Everyone’s growing needs vary and this calls for specific grow lights for their space. That’s why we’ve done the research on the best LEDs out there so you don’t have to.
1. TaoTronics LED
Not only does this LED include heat-resistant technology that keeps your indoor space cool, but it is also highly efficient. Other than having the option of 12W or 36W, you can also choose from three designs. A quarter of the LEDs are blue while the rest are red and if you do buy this product, you’re entitled to a 12-year warranty — 12.5 years if you’re an enrolled member.
Apart from the warranty, the main advantage of the TaoTronics LED is its astonishing efficiency and superior light output with minimal input. It also maintains indoor temperatures despite having been on for 17 hours.
That said, its ultra-bright beam might not suit fragile crops like strawberries. Its coverage is also pretty small so be sure to keep that in mind.
2. King Plus Double Chips LED
This LED is ideal for huge growing spaces and offers a full-range spectrum including infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths. You can choose between a 600W, 100W, and 1200W power and have a peace of mind knowing that a 600W output only requires 120W of energy.
The recent version features bulbs with improved brightness and includes fans and other cooling technologies that prevent overheating.
The advantage of this choice is its full-spectrum that imitates natural light ideal for various phases of plant development. Furthermore, if the fan-cooling system doesn’t cut it, the product also comes with a three-year warranty.
On the flip side, the diodes are not the most durable and the installed fans may need additional cooling support.
3. Roleadro LED
The powerful Roleadro galaxy hydro 300W light flaunts flawless technologies, including a full spectrum, infrared and ultraviolet light, and a 30-degree movement range for wide coverage. What sets it apart is its Zener diodes — rather than conventional reflectors — that makes it highly tolerant towards heat. As an added measure, extra heat is eliminated by its superior cooling system.
Other than reducing power wastage, it also uses minimal power and yields the best crops. This lightweight product is mobile and operates quietly. It also can operate for 50,000 straight hours.
That said, with this LED, you can’t really adjust the spectrum by hand which can be troublesome. Also, take note that the power might not tally with the stated product description.
4. UNIFUN LED
The 45W Unifun LED offers impeccable technology that enhances plant development. Its added infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths cater to indoor plantations while its 460 to 470nm blue wavelength light facilitates photosynthesis. This light is not only environmentally friendly, but it also works best at a frequency of 50hz and covers an area of 1.5 sq ft.
The comprehensive manual gives the Unifun LED an edge above others in terms of ease of fitting. Apart from having a full-spectrum LED, Unifun also guarantees a one-year warranty.
But the disadvantages of this LED are that it’s prone to over-heating and it’s not suitable for large grow beds.
5. iPower Multi-Spectrum
For the best effect, iPower LED is the way to go. A third of the LEDs are red, meant for plant development, while the rest are white which provides wavelength variety. Although the light is bright, energy consumption is minimal which explains its longevity as well.
This 12W LED grow light is also compact and great for tight spaces. Places with extreme weather conditions will not faze this waterproof grow light. The iPower grow light is also suitable for the standard socket fit.
The pros of this light are the ease of installation, efficient reflector for dissipating heat, heavy-duty hanging system, and most of all, its low cost.
The downside, however, is the low-quality metal and poor packaging.
6. PPUNSON Double-Head LED
The PPUNSON grow light has infrared and ultraviolet technology, and red to blue bulb ratio of six to four. Its double head gives it great coverage and the best part? There are independent circuit and switch for each head. Its design makes it strong and flexible for different orientations. Furthermore, this 10W grow light helps conserve energy while sustaining its glow for up to eight hours daily.
The steady design of the light on top of the one-month full-refund guarantee gives growers peace of mind when investing in it. It is also affordable, simple to assemble, and provides wide coverage.
Despite all that design advantage, the wire can, and should, be longer.
7. Viparspectra’s Reflector Series
The Viparspectra LED is perfect for indoor greeneries and is manufactured with detailed research. This 400W, full-spectrum LED facilitates plant growth with only half the consumption and it works for up to 100,000 hours. Its heat dissipation technology maintains only 30% of the heat that a regular grow light emits.
What’s more? It comes with different modes for flowering and vegetation, each with its own coverage and switch. Not to mention the six-feet long wire and suspension tools that allow for easy setup.
Some advantages of this LED are that customers get a 30-day money-back guarantee on top of a three-year warranty. And if you’re a beginner, this light strikes a balance between function and affordability as it is both long-lasting and powerful. It is also easy to install and keeps indoor temperatures from rising.
The downside is that the vegetation light occasionally ceases and this bulb is not water-resistant.
8. PlatinumLED P300
The 180W PlatinumLED P300 only consumes half the power it gives and has an impressive 12-band full spectrum for all your growing needs. Not to mention the separate switches for vegetation and flowering and cleverly engineered reflectors that concentrate light on the crops. The coverage is also generous while the heat-sinking system operates silently.
The only con here is that the concentrated light may harm some plants. But nothing a little research can’t prevent.
The plus points, however, are plenty. It has a whopping 12-band spectrum range that provides adaptability, various modes, and high efficiency. Not to mention the efficient heat-sink technology, wide illumination zone, and the automatic five-year warranty given to buyers.
9. Phlizon LED
With an input of only 108W, the Philzon LED gives a whopping 600W output. That said, because of the high heat generation, it only equates to a 400W HID, which is still impressive. This LED also has a full-spectrum of 12-band on top of infrared and ultraviolet light. It also has vegetation/flowering modes for various growth stages. Although its compact size makes coverage smaller than average, the output is perfect for the sprouting process.
This LED might not be waterproof, but its low consumption, comprehensive spectral range, dual-mode, and included heat-dissipating equipment make it a top choice for many.
10. Full Spectrum BESTVA LED
Apart from being highly efficient, the massive 1200W BESTVA LED also generates minimal heat and includes reflectors that focus lumen on your crops. Its spectrum is nothing short of its competitors’ but its coverage is relatively massive! The effective cooling system also beats that of other LEDs.
Other than the usual advantages mentioned in this article, what sets this apart from the rest is its efficiency and affordability. But beware as the strong lumen output might hurt some crops. Certain higher-end models also cost more.
With all the advantages of LEDs like their longevity and versatility, it surely triumphs over conventional HID and fluorescent. Be sure to balance the wattage and longevity of the LED with your scale of operations and combine that with an understanding of your plant for maximum yield and savings.
Yes, this is a lot of information and commitment to make, but what can I say? Being a grower isn’t as easy as it sounds.