October 19, 2020 6 min read

By George Mouratidis

In recent years, cannabis cultivators have been gravitating towards LED grow lights like, well, moths to a flame!

When you consider all of the advantages LEDs have over HIDs, it’s no wonder these dazzling diodes have a “bright” future in cannabis cultivation.

Not only are LED lights lighter than HIDs, they’re more energy-efficient and user-friendly. As a bonus, LED lights tend to be cheaper than HID lights. All of these features make LED grow lights an exceptional choice for indoor cultivators.

If you’re new to the LED market, then you might be wondering how to choose from the many grow lights now available.

Indeed, now that LED grow lights are such a hot product, cannabis cultivators have many great models to sift through. While this is good news in terms of selection, it also means you have to spend precious hours pouring over product descriptions.

To make your LED quest a little easier, we thought it’d be helpful to round-up a few of the highest-rated 1000W LED grow lights. Whether you’re looking for a high-end grow light or a budget-friendly model, you should find one 1000W LED grow light to suit your grow room below.

The Four Best 1000W LED Grow Lights For 2020

1. KIND LED K5 XL 1000W WiFi

Based in California, KIND LED is one of the most decorated light manufacturers in the USA. Indeed, this company has multiple “Gear of the Year” awards. Plus, Kind LED’s XL 1000W Version 1 routinely ranks as one of the all-time best LED grow lights.

So, when KIND LED released its updated K5 XL 1000W WiFi, you can bet expectations were pretty high.

According to most cultivators, the K5 XL 1000W WiFi lives up to the hype. Unlike previous models, this 320-diode light has a mix of 3W, 5W, UV, and IR, all of which give off a fantastic full-spectrum. At its recommended height of 36”, this grow light has an impressive max PPFD of over 720 μMol/m2/s.

While all those specs are impressive, it’s the K5’s WiFi functionality that has got people talking. Anyone who buys this grow light can download KIND’s “Command Center” on their laptop or phone. On this hi-tech app, you could easily adjust your light’s timers and intensity to suit different times of the day. You could also check the LED screen on the side of this light to verify your specifications.

Because this grow light is on the premium end of the spectrum, it’s best suited for intermediate to experienced growers. If you’re a “control freak” who loves customizing every aspect of your grow cycle, then we strongly recommend giving the K5 XL 1000W WiFi a closer look.

You could find out more about this model by following this link.

Specs

  • Max Wattage: 630W
  • Lifetime: 50,000 hours
  • Weight: 36 lbs.
  • Dimensions 26” x 20 “x 3.5”
  • Recommended Mounting Height: 36”
  • Cord Length: 6’
  • Area coverage: 5' x 5' vegetative; 4’x 4’ flowering
  • PPFD Peak: 720.25 μMol/m2/s

Pros

  • WiFi-enabled “Command Center” allows you to control your light settings.
  • UV and IR LED lights to increase bud production.
  • Strong PPFD and generous area coverage.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Not ideal for beginner growers.

2. PhytoMAX-2 1000 W LED

If you’re most concerned about flooding your grow space with light, then put Black Dog’s PhytoMAX-2 1000W LED at the top of your shopping list.

According to manufacturers, this powerful light can cover an insane 6.5’ x 6.5’ during flowering and 8’ x 8’ during vegetation. Company execs also claim you could get an average PPFD of about 596 μMol/m2/s if you hang your light from 36 inches.

But it’s not only PhytoMAX-2’s large grow area that’s impressive. Indeed, this light boasts a ridiculously long lifespan of over 70,000 hours. Plus, this grow light has one of the largest heat sinks for optimal temperature control.

Another selling point for the PhytoMAX-2 LED is Black Dog’s proprietary Phyto-Genesis Spectrum® frequency. After six years of studying what wavelengths most affect photosynthesis, scientists at Black Dog developed a mix of UV and IR frequencies that stimulate the biggest buds in the business.

Although the PhytoMAX-2 is one of the highest-priced LED grow lights, customers usually aren’t disappointed with this Colorado-made product’s durability and intensity. Find out more about the PhytoMAX-2 LED light on this link.

Specs 

  • Area coverage: 6.5’ x 6.5’ flowering; 8’ x 8’ vegetative
  • Product Dimensions: 21" x 21" x 7"
  • Weight: 53lb
  • Average PPFD: 232 μMol/m2/s at 57’’; 596 μMol/m2/s at 36’’
  • True Wattage: 1050W
  • Lifespan: 70,000+ hours
  • Number of LEDs: 420

Pros

  • Covers a wide area for flowering and vegetative plants.
  • Lasts an average of 70,000 hours.
  • Large heat sink for temp control.
  • Science-backed Phyto-Genesis Spectrum® technology.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Not ideal for small grow spaces or beginner growers.

3. Mars TS 1000 Quantum Board LED

While the Mars TS 1000 isn’t the “best in breed,” it’s undoubtedly the best budget buy. For under $200, the Mars TS offers home-growers a max PPFD of 740µmol/m2 from a height of 18 inches. Thanks to this grow light’s lightweight construction, it’s easy to fit inside any mid-sized grow tent.

OK, we know what you’re wondering: how could MARS LED offer such an attractive product for such a low price? We’ll start with the obvious—these lights are manufactured in China rather than the USA. Also, the MARS TS doesn’t offer the broadest full-spectrum range, nor maximum grow space coverage.

Another issue some people have with the MARS TS 1000 is the LEDs on this unit are exposed. Also, the sides of the MARS TS 1000 aren’t intense, which means light could spill out the sides. For this reason, it’s not recommended you use a MARS TS 1000 without a grow tent.

With those cons in mind, the MARS TS 1000 still offers generous coverage and light penetration for the price. Amateur home-growers or cultivators strapped for cash should take a closer look at the MARS TS on this link.

Specs

  • Draw power: 148 W
  • Max PPFD: 740µmol/m2
  • Dimensions: 14.17’’ x 13.23’’ x 2.36’’
  • Weight: 1.7 kilogram
  • Coverage: Veg: 3’ x 3’; Bloom:2’ x 2’
  • Lifespan: 50,000 hours

Pros 

  • Affordable price.
  • Dimmable with a screwdriver.
  • Full-spectrum white LEDs.
  • Lightweight and user-friendly.

Cons

  • Unprotected LEDs.
  • Made in China.
  • Short reflector length on sides causes light to spill.

4. California Lightworks SolarXtreme 1000W

California Lightworks’ SolarXtreme 1000 W is a fantastic grow light choice for people who want to take advantage of the benefits of COB LEDs.

For those who are unaware, “COB” is short for “chip-on-board” and refers to a new style of bonding multiple LEDs into one module. Since more LEDs are in each of these COBs, they offer greater light penetration without taking up as much space.

Plus, grow lights that use COBs tend to be more energy-efficient and lightweight than the traditional LEDs.

Although COB grow lights usually cost a pretty penny, the SolarXtreme is one of the industry’s most reasonably priced. While this light certainly isn’t a “budget buy,” the SolarXtreme 1000W will give you a premier light quality for a reasonable price. According to California Lightworks, this light could fit a max grow tent of 5’ x 5’ and offers a PPFD of 500 μMol/m2/s at 38” high.

One thing growers should know before buying the SolarXtreme is there’s no way to customize this model. Once you plug this light in, it will automatically turn on to its full intensity. 

The only additional feature in the SolarXtreme is its temperature protection sensor, which will shut the unit down if it’s getting too hot. Other than that, there are no switches, dimmers, or internal timers. While this could be a drawback if you’re interested in customizing your grow room, it may be a plus if you’re looking for a no-fuss, high-quality grow light.

If you’d like to learn more about the SolarXtreme 1000W, please don’t hesitate to visit this link.

Specs 

  • Power Draw: 800w
  • PPFD: 500 μMol/m2/s at 38" or 800 μMol/m2/s at 28"
  • Max Coverage Area: 5' x 5'
  • Dimensions: 18" x 18" x 4"
  • Weight: 22 lbs.

Pros

  • Custom-made COB LED lights.
  • Simple plug-in-and-go setting.
  • Quiet and relatively lightweight.
  • High-quality light at an affordable price.

Cons

  • No dimmers or light control options.
  • Relatively high power draw at 800W.

So, You’ve Got Your LED Set—But What About The Tent? 

Grow lights and grow tents go together like good ganja and butter. Although youcould grow cannabis without a professional tent, you won’t reap the highest rewards.

Professional grow tents help you maximize your LED light’s power by reflecting light off a shiny Mylar interior. Plus, these grow tents provide your plants with superb insulation, which is excellent news for any cannabis lovers living in chilly climates.

For your convenience, Everything But The Plant stocks dozens of the highest-quality grow tents in our catalog. Be sure to check out our extensive tent catalog after shopping for your LED grow light.

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