Reviews of The Best Led Grow Lights For Cannabis

Best LED Grow Lights For Cannabis Reviews

What Are The Best LED Grow Lights For Cannabis Growing?

Best Grow Lights

The following are reviews for beginner friendly-cheap or budget LED  grow lights, and  also the best marijuana grow lights. To be on this list,  the LED grow light must meet the following criteria:

  • Cost: They are affordable to cheap LED gr.ow  lights that will cost less than $370.  Also, the affordability of a grow light depends on the size of your grow space or grow room and the number of plants that you are growing indoors.
  • High Ratings: Amazon ratings should, at the time of this review, be at least four out of five stars. The majority  reviewed will have 4.2 stars or more.
  • Full Spectrum:  Full spectrum grow lights are energy efficient and are the recommended lights for beginner growers, and indoor professional cannabis growers.   The best LED grow lights allow you to grow your cannabis plant without needing specialized lighting upon approaching different plant grow stages.  As a result, I will not review the following  types of grow lights here: flourescent lights, High-Intensity Discharge Grow lights (“HID grow lights”), Ceramic Metal Halide Lights (“MH Lights”), and Compact Flourescent  Lights.  For further info on the value on the full spectrum grow light, click the following: Full Spectrum Grow Lights
  • Vegetative, Flower And Seedling Stages:  Some LED grow lights are superior in either veg or flower mode, which for a hobbyist or  beginning marijuana grower is passable.   However,  it is not passable when a brand of LED grow lights only work, adequetly for one or two stages of plant growth.  For example, a LED grow light, from one manufacturer may only work well during the vegetative growth and sometimes a specific grow light light model only work sufficiently during the flower growth stage. For the cheaper LED grow lights you will not be able to find a perfect grow light that works,  perfectly, for all three stages. But, these grow lights that I am reviewing are all highly rated. So, I feel confortable mentioing them even though they may not work perfect in a certain growth stage.   For more information on this please read below the “Red Light, Blue Light-Why Should I Care?” section. 

BUYER BEWARE, most full spectrum grow light manufacturers, claim to work in all stages for growing cannabis.  But, many top, LED grow lights fall short in that they only work sufficiently in either the vegetation or flowering stage.   If you don’t know what I am talking about, click the following: LED Cannabis Grow Lights And The Stages Of Growth

Concerning Quality

Sometimes the reason for poor rating on Amazon are because of unreasonable demands, and that irrational people tend to be vindictive.  Additionally, a defect could be a fluke or the fault of shipping.  For example, some buyers were negative because of light bulbs being broken during shipping. Also, buyers who are new to cannabis growing may blame the LED grow light when it was actually their fault.  To take the above into account, I will note trends, and if a complaint is uncommon but noteworthy, I will mention it in my review. 

The LED grow lights that are reviewed here are all highly rated and have very few one or two-star ratings, and I will focus on top-rated LED grow lights that a consumer or hobbyist who is growing cannabis would likely be abe to afford.   All of these products are highly rated. As a result, it can tough to choose LED grow lights that works sufficiently for your particular situation.   Therefore, I’m going to be nitpicky; so, I can help you choose LED lights for growing marijuana that’ll hopefully work for your particular situation by listing both the pros and cons of each grow light.

When it comes to cost, if you are a hobbyist grower (who is only growing a few indoor plants) the cost difference between a so-called, cheap lights for weed and the top Chinese made LED grow lights only amounts to a little over $100. The significant added expense occurs when you have to buy multiple marijuana grow lights. So,  if you are only growing a few marijuana plants, you should consider paying the extra money because in the long run an additional $100+ price tage isn’t much to pay if it will result in you having a better cannabis yield.

Note, Concerning, Infared and Ultraviolet lighting

Some growers swear that infared (IV) and Ultraviolet (UV) lighting help increase the THC level for cannabis.  However, this has not been scientfically proven.  As a result, other than mentioning, IV and UV lighting will not factor greatly into any LED grow light recomendations. 

Red Light, Blue Light-Why Should I Care?

I will go more in-depth concerning the various plant growth stages and LED light colors in other articles. However, if you  are wanting to try indoor gardening with grow lights it is helpful to have at least a basic knowledge of the light spectrum and how it effects indoor plants.  I will now briefly go over how the different stages of pant growth grow best under a specific LED grow light colors.   However, feel free to skip this section, if you already know this information
There are six plant stages of growth. However, for LED grow lights, you should worry about the following stages: seedlings, vegetative, and flowering. Each of those plant stages works best under a particular LED light color.

Blue light and red light are the two LED grow light colors.  Red light works best for flowering plants, and the blue light works better for seedling and vegetative growth for cannabis and other plants.

You should only use a full spectrum light for indoor gardening as (in theory) a LED full spectrum grow light does not require you to change the light when you enter a plant growth stage.
However, many growers find that they get better results if they switch light colors upon reaching the different plant growth stages. That is why many growers make sure, before buying , that their grow light comes with a veg bloom switch, which allows you to switch to either the red light or the blue light when you reach seedling, vegetative or flowering.

LED Grow Lights Expert Reviews

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Ranking 
(Cost Not A Factor)

Advanced Platinum (P300)

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400 

4.5’x 3.8”

$$$$

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Our Choice For The  Top Grow Light For cannabis. Buy It, If You Can Afford It, And If It Covers Your Grow Space or Grow Room

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BESTVA 2000W

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2000W

7.8' x 7.5'

$$$

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Our Choice If You Have A  Large Grow

Space, Large Grow Room and A Limited Budget

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Galaxy Hydro 1000W

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300W

2' x 2'

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Multiple Complaints Saying That The Galaxy Is Only Good For the Flowering Stage

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G8LED-By DormGrow

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540W

 6’ by 4’ for both vegetative stage and flowering stage

$$$$$

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2016, 2017, High Times Winner
ONLY a two year warranty

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Apollo Horticulture GL60LED

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180W

2.5’x 2.5’

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Decent Light for the money. But, it is not a top  light.   I recently discovered a better one.   Click the following link for Info: Bloomspect 600W Led Grow Light Review

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Viparspectra-PAR 600

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600W

2.5’x 2.5’

$$$

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Multiple Complaints Concerning That The LED Light Bulbs Are Only Good For Flowering

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Mars Hyro Reflector 720 W

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720W

2’.5”x 4’.5”

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Good 

Choice For A

Beginning Cannabis

Or Any Indoor Gardner


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Morsen 2400W

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2400W

6’ x 6.5’

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Durability Problems, Low Ratings With Low Number of Reviewers

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King Plus 3000w

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3000W

7’8” x 8’


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Fire
Hazard?
King Plus- Not the Best

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Advanced Platinum Series P300

The Advanced Platinum P300  ("P300") is American Made, full spectrum, LED grow light that is and manufactured in Hawaii by PlatinumLED. It is one of the most expensive lights that I am reviewing and, compared to other, lower priced, LED lamps, it has a small growing space.

If you have a small grow room or grow box, and you can afford the extra cost, this is my choice for the Top, affordable, LED  lights on the market.

If you want to save additional money or you have a small grow tent you can buy the P150  Model. 

Specifications

  • CHIPS: United States Made, 3W LED
  • Energy Savings: These lights, can substitute for a 400-watt HPS  light with it only consuming 93 watts for vegetation and 180 for blooming.
  • Coverage: Maximum coverage is 4.5’x 3.8”.
  • Life Hours: 100,000 claimed.
  • Included Equipment: The lights are only thing listed
  • UV and IR Lighting: Yes
  • Warranty: 5 Years and a 90-day return guarantee

Review Summary

Pros

  • Veg and Flowering: According to multiple buyers, the P300   works sufficiently  on both veg and flowering stage of growth. One reviewer even specifically praised this lamp for  use in flowering.
  • Five Year Warranty: This is the most extended one that I have seen for any LED grow lights.
  • Support: Platinum LED's service is praised.  I was especially impressed that a verified purchaser claimed that Platinum LED replaced a lost power cord for free.
  • Quality: Reviewers raved about the overall quality of the P300, which based on Advanced Platinum's five-year warranty, is believable.
  • Good For Home User: According to many reviewers, the P300 is a top-of-the-line LED grow light that is affordable to the average hobbyist or home grower.
  • Great For Small Spaces: Perfect for a small grow room or grow box.
  •  Cooling System: It runs very cool and uses a low power draw.
  • Penetration: Exceptional canopy penetration. ("Light Penetration")
  • Certified: ETL Certified

Cons

  • Cost: They are pricey, and the coverage is quite small. So, if you are home or hobbyist grower with a large grow space, the P300 LED may not work out as you will need to order multiple lights.   Also, a few reviewers stated that the P300 is not worth paying extra.
  • Minimalist:The P300 LED light is missing several features (I.E., Dimmers, piggybacking) that should, based on the premium cost of this light, be included.
  • No Hanging Kit:  As the P300 is not  cheap, at the very least, a hanging kit and UV glasses should've been concluded.

Conclusion

The P300, not taking into account the cost, is among the top grow lights for weed available. It is also the most beginner friendly LED lights that I’ve reviewed.  First of all, the P300 is a “true” full, 12 band, spectrum light as it works well in both the flower and vegetation stages for weed.  So, with the P300 you won’t need to worry about purchasing specialized lights for the veg or flower stage.  

The P300's five-year warranty, ETL certification, stellar rating, (P300 only has 23 one-stars out 326  and 250 five stars) indicates that Platinum LED's  grow light is among the top LED lights around.

In conclusion, if you can afford these lights, and you have a compact grow space, the P300 is among the top grow lights for money and is worth buying.


MarsHydro 720W LED

The MarsHydro Reflector 720W (”MarsHydro”) is Chinese manufactured, which based upon the Amazon ratings , is our choice for a cheap LED full spectrum grow lights for weed.

Specifications

CHIPS: EPISTAR, 5 Watt Chips
Lighting: Full Spectrum
Energy Savings: Replaces a 720W HID or MH lighting using only 350W
Coverage Area: Veg- 2’.5”x 4’.5”; flowering: 2’ x 4’
Life Hours: 100,000
Included Equipment: 1-Light, 1-Hanging Kit, 1-Power Cord
UV/IR: Yes
Warranty: 3 Years

 Review Summary

Pro

  • Great beginner light
  • Good For Small Spaces: Fits perfectly in a 2’ x 4’ grow tent
  • Durable: Customers noted that the this light is still running great after three years and four years
  • Great Value: Numerous reviewers have noted that the Marshydro is a great value.
  • Very Few Complaints: Only 29 one-star ratings

Cons

  • No instruction manual: Support is said though to be quick to send instructions concerning specific settings for the various stages of growth

Conclusion

The MarsHydro Reflector 720W is an good choice for a newbie Marijuana grower, who is on a budget.  First of all, the Mars Hydro is very durable as there were very few complaints (compared to other comparable grow lights manufacturers) concerning the light bulbs dying out too soon or other quality problems.  Sure, there were a few disgruntled buyers who complained about the lights dying out prematurely. Those complaints were few and far between.  Also, many claims concerning the quality were, in my opinion, not fair as the reviewer gave a bad review even after they admitted that the problem likely occurred during shipping. 
Another quality indicator indicating MarsHydro is a top model is that it is ETL and CE certified, which suggests that MarsHydro is so confident in their product that they voluntarily allow their lights to be inspected by an outside organization.
One legitimate criticism is that Marshydro does not supply a users manual.  This would be inexcusable.  Marshydro does have excellent support, and they’ll email you detailed instructions concerning the light hours for each stage and other helpful information. Also, the  coverage is rather small for a top LED grow light.  Coverage is likely sufficient for a beginning cannabis grower.

Beginner cannabis growers should follow the KISS (” Keep It Simple Stupid”) rule when they are starting out. That’s why I was especially impressed that I did not see any complaints concerning the Marshydro  not working well for either the flowering or vegetative stage. So, if you buy this grow light you will not need to worry about buying a supplemental blue light or a red light. 

Numerous other  lights, even the highly rated ones, have multiple comments stating that the respective light is only suitable for flowering or vegetation plant growth. For example, many reviewers noted that the VIPARSPECTRA did not work well for flowering when growing cannabis. Of course, you can use additional lights to help with your vegetation or the flowering stage of growth, and other grow lights, may work better for vegetation or flowering. You can though be confident that the Marshydro will work well for all stages of plant growth; so, you won’t have to worry about using supplemental lighting. In conclusion, you can buy better lights, but you’ll pay a lot more, as  Marshydro is among the most well rounded,  lights available for its price range.

BESTVA 2000W 

The BESTVA 200W (”BESTVA”) is a Chinese manufactured, full spectrum, LED grow light that is considered to be among the better cheap grow lights for weed; yet, it offers numerous features that even some expensive, so-called, higher-end commercial grow lights don’t provide.

Specifications

  • CHIPS: 200 PCS, duel chip, 10 Watt LEDs
  • Coverage:  Not listed but other reviewers have claimed that it is suitable for  7.8' by 7.5'
  • Lighting: Full spectrum, 380 to 780 , which makes it suitable for all stages of marijuana growth. Also, they claim it is engineered to strike a balance between high lumen output and coverage.
  • Energy Saver: Replaces  1400 watt HID lights and only uses approximately 390W, which could definitely help you save money on your energy bills.
  • Life Hours: 100,000 
  • Included Equipment: 1-light, 1-6’ Power Cord, 1-hanging kit (Includes an adjustable rope) and Glasses
  • Warranty: Three years, 30 day Return
Best Grow Lamps-Bestva 2000W LED Grow Light

Verified Purchasers Review Summary

Pros

  • Very Bright: Verified buyers have noted that it is at least twice as bright as other popular LED  lights, like the VIPARSPECTRA 1200w.
  • Low Temperature
  • Support: Buyers who have had problems have noted that that they received excellent support.
  • Highly Praised: Some, verified purchasers, feel that they could be the best LED grow light for the money.

Cons

  • No Timer
  • Durability: Many recent comments, on Amazon, have complained that the LED chips prematurely burn out.
  • No Veg and Flower Switch: If you desire to exclusively use blue or red lighting during the vegetative  stage or flowering growth stages while growing marijuana you’ll have to buy supplemental lighting.

Conclusion

Overall, reading customer comments it seems that, the BESTVA 2000W, is a good LED grow light. First of all, most comments concerning, Bestva, are glowing.  For example, some buyers mention how good of a deal this grow light is:

I know another gardener who paid 1800 a piece for his LED lights that are twice the size of these and they don’t put out half the light that these give off and aren’t full spectrum. A great bargain in my opinion.

Nasty B-Amazon Reviewer

What is most important though is that the majority of comments claim that the BESTVA 2000W works well in its number one purpose: growing marijuana.  Granted,  a few comments come up stating that the LED lights premaurely burned out. For example, a review, in December 2018, states that, after 12 to 18 months, multiple rows of LED lights burned out.   

Overall, three reviewers complained, from late 2018 that the LED light bulbs prematurely burning out. The BESTVA 2000w does have a 4.6 rating with 296 reviews; (this is among the best) so, any complaints concerning its durability could just be a  fluke.  But, as these complaints happened recently, it could be a sign that they are cutting corners, which is resulting in quality problems. The majority of buyers did though praise the customer service.  So, if you do have an issue, you should feel confident that they will fix your problem ASAP.  In conclusion, because of Marshydro’s recent quality control complaints, they are not my choice for being the best LED grow light.

MORSEN 2400W

The Morsen 2400 LED (”Morsen”) is a Chinese LED grow light that looks great on paper as it has numerous features that once were only available on expensive commercial grow lights.

Specifications

  • CHIPS: 10 Watt, Double Chip, Epileds
  • Energy Savings: This lamp, according to Morsen, can substitute for a 2400 HPS grow light with it only consuming 450 Watts.
  • Coverage Area: 6’ by 6’.5”
  • Life Hours: 100,000
  • Included Equipment: 1 light, 1.5-meter power cord, and 1 hook for hanging
  • Warranty: Three Years
  • UV and IR Lighting: Yes

MORSEN 2400W LED Grow lamp Unboxing Video

Customer Review Summary

Pros

  • Newbie Friendly: Easy to install and detailed guidelines concerning coverage are listed online.
  • Extremely Bright: This brightness likely results in MORSEN’s reputation for having suitable results for all stages of cannabis growth.
  • Great Overall Results: Verified purchasers state that MORSEN gives good results in both the vegetative stage and flowering stages of growth for weed.
  • Quiet: The fan is said to be as quiet as a laptop computer fan.
  • Amazon Fulfillment: Amazon does the shipping. So, you won’t have to wait for weeks to get your order.
  •  Support: A reviewer stated that Morsen stood by their warranty by immediately replacing a defective product after five months
  • CE Certified: This certification only allows for European commercial use. It does show that it is able to pass a voluntary third-party inspection.
  • Large Coverage: 6.5′ by 6.5 is among the largest coverage for a LED grow lights of this price.

Cons

  • Durability: The majority of complaints dealt with product failures. I.E., CHIP failures, LED chips burning out prematurely, etc.

Conclusion

Morsen LED grow lights do cost more.  But, Morsen is known for getting great results from veg to flowering, and having a large coverage at 6.5′ by 6.5′.  Durability could be an issue with the Morsen as many reviewers complained that the LED bulbs burned out only after around six months, and one reviewer even claimed that he used them for only four months for approximately 16 hours a day, and roughly 1/2 of the LED lights were not working. Even though there were durability complaints, the majority did praise the Morsen grow lights. So, these complaints could be because the buyer misused the light, or they received  a lemon. 
Morsen is also known for providing excellent support.  So, if there are issues, you won’t have a problem getting replacement LED grow lights.  The Morsen is a good LED grow light.  However, I would not recomend the Morsen though based upon durability,  no certification, and limited ratings.  

 

VIPARSPECTRA 600W 

 

The VIPARSPECTRA PAR600 LED is a Chinese LED grow lights company that also manufacturers aquarium lighting.  

Specifications

  • CHIPS: Five-Watt Epiled, Bridgelux Led 
  • Lighting: Full spectrum
  • Energy Savings: Replaces a 600-watt HPS or MH system, while using only 274 Watts
  • Coverage: Veg: 3’x3’, Flower: 2.5’x 2.5 
  • Life Hours: 100,000 
  • Included Equipment: One-light (Hanger's Sold Separately)
  • Warranty: Three-years, 30-day refund guarantee.

VIPARSPECTRA LED 600w Video

Customer Review Summary

Pros

  • UL Certified:  Even if you don’t use it commercially, the UL certification does indicate quality and that VIPARSPECTRA is confident enough in their product to have it certified by an outside agency.
  • High:  Quality Construction
  • Installation:  Easy to set up
  • Veg Lights:  Works great for the Vegetative growth mode for cannabis
  • Support:  Highly praised
  • Durable:  Very few complaints concerning quality

Cons

  • Poor Penetration: Multiple complaints have noted that the VIPARSPECTRA light does not reach the lower levels of the plant.
  • Bloom Lights: The bloom lights do not work well, and several users have stated that you should use both veg and bloom lights at the same time during the flowering stage for weed.
  • Coverage:  The coverage  is quite small.

 

Durability

The most common complaint about Chinese  lights is that the LED chips die prematurely, and it can be a hassle (being that they’re from China) and costly to return the product.  For the Viparspectra. I saw very few complaints about these lights dying out too soon.  Additionally, the VIPARSPECTRA is UL certified, therefore, based on the light bulbs not dying out prematurely and the third-party certification, it is evident that VIPARSPECTRA is quite durable.

Common Issues

The only consistent complaints for VIPARSPECTRA are that a few purchasers felt that its coverage was not accurate and that it did not work well for flowering. You can easily fix the coverage complaints by buying more grow lights. Also, the claims that the VIPARSPECTRA is only good for the flowering stage of growth can be solved using the veg and flower lights at the same time during flowering or just using full spectrum throughout the entire growing cycle.  A beginner might find this confusing.

Overall, VIPARSPECTRA LED grow lights are a good choice for a beginner or hobbyist, who is growing a few plants, and based upon its reasonable price it is a candidate for being among the best cheap LED lights available.

Conclusion

Overall, the VIPARSPECTRA,  is a great choice for a beginner or hobbyist grower buying a LED grow light.  You can get better grow lights. You will though pay up to two hundred dollars or more to get better quality grow lights.

Apollo Horticulture GL60LED

The Apollo Horticulture GL60LED LED (”Apollo”) is definitely what would be considered as a “Cheap Grow Light for Weed” as it costs less than $100. But, even though it is cheap, it is worth buying?  Ultimately, that questions is up to you; but, through this review, I’ll give you information to make an informed decision on whether or not you should buy the Apollo.

Specifications

  • CHIPS: 3 Watts EPISTAR
  • Lighting: Full Spectrum, 6 Bands
  • Energy Savings: Power of 180 Watts While Using Only 109 Watts
  • Coverage: Veg: 2.5’x 2.5’ Flowering: 2’x2’
  • Life: 50,000 
  • Included Equipment: 1 – Light, 1 – Power Cord, 1 – Set of Hanging Clips (stainless steel), 1 -Owners Manual
  • UV/IR: Not Sure.  But, Most Likely No
  • Warranty: 2 Years

Verified Purchasers Review Summary

Pros

  • Bang For The Buck:  Great value for the price you are paying.
  • Well built:  Composed of metal casing (many cheaper brands use plastic) and very bright light output.
  • Runs Cool: A reviewer noted that his room temperature decreased 15 degrees after he switched from CFL to the Apollo LED light.
  • Quality: Light is quite bright with a good spread.
  • Savings: Switching from CFL to the Apollo saved over 30% on the power bill.
  • Great Results:  Great results for the price paid for this grow light.

Cons

  • Support: Purchaser said, when he was under warranty, half of the panels died on him, and he was unable to reach customer support.  Unresponsive customer support did seem to be a common complaint among purchasers. 
  • Multiple Failures: Purchaser stated that he bought six lights and after two growing seasons only one panel is fully working.
  • Only Good For Vegetation:  Verified purchaser noted that it has mediocre, slow results when it comes to the vegging stage of growth and when used for flowering it damages his plants.
  • Not Good For Cannabis: Verified purchaser stated that his plants slowly grew and output was just “ok,” but the cannabis plants were small. However, for the flowering stage, the buds were pathetic.
  • Spectrum: The lighting spectrum was not adequate.
  • Value: Dissatisfied purchasers stated that the yield was very poor and because of this, you will save money in the long run by investing in a higher-quality product.

Safety Concerns- Apollo is not certified by any third-party, which not necessarily bad as many, well made and safe consumer products, are not certified.  Apollo  specifically states that their grow lights should only be used, for fire safety reasons, in a ventilated greenhouse. This could just be a legal disclaimer. I saw no other  similar disclaimers  for LED grow lights from other grow light makers. So, I would be cautious using these lights outside of a grow tent or greenhouse.

Conclusion

The Apolo Gl60LED is the cheapest lights that I reviewed.  Therefore, it would not be fair for me to compare it to a $200+ LED model. Consequently, I am basing my review on if the Apollo can adequately  be used for all stages of plant growth.

Overall, the Apollo is a good, cheap, LED light for beginners.  I was impressed that many readers stated that, for the price, it is a great deal.  There were a few people said that the Apollo  was only good for the vegetation stage of growth.  The Apollo did though receive over 310 positive reviews, which I doubt would have been obtained if, as it is advertised as full spectrum, the Apollo could not be used for flowering.

Many praised Apollo’s sturdy construction.  But, like many others, there were several complaints concerning the LED chips prematurely dying out.  You should remember that The Apollo grow lights cost less than $100.  So, you will get your money worth if you even use them for only one season. 

Overall,  as the Apollo LED  lights are cheap and get the job done, they’re a decent starting point for a hobbyist or beginner grower.  Ignoring the low price, the Apollo’s specifications are weak. I.E., 180 watts with only a three watt chip.  So, compared to other growing lights, using the Apollo your yield  for weed will likely be less, and it may take longer for for harvest.  Therefore, if you can afford an extra $100 or so, you should consider getting another brand.  But, for a sub $100 grow lights, the Apollo is among the top-rated.

Roleadro GalaxyHydro 1000W

The Roleadro GalaxyHydro 1000W (”Galaxy”) is definitely what many would consider to a be a discount lights as this particular model is less than $120 and Roleandro most cheapest model is less than $40. So, these aren't  considered to be a so-called "best LED grow lights."   

The Galaxy is  one of the more popular grow lights on Amazon. But, popularity doesn’t always mean quality. What's especially surprising though is that, even though the Galaxy is considered to be a cheap, it has many features that are only generally seen with high-end models.

 So, it begs the question: “Is the Galaxy the best deal, if you take into consideration, its price?” or is the Galaxy a case of “You get what you pay for?” Or should you look elsewhere for full spectrum LED grow lights?

I’m going to give you a short first answer that will probably not satisfy you: “It depends?” Don’t worry though; I’ll give you a better response by the end of this review.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • CHIPS: Epileds 10w x 100W
  • Lighting: Full Spectrum
  • Energy Savings: Power of a 1,000 Watt HPS or MH with it only using approximately 400 watts
  • Coverage: 2’x2’
  • Reported Life: 50,000 Hours
  • Included Equipment: 1-light
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • U/IR Lights: Yes

Customer Review Summary

Pros

  • High End Features: The Galaxy has featured that are usually only seen on the best, higher-priced, lights I.E., 10-watt chips, dimmer, three cooling fans, UV/IR lighting, daisy chain ability, etc.
  • Low Cost:It’s among the lowest priced LED grow lamps available
  • Flowering: Numerous reviewers praised the Galaxy’s results when it came to the flowering 
  • High Ratings: Only 116 (75 Total One and Two Stars Reviews) out of 968

Cons

  • Certification:  No UL, ETL, or any third-party certification
  • Small Coverage:  Coverage is listed at 2’ by 2’, at 24” height
  • Only Good For Flowering: Numerous reviewers (even reviewers who were positive overall) stated that the Galaxy is only good for flowering.
  • Warranty:  Only two years, which is a  short warranty for brand name LED grow lights
  • Quality: Some purchasers received faulty products, and others had issues with the Galaxy during the warranty period

Conclusion

The Galaxy is an acceptable purchase for a somewhat seasoned  gardener who is only growing a few plants. The Galaxy has a multitude of bells and whistles, like IR and UV lights, which typically only the best  grow lamps have. 

The 2’ x 2’ light coverage, for the Galaxy, is quite sparse. But,  this limited light coverage is likely all that will be needed for a first-time weed grower.  Galaxy’s daisy chain ability, which allows for simplied connection between seperate LED grow lights, makes the Galaxy’s sparse light coverage less of an issue also.   However,  to save the hassle of having to purchase additional LED grow lights may want to instead purchase another grow light with a larger coverage area, for a few extra dollars.  

Are The Galaxy Grow Lights Limited To Just Flowering?

 It was troubling seeing the sizable number of reviewers (even overall positive reviewers stated this) noting that the Galaxy is only good for flowering stage of growth in weed. 

It needs to be pointed out that the number of complaints concerning the Galaxy not working well for the vegetative stage of growth is quite small in comparison to the nearly 1,000 reviews and Galaxy earning 4.4 out of 5 stars. Therefore, it seems logical that the Galaxy would not have received a favorable, overall rating, if it was as bad in the vegetative stage as many buyers stated.

Also, as a workaround as all reviewers noted that the Galaxy was nearly perfect in the flowering stage, you can purchase supplemental lighting, quite cheaply, just for the veg state of cannabis growth and use the Galaxy for the flowering. But, if you are a beginning grower, it is best to purchase a grow light that is proven to work best in all stages of growth.

Overall, despite the multiple good reviews, I don’t recommend the Galaxy. The Galaxy initially looks like a candidate for being a “TOP LED grow light.” But because of its low coverage area (2′ by 2′) and multiple complaints of it being only good for flowering,  the beginner should look elsewhere.

King Plus 3000W 

The King Plus 3000W is made by the Chinese company KINGLED.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • CHIPS: 10 Watt, Duel Chip LEDs
  • Lighting: Full spectrum
  • Energy Savings: Power Of A 3000 Watt HPS or MH Lights Using Only 615 Watts
  • Coverage: 7’8” x 8’
  • Reported Life: 100,000 hours
  • Included Equipment: 1 Light, 1-Six Food Power Cord, 1-Hook For Hanging
  • Warranty: Three Years, With A 30 Day Return
    UV/IR: Yes

Customer Review Summary

Pros

  • Runs Cool: One verified purchaser said that with the cooling fan the rooms nearby never went above 72 degrees.
  • Beginner Friendly: Great for beginning cannabis growers or a grower who wants to change from HPS (Or other lighting) to LED grow lights.
  • Great Value: Some call it the best LED grow lights available for the price.
  • Excellent Harvest
  • Durability: A reviewer noted that he ran it for 24 hours straight with no issues.
  • Veg Mode:  Exceptional during the vegetation growth stage

Cons

  • Quality Control: Purchaser stated that he ordered four lights and three were defective. (To Me This Seemed Like a Potential Shipping Problem)
  • No Users Manual
  • Short Power Cord:  This a problem especially when you are going to need to hang the lamp
  • Safety Issues: Five verified purchasers, in their review, mentioned that it caused a short-circuit, which could have caused a fire, and two reviewers stated that a fire did happen.
  • No Certification:  CLE, UL, ETL or any other certification  is mentioned

Conclusion

The King Plus was rated highly, and I saw zero complaints where verified purchasers have said that is only works well for flowering or vegetation. Quality complaints were also sparse and when there was an issue, their customer support was generally praised.  Due to safety concerns, I cannot recommend the King Plus LED.

While reviewing othe grow light manufacturers, I never saw anything mentioning that the respective companies products were either a danger to catch fire or that they actually did overheat and catch fire. King Plus though had numerous reviewers, from July 2017 to March 2019, stating that their was either a potential fire hazard or  that the light actually catch fire.

During that period, two purchasers reported that their grow light actually caught on fire, and many reviewers said that if the King Plus is running more than 12+ hours a day, there could be a fire danger.  

I bought light on july 24th, started using it right away on 12/12 night light cycle because my light from dimgogo started loosing rows of lights within a few weeks so i switched to kings… used less then 900 hours during those weeks the light worked great very little heat coming off light my plants loved it, on oct 13 whem my lights timer set to go off i herd a zapping sound and i entered grow room it was flashing and caught fire

AnaMaria Schiopu
October 16, 2018-Verified Purchaser Review

King Plus is  not certified by any third-party like UL, ETL or CE. One reason for certification is the assurance that a product meets acceptable safety standards. If the King Plus was certified, I could perhaps excuse the fire hazard accusation (five complaints mentioning a fire hazard out of 315 is relatively small) as being a fluke or operator error.  But, seeing that the King Plus is not certified, and I did not see that potential fire hazards were a common problem among other similar LED Grow lights, I cannot recommend the King Plus.

G8LED 900 Watt  MEGA LED VEG/FLOWER 

G8LED is the brand of DormGrow.com an American company that is located in Sun Valley, California. The G8LED 900 Watt Grow Light could legitimately be the best LED grow light on the market for weed as it has won multiple recent awards, which are listed below:

  • 2018 Wiki, Top 10, #1 Grow light
  • 2016, and 2017 Best LED Grow Light by High Times

These LED Grow lights aren’t cheap as they range from $300 to over $1,400. If you purchase these beauties though you can be sure that you’ll get your money’s worth.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Chips: 3 watts
  • Lighting: Full Spectrum, 8 Band-IR, and UV Included
  • Energy Savings: 540 watts which, is equivalent to HID’s at 1,000 to 1200 watts
  • Coverage: 6’ by 4’ for both veg and flowering
  • Reported Life:  100,000 hours
  • Included Equipment: Only the light
  • Warranty: Two Years warranty that is directly serviced by Dorm Grow and a 90-day return policy

Customer Review Summary

PROS

  • Durability: Verified purchaser, stated that a major electrical short occurred between the G8LEDS timer and the lights, which caused the wires to overheat and melt causing a power loss. After the metal wirings were repaired the light turned on as if a fire hadn’t even occurred
  • Certified: The G8LED 900 Watt is ETL, CE, and ROHs certified. This means that the G8LED is not only safe, but also well built.
  • Perfect Results: One purchaser, in his review, noted that after using them for only six weeks he is averaging a whopping four inches daily growth. Also, a reviewer has also commented that his cannabis plants are a perfect green color.
  • Light Penetration:  The G8LEDs, three Watt Chips are known for providing excellent light penetration.
  • Low Heat: Multiple, reviewers have noted that the G8LED gives off minimal heat.
  • Good Value: G8LED’s are far from cheap.  Compared to other high priced grow lights, the G8LED performs as well as LED grow lights that are twice the price of the G8LED.
  • Support: On-site, attentive customer support. Purchaser’s note, that, during the warranty period, Dorm Grow promptly honors their commitment.

CONS

  • Short Warranty:  The two-years is quite short for a top-quality LED grow light.  Owners do rave about Dorm Grow’s customer service, which is handled on site.  Also, unlike some Chinese brand lights, Dorm Grow has a phone number clearly listed on their website.

CONCLUSION

Excellent Reviews

Dorm Grow makes some of the better cannabis grow lights. This claim is backed up by G8LED’s Amazon’s, verified purchaser, ratings and the multiple awards that G8LED has received, which are detailed below.
DormGrow’s G8lED grow lights have won multiple High Times rewards. The High Times rewards are especially notable, because as High Times based their review on G8LED’s ability to grow weed. So, it can be assured that G8LEDs work for cannabis.  Because of this being an expensive light, the 900W had only 38 reviews. Of the 38 reviews, 95% of their reviews were five stars. The 900W had only two four-star reviews and zero three, two or one-star reviews.

Why The Short Warranty?

  Dorm Grow does have a reputation for excellent support.   However, G8LED’s two-year warranty is quite short for LED grow lights and not just for the best LED Grow lights on the market. This short warranty is, somewhat, excusable as Dorm Grow will repair your grow light, at cost, after the two-year warranty has ended. The 950W though, as it is a premium grow light, should at least offer a three-year warranty.

Strictly Business

I am especially impressed by how G8LED’s lights are made strictly with performance in mind and don’t try to trick customers with unneeded technology. For example, other  companies boast of having up to twenty light spectrum bands while G8LED has only eight.  G8LED’s eight spectrums are the only light spectrums that are needed for growing cannabis or other plants, which results in no unneeded diodes and better energy efficiency. Dorm Grow’s claim of the superiority of their eight band spectrum is backed up by multiple reviews and also, unlike cheap Chinese LED lamps, I never saw any complaints mentioning that G8 LED is only good for either flower or the vegetative stage.

To  conclude, the G8 LED 950W, assuming you can afford it, is definitely recommended because with this top rated light, you will have all you need to grow weed and the buds of your dreams.

Final Thoughts

CHEAP LED GROW LIGHTS FOR WEED

A buyer needs to have realistic expectations if they are looking to buy a so-called cheap or budget lights. Also, what one weed grower may value another grower may not appreciate.   For this reason, you can’t realistically expect an under $200 light to perform as well as a $1,000+ G8LED grow light. With this in mind, based upon ease of use, the Mars Hydro is a great choice for a beginning budget conscious cannabis grower. 

BEST LED GROW LIGHTS ON THE MARKET

It is tough to choose the best LED grow light on the market. First of all, you can’t go wrong if you decided to order either the G8LED 900W or the Advanced Platinium P300. However, based on the more extended warranty, and more verified purchaser reviews, I recommend the Advanced Platinum P300 over the G8LED.

What's Next?

Choosing the best LED grow light model is an important part of  cannabis cultivation.  But, their is  a whole lot more to learn.  So, for your reference,  please look at the following:

Guide to Getting The Best Grow Tent For The Money

Here is a Weed Growing Equipment Checklist

Reference Material

If you are unfamiliar with LED light technology you should click the below link, which describes the various benefits of LED lights:

LED: Best Grow Light For Weed

For a guide for choosing the best LED light for you, click the link below:

Guide To Getting The Best Lights For Growing Weed

For information on the  visible lighting spectrum, click the link below:

LED Grow Lights Spectrum

Also, click the following link if you are wondering how to choose the  Best Hydroponic Lighting System.