Mars Hydro Pro II Series – Best Led Grow Light Review

Launched as an improvised version of the previous Mars Pro Series, the Mars Hydro Pro II Series is a simple, efficient and easy to use LED light system for homegrown plants. With this latest an high-tech LED light system, there’s no need to adjust the temperature or tweak any other settings.

Believe it or not, but these units take care of everything on their own!

If you are new to the practice, the simple plug and play function makes it so easy; you really need no expertise in installing or getting started on these.

Some of the key highlighting features of the series, that make it the best ranked amongst other LEDs are:

 

The Pros and Cons of the Mars Hydro Pro II Series

The Good

  • The series comes with a specially designed reflector cup that yields the highest output – 100% emission!
  • No added lens over the LED: the light penetrates deeper and is brighter than the others.
  • The panel is surrounded by vents to keep the light cool. The mechanism effectively dissipates heat.
  • Strong and durable
  • Up to 3 times longer life than the other LED lights i.e. 50,000-100,000 hours
  • Comes with upgraded drivers and chips
  • Ideal for commercial use
  • Zero light wastage
  • Certified by the CE, ETL, and RoHS.
  • UL certified internal wiring and power cord.
  • Comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Includes the LED grow light, 6’ power cord, instruction manual and hanging kit.
  • Requires input voltage of 85V – 265V (AC)

The bad

  • The cost is slightly higher than the other brands
  • There are no controls for dimming out the lights

 

About Mars Hydro

Mars Hydro is a known name in the LED grow lights industry. They started their operations in 2009 and since then the company’s been dedicated to provide quality and efficient LED grow lights and grow tents.

You can easily find their repair centers and other warehouses in Canada, USA, UK, Australia, and Germany.

 

The Mars Pro II Series – Product Lines

The company has about nine years of experience with LED lights and Grow Tents. Amongst their best sellers, there are two known subcategories:

 

– Mars Pro II Epistar Series

The products in this series come with the epistar chip. There’s the Epistar 80, 120, 160 and 320 in this category.

This series is specifically made for the cannabis – marijuana growers. The LEDs are great for the full cycle, including the growth, seedling and flowering stages of the plants.

You can also connect the Epistar 80 and the 120 for more lighting and a better par value.

 

– Mars Pro II Cree Series

The Cree series, made in the USA comes with the Cree LEDs. There’s the Cree 128 and Cree 256 LED grow light in this category. These Lights are:

  • More durable
  • Efficient
  • Cooler than the standard LEDs
  • Have no overheating issues

Products – The Epistar Series

 

1.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Epistar 80

The Epistar 80 comes with a full 12-band spectrum that makes it the best for all stages of plant growth. The infra Red mimics the sunlight and gets you the response you need for the healthy breakdown of food by the plant.

In turn, this leads to a quality yield, that’s not just larger in size but also much potent and immune.

The flowers and fruits hence produced are fuller and larger than those grown under other lighting conditions.

The Epistar 80 is also much more efficient as compared to the traditional LEDs. While it only takes about 166 watts of power, it can easily yield as much light as a 250-watt HPS. It also complies with the safety standards of ETL and does not overheat.

In fact, the light is so efficient it can actually lead to a saving of 70% as compared to the other MH, HPS, etc. lights.

Plus, then there’s a nice manufacturer backed domestic warranty for growers that comes with it. In case of any trouble, you can also get in touch with the representatives available at the local repair stores in the USA, UK, Germany, Canada, and Australia.

Installation is really simple and quick. There’s no extensive equipment you have to install, simply hang the light above the plants and plug in the electric source.

The best thing; you don’t have to worry about outages at all. Even if one LED goes off, the others will still work perfectly, thanks to the zener protected diodes. The grow light is perfect for a 1.5′ *1.5′ growth area. very own garden, in-house!

Specifications

  • Number of leds: 80pcs
  • LED Type: High intensity 5W Epistar
  • Spectrum: 430-440nm, 450-475nm, 620-630nm, 650-670nm, 730nm,2700K,3000K
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 166W/110v, 163W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 81W, Flower power 89W
  • Amp Draw: 1.38A/110v, 0.70A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 1.5ft x 1.5ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 2ft x 2ft
  • Core PAR Value: 421 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 5002 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 250 watt
  • Product Size: 12 x 11 x 5 inches
  • Net Weight: 8 lbs / 3.5 KG
  • Noise Level: 49.8DB

2.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Epistar 120

Next, the Epistar 120 too is backed by a two-year manufacturer warranty. The LED offers a 12-band IR spectrum that gives you a higher yield, better quality crop and ensures a sound health in general of the plant, through all its life stages.

In terms of power, it’s as effective as a 300-watt HPS but highly efficient. You see, it takes only 257W power as input. You can save up to 70% of energy as compared to the traditional HID, MH and HPS lights.

No issues with overheating either; the heat sinks and large fans keep things cool. Plus, it’s also backed by ETL certification that ensures its safety. In case of an outage, the LED has a self-protection mechanism. A constant current flows through and keeps the plants and flowers from wilting.

The light is perfect for all of the plant stages and also comes with a switch. You can select the growth or bloom stage and the light will adjust itself according to the requirements.

Easy to use, install and maintain, this one has a 100% output and a higher par value than the others in its league. The grow light is ideal for covering an area of 2.5’ * 3’.

Specifications:

  • Number of leds: 120pcs
  • LED Type: High intensity 5W Epistar
  • Spectrum: 430~440nm, 450~475nm, 620~630nm, 650~670nm, white, IR 730nm
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 257W/110v, 249W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 83W, Flower power 261W
  • Amp Draw: 2.13A/110v, 1.07A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 2ft x 2.5ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 2.5ft x 3ft
  • Core PAR Value: 524 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 6,572 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 300 watt
  • Product Size: 23 x 14 x 6 inches
  • Net Weight: 13 lbs / 5.5 KG
  • Noise Level: 54DB

3.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Epistar 160

The Mars Hydro Pro II Epistar 160 gives you as much power as a typical 400W HPS while consuming only about 386watts power. Talk about efficiency.

If you have a sizeable growth area of say 2’ by 3’, then the Epistar 160 is just what you need for full coverage. The light comes with the 12-band IR spectrum and is sufficient for all life stages of the plants.

It also leads to larger fruits and flowers and a bigger yield. With this one too, there are no heating issues and the light’s completely safe for use on all kinds of plants. The parts and entire makeup complies with the ETL, CE, and RHS and it’s also listed for safety.

There’s more, you get a two-year manufacturer’s warranty with the LED, and if that’s not all, you can always come by the local repair shops in case of any trouble with the light. The centers are open in the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia.

If you talk about efficiency, the light saves up to 70% of power as compared to the other types. Plus, you don’t even have to worry about bulb replacements. The LEDs have a long life, and in case one gives away, all the others will be working, causing no effect on the output.

To combat the overheating issue that leads to wilting in plants the Epistar LEDs have large fans that keep working to expel the heat and the aluminum heat sinks help with the dissipation. There’s a growth-bloom switch, hanging cords and power cord. Installation and usage are rather simple. The light can be used for all kinds of plants including houseplants.

Specifications:

  • Number of leds: 160pcs
  • LED Type: High intensity 5W Epistar
  • Spectrum             : 430~440nm, 450~475nm, 620~630nm, 650~670nm, white, IR 730nm
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 386W/110v, 368W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 170W, Flower power 192W
  • Amp Draw: 3.50A/110v, 1.71A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 2ft x 3ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 2.5ft x 3.5ft
  • Core PAR Value: 1018 umols
  • Lumen Output: 12,817 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 400 watt
  • Product Size: 21 x 14 x 4 inches
  • Net Weight: 18 lbs / 8 KG
  • Heat Output: 1008 BTU
  • Noise Level: 58.7DB

4.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Epistar 320

For hobbyists or those who love plantation, this LED can cover a wider area, about 4′ by 4′ with ease. Moreover, it does so rather efficiently. The LED can give about as much output as an 800-watt HPS while taking only about 728 watts as input.

Conserve your bills and give your plants lasting brightness, with a 12-band full spectrum. Everything they need for the seedling, growth and flowering stages is all in here. Again as in the other Epistar lights, there are large heat sinks and fans that constantly work to emit the heat generated in the process.

This helps keep things cool and in fact, brings down the temperature by about 50%. The spectrum has a higher Red ratio that makes it great for providing for all of the stages of plant growth.

Again as with Epistar, you get the reflector cup that makes energy wastage zero. You get as much brightness as there is so that the plants can grow healthier and more potent. About all kinds of plants, fruits, vegetables, and flowers can easily be grown under the light.

Moreover, each unit is backed by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Specifications

  • Number of leds: 320pcs
  • LED Type: High intensity 5W Epistar
  • Spectrum: 430~440nm, 450~475nm, 620~630nm, 650~670nm, white, IR 730nm
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 728W/110v, 707W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 350W, Flower power 390W
  • Amp Draw: 6.30A/110v, 3.07A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 4ft x 4ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 4.5ft x 4.5ft
  • Core PAR Value: 1845 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 32,716 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 800 watt
  • Product Size: 23 x 23 x 4 inches
  • Net Weight: 33 lbs / 15 KG
  • Heat Output: 1883 BTU
  • Noise Level: 61.4DB

 

Products – The Cree Series

 

5.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Cree 128

Next, we have the Mars Hydro Pro II Cree 128. The LED can easily be used for most indoor plants. It comes with the full-spectrum IR LED that comprises of the red, blue and white light.

If your plants are at the seedling stage, the recommended distance for hanging the LED is 24” – 30”, at the veg stage, it should be 18” – 24” and finally when they reach the flowering stage, it should be 12” to 18”. The Grow light can essentially cover a 2’ * 3’ area.

The Cree 128 conveniently replaces the 400-watt HPS. Lower consumption – 340 watts – leads to higher energy savings. There are local repair centers in the USA, Canada, Germany, UK, and Australia.

As with the other Mars Hydro lights, there’s a preinstalled cooling system in place. You don’t need to worry about installing exhausts or replacement bulbs. The LEDs have a long life, in case one goes off the others keep working till the end.

The best thing about the light is the higher par value; the result, larger fruits, flowers, bigger yield and better health. The company also provides a domestic warranty for growers from around the world.

Specifications

  • Number of leds: 128pcs
  • LED Type: USA made Cree LEDs
  • LED Part No.: XPEBWT-L1-0000-00AE7 / XPEBBL-L1-0000-00Y01
  • LED Part No.: XPEBRD-L1-0000-00601 / XPEPHR-L1-0000-00901
  • Spectrum             : 440nm, 630nm, 660nm, 2700k-3000k
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 319W/110v, 311W/220v
  • Amp Draw: 2.88A/110v, 1.46A/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 166W, Flower power 159W
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 2ft x 3ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 2.5ft x 3.5ft
  • Core PAR Value: 1400 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 20,047 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 400 watt
  • Product Size: 20 x 13 x 5 inches
  • Net Weight: 18 lbs / 8 KG
  • Heat Output: 1098 BTU
  • Noise Level: 57.4DB

6.- Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Cree 256

The Mars Hydro Mars Pro II Cree 256 takes an input of 656 watts of power only, whereby giving you a yield of about 800-watt HPS power. The light is bright enough to completely cover a wide area of around 4′ by 4′.

The quality grow light, made in the USA comes with zener coated diodes for maximum protection. Plus, it’s also certified to comply with all safety standards, making it a friendly indoor LED you can install with a peace of mind.

You can select from the bloom and growth switch, corresponding to the life stage of the plant so that they get the maximum benefit from the LED. Yes, you just need one LED for the entire lifecycle of the plant.

So be it the tomatoes, vegetables, herbs or orchids, enjoy building your own little garden with these full-spectrum LED grow lights.

It won’t just bring down your electricity bills, but will also help your plants extract the maximum light for photosynthesis, in turn making them stronger, larger and healthier than ever.

Specifications:

  • Number of leds: 256pcs
  • LED Type: USA made Cree LEDs
  • LED Part No.: XPEBWT-L1-0000-00AE7 / XPEBBL-L1-0000-00Y01
  • LED Part No.: XPEBRD-L1-0000-00601 / XPEPHR-L1-0000-00901
  • Spectrum: 440nm, 630nm, 660nm, 2700k-3000k
  • Actual Wattage(±5%): 656W/110v, 635W/220v
  • Veg/Flower Power: Veg power 340W, Flower power 324W
  • Amp Draw: 5.83A/110v, 2.74A/220v
  • Footprint Flower: Up to 4ft x 4ft
  • Footprint Veg: Up to 4.5ft x 4.5ft
  • Core PAR Value: 2075 umols
  • Lumen Output    : 44,377 lumen
  • Replaces HPS/MH: 800 watt
  • Product Size: 22 x 21 x 5 inches
  • Net Weight: 33 lbs / 15 KG
  • Heat Output: 1883 BTU
  • Noise Level: 61.4DB

Overal Thoughts

Although it won’t be surprising to find a number of brands, products, and lines, offering a variety of LED grow lights these days. Ever since people discovered the art of growing plants indoors, the phenomenon has widely spread, all over the world.

With the recent influx of marketers and brands, boasting of the quality LED grow lights, the choice indeed has become hard for the customers. Especially if you have no prior experience in the field!

The Mars Hydro Pro II series is one you can definitely count on to keep your plants from wilting, dying or being malnourished. The Company has carefully redefined the previous Mars Hydro series, making it fun, easy to use and simple in function.

Depending on your area, plant stage and budget, you can select either one of the above from the two series that Mars Hydro has under its name.

Although the cost may be a bit higher than the competition, these lights are still affordable and much more efficient than the other conventional lights. Not to mention, the ease of installation! Simply hang these above your plants and plug into the power socket. Viola!

Plant grower or not, one look at these fascinating LEDs will definitely set you in the mood to grow your very own garden, in-house!

Roleadro 2nd Generation – LED Grow Light Review

Roleadro 2nd Generation - best led grow lights

For those of you who want to grow cannabis or other indoor plants, the LED Grow Light is one of the most important equipment you need. The best LED grow lights can have the most impact on the yield you have.

I have worked with many LED lights and reviewed some top options that I like the most, but one brand that surprised me the most if Roleadro. The popular US brand offers models that are more advanced, sturdy, and better in quality than brands offering similar products under the same price category.

In this article, I have reviewed another model from Roleadro, the 600 Watt Mega LED Grow Light.

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Things to Check Before Buying

So what are the features to look for and what are the common differences between ordinary grow lights and the best LED grow lights for cannabis?

To find the best one, you need to learn about the features and options that make LED grow light the best fit for you. You have to look into the area you need the light for, how much energy the grow light saves for you, the lifespan, affordability, value provided for your money, the technology used, and the overall brightness the light offers.

The Roleadro 2nd Generation 600 watts LED Grow Light makes a good option because it offers a lot of premium features as mentioned above. The light contains a mix of hydroponic lights, UV light, and IR (infrared), to make sure the indoor plants get enough light and heat for all growth stages.

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Overview of the Roleadro LED Grow Light

The product is ideal for indoor greenhouse growing as it offers full spectrum heat and light to the plants. It is ranked among the best led grow lights due to its premium quality, and use of modern technology.

It got three built-in fans to regulate air and heat to make sure your plants get enough air and heat for the best yield. It is also a perfect light for all growth stages that include seedling, blooming, and flowering so you don’t have to switch between different lights for different stages.

It uses a ratio of 7:1 for the red and blue light spectrum which is best for the plant growth for all growth stages. The light uses all useful bands that are necessary for plant growth that includes 620nm-740nm red, 500nm-610nm green and 400-440nm blue.

 

It also uses a premium quality 120 pieces 5 watts chips to offer higher lumen than other 600 watts lights. Roleadro Grow Lights are also known for their power consumption, and this model is no different. It also uses full spectrum light and uses aluminum heat sinks that expand the lifespan of the light.

The use of UV light is great to kill unwanted bacteria without harming the plant growth. This means, your plants can grow with much faster speed without bacteria that stunts the growth. Similarly, the Infra Red feature promotes cell division within the plants to encourage faster growth during the vegetation and flowering stages.

Overall, the grow light uses 9-band light spectrum that includes IR, UV, and other white lights to provide for all light needs of the plant. The use of modern technology and different features for faster plant growth include it among the best led grow lights for cannabis.

  • Comes with two years of warranty
  • Uses 120 pieces of 5 watts Epistar (Eplieds)
  • Uses all light bands that are useful for plant growth that includes blue, red, and green

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Pros & Cons of the Roleadro 2nd Generation

  • Pros

The grow light is a higher efficiency model that saves you money on energy bills. In addition, it can be used from seedling to harvesting due to a full-spectrum light, which means you don’t have to change lights at any plant growth stage.

In addition, it also has an advanced cooling system that uses three high-quality fans and aluminum heat sinks. The design is also sturdy that makes it a good investment for a long time.

  • Cons

Just like every other product, it also has some drawbacks. The lights are not water resistant so you have to take an extra care to keep them away from water. The blue lights are also not very good for your health so make sure to use it within a contained environment.

 

Last Thoughts About the Roleadro LED Grow Light

Roleadro is relatively a new light brand but it is constantly improving on its previous models. In this upgraded model, it uses white LEDs in addition to its traditional red and blue lights to offer more balanced and complete spectrum of light. This way, now you can use the full spectrum light for all stages of the growth.

In addition, the Grow Light is also energy efficient, affordable, and sturdy that makes it one of the best LED grow lights available on the market today.

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Award Winning G8LED Veg/Flower – LED Grow Lights Reviews

G8LED 600 Watt Mega LED Grow LightIf you are a cannabis grower, you know how important LED light is. An excellent high-quality LED grows light can make all the difference in your yield. This is why most people prefer to read LED grow lights review before buying one, to make sure they are taking a right decision.

In this article, we have reviewed one of the most recognized LED grow lights in the industry, from one of the well-known US-based brands, G8LED. The company is in business for a decade and produced many award-winning lights including the G8LED 600 Watt Mega LED Grow Light that won HIGH TIMES Magazine’s award for Best LED Grow Light for 2016 and 2017.

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Others G8Led Options and Wattages

ImageProductRatingBuy on Amazon!
G8LED 90 Watt LED All RED Flowering BOOST Grow LightG8LED 90 W All RED Flowering BOOSTCheck on amazon
G8LED 240 Watt LED Veg-Flower Grow LightG8LED 240 W Veg/FlowerCheck on amazon
G8LED 450 Watt LED Veg-Flower Grow LightG8LED 450 W Veg/FlowerCheck on amazon
G8LED 450 Watt LED Grow Light for Flowering BLOOMG8LED 450 W for Flowering BLOOMCheck on amazon
G8LED 600 Watt MEGA LED Grow LightG8LED 600 W Veg/FlowerCheck on amazon
G8LED 600 Watt LED BLOOM LightG8LED 600 W for Flowering BLOOMCheck on amazon
G8LED 900 Watt MEGA LED Veg-Flower Grow LightG8LED 900 W MEGA Veg/FlowerCheck on amazon

 

Need to Know Before Choosing your Led Grow Light

Before reading into best LED lights reviews, you have to look into the features and criteria that makes it the best option.

Before buying one, it is important to look into the area you want the light to cover. In the case of G8LED 600 Watt Mega LED Grow Light, you can easily cover 18 square fits of growing area.

Second, the capacity and the energy saving ability of LED lights make them better or worse. The G8LED produces a light equivalent to 800-1000 watts in CFL lights but by only consuming 380 watts for the same light.

Other features to look for are lifespan, built, brightness, technology (full spectrum or not), and the power consumption. Like our other LED grow lights reviews, we will look into detail if the G8LED also has these features.

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G8LED Grow Light – Product Overview

The best feature of G8-600 is its Full Spectrum technology. This modern technology enables LED lights to mimic sunlight that encourages healthy growth of plants.

In addition, this technology allows the light to yield higher fluorescent lightning than other options and makes the light more powerful. These lights also have a longer lifespan, which is 50,000 hours, so it makes for a long-term investment.

The full spectrum grow light technology also makes it a good fit for both flowering cycle and vegetative space, you don’t have to switch lights at any stage of the growing cycle.

Next, another best thing is coverage area, which is 18 square feet for the G8-600. It also consumes only 380 watts of power which makes it a good option to use for the entire growing cycle of a plant. With enough light and heat produced for the plants, you can have high yields all year round.

It provides excellent coverage to plants from seedling through harvest.

 

Some Additional Features Include

  • Two years warranty
  • Dimensions of 21 x 14 x 3 inches that make it a good fit for most of the grow tents
  • It weighs only 22 pounds
  • The coverage area of up to 20 square feet
  • Operate in 100v –240v
  • The package also includes hanging wires

 

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Pros & Cons of the G8 Mega Led Grow Light

  • Pros

If compared to other similar grow lights within the same price range, G8-LED offers you enough features and benefits to make a great option. It allows you to save up to 50% to 60% on your energy consumption which also makes up for its slightly higher price.

In addition, you don’t need a supplemental light for most of the growing life stages except an optional light during the flowering cycle if you want. It is also manufactured in the USA if you are looking for a better quality than made in China LED lights.

It provides enough heat and light for six to ten mature plants while the light also penetrates through five feet past the plant canopy which ensures healthy growth. Simply put, you will not find similar benefits in most of the LED grow lights reviews.

  • Cons

G8-600 is not a cheap grow light, but it offers a great value for money. It is extremely bright, so you need a grow tent that is good enough to retain light if you don’t want the LED to light your entire indoor area or room.

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Overall Thoughts

If you are looking into best LED grow lights reviews for a best grow light for the vegetation and flowering cycles, G8-600 is one of the best options you have. It is based on the Full Spectrum Light technology that makes it a perfect for intense lighting for complete growing cycle.

In addition, the power consumption is low, as it consumes only 380 watts for the light equivalent 800-1000 watts in HPS. With a sturdy built and two years of warranty, you don’t have to buy another grow light for a long time.

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VIPARSPECTRA Reflector Series – Led Grow Lights Reviews

led grow lights reviews These grow lights, apart from looking beautiful, are really amazing with plant growth. Under their care home-grown plants can stay healthy, grow fast and give you a much higher yield. The Grow lights are now one of the most effective and popular means of giving light to the indoor plants. These are safe, convenient and the closest to natural sunlight you can get for your plants. Some of these are so astonishing powerful, you will be amazed at the wide area they can cover. Plus, these are really easy to maintain – yes no need to change the light bulb every month – they also have a very low overhead cost and last for several years! You get more control, have no overheating worries and can monitor each stage of the plant cycle. So if you are thinking about getting a Grow light for your home, the Viparspectra reflector series 450W is definitely the best grow light you’ll find in the markets today. Read on through my complete LED grow lights reviews for more.

 

All VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series Sizes & Options

ImagePowerCoverage AreaRatingBuy on Amazon
VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 300W300W24″ x 24″CheckAMZ
VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 450W450W30″ x 30″CheckAMZ
VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 600W600W36″ x 36″CheckAMZ
VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 900W900W48″ x 36″CheckAMZ
VIPARSPECTRA reflector-Series 1200W1200W48″ x 48″CheckAMZ

Criteria to Choose the Right Grow Light

When it comes to the selection of the best led grow lights, you may be confused with the array of features and specifications each brand has. So how would you know which one is right for you? This LED grow lights review will tell you how. First, decide the area you want to be covered. This will help you get the one that gives you the maximum coverage; you won’t go overboard and the light would be sufficient for your plants. Then, consider the stage your plants are at. The full spectrum LED grow light, for instance, covers all the stages of the life cycle. However, I would say it all ultimately comes down to your requirements. Like for commercial growth you need a high powered high wattage grow light that can cover a great area. However, for a few plants, a smaller light like the Viparspectra reflector series 450W will serve as the best grow light.

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Product Overview

The Viparspectra reflector series 450W is a full-spectrum grow light. You just have to buy one and it’ll last through all the stages of the plant growth. It consumes only 200W but has a great output, so it’s very energy efficient and provides complete coverage to the plants. It is ideal for a 2.5′ * 2.5′ area and should be placed at a 24″ distance in height. Check out the video below for the complete details about the grow light: Other features include:

  • Includes big cooling sinks and fans for keeping things cool
  • Thirty-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Three-year warranty
  • Balances PAR with coverage Designed to be 70% cooler than HID lights
  • Includes hanging kits, power cord and 450W reflector

 

Pros & Cons of the Viparspectra

  • Pros

The Viparspectra reflector series 450W is one of the best grow lights you’ll find today. It’s just what you need for all the stages and the complete lifecycle of your plant. The LED is very energy efficient and can give you a great output while consuming only 200W. It is perfect for indoor plants and gives you a high yield with a thicker growth and larger flowers as compared to the others. Really easy to set up, it comes with the hanging kits and power cord for ease of installation. Plus, it’s completely safe and ideal for the healthy growth. There are no chances of your plant getting damaged or destroyed due to heat ass it never overheats. In fact, thanks to the aluminum cooling sinks and fans, this LED is 70% cooler than the other HID lights. It’s the best LED grow light and can give you 100,000 hours of lamination – yes that’s right, no need to think of bulb replacements anytime soon! It also has a timer so you can have it switched off whenever you like. For instance, during the flowering phase, if the plant doesn’t need 24-hour lighting, you can just set the timer and it will switch off by itself.

  •  Cons

The light is extremely bright, so as a precaution is it advised not to look directly into the glare. Plus, it is designed to be used for indoor plants only and is not waterproof. On the downside, although it is a full-spectrum light, it has more of the blue than the red spectrum. Hence, it may not be the perfect choice for the flowering stage.

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Overall Thoughts

Whether you are new to growing indoor plants or are a commercial plantation pro, this LED grow light won’t disappoint you. Its downright value for money, high performing, gives a great PAR per watt ratio and gives you bigger flowers and larger plants. So whenever you want to make the purchase, make sure to go through this LED grow lights review for a better understanding of its features and usage.

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Best LED Grow Lights for Cannabis Top 10 in 2018

If you are looking for the best LED grow lights don´t buy any before you read our expert reviews and buyers guide. Here you got our top 10 table in order of relevance.

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Advanced Platinum Series P300 300w 12-bandAdvanced Platinum Series P300ViewonAMZ
VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 450WVIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 450WViewonAMZ
Roleadro 300w LED Grow Light GalaxyhydroRoleadro 300w LED Grow Light GalaxyhydroViewonAMZ
California Lightworks NEW SolarStorm 880WCalifornia Lightworks NEW SolarStorm 880WViewonAMZ
Marshydro Reflector 960W LED Grow Light Full SpectrumMarshydro Reflector 960W Full SpectrumViewonAMZ
Kind LED Grow Lights K3 L450Kind LED Grow Lights K3 L450ViewonAMZ
Roleadro 2nd Generation 600WRoleadro 2nd Generation 600WViewonAMZ
G8LED 600 Watt MEGA LED Grow Light with Optimal 8-BandG8LED 600 Watt MEGA LED-Optimal 8-BandViewonAMZ
Black Dog LED PhytoMAX 200Black Dog LED PhytoMAX 200 WattViewonAMZ
King Plus 1000w LED Grow Light Double ChipsKing Plus 1000w LED Grow Light ViewonAMZ

Since cannabis has a number of benefits and has hence been declared ‘legal’ in many of the countries around the world, people are looking for ways to increase its production right at home. The LED grow light is a great addition to your growing area as it has a number of benefits for these indoor plants.

Each cannabis plant needs precise lighting, air, water and other essentials in order to grow and to give you a good yield. So, since lighting is one of the pre-requisites for the growth and development of the plant, I personally found these LED grow lights to be a blessing for cannabis.

In this LED grow lights review, I have short-listed ten best LED grow lights, and will discuss the features and specs of each in detail. Here’s a glance at my top 10 list, in the order of significance:

You may be concerned about causing any sort of damage or overkill to your plant. But let me assure you, these lights when used right, are the safest.

Many of these lights are equipped with fans and cooling sinks that help keep the temperatures low and also keep the plant from wilting. In fact, let me tell you, these LED grow lights have a number of benefits. Here, let me pen some of the major advantages of these for cannabis growers:

 

Benefits of LED Grow Lights

Listed are few top reasons why you need LED Grow Lights.

Temperature Setting

If you are looking for optimal growth of your plant and want to ensure that it doesn’t wilt or get burnt in any way, the right temperature is the key. While cannabis needs the warmth of the sun, it also needs to stay cool.  Remember, too much of the sun can wilt, burn or destroy the plant. The LED lights just get warm to the touch and hence, the chances of your plant getting destroyed or burnt are minimal.

No need to Ventilate

These lights are surprisingly powerful but keep their cool. This, in turn, leads to your room temperature staying cool as well. Since they are least likely to produce much heat, you can absolutely dump the idea of getting a separate cooling or ventilating system installed at home.

Portable, and Easy is to Relocate

These lights aren’t just affordable, but also quite compact. You don’t need much space or a designated corner for the light. In fact, it gives you – and of course your plant – the liberty. You can set them up anywhere in your home, no matter which room or corner, the lights are really easy to set up.

Easy Installation

The installation is simple and really easy. Since these are very compact you can just place them over your plant on your desk or by the wall. In fact, you can also use a combination of these lights to get a wider coverage area if you are growing more than a single plant.

Longevity, Last a Long Time

These LED grow lights have a long life. Typically a grow light will last anywhere between 50,000 or even 100,000 hours. That means 7 to 8 years on average.

More Control, Adjustable Wavelength, and Wattage

A great thing about these lights is the increased control you can have. You can adjust the wavelength and even the wattage. This way your plant will be getting exactly the light wavelength and intensity it needs at that particular stage.

Energy Efficient

Now one thing that is hands down the best about these LED lights is that these are very energy efficient. As compared to the other sources of light – excluding the sun of course – the LED lights do not draw much power, so you can stay assured your electricity bills won’t be a major concern once you get one of these.

 

Best LED Grow Lights Reviews  – Top 10

Time and again technology have introduced us to some of the best alternatives to the natural sunlight. You may have come across the florescent lights, high-pressure sodium lights, etc. LED lights are the recent addition to these alternate sources of lighting. Trust me, you will find these much better and reliable as compared to the others as they only produce little heat and it’s also not much of a hassle to cool them down.

So let me take you through my top 10 picks for the best LED Grow lights:

 

1.- Advanced Platinum Series P300 12-band – FULL SPECTRUM.

Advanced Platinum Series P300 300w 12-bandThe Advanced platinum series makes it to my top pick of all these LED grow lights. Not only is this affordable but it gives you the coverage of about 4.5 * 3.8 feet. But even if you are looking for a wider coverage, you can just keep two or more of these lights adjacent to one another, and voila! You are a genius!

Another interesting comparative feature of the light is that it has a much greater PAR/lumen as compared to the other grow lights. In simpler terms, the light is quite intense, you can say about 2-3 X higher than the others.

Plus, it comes with cooling heat sinks and fans for making sure the unit stays cool.

Perhaps the best thing about this light is that there’s a focusing lens for the light. In fact, there are two lenses in this LED light. One of these is the 60-degree lens and this 90-degree focusing lens so that your plant gets a more intense light directly on it.

This light uses only 180 watts to give you a high powered lighting. Energy efficient, portable, with a 12 band spectrum and a 5-year warranty, this has to be the best LED grow light you’ll find in the markets.

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2.- VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 450W – Full Spectrum.

VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 450WNext, in line, I’ve placed the Viparspectra reflector-series 450W LED grow light. This one beats many of its counterparts due to its price, features, and looks.

If you need a grow light for a small area, say about 2*2 or 3*3, this is the optimal size for you. Whether you want aesthetics, features or quality, this one has it all!

As for the light spectrum, you get multiple options. There’s the infrared LED, red and blue, and many others that you can turn on or switch off according to the growth cycle or stage of your plant. I can vouch for this much, this is the best LED grow light when your plant is in its flowering and vegetative stage.

Another interesting feature is the fans and the cooling heat sinks made of aluminum. All these help to keep the unit as well as the surrounding cool. The lights are really easy to hang, last a long time and come with a three-years warranty.

Let me tell you another detail; the LEDs of this one have a reflective coating around them. This is very helpful in increasing the intensity of the light as well as the PAR output.

I can say without a doubt that the quality, sturdiness, and efficiency of the light make it a great option for growing cannabis at home.

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3.- Roleadro 300w LED Grow Light Galaxyhydro Series.

Roleadro 300w LED Grow Light GalaxyhydroTake a look at this one, the Roleadro 300w LED Grow light that uses 3W EPileds LEDs that gives you a much higher output than others.

This comes with the Infrared and ultraviolet lights, that I can tell you will have a great impact on the total yield. Other key features that make it one of my favorites are the sunflower radiator system, three cooling fans, wide coverage and increased penetration of up to 150%.

The radiator system ensures a much better heat distribution and keeps it cool. A great thing about this light is the angled LEDs. In my experience with these lights, I learned that this angle placement at 120-degree increases the intensity, coverage and the PAR output of the lights. In fact, if we talk about the covered area, then this light is the best for a 40″ x 40″ area.

Plus with a two-year warranty and 30-day complete refund guarantee, things just can’t get any better. All-in-all, this is perfect not just for cannabis, but for all kinds of indoor plants and vegetation, and that too with such an attractive price tag!

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4.- California Lightworks NEW SolarStorm 880W with UVB

California Lightworks NEW SolarStorm 880W with UVBNext, I have placed the California Lightworks solarstorm 880W. I cannot emphasize just how strong this light is. With the UV-B and high OSRAM SSL emitters, it can give you a high yield. In fact, let me tell you, this is the only LED grow light you’ll find that has the UV-B spectrum. And since the natural sunlight has UVB – and a lot of it – this is as close to the natural lighting, as you can get.

This UVB is emitted through the T8 fluorescent bulbs that can be adjusted with a dedicated control. If you make use of this light during the last phase of the growth, it will definitely have a great impact on your total production.

It does come with a steep price tag, but will definitely have a greater impact on the overall yield than the others in its league.

This is hence, my highly recommended option if you are looking for harvesting more of the crop or for wider area coverage.

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5.- Marshydro Reflector 960W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum.

Marshydro Reflector 960W LED Grow Light Full SpectrumAnother great option is the Marshydro Reflector 960W grow light. With the vegetation and bloom modes, reflector design, and ETL certification this unit is not just safe but also quite appealing to look at.

The LED gives you coverage of about 3.5 * 3.5 feet in the bloom mode and 4’ * 4’ in the veg mode. It comes with a two-year warranty and in case of any problem, their service outlet is there for support – located in California.

From my experience with cannabis growth, I can tell you a quality LED goes a long way. And these MarsHydro LEDs are of the finest quality and feature a strong light penetration. This one is the best for all life stages of your plant and has a full spectrum and Infrared to cater to the needs per stage of your plant.

This LED grow light is highly efficient, powerful, cool and durable and hence highly recommended for all types of indoor plant growth. So if you are looking for an LED that’s way better than the CMH, MH, and HPs, the MarsHydro reflector 960W LED is your best bet.

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6.- Kind LED Grow Lights K3 L450

Kind LED Grow Lights K3 L450The Kind LED Grow Lights K3 L450 is one high end, revolutionary LED grow light. Powered by three Watt Diodes it produces the perfect spectrum and has a very bright light. SO if you want more yield, it’s a great option.

Kind LED Grow lights consume approximately half the electricity as compared to the others, i.e. approximately 260 watts only. This makes it not just efficient but highly recommended for indoors plant growth.

It also comes with a quite efficient cooling mechanism. There are noiseless fans and large heat sinks that keep it cool through the day.

This powerful grow light will not only enhance your yield cultivation but will also give you the best yield in terms of quality. You see, with this one, it’s about both quantity AND quality. Something you wouldn’t find in the other grow lights.

Then at the outlook, the grow light is quite strong and looks rather appealing. It also features a secondary optical lens that further magnifies PAR and enhances the Canopy Penetration by up to 200%.

The recommended growing space for this grow light is 2.5’ x 3.5” and on average it is capable of producing 4+ ounces of yields.

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7.- Roleadro 2nd Generation 600W LED Upgraded Full Spectrum.

Roleadro 2nd Generation 600WThe Roleadro 2nd Generation 600Watts LED Plant Grow Light is the latest and upgraded spectrum indoor growing light. This one has different light bands including the red, blue and green, that makes it a great choice if you are thinking to grow different types of crop.

You see each plant may need a different light band at some stage or the other. So if you are looking for something that you can use for your other indoor plants, you must have a look at this one.

The superior high-quality 120 pieces of 5watts chips produce phenomenal lumen and PAR values stimulating solar spectrum for plants necessary for their growth. It is no doubt one of the best LED grow lights you will find in the markets today.

The LED chips are also great for efficiency and power saving. They don’t just consume low electricity but can last for a very long time. The aluminum heat sinks and ultra-durable noiseless fans make sure that the grow light stays cool, quiet and produces the best yield.

Roleadro also features the UV light that helps sterilize and exterminates bacteria. So your plant stays healthy and protected.

You can also connect two or more lights via the power cord that is in fact included in this product. This one is more of a budget-friendly LED light and covers 3.9 3×3 square meters or 6,200 square inches of growing space. The stainless steel hanging cord is also included that makes it easy to hang atop the plant.

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8.- G8LED 600 Watt MEGA with optimal 8-Band plus.

G8LED 600 Watt MEGA LED Grow Light with Optimal 8-BandThe G8LED 600 Watt MEGA LED Grow Light has had its day of glory. In fact, just last year it was awarded “2016 Best LED Grow Light” by HIGH TIMES Magazine.

The product is made in the USA and the reason it is an award-winning ‘celebrity’ is due to its unparalleled and unrivaled performance and quality in cultivating plants and vegetables indoors. This is one of the highest yielding LED Grow Light System in the markets.

It features the Grow Green G8LED technology that is nature-friendly and also comes with the UV and IR modes. This ensures that your plants and vegetables get the right amount of light that is required to stay healthy and to produce much larger yield. The light has a coverage area of 18 square feet (4.5’ x 4”).

The optimal 8-Band wavelength ratio too is ideal for the flowering and vegetative stages of growth.

So if you are looking for a simple device, you can go for this one. It’s really easy to operate; simply plug in and turn on. However, let me say, this will give you less control of the light.

The G8LED stays cool even after 24 hours of operation and is backed by a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. A great light no doubts that’ll be enough for all the phases of growth of your plant.

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9.- Black Dog LED PhytoMAX 200 Watt LED Grow Light.

Black Dog LED PhytoMAX 200The Black Dog LED PhytoMAX 200 Watt LED Grow Light is backed by the latest technology with unprecedented PAR levels. Actually, it’s an energy saving grow light that produces superior yield for growing high-quality plants. You can easily increase yield over 400W HPS while consuming half of the power only.

Black Dog is quite pocket-friendly. It doesn’t just come with a low price tag but the overheads – yes the electricity costs – are quite low.

This grows light’s top-bin LEDs will provide you full-cycle Phyto-Genesis Spectrum with powerful and exceptional canopy penetration and yield expansion. The Phyto-Genesis Spectrum is a great spectrum for growing plants. It was manufactured after years of research and has been made to outperforms the fluorescent, HPS, MH, and full spectrum LEDs in wattage tests.

It’s indeed an ideal product for growing in smaller areas and spaces. So for the indoors, that’s quite good. One efficient, energy saving LED light that gives you consistent results for the harvest. Plus, thanks to the PhytoMax-2 200 LED grow panel lights that emit unbeatable high-intensity light that make it very powerful and great for the photosynthesis.

The lights work with precision and are a great addition to the indoors. Even if you have a small space, or say a corner, you can harvest supreme quality plants that are 100 percent natural and healthy. Thus it makes it all the more convenient to harvest phenomenal quality plants.

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10.- King Plus 1000w Double Chips Full Spectrum with UV and IR,

King Plus 1000w LED Grow Light Double ChipsKing Plus 100Watt LED Grow Light Double Chips Full Spectrum is an innovative and one of the latest additions to these lights. The LED emits the brightest light whereby being efficient and power saving. It features a 10 Watt Double Chips that help emit a brighter light than the tradition 3W-5W LEDs.

King plus is crafted and engineered in such a way to strike the perfect balance of PAR/Lumen Output and a long lifespan.

This grows light barely consumes 185 Watt of electricity that is comparatively more energy saving than the HPS/MH lamps available all over the market.

The Full Spectrum includes red, blue, yellow, white, IR and UV light modes, that makes your greenhouse experience more natural as its more like having a portable sun in the house.

Every LED has individual resistance and ventilation holes over the LED board along with fan installed onto it so that the device stays cool. This way it can operate fluently over long hours of usage.

It is recommended to place the device 2.5 to 3 feet away from plants.

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Things you must know about LED Grow Lights

Before you set out to buy these LED lights, make sure to go through LED grow lights reviews before making your pick. Plus, there are definitely some of the pointers you must keep in mind.

Like for starters, a bit about the mechanism of their working will give you more insight about what kind of LED grow lights you should be looking for.

Inside the LED grow lights, an electric current flows through the semiconductor interior. The current makes the electrons glow and emit light. The color of the light can be changed by using different kinds of the semiconductor material placed on the inside.

Now I’ll discuss some of the terms and specifications of these LED lights that’ll further make it easier for you to pick the right one.

  • Wattage

Wattage is the measure of the total energy of the LED lights at their full capacity.

The wattage or the limit for the usage is usually mentioned in the box or specifications of the LED grow light. But working out the exact wattage can be a bit tricky. For instance, suppose an LED light has a 600-watt capacity.

That does not say that your LED will normally function at this level. In simpler words, the mentioned wattage is the maximum or highest your LED grows light can function at. So what you should be looking at is the actual power drawn by the LED light.

Often keeping the light on at its maximum potential, may result in overheating and may also affect their longevity.

  • Coverage Area

The whole area where the light reaches is another important thing to consider. It is usually measured in feet and is different for small and larger harvests. Make sure to go through LED grow lights reviews to give you an idea of the actual area of the LED.

  • Life

As discussed the long life is one major benefit of these lights that give them an edge over the other sources of light. The lifetime, usually expressed in a number of hours can go from 50,000 up to 100,000 hours.

When choosing your LED light, the longer the life the better. It won’t require a replacement anytime soon; in fact, some of the best LED grow lights last for 7 – 8 years!

  • Wavelength

Since these LEDs are an artificial source of light, you need to check the wavelength. Choosing the wavelength can depend on a number of factors including the lifecycle stage your plant is at.

Click here to know more about the different wavelengths of the LED lights and the importance of each for the plant.

 

Tips for getting the Most out of LED Grow Lights

 

  • Make sure to place the light at the right distance from the plant. Too close can retard growth and if it is placed too farther away, it will reduce its effectiveness. The right distance is usually mentioned in the instructions that come with each set.
  • Buy a voltage stabilizer for your light. It will serve as a means of protection for your LED light and also significantly reduces the possibility of fluctuations.
  • During the vegetative growth phase, use 16-18 hours of light only. For the rest of the day, let the plants stay in the dark.
  • Use about 30% lesser nutrients and less water with the LED lights. Since the temperatures do not rise, the water and other nutrients are not lost.
  • As soon as you see the first flower – this will b at the internodes – I recommend you must make the switch to the flowering light. Change the cycle to 12 hours of light and 12 of complete darkness for the plant. This will give it just the right amount of darkness and light to help it stay healthy and growing.

 

 

Last Thoughts about the Best LED Grow Lights.

The LED light can be the best thing you can get for your plant. These are closer to nature’s lighting and quite safe and easy to use. The best part, you don’t have to think about replacement or getting another one for a particular life stage. These LED grow lights have been made to last and are ideal for plant growth from the seedling stage right up to the flowering phase.

 


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