Best LED Grow Lights for Indoor Gardens

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What does NASA have to do with your plants? Everything. Well, at least those you grow indoors with the use of LED grow lights. Yes, as with everything beneficial to mankind, LED grow lights were pioneered by NASA as a means of growing food in space. I guess the quest to find life in space has actually resulted in improved life on earth.

Okay, enough about NASA, it’s time to talk about life on earth, especially plant life that is enhanced by the best led grow lights. But before we do that, a few things you need to know about growing your plants in a grow room using NASA’s breakthrough formula – LED grow lights.

Everyone above the age of 10 knows that plants need light, among other things to grow. To be a bit more precise, plants need light for the process of photosynthesis which helps the plants to make the food they need to grow.

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A Sample of an LED Grow Light Nurturing a Plant

I know what you’re probably thinking. Why not just use any old light, right? Well, we’ll tackle that in a moment as we look at what makes the best LED grow lights more effective in helping you create the best environment for your plants to grow in.

Full Spectrum

Why not use any kind of light you ask? That’s a brilliant question. You can’t use any kind of light because plants need the kind of light produced by the sun – full spectrum light. And that is where the best LED grow lights come into play, they mimic the nature of sunlight by creating a balance of cool and warm light.

Light Intensity

Growing plants indoors can be a bit tricky as different kinds of plants need different amounts of light or light intensity as it is called. For example, plants that usually grow in higher altitudes need more light intensity than those that grow closer to the ground on the floors of the Amazon jungle. Light intensity is determined by the brightness of the light and the position of the plant in relation to the LED light (the closer to the light, the more the light intensity).

Light Duration

Another thing you will need to realize as you grow plants indoors is that plants need a break from light, just as you do. The day/night cycle is as important to plants as it is to human beings. This light/darkness cycle affects many biological processes in the plant such as the growth rate, the setting of the buds, and even the quality of the fruit.

Plants are usually grouped into 3 categories when it comes to the amount of time they need to spend in light. They can be a short day, long day, or day neutral. You will need to understand the kind of plants you are growing so as to group them accordingly and give them the right amount of light duration.

LED Grow Lights VS Conventional Lights

Besides the fact that LED grow lights emit full spectrum light, they also have other advantages over conventional lights. Advantages like saving you from a huge electricity bill as they only use half the electricity than fluorescent bulbs. Or the financial savings as LED grow lights last 5 times longer than their fluorescent counterparts. Setting up a full-spectrum LED grow light system may be a bit costly at first, it will definitely pay off in the long run as you can run such a system for years without having to change the lights.

But the best part about using LED grow lights is that they are mercury-free, making them more eco-friendly and less prone to shattering. As gardeners, green means more to us than everyone else and LED grow lights are on the right path to providing green energy for your growing processes.

I believe these 4 reasons are good enough for you to get the best LED grow lights for your plants. Let’s take a look at some of those best LED grow lights so you can choose the one that will be the most suitable for you.

The Top 5 Best LED Grow Lights for Optimum Plant Growth

One thing you need to understand before you continue down this path of enlightenment concerning grow lights is that not all LED grow lights are made the same. This is why we want to save you the hassle of separating the average from the best, after all, your plants should only have the best.

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One of the best LED grow lights you can get for your indoor plants is the Viparspectra Reflector. This best-selling unit is a 600 Watt LED grow light made up of 120 individual 5-watt LED chips. This LED grow light comes with an amazing lifespan of 100,000 hours, 11.4 years if we are to convert that into years. And as a safety net, it also comes with an excellent 3-year warranty, by which time it would have paid for itself many times over by helping you produce healthy and strong plants.

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The Viparspectra is designed to cover a 3×3 foot area when hung at 24 inches above the ground, though its maximum area of coverage is 4×4 feet. As for the hanging kit, it comes as part of the package so there’s no need to spend extra money on it. One of the best features that make this one of the best LED grow lights is the fact that it has a veg/bloom switch that allows you to change the spectrum of the light being emitted so as to encourage a plant to either flower or fruit.

Another cool feature that the Viparspectra popular is that it is equipped with cooling fans and aluminum heat sinks to prevent it from overheating the space it is lighting.

Specifications:

Wattage

Power Draw

Full Spectrum

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600W

276W

600W HPS/MH

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Kind LED grow lights are another great choice for you if you want to produce the best indoor plants. In fact, the Kind LED K3 L300 full spectrum grow lights are some of the best LED grow lights for mid-size to larger indoor gardens as they can cover a maximum of 5×5 feet of space.

The Kind LED K3 L300 consists of 90 3-watt LEDs that are divided into 6 groups and it produces the complete 12-band spectrum, including UV and IR. UV and IR are useful in the right amounts as they encourage growth. And if you have plans of taking your plants outside, it will be useful to have them exposed to UV while indoors so that they can easily adapt to sunlight.

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To prevent overheating, the K3 L300 comes with 4 heating fans and a heat sink. But that’s not the coolest feature on this LED grow light. The coolest feature is the “Secondary Optical Lens” that helps the light reach the base of the plants, maximizing plant growth. Coming with a sweet 3-year warranty, this could probably come out tops as the best LED grow light on the market. As for lifespan, this LED grow light promises you 50 000 hours of full-spectrum light.

Specifications:

Wattage

Power Draw

Full Spectrum

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300W

220W

300W HID

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If you want to start your indoor growing project on a lean budget, then you best look to the Roleadro as your best LED grow light of choice. With 60 full-spectrum 5W LEDs and a lifespan of 50 000 hours, this LED grow light will give you light coverage of 3×3 feet. This LED grow light is cooled by 2 fans and comes with its own hanging kit.

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But as it always goes with budget equipment, there are always compromises, and in this case, the compromises come in the form of a lack of switches to control the different sections of the LEDs or control the power. But for An LED grow light that comes with a two-year warranty and gets the job done, I think it is good enough to find a place in your indoor garden.

Specifications:

Wattage

Power Draw

Full Spectrum

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300W

124W

300W HID

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The California Lightworks Solarstorm 440-watt LED with UVB is quite an impressive LED grow light that you also have to take into consideration as you search for the best LED grow lights for your indoor paradise. With an impressive lifespan of 80 000 plus hours and designed with 88 5W full-spectrum LEDs, you will definitely be producing award-winning plants for a long time with this unit.

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This LED grow light comes with a veg/bloom switch. In the Veg mode, it allows for lush growth while saving you power, whereas in the bloom mode it maximizes intensity allowing you to get the best yield. The California Lightworks Solar Storm 440 also comes with a unique supplemental UV-B mode which helps to develop higher potency harvest. These bulbs are turned on during final few weeks or “finishing” phase of the grow cycle so as to boost the potency of your harvest.

Specifications:

Wattage

Power Draw

Full Spectrum

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440W

235W/320W/350W

600W HID

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If you are looking for the best LED grow light that covers a great distance, then this 1000W (200x5W) full-spectrum LED will definitely have you covered as it has a maximum coverage of 5×4 feet. For a massive LED grow light system like this, heat can pose a problem, but not with the Higrow LED grow lights as it comes with 3 efficient fans and heat sinks that easily dissipate the heat produced by the high output.

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The Higrow LED grow panel covers the 12-band full spectrum, including UV and IR. It also comes with an optical lens that helps angle the light to reach under the foliage so as to provide light to the stems and bases of your plants for improved growth. The built-in veg/bloom switches also help you to control the light in order to maximize every area of the grow cycle.

Coming with a 3-year warranty, this LED grow light has definitely earned its place on this list of the best LED grow lights for your indoor garden.

Specifications:

Wattage

Power Draw

Full Spectrum

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1000W

400W

1000W HPS/MH

Comparison Table

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300W/450W/600W

4.5 out of 5 stars

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300W

5 out of 5 stars

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300W/600W/1000W

4.3 out of 5 stars

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235W/320W/350W

4.8 out of 5 stars

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1000W

4.5 out of 5 stars

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The Best LED Grow Lights – For the Best Plant Production

As you embark on your indoor gardening endeavors, be sure to invest in the best equipment and know your plants like the back of your hands so as to be able to give them the best love and care a plant can get. Part of the equipment you can’t do without is an LED grow light system, and not just any, but the best LED grow light system. With the LED lights in the list, you will be well equipped to produce the best indoor plants possible.

Amanda Dcosta
 

Amanda writes about botany and plants from the deserts of Oman where summer temperatures climb to 130 Fahrenheit. Amanda has a BSc in Botany and is a co-author of Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants: From Acacia to Zinnia. Read more articles by Amanda.

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