Lights are an important addition to any aquarium, making the animals and plants stand out and look amazing. It can be hard to decide on what set of LED lights to purchase as there are countless to choose from, but the Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light will do the job superbly and will never look at you down. Not only that, but this model has lots of features which makes it an amazing choice.

In this review will we run through all the great features of this LED lighting, and go over all of its positives and negatives.

Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, 48-Inch

  • Features true red 660nm LED lights to promote plant photosynthesis
  • Blue LED moonlights are operated on a separate switch
  • More evenly spaced LED alignment perfect for low-medium light plants

Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights Review

Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights Review

Design

While it’s what’s on the inside that really matters, looking great is a welcome bonus! This model is designed to look slim and sleek, and will look amazing in your tank. Some lights are bulky and are an eyesore, but you don’t need to worry with this model.

As well as looking the part, the Finnex Fugeray Planted+ is also designed to be be highly durable as it is constructed from very high quality metal.

Always useful in an aquarium filled with water, this model is moisture resistant so you won’t get any corrosion issues or problems. As will as being moisture resistant, there is a splash guard which protects the lights from direct splashing from the tank.

Adjustability

If you decide that this model of LED lights are the best option for your aquarium, the next question will be will they fit? Well the simple answer is yes!

There are seven different sizes to choose from, so measure your tank and see what one is most suitable for your tank from the outset. But if your tank falls outside of the exact size then never fear, for they have adjustable and extendable legs.

With two easily adjustable legs this model is designed to fit on aquariums of any size. Even if you have a fancy tank such as a rimless tank, these lights will be able to fit. These adjustable legs also ensure that the lights stay out of the aquariums water.

Cooling

Cooling is a crucial point, as your aquarium needs to be able to maintain a stable temperature, and the lights need to be able to make sure they don’t get too hot. These lights are enclosed in metal which helps the inner components keep away from excess heat, and also acts as a heatsink to allow for ample coming and heat dissipation. These features extend the life of the lights and ensure that they last as long as possible, and remain at the optimal temperature.

Light Spectrum and Moonlights

The manufacturer has incorporated true 660nm red LED lights in this model. This wavelength of light has been proven to promote plant photosynthesis. This will help to improve the health and grow of your aquarium plants and keep them in prime health. These 660nm red LEDs mean that the Finnex FugeRay Planted+ is more appropriate for freshwater planted tanks, which hold live plants which can use this spectrum of light for photosynthesis. Of course you can use these in marine tanks as well, but you are probably better served getting lights which specifically target coral growth, such as the Current USA Orbit Marine LED Light.

With LED bulbs which offer a spread of 120° you can be sure that even large tanks will feel the full effect of these lights. This is great as you won’t have any spots in your tank which aren’t fully illuminated.

The FugeRay also features more evenly spaced LED alignment compared to other models of LED lights. This is ideal for animals which prefer low to medium light levels, as well as serving refugium purposes.

The moonlights are operated by a separate switch which allows your tank to be bathed in a gentle blue glow. This is enabled by the blue LED lights also fitted into the hood.

Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, 48-Inch

Energy consumption

The lights in your tank are long to be on almost permanently, so the energy consumption should be something you take into consideration. LED lights use noticeably less energy to power than regular lights as they have a much higher energy efficiency. Purchasing LED lights for your aquarium ensures that you will pay as little as possible for lighting.

This low energy consumption also has a hand in the following section of our LED light review:

Lifespan

The Finnex FugeRay has LED lights which can last and remain operational for approximately 40000 hours. So with this model you won’t have to worry about lifespan! Even if you use them constantly the lights will still last a good few years.

Warranty

With a 6 month warranty offered at purchase, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can check to see how the model operates in your tank without committing to the purchase.

Although the warranty should give you peace of mind that you can exchange them if anything goes wrong, this will be in the rare case that anything actually does! These aquarium LED lights are designed to be very durable. And with so many features that will make your aquarium look incredible, so you will end up loving them. If you do end up having an issue though just simply contact the customer support team, and they’ll guide you through the process.

Cons

With no programmable features on the light itself, you will have to manually turn the light on and off each day. While this can be a pain you can also put it on a timer yourself. 

This is recommended as if you have the lights on for say 12 hours per day, you will likely get an excess of algal growth in your tank. This can cause problems and can be quite hard and frustrating to remove once the initial growth has occurred.

Conclusion

The Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Lights are a very good and effective light that will make your aquarium look great.

But not only will the FugeRay Planted+ make your tank look amazing, it will enhance the growth of your aquarium plants and maintain their ongoing health.

While they aren’t as flashy as some models; for instance you aren’t able to place them on a 24 hour timer with daylight and nighttime features. However you will be able to place them on a timer yourself you you wish, and they have blue “moonlights” which are available at the flick of a switch.

All in all the Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light is a brilliant basic light for any freshwater planted tank. For the price you will get true red 660nm LEDs and a large 120° spread of light. Also designed to both look the part and deliver you will be very happy if you decided to purchase this model today.

Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light

7.8

Light spetrum

7.5/10

Ease of use

7.5/10

Functionality

7.5/10

Construction

8.0/10

Setup

8.5/10

Pros

  • Heatsink for optimal cooling
  • Splash guard and moisture resistant
  • Adjustable legs to fit any tank
  • Strong, powerful lights

Cons

  • Can collect moisture through condensation when kept too close to the water level 
  • No programmable features

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