Planted tanks have special lighting requirements that other tanks don’t. Why? Because you have to make sure you provide your plants with just the right lighting to stimulate photosynthesis. The best light for a planted aquarium is essential to keeping your tank healthy and strong. We researched some of the top-rated, best-selling products available to help you find the right setup for your planted tank. Before we get started, let’s take a look at some of the main features to keep in mind.
Brightness: Brightness is measured in watts and the higher the number, the bright the light. Larger aquariums need more wattage because you have to make sure there’s enough light to penetrate to the bottom of the tank.
Light Color: White light is generally light that resembles natural sunlight. It’s bright and a little crisp. Some of these products have a wide range of color options to choose from as well as different lighting effects like storms, dusk, and moonlight.
Submersible: None of these lights is submersible which makes perfect sense if you think about it. Natural sunlight comes from above and since recreating natural light is what you’re trying to do, there’s no need to submerge them.
Remote: Some lights come with a remote control so it’s easy to switch from one color or lighting mode to another. As we mentioned, some of these lights have a lot of colors to choose from so a remote comes in very handy.
Size: Something great about most of these lights is that they can be adjusted to fit a variety of tanks. There are some other styles that clip on one side of the tank or hang from above that are a little less versatile.
Warranty: Most of these lights are covered by some kind of warranty. They range from 30 days to 2 years. Some of them also include a satisfaction guarantee on top of the warranty. Make sure you know what’s covered for the light you choose.
Now that you know a little more about what to look for, let’s move into our aquarium lights buying guide. Here’s how it works. We put our top and budget picks first so they’re easy to find. They’ll give you a good idea about the range that’s available. All of these products are great, though, and some are truly unique so stick around if you can. You never know which one will be the right one for you. Okay, are you ready? Let’s get to it.