The Right Aquarium Light Shouldn't Be Hard to Find

Has anyone else ever made the mistake of leaving their blackout curtains closed all weekend? Your environment goes from a lively atmosphere to what feels like the dungeons of the Red Keep in Game of Thrones. Although it's a wonderful feeling to relax in bed with the lights off, it's important to keep some light in your home during the day.

Our floating friends also need a stable day and night schedule. Since our scaly friends are confined to fish tanks and can't soak up vitamin D outside, it's important to have aquarium lighting for your fish. You can go with different lighting systems depending on whether your fish is in a freshwater aquarium or saltwater aquarium. Not only can they benefit your fish, but light fixtures make your tank look attractive by lighting up aquarium plants and tank decor.

Aquarium Lighting Systems

1. NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light

Be sure that you buy the correct lighting system according to your water type. NICREW's LED aquarium light is compatible with freshwater fish tanks. Thankfully, the day and night cycle was a big factor in making this lighting system. It has white and blue LED light bulbs. White for day and blue for night. It's under $20 and you can choose between five different sizes.

2. MarineLand LED Aquarium Natural Shimmering Light

With a natural shimmering light, the light will mimic the natural underwater effect of sunlight.

3. Aqueon LED Aquarium Lamp

If you have a large fish tank you'll love this lighting system. A customer has an 18 inch deep tank and says plenty of light reaches the bottom of the tank.

4. Tetra LED Aquarium Hood Energy Efficient Hood with Lighting

Most of the time you'll see aquarium light fixtures as LED strip lights or as hoods. This aquarium hood comes in four different sizes and has bright LED lights.

5. Koval Aquarium Lighting Fish Tank Light Hood with Extendable Brackets

Koval's full spectrum fish tank hood has great customer reviews that give you the reassurance you need. The extendable brackets are easy to adjust to most aquariums. There are blue and white lights, so you'll have your settings for day and night use.

6. Finnex Planted+ 24/7 HLC Aquarium LED Light

I love that Finnex's lighting system comes with a remote. If you do decide to plummet into a 10 hour Netflix binge, you'll be able to adjust the LED lighting from your couch.

7. Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Light for Aquarium

I wouldn't say this is your best choice if you're looking for a budget-friendly aquarium lighting system. Your freshwater friends will enjoy the environmental effects. Yes, you can create a storm and lightning effect. I would have fun playing with the presets and creating my own blends.

8. HIPARGERO LED Aquarium Light Saltwater Lighting

Now here's something we're used to. Instead of a remote control, there's a touch control LED. I'm sure the next big thing is a smartphone controlled lighting system! Keep in mind that the colorful spectrum is great for keeping coral healthy.

9. Relassy LED Aquarium Light Panel

Looks like I was right. In a day and age where you can get into your garage and house with an app, why wouldn't you be able to control your fish tank's lighting system? This is amazing. The presets are awesome, and I find the timer to be efficient.

10. WATT Shine Aquarium Light

Wattshine's color ratio gives aquatic plants the bright light they need to thrive.

11. SunGrow White and Blue Colored LED Light

With 24 lights, you'll have 10,000 hours of light before you need to replace the system. A customer said she used this light system to replace lights that were too bright for her betta fish. Not too bright and not too dim is the way to go.

12. Smiful LED Aquarium Light

With a submersible LED fixture, you don't have to worry about a hood fixture or clip lamp getting wet. It has fantastic reviews and is under $10.

13. Bozily Aquarium Light for Coral Reef Aquatic Plants Growth

I'm a fan of the LED clamps! They seem easy to work with. Bozily's aquarium lighting system is under $30 and is great source for plant light.

14. All Glass Aquariums Fluorescent Strip Light

If you're on a budget or just want to keep an extra strip on hand, this is a great affordable option. A customer gave it 5 stars and says it doesn't promote algae growth.

15. GOESWELL LED Aquarium Light


Both blue and white LED lights stay on at the same time with this system. It can be submerged under water, so feel free to use it in the tank to illuminate the color of the fish.

Fish are great pets, so give them a beautiful home they'll love. I think lighting systems benefit both you and your fish. You're giving them a shimmering effect to mimic an aquatic environment, and you'll have a fascinating fish tank that will attract guests to take a look at your floating friends.