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10 Best Commercial LED Grow Lights in 2018

Have you decided to invest in a LED grow light system, but don't know which one to choose? It can be difficult with so many different options out there. According to online research and industry experts from LED Grow Lights HQ, here are the top 10 best LED grow lights for commercial cannabis farming as of 2018.

1. MarsHydro Reflector 96

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YouTube Review: Click here

PROS: 

  • Full Spectrum
  • Veg/Bloom Switch
  • Highest PAR output per watt in the industry
  • Excellent Warranty
  • Lightweight, yet solid build

CONS:

  • Daisy-chain incapable
  • May be too bright for clones

2. Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2 200 and PHYTOMAX-2 400 (upgraded version)

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PROS:

  • Consumes less power than its competitors
  • Has all the wavelengths from UV-A to IR—every color of light plants need during any stage of growth. Great for vegging and flowering.
  • Larger coverage area than other lights
  • 50,000+ hour use
  • Exceptional heat management - increases LED lifespan

CONS:

  • Uses full power all the time, even when plants don't need it
  • Can't change spectrum (this could be a pro, depending on your perspective)
  • Warranty and return policy not as great as they could be (but still better than most, to be fair)

3. LUSH LIGHTING LUMENATOR 2X LED GROW LIGHT

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PROS:

  • Lush 3-year warranty (made and serviced in the US).
  • 90-day money back guarantee.
  • No need for a ballast, it’s basically a straightforward plug and grow unit.
  • The lights run cold and you won’t have to deal with overheating issues.
  • The light photons are 50% more energetic compared to HPS.
  • Easy power-on and grow which allows for quick set-up

CONS:

  • More expensive tier of lights. Might fall within the price range some growers are unwilling to spend

4. DIAMOND SERIES XML 650

LED-Grow-Light4YouTube Review: Click here

PROS: 

  • Outstanding lifetime limited warranty & offer a 90-day risk-free trial
  • Daisy chain feature- allows you to plug each panel directly into each other, instead of multiple power cords going into the wall at once
  • Switchable modes for specific stages of growth
  • Great heat management

CONS:

  • Total coverage is 3' x 3' so only used for small-medium scale growing project

5. California Lightworks Solar System 550

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YouTube Review: Click here

PROS: 

  • Top feature is the programmable spectrum control. Can be adjusted manually use the built-in calendar and timer in the control panel
  • Large vegetation footprint: 6' x 8'
  • Low operating temperature

CONS:

  • Small flowering footprint of 3' x 4'
  • Expensive (but keep in mind it will reduce energy consumption costs in the long run)

6. KIND K5 XL1000 LED GROW LIGHT

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YouTube Review: Click here

PROS:

  • Extra large footprint in comparison with other LED grow lights
  • Internal timing function
  • Full spectrum customization- allows you to reduce heat output and cut energy cost
  • Mother Earth function
  • Remote control
  • Service and support
  • Efficient aluminum heat sinks
  • 90-day full money back guarantee

CONS:

  • High Price compared to HPS (but not when compared to similar LEDs)
  • Short (6 ft) power cord
  • Smaller coverage and less canopy penetration than 1000 watt HPS

7. Mars Hydro Pro II Series

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Note: There are multiple models and each has its own features.

PROS:

  • 2-year warranty
  • Includes power cord
  • Low operating temperature
  • Budget-friendly options

CONS:

  • No daisy chain

8. Horticulture Lighting Group HLG 550

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PROS:

  • Passively cooled fixture design
  • Optimal canopy spread of light- even distribution
  • Bonus dimmable feature
  • Only uses 515 watts from the wall- save 50% energy!
  • Vegetation footprint is 6'x'6
  • Solid warranty and great customer service

CONS:

  • The quantum boards are fragile
  • No dimmable turn dial (small flathead required)

9. Johnson Grow Lights LED CX-16 715 Watts

LED-Grow-Light9YouTube Review: Click here

PROS:

  • Vegetation footprint up to 7' x 7' and flowering up to 5' x 5'
  • 3-year warranty
  • 2 can be daisy-chained together with supply cord
  • Even light spread without excessive heat

CONS:

  • None that we could find!

10. NextLight Mega LED Grow Light

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PROS:

  • Great spectrum for both vegging and flowering—basically an HPS spectrum with added blue light
  • Runs silent and low heat output
  • Lower price than the competition
  • Great warranty

CONS:

  • White LEDs could be a negative, depending on your view of them
  • Weak return policy

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