In aquascaping, it’s vital to have all the equipment needed for a perfect tank. If you have the perfect filter, but poor lighting, your fish will not be healthy and your plants will not grow properly. That is why it’s so important to choose the best aquarium lighting and to know how to install it.
Last year, many new lights appeared on the market that are not only strong, but also eco-friendly and have interesting features.
Before you choose the right one for you, make sure it fits your tank to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
My choice of the best aquarium lighting
Here is my preview of the best aquarium lights for 2016:
BeamWorks EA Series Led Aquarium Light
If you want a lighting system like no other and makes your tank stand out while helping your plants grow to their full potential, then this is the one for you.
BeamWorks will offer you two modes to choose the kind of light you want—daylight and moonlight.
The lighting comes in four different sizes, so you can choose what is the best size for your tank.
The fixture is made from high quality materials at the highest standards and are energy efficient.
The best part is you can get it at under $50 – super affordable for the quality it offers.
Finnex Planted+ LED Aquarium Light
The price does not really matter when you need a high quality product.
This lighting is fully automated and offers four customizable color channels to choose, at any time, what kind of lighting you want to provide for your aquarium.
The different colors will help your plants grow properly and it will preserve the pigmentation of your fish.
The best feature of this lighting is the remote control that allows you to change the lights at any time.
Finnex is known for its quality products and the Finnex Planted+ is no exception.
For under $100, the Finnex Planted+ is definitely one of the better value for money.
Lemonbest High Power LED Aquarium Light
When you have a small or temporary tank, you don’t want to struggle to install a lid or a cover for your aquarium.
In this case, you need a light that you can easily install or remove, so the Lemonbest Lamp is perfect for this case.
It is flexible, so you can direct it; setup is easy you just clip the lamp on the side of the tank and turn it on.
As for the energy consumption, the lamp is eco-friendly so it will not use too much energy, even if you keep it on all the time.
This light is perfect for beginners who do not want to spend too much too soon as they explore the hobby.
A must have starter kit for any new aquarium hobbyist can be bought for under $20.
Current USA Orbit Aquarium LED Light
In the later months of the year, normal lights are not enough for aquascapers; they want something better and more efficient, thus the Orbit LED lights appeared on the market.
The remote allows you to control the duration of the light, the color intensity, and even the type of light that you want (daylight or night lights), even simulating a sunrise or a sunset, which would look spectacular in any tank.
It comes in different sizes, so you can choose the perfect one for the size of your tank and though it works best with marine tanks, it can be used for any type of fish or plants.
It is slightly pricey but definitely worth the money when all your plants growing green and lush.
Retail price for this light is under $200.
Mudder Multi-color Aquarium LED Light
With 18 small LEDs, this lighting will transform your simple tank into a luxurious one.
You can choose any of the four light modes and even set how fast you want the lights to change all through the use of the remote.
Moreover, the lights are completely waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about accidents.
It does not warm up too much, so it will not change the temperature of your tank and at the same time, it does not require too much energy so you can plug it in for months without having to deal with a huge electric bill.
Use the timer if you don’t want to manually change the light as often.
Such a simple device can save you a lot of time and effort, not to mention that the price is more than affordable for anyone at under $50.
Some of the best aquarium lighting I’ve used
All the lights I’ve listed above are some of the better ones that I’ve tried over the years.
As you can see, there are definitely better lighting out there that are more on the pricier side; which I’ve yet to try so I’m not able to provide some reviews.
My personal favorite is the Finnex Planted+.