What is the best value LED grow light I have reviewed?April 3, 2022
Is it better to buy a cheap or expensive grow light?
The market has reduced the cost of LED grow lights dramatically in the last few years and it is still falling. Companies are using different design approaches from low cost and medium efficiency to high cost and high efficiency but which is best?
I have tried to answer this as best as possible in two ways.
Fixture cost $/PAR output
The first chart is evaluates each light fixture for their light output V’s cost. I use the test results from each light and divide the total light output (µmols/sec usable PPF) by its cost (before taxes and shipping).
3 Year cost (fixture cost + electricity)
I compare the cost of providing 750µmols/m2/sec (enough to cover 1m²) for 3 years.
In this comparison the higher efficiency fixtures will have lower running costs and make ground on the cheaper fixtures.
It hurts to not be on the top of either category but I hope you appreciate the data 🙂
take care, Shane
List of led grow lights reviewed and costed:
Aponuo 1,000W’ LED
MARS Hydro TS 1000
Geekbeast Pro 630W
MIGRO ARAY 4
Bavagreen 260W UV, FR
MIGRO ARAY 4 + RED
MARS Hydro SP3000***
Mammoth Samsung 10 bar
Lumatek/Photontek 600W Pro (US )
MIGRO ARAY 2
Spider Farmer SF2000***
MIGRO ARAY 2 + RED
Lumatek/Photontek 465w pro
Grower’s Choice ROI-E420
ThinkGrow Model H
Bios Icarus Ti2
Chilled Growcraft X6 600W
Gavita Pro 1700e Gen2
Green Sunshine Co. ES180 V2**