAR light levels. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. The ramp timer also seems to help the fish and shrimp a lot, especially newer ones. It has multiple settings, dimmer and a TIMER!

  • COVOART LED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light RGB Color Underwater Light Submersible Crystal Glass Lights
  • Ultra bright and full spectrum RGB LEDs for showing vivid colors of aquatic plants and fish, can make your fish tank a colorful landscape. Ultra-bright SMD 5050 LEDs, which makes the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others.
  • Excellent sealed design. The tank light is amphibious with IP68 Rating, can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. Two strong suction cup help fix cable firmly in the tank, fitting for aquarium, fish tank, pool, etc
  • Safety low-voltage design. With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish.
  • Equipped with memory. The light fixture can remembers last saved settings. The fixture interacts with the controller via an IR sensor.
  • Multiple colors & multiple lighting modes. Multi-color Remote Controller of the led aquarium light offers 16 solid colors and 4 various light modes: Flash, Strobe, Fade, Smooth.
  • Manufacture: COVOART
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 1 inches; 9.6 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The COVOART AERLING-34691154
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COVOART AERLING-34691154 Final Thoughts

"I love it."

I may purchase this if I decide to start a frag tank. Thanks u so much Hygger for all the amazing equipment u offer. The timer works well, and I love that there are different intervals. This will also give you the blue lights while the whites are on throughout the day. Mainly keeping montiporas, Xenia, birds nest, gorgonians, various sinularia. This light has some great intensity to it. If you're considering using the LED stick-on lights to upgrade- don't bother.

Overall Score
4.4


(1327 Points)

7. MarineLand LED Aquarium Natural Shimmering Light

User Ratings: 75 5

MarineLand 32996 First Impressions

"It is very bright!"

This one beats them all and now Im going to have to get back into some stem plants. But now was an opportunity to upgrade. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. I can set it for 3-12 hours so helps save me sometime before work in the morning. Wanted to return it but decided to keep it for my quarantine tank. I have a very big 55 gallon corner tank that had a big hood on the top. I'd use it for a frag tank or maybe even a coral QT.

  • MarineLand LED Aquarium Natural Shimmering Light
  • BRIGHTER LIGHT White LEDs create a shimmering illumination that mimics sunlight’s natural underwater effect – now 25% brighter compared to previous model white LEDs
  • NIGHT LIGHT EFFECT Enjoy your aquarium at night by switching to the blue night light mode
  • RUBBER FEET Use with a glass canopy – rubber feel minimize slipping
  • SIZE For aquariums up to 30 inches long
  • Age Range Description: All Life Stages
  • Update the look of your aquarium with this LED aquarium light and a glass canopy
  • Long lasting 60 mW LEDs, never replace a light bulb again
  • Energy efficient, low voltage power supply helps reduce energy costs
  • Manufacture: Marineland
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 1 inches; 12 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The MarineLand 32996
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MarineLand 32996 Final Thoughts

"5 betta tank."

When I added this light my plants where not looking well at all. Few months ago I decided to try my hand at propagation coral. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. I bought the smaller one without realizing it. What happens when you mix a lot of blue with a little red. This light does a great job and grows plants in a rapid rate. PAR readings were taken with an apogee par meter.

Overall Score
4.5


(1037 Points)

8. MingDak LED Aquarium Plant Light - Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Aquarium Lighting for Fresh...

User Ratings: 75 3

MingDak First Impressions

"Hope it lasts."

It does give a nice look though if that's what you're going for. I purchased this item for my daughters Aqua plant tank. I would highly recommend this light for anyone looking. The entire process took only a few days. Even the torch, frogspawn and brain at the bottom of the tank is doing well. The Nicrew comes with 2 different brackets to make sure it fits your aquarium. I have seen no flickering or pulsing of these lights as reported by other reviewers.

  • MingDak LED Aquarium Plant Light - Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Aquarium Lighting for Freshwater,White Blue Red Combine LEDs
  • FULL SPECTRUM: The 6500K natural light with the dedicated white, blue and red diodes has just the wavelengths which are the most conducive to plant growth. Not include extraneous colors such as green, orange, pink, etc. which grow algae.
  • BRIGHTER & MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT:With more leds , higher lumens stronger illuminance,but lower energy consumption,this light for 18 inch to 24 inch fish tank has 64 leds ,1000 lumens, 3335lux illuminance at 12'', energy consume 11W.
  • BRIGHTNESS ADJUST & TIME SETTING: This led aquarium light with an external multi-function controller which can be adjust the light brightness from 100% to 10%, also can be set the lighting time to 3, 6 or 12 hours.
  • 3 LIGHT MODES: White+Blue+red LEDS on,white+red LEDS on and only blue LEDS on. It is not only create a light that mimics the natural underwater effect of sunlight, but also allow for aquarium night time enjoyment.
  • BEAUTIFUL & FUNCTIONAL:Aluminum housing which is slim and sturdy;Adjustable mounting legs can expand from 18 inch to 24 inch,sutable for most tanks with cover or no, with rims or rimless.
  • Manufacture: MingDak
  • Product Dimensions: 15.74 x 2.95 x 0.43 inches; 1.1 Pounds
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MingDak Final Thoughts

"I'll elaborate in a bit."

You'll have to DIY it, and even then it might not look great. No bad algae, Corals show great expansion, nice growth, and good coloration. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. All of the LEDs appear to illuminate and the lights dim smoothly. Most lights make it still so dark you can't see. They are so much nicer than the florescent lights that came with my tanks.

Overall Score
4.5


(1032 Points)

9. MLJ LED Aquarium Light, 7-44 Inch Waterproof Fish Light White with Blue, RGB Underwater Lamp Submers...

User Ratings: 71 5

MLJ First Impressions

"I couldn't be happier."

My plants have been pearling by late evening since installing the light. As long as you seal it before using it, it should perform well. 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 so in love with this lights and looking forward to start a new planted tank. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. I just set them up today so I will adjust and update this review accordingly.

  • MLJ LED Aquarium Light, 7-44 Inch Waterproof Fish Light White with Blue, RGB Underwater Lamp Submersible LED Light for Fish Tank
  • Waterproof--With waterproof IP68 rating, this LED light Bar could be submerged entirely under or above the water.
  • Multi-size--7-44 Inch, we offer different size for different fish tank type. 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.
  • RGB Light--Up graded RGB light beads brighter than others, long life span and energy saving. Ultra bright and full spectrum RGB LEDs for showing vivid colors of aquatic plants and fish, can make your fish tank like a colorful landscape.
  • 24 Buttons RGB Remote Control for Color Changing-- You can choose between 2 flashing modes (slow flashing and fast flashing), 16 different colors and 4 flash modes (Flash / Strobe / Fade / Smooth) to create a charming atmosphere in the aquarium. If you are using the remote control for the first time, please remove the insulating foil and install a suitable button battery.
  • Easy to Use-- Firm suction cup is comfortable and essential. Rubber protective cap to prevent collision and damage. Made of a highly transparent and explosion-proof acrylic lampshade, it is durable and easy to clean. With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish.
  • Manufacture: MLJ
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MLJ Final Thoughts

"Looks great."

Seems to be doing pretty well for my planted tank also! Sealed very well and the shipping was next day. It's the best bang for your buck for a minimal reef light. Best of all you see the true color of your plants and fish. My main display has been running with ecotech radions. Suprized how well it lights up this tank. The entire process took only a few days.

Overall Score
4.4


(1025 Points)

10. MQ 8-20 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, IP68 ...

User Ratings: 68 5

MQ First Impressions

"But I didn't need them."

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. I'm very happy with the light performance. If necessary, I'll just buy one more and I'm sure I'll be fine. My only concern is that the lowest setting is very bright. For the price these lights are incredible. Compared to the original Classic, the Plus model is a very nice upgrade.

  • MQ 8-20 in Submersible LED Aquarium Light, Color Changing Fish Tank Light with Remote Control, IP68 Crystal Glass LED Lights Bar, for Fish Tank 10-35 inch
  • Colorful Visual Effect- 24 keys controller can provide 16 colors and 4 modes (smooth/flash/strobe/fade) for your fish tank. Multi Color Changing LED Lamp gives bright light effects and a totally different vision.
  • Lighting Brightness Adjustable - Two buttons (Rise / Down) in the left-top of the remote used to adjust the brightness for this light. It can make your fish tank a colorful landscape.
  • Energy saving - 5050 LED lights chip make the fish tank lights 35% brighter than others. 5050 SMD lamps are safe, low heat and long-lasting. Can be widely used in fish tank, turtle tank, reptile tank, pond and so on.
  • IP68 Waterproof – The fish tank light can be fully submerged in water and work underwater. 2 Strong Suction Cups allow you to fix the submersible fish tank light to the specific place as you wish.
  • Safety Design - With low voltage of 12V, the LED aquarium light is safe and won't cause any harm to people or fish. And the explosion protection acrylic glass give a more clear and safer light for your aquariums.
  • Waterproof: IP68 Waterproof for the LED bar
  • Light Color: 16 color with 4 modes
  • LED Light Type: 5050
  • Manufacture: MQ
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MQ Final Thoughts

" just in case."

You just position it over the glass strip where the old strip light used to sit. I have the tank set up as a riverine system, but fairly well planted. The adjustable brightness levels are awesome too. The timer mode utilized seems like the only timer mode I wouldn't really ever want. I've had these lights for three weeks and so far they are AWESOME. Now thanks to this light they are not only surviving but thriving also. Overall, this LED light gives new fish tank owners the best bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.4


(684 Points)

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