How to Install LED Lights in Aquarium

Lighting can decorate a monotonous aquarium into a vivid picture rich in color and life. The aquarium is illuminated by artificial light created by fluorescent lamps, or high-powered chandeliers. Plants cannot grow without light, and goldfish can show the best ornamental effect under proper lighting.

Why choose the LED light?

Traditional lamps and lanterns, basically 360 degrees of light, need to optimize light efficiency with the help of reflectors or reflectors. LED lamp beads themselves, basically 180 degrees of light, without any reflective devices, light utilization is better than traditional lamps and lanterns; lamps and lanterns with reflective devices or lenses, further improve light utilization.

LED lights have the following advantages.

  1. Lamps and lanterns 460 nm wavelength spectrum, is the coral fluorescent color appears indispensable band, this advantage, in terms of light efficiency, is the traditional lamps and lanterns can not be compared. LED easier to do sunrise and sunset simulations, and in seawater feeding, is also of practical significance, traditional lamps and lanterns are difficult to do.
  2. LED has a small size, lightweight, long life, safe, reliable, and durable features; wavelength type is rich, can simulate all kinds of plants, animals need to survive the light environment, spectrum wave width half wide and narrow can be combined according to the need to obtain pure monochromatic light and composite spectrum.

Aside from that, LED bulbs are quieter and last longer than standard fluorescent bulbs. And, they’re also environmentally friendly. And, you’ll save money on utility bills by using LED lights instead of incandescent ones. Therefore, the current aquarium lights mostly choose an LED light source.

How to install LED lights in an aquarium?

This guide will walk you through the process of installing LED lights in the aquarium. It will cover how to mount them and which type of fixture you should use. You will also learn about different types of LEDs and how to use them for specific plants, it can help you keep your fish happy and healthy.

First, you’ll need to determine what type of light you want to use. Using a standard T8 Aquarium Lamp is the best choice for a reef or planted aquarium. But make sure that you check the size of the tank before choosing an LED fixture. Regardless of the type of tank, you’ll be able to select the correct LED light.

To start with, make sure you’ve installed enough space for LEDs. The best place for them is ten inches above the water’s surface. You should also mount them in the center of the tank so that they’re evenly distributed across the tank.

Let’s take a Hygger brand for example. Here we have Hygger LED Aquarium Light and Submersible Aquarium LED Light.  Two LED lights show us a totally different way to install LED lights in an aquarium.  LED Aquarium Light is a Clip-on aquarium light to grow low-light plants and floating plants. Just clamp the light at the rim of the fish tank, you’re free to leave it alone, don’t need to worry about anything.

The second one is Hygger Submersible Aquarium LED Light. This Submersible LED Light with 24/7 Mode. The operation process of this LED light is very simple, just need to place the tube in the proper position of the tank and fix it with a suction cup. Power on and turn on the switch.
Therefore, here are three ways to install LED lights in aquariums at least.

The perfect light for an aquarium fish tank

The Hygger LED Fish Tank Lights have a variety of features, including timers and programmable settings. They can be controlled by touch controls, and have 4 light modes, including a default blue light. They have 8 stages and can cycle through red, green, and white light. In addition, they can be adjusted individually for brightness and color. The lighting system can be adjusted to match the aquarium environment by using the included controller. Hygger also offers a one-year warranty, which is more than adequate for most applications.

Hygger 24/7 Light is one of the most popular lights on the market. This type of light has several features, including individual settings for night and day. The light can also be programmed to turn on and off at different times. Another benefit of this light is that it can be installed easily, as the unit comes with wire bracket feet. The fish tank light is very durable, and it can withstand constant use.

This tank light has eight modes that allow you to change the lighting color and intensity. You can also program the lights to simulate sunrise and sunset for your tank. The full spectrum light is switched on by pressing the M button twice. You can also adjust the time of the lighting cycle. By pressing the TIMER button, you can set the lighting time. In case of a power outage, you won’t have to worry about your fish’s safety.

How to install The hygger 978 fish tank light in the aquarium

Before installing hygger 978, read the directions first:

  1.  Unpack the box and check that the LED fish tank light and other accessories are included.
  2.  Expand both sides of the metal bracket to match the length of your aquarium.
  3.  Connect the power supply with the light, then plug it in. Make sure a drip loop is created before the outlet, as shown on the warning.
  4.  Press the M button to turn on the light. Long press the same button to turn off it if needed.

How to Program the Full Spectrum Lighting Mode?

1: Press the M button to choose the light color you want: White > Red > Blue > Green > Purple > Yellow > Cyan.
2: To press the M button twice, the light will become 100% full spectrum tank light.

Lighting fixtures in the “full spectrum” refers to the light emitted by the lamps, its spectrum is close to the solar spectrum, especially in the visible part of the proportion of various wavelength components and the sun’s similar, the light’s color rendering index is close to the color rendering index of sunlight. Full-spectrum LED aquarium lights contain UVA violet light, which can effectively promote plant growth and is conducive to the cultivation and growth of moss. On the other hand, it meets the different needs of aquariums, which helps to create more visual effects.

For algae tank lights, full-spectrum is more than suitable: algae grow in shallow water zones, and the requirements of light are similar to land plants, which need enough light intensity of effective photosynthesis spectrum for better growth.

Full spectrum LED lights are not only suitable for algae tank lights but also extremely suitable for stream tanks and aquariums, which will help you recover a real and beautiful native fish environment.

In addition, full-spectrum lamps and lanterns are rich in LED beads, and modular dense arrangement; with high-quality lenses, through reasonable adjustment of the spectrum, the effect is not inferior to halogen T5, using this advanced LED can raise good corals. And adjustable features make the light can be suitable for different corals, many lamps and lanterns also come with training light mode, which can slowly increase the intensity, to the new coral adaptation time, greatly reducing the loss due to sudden changes in lighting. So, full-spectrum lamps and lanterns for those who love to raise corals, it beautifies your fish tank.

How to Program the Lighting Time?

1: Press the TIMER button to set the lighting time. 4 options are available: 6 hours, 10 hours, 12 hours, and no timer.
2: Press the TIMER button to choose 6 hours, the indicator light on the top of the timer button turns red.

You can press the second timer button,10 hours, indicator light flashes green. Press the TIMER button three times, choose 12 hours, and the indicator flashes blue. For example, if you choose 10H at 9 AM, this light will auto-turn on at 9:00 am and turn off at 7:00 pm every day.
2: Adjust the brightness: 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, 10%.
Once set up in timer lighting mode, the next day the light slowly ramps up and down in 15 minutes.

For 24 / 7 Light Mode

In this natural mode, the light slowly wakes up by emitting dim orange light at dawn, bright full spectrum light during the day, and blue light at night.
The spectrum of yellow light is beneficial to the higher algae line length, so the seawater tank algae tank, ATS algae screen with this 2700K color temperature is more. Full spectrum high brightness, high purity, multicolor, multi-changing, pure, and realistic color, restore to natural color, adjustable color temperature change to adapt to the needs of a variety of occasions.

Blue light is generally used for the supplemental light of the seawater fish tank, seawater reef tank will be by the ratio of white and blue 3:1 with a small amount of blue light. This can make some corals with fluorescent components in their bodies produce a fluorescent effect, such as turf coral, green hairy joo coral, and match head coral light. In addition to the coral symbiotic bug, yellow algae also need a blue spectrum. Two hours at night, only open blue light can be used to show the moonlight secluded underwater scenery.

Once it is set up, the light will automatically turn on and off at the same time every day. Light color and intensity are fixed. The indicator light on the top of the hour points out the current time range.


LED light is indispensable auxiliary equipment in the aquarium because the light is not only a necessary condition for the growth of aquarium fish and aquatic plants but also indispensable scenery equipment in the aquarium scenery, light irradiation can highlight the bright colors of the aquarium fish body surface so that the tender green aquatic plants appear more crisp and attractive. For your guys who love fish, don’t forget to configure an LED light for your aquarium.

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