Compare Aquarium Light Fixtures
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Choosing the right light fixture for your aquarium can be overwhelming. With all the choices available, it is often hard to know which would work best for your setup. Use this handy selection guide to help you navigate the options and determine the best fixture for your aquarium.

  Fish-only (F) Fish-only (S) FOWLR Planted (F) Reef (S)
(NO) FLUORESCENT FIXTURES - standard or normal output (NO); low operating cost and heat emission; wide variety of lamps with color temperatures ideal for both freshwater and marine applications
Perfecto Fluorescent Strip Lights - Single  
All-Glass Strip Lights - Single, Black  
All-Glass Deluxe Hoods  
  Fish-only (F) Fish-only (S) FOWLR Planted (F) Reef (S)
T-5 FLUORESCENT FIXTURES - use bulbs that produce light almost twice as bright as standard fluorescent fixtures. Takes up less space than other high output fixtures; a smart space-saving choice when bright light is required in a limited space
AquaticLife Six Lamp T5 HO Fixture
AquaticLife T5 HO Dual Lamp
Aquatic Life T-5 HO Actinic/10K w/Lunar Lights
Coralife Aqualight HO T-5 Double Strip
  Fish-only (F) Fish-only (S) FOWLR Planted (F) Reef (S)
COMPACT FLUORESCENT FIXTURES - employ dual or quad tube lamps to emit significantly more light from a single lamp; easily does the job of two standard fluorescent fixtures; less expensive to purchase, operate, and maintain compared to HO fixtures
Coralife Compact Fluorescent Lunar Aqualight
  Fish-only (F) Fish-only (S) FOWLR Planted (F) Reef (S)
METAL HALIDE FIXTURES - high intensity discharge (HID); provide intense illumination capable of providing several hundred watts of light, excellent for aquariums deeper than 24"; bulbs create shimmering effect to provide a more natural lighted appearance in your aquarium
Aqualight Advanced Series HQI Metal Halide Fixture      
Hamilton Technology Cayman Sun HQI System      
  Fish-only (F) Fish-only (S) FOWLR Planted (F) Reef (S)
LED FIXTURES - high-tech, energy-efficient; consume less energy than most traditional fluorescent fixtures, yet produce bright light; use for supplementary or independent light source depending on need
ecoxotic Panorama Pro LED Fixtures
ecoxotic Panorama Pro LED Module
ecoxotic RGB Panorama Pro LED Module
ecoxotic Stunner LED Strips
ecoxotic Panorama Pro LED Light Strip
LiveAquaria Select Panorama Pro LED Fixture by Ecoxotic for Freshwater Planted Aquariums      
LiveAquaria Select Panorama Pro LED Fixture by Ecoxotic for LPS / Zoanthus Corals  
LiveAquaria Select Panorama Pro LED Fixture by Ecoxotic for Soft Coral  
LiveAquaria Select Panorama Pro LED Fixture by Ecoxotic for SPS Corals  
Marineland Single Bright LED Light
Marineland Double Bright LED Light
Marineland Reef Capable LED Light w/Timer
Marineland Aquatic Plant LED Light w/Timer      
LED Aquarium Hood    
LED Aquarium Light    
TrueLumen Pro LED Striplights  
TrueLumen Pro LED Striplight Kits  
TrueLumen PadLite      
TrueLumen LED Strips  
Expandable LED Light Fixtures  
0.5W LED Expandable Freshwater Fixtures      
1W LED Expandable Marine Fixtures      
3.0W Marine LED Light Fixture  
PAR38 LED Lamp      
EcoPico LED Strip      
ACAN LED Light      
Aqualight LED Fixture      
SkkyeLight LED Clamp    
SkkyeLight SingleStrips      
Sol Super Blue LED Light    
Nano Touch Controlled LED System    
Mazarra P Series LED Module    
R420R (RAZOR) LED Lighting System    

(F) = Freshwater    (S) = Saltwater