November 09, 2020 7 min read

By George Mouratidis

Whether you’re a commercial grower who wants to switch to energy-efficient LEDs or a beginner ready to set up your first garden, you’re probably a bit overwhelmed by the expansive range of grow light choices available. 

Let’s have a look at some of the best grow lights for sale in 2020.

The 13 Best LED Grow Lights in 2020

1. KIND LED K5-750

With the KIND LED K5-750, you can control your grow lights directly from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The KIND command center allows you to manage spectrum control and timing for multiple lights via wifi. The K5-750 features both three and five-watt fully dimmable diodes. The unit is also available in 1000 watts.

KIND LED K5-750 Specs:

  • Weight: 28 lbs
  • Dimensions: 23” x 17” x 3.5”
  • Footprint: 4’ x 4’
  • Total Diodes: 208
  • Maximum Watts: 430 watts
  • HID Equivalent: 750 watts
  • Diode Wattage: A mixture of 3-watt and 5-watt diodes
  • Voltage: 100 to 240-volt AC power
  • Amps: 3.58 amps at 120v / 1.8 amps at 240v
  • PPFD: 458 μmol/m2/s
  • Lifetime: over 50,000 hours
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Cost: $1,395
  • 2. Black Dog Phytomax-2

    Commercial growers looking for a real workhorse in the grow room may want to check out the Black Dog Phytomax-2 series. Hailing from Colorado, Black Dog LED claims that its Phytomax-2 LED lights provide the best active heat management technology in the industry. 

    The Phytomax-2 1000-watt light has an exceptionally large footprint with a maximum of 6.5’ x 6.5’. Lights in the Phytomax series also have a long lifespan of over 70,000 hours. Each Black Dog Phytomax-2 light comes with a complimentary pair of ratcheted light hangers.

    Black Dog Phytomax-2 Specs:

    • Weight: 53 lbs
    • Dimensions: 21” x 21” x 21”
    • Footprint: up to 6.5’ x 6.5’
    • Total Diodes: 420
    • LED Watts: 2,100 watts
    • HID Equivalent: 1000 watts
    • Diode Wattage: 5-watt diodes
    • Voltage: Input: 100 to 250-volt AC power
    • Amps: 8.8 amps at 120v / 4.4 amps at 240v
    • Lifetime: over 70,000 hours
    • Warranty: 5 years
    • Cost: $2,279

    3. NextLight MegaLED

    NextLight designed the MegaLED for commercial growers looking to replace 1000-watt HID lights and cover more area while using less power.

    The MegaLED’s efficiency rating qualifies growers for the highest level of incentives and rebates from their local electric companies.

    The unit is also especially lightweight at only 23 lbs, making the NextLight MegaLED an excellent choice for large commercial growing spaces.

    Nextlight MegaLED Specs:

    • Weight: 23 lbs
    • Dimensions: 37” x 37” x 2.5”
    • Footprint: 5’ x 5’ (Veg), 7’ x 7’ (Flower)
    • BTU Output: 2,200
    • HID Equivalent: 650 watts
    • Operating Frequency: 60 Hz
    • Voltage: Input: 120 to 277-volt AC power
    • Amps: 5.4 amps at 120v / 2.7 amps at 240v
    • PPF/watt: 215
    • Life rating: 100,000 hours
    • Warranty: 5 years
    • Cost: $1,695

    4. MARS TS-3000 Full-Spectrum

    MarsHydro has been manufacturing high-quality LED grow lights for over a decade, and it shows.

    The Mars TS-300 does a fine job mimicking the luminescence of traditional grow lights. The Mars TS-3000 only consumes 450 watts while giving plants 600 watts of equivalent full-spectrum light.

    At just under $440, the Mars TS-3000 is the perfect option for growers who want to convert their operations to LED while sticking to a budget.

    MARS TS-3000 Specs:

    • Weight: 5.12 kg
    • Dimensions: 64 x 58 x 7 cm
    • Footprint: max 5’ x 5’
    • Maximum Watts: 450 watts
    • HID Equivalent: 600 watts
    • Voltage: Input: 100 to 277-volt AC power
    • Number of Diodes: 1016
    • Amps: 2.02 amps at 220v
    • PPFD: up to 2.3μmol/w
    • Lifetime: over 50,000 hours
    • Warranty: 3 years
    • Cost: $439.99

    5. KIND X2

    No commercial LED grow light list can be complete without mentioning the latest offering by KIND.

    The company designed the X2 to meet the needs of commercial growers who use vertical racking configurations. The X2 allows growers to tune the light along three channels for each stage of growth.

    The unit also features patented Osram Oslon diodes and a digital controller from Grow Strong industries.

    KIND X2 Specs:

    • Weight: approx. 40 lbs
    • Dimensions: 39.4” x 39.4” x 4.3”
    • Footprint: 4’ x 4’
    • Total Diodes: 384
    • Maximum Watts: 750 watts
    • Efficacy: 2.2 μmol/J
    • Power Factor: .963@240 volts
    • Input Voltage: 120-277-volt AC power
    • Spectrum: 3-channel, fully adjustable
    • Amperage: 5.25 amps at 120v / 2.625 amps at 240v
    • Recommended Height Above Canopy: 12 inches
    • Lifetime: over 75,000 hours
    • Warranty: Five years
    • Cost: $1,695

    6. Grower’s Choice ROI-E680

    LED industry leaders TSL Horti Tech and Grower’s Choice teamed up to create an affordable and efficient lighting option for commercial growers.

    The result is an ultra-efficient grow light that saves up to 40% in electricity while delivering uniform levels of PPFD. The unit features Osram Top-Bin Diodes and Grower’s Choice patented 3K CMH Full Phase Spectrum.

    The ROI-E680 is compatible with most lighting controllers so that growers can run the light with their existing system. If this is your first set-up, you may want to invest in the Grower’s Choice Master lighting controller.

    Grower’s Choice ROI-E680 Specs

    • Weight: 30 lbs
    • Dimensions: 42.4” x 42” x2.4 ”
    • Spectrum: GC-3K Full Phase
    • Maximum Watts: 680 watts
    • Diodes: Osram Top-Bin Diodes
    • Voltage: Input: 120 to 277-volt AC power
    • Voltage: Output: UL standard: less than 76 volts DC
    • Amps: 5.872 amps at 120v / 2.618 amps at 277v
    • PPF: 1770 μmol/s
    • Lifetime: over 54,000 hours
    • Warranty: 3 years
    • Cost: $900

    Best LEDs for Home Growers

    7. California Lightworks SolarSystem 550

    The SolarSystem 550 makes an excellent compact and lightweight LED option for home growers. The unit weighs a mere 13 pounds but will cover up to 6’ x 6’ in the vegetative stage or 4’ x 4’ during bloom. The compact LED light comes with features like programmable spectrum control and a full five-year warranty. Paired with the economically-priced SolarSystem Lighting Controller, the 550 offers the ultimate in convenience.

    CA Lightworks SolarSystem 550 Specs:

    • Weight: 13 lbs
    • Dimensions: 18” x 8.5” x 4”
    • Footprint: up to 6’ x 6’ (Veg), 4’ x 4’(Bloom)
    • Maximum Watts: 400 watts
    • HID Equivalent: 600 watts
    • Diode Wattage: 3-watt diodes
    • Auto Voltage: 90 to 277-volt AC power
    • Amps: 3.3 amps at 120v / 1.65 amps at 240v
    • PPFD: 888
    • Lifetime: over 50,000 hours
    • Warranty: 5 years
    • Cost: $799

    8. KIND K3-600

    Although Kind’s K3 series lacks the wifi control of the company’s K5 series lights, they still make a solid choice for home grows or even smaller commercial operations.

    They’re sturdy, energy-efficient, and have a lifetime of over 50,000 hours.

    Kind’s K3 series LED lights are user-friendly and can be adjusted for use through all of the growing stages. Hobby growers can’t go wrong with the K3-600.

    KIND K3-600 Specs:

    • Weight: 24 lbs
    • Dimensions: 28.4” x 13” x 3.25 ”
    • Footprint: 3’ x 4’
    • Total Diodes: 150
    • Maximum Watts: 288 watts
    • HID Equivalent: 600 watts
    • Diode Wattage: 3-watts
    • Voltage: Input: 100 to 240-volt AC power
    • Voltage: Output: UL standard: less than 76 volts DC
    • Amps: 2.67 amps at 120v / 1.33 amps at 240v
    • PPFD: 663
    • Lifetime: over 50,000 hours
    • Warranty: 3 years
    • Cost: $990

    9. California Lightworks Solar Extreme 500

    California Lightworks Solar Extreme 500 offers the perfect solution for home growers or small operations who want to grow a professional-grade harvest on a budget.

    The Solar Extreme 500 offers full-spectrum coverage of over 16 square feet while consuming up to 50% less energy than traditional LED grow lights. The user-friendly unit eliminates the need for LED drivers with a built-in direct AC drive and chip-on-board design.

    Keep in mind that you cannot use the Solar System controller with the Solar Extreme 500. You will need to automate light schedules with a standard timer.

    California Lightworks Solar Extreme 500 Specs

    Weight: 11 lbs

    Dimensions: 18” x 8.5” x 4”

    Footprint: up to 4’ x 4’ 

    Maximum Watts: 400 watts

    Heat Output: 1280 BTU

    Voltage: 120-volt AC power

    Amps: 3.3 amps

    PPFD: 500 at 24”, 800 at 18”

    Warranty: 3 years

    Cost: $449

    10. MINT LED 600

    Another compact yet powerful unit, the MINT LED 600 provides a full 600 HID-equivalent watts while only using 420 actual watts.

    The fixture offers three, fully-customizable channels that can be controlled using a user-friendly remote.

    The MINT grow light runs cool to the touch and does an excellent job mimicking natural seasonal light spectrums.

    MINT LED 600 Specs:

    • Weight: 30 lbs
    • Dimensions: 30” x 20” x 7”
    • Maximum Watts: 420 watts
    • HID Equivalent: 600 watts
    • Voltage: 120-volt AC power
    • Warranty: 3 years
    • Cost: $998

    Best Bar LED Lights

    11. KIND XD-150

    The Kind XD-150 is a professional-quality bar light that can expand your primary grow light’s footprint just where you need it. Growers can choose from bar lights optimized for the vegetative or flowering stages, each with an estimated lifespan of over 50,000 hours. Kind XD bar lights also come in 75 watts and are available in either 4-foot or 6-foot sizes.

    KIND XD-150 Specs:

    • Weight: 14 lbs
    • Dimensions: 94.8” x 3.1” x 2.3”
    • Spectrum: Vegetative or Flowering Stage
    • Total Diodes: 864
    • Maximum Watts: 150 watts
    • RMH: 9 inches
    • Voltage: Input: 100-277 volt AC power
    • Amps: 1.25 amps at 120v / .625 amps at 240v
    • PPFD: 128
    • Lifetime: over 50,000 hours
    • Warranty: 3 years
    • Cost: $349.95

    12. MINT Wand 2-Foot Bloom/Veg

    Based in Seattle, Washington, Mint LED specializes in LED lighting for both ambient lighting and horticulture.

    The MINT LED 2-foot bar light is one of the most affordable options when you need to get into those tight spots below the canopy or at the edges of your grow space. 

    MINT Wand 2-Foot Bar Light Specs:

    • Weight: 4 lbs
    • Dimensions: 26” x 4” x 3”
    • Total Diodes: 13
    • Maximum Watts: 28 watts
    • Warranty: 3 years
    • Cost:$102.50

    Best LED Light Grow Tent Package

    13. Black Dog Complete LED Kit

    Black Dog offers everything a new grower may need in one handy package. Grow tents feature a professional white reflective interior and come in several sizes. Growers can choose from PhytoMAX-2 600, 800, 0r 1000-watt grow lights.

    Other equipment includes a 6” fan, a 6” CanLite carbon filter, and a 6” dust Shroom. The kit comes with all the accessories a beginning grower requires to take their crop from seed to harvest, including:

    • Plastic and smart pots
    • Hygrometers
    • Timers
    • A 60x illuminated microscope
    • Trimming scissors, a drying rack, and a 4-liter curing container
    • A green light headlamp 
    • Pipettes, spoons, watering cans
    • A grow journal

    Complete LED grow kits start from $2,279. If you’re a novice grower with a little extra cash to spend, you can’t go wrong with Black Dog’s Complete LED Grow Kits. Black Dog also offers the option to build your own kit for an extra charge.

    Are you ready to transform your commercial grow lighting or start your first hobby garden? Please contact us at Everything But The Plant. We would be happy to help you choose the right LED lights for your needs.

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