Lighting doesn’t have to be expensive and let’s face it we could all use a little bit of extra cash. Hands down the best cheap LED aquarium light available is the NICREW ClassicLED Plus Planted Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum LED. And if you’re looking for a slightly budget version for use with low-medium light plants check out the NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, White and Blue LEDs.
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What exactly is the difference between the two? The NICREW ClassicLED Plus Planted Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum LED is a full spectrum LED (addition of green lights) and essentially has MORE lights. This option is for those with a deep aquarium where the light needs to reach the very bottom of the tank. This is usually the case for aquariums with carpeting plants. These lights also sport an aluminum backing which helps dissipate heat if that’s important to you. When using these lights please do note that your tank will be brightly lit, far more white in color than the traditional incandescent lighting. So, if this is important to you, please be advised.
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The other option, NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, White and Blue LEDs, is for low-medium light plants. Although, this can also be used on tanks with carpeting plants, it may just take a little bit longer to carpet (assuming you have proper CO2 and nutrients already). But, don’t be discouraged if you are looking for a budget LED aquarium light for your medium-high light plants. Depending on the depth of your aquarium, this option may still be a viable option. After all, the more shallow your tank, the less strength your lights need to be which makes these lights perfecto for you!
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Consider that the company also makes an optional dimmer that can be used as a timer and dimmer to help you automate your lighting cycles with brightness control. This dimmer/timer can be used for both the NICREW ClassicLED Plus Planted Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum LED and the NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, White and Blue LEDs.
In conclusion, NICREW undeniably makes quality lights at an amazing price. You have plenty of options in terms of size and brightness. There are also different classes that range in color spectrum. If you’re looking for a budget option, you cannot go wrong with these two options.