Full spectrum LED grow lights are a relatively new product on the market and many growers are not all that familiar with these new lighting systems. Most people believe the giant fluorescent are the best grow lights to use over an indoor growing marijuana garden, but they aren’t the full spectrum light systems are actually better, and you should consider updating an outdated system to this type of lighting.
The reason is simple
When growing anything, but especially marijuana indoors you want to replicate your outdoor growing conditions inside. That’s where full spectrum light can solve the problem. Despite the extra cost these full spectrum lighting panels can offer excellent, lush and green grow rates for your Mary Jane. The following are three great full spectrum light panels that I feel very confident in recommending.
1. Advanced Platinum Series P300 300W 11-Band LED Grow Light – Dual Veg/Flower Spectrum
This is a system that has a great high PAR per Lumen output of any other LED grow light panel I’ve seen. What does that mean? Well it means the panel gives off about 2 to 3 times the intensity of other grow lights.
More importantly, it has an 11 band spectrum that gives your marijuana plants the most nutritional value including those needed from UV and IR. The light chips are all 3W LEDs, and as I’ve mentioned before, the best 3watts have an additional lens to focus the light a bit more. This panel comes with a 60 degree lens and secondary 90 degree focusing lens to give more intensity for plant growth.
A feature I like in full spectrum light lamps, but which does cause the cost to elevate a bit is the selectable switches. These allow you to customize the light output, and the reason these are best is because they work in the whole growth process. You can use lower intensity for the seedling process and higher for more mature Mary Jane plants.
The chips in this lamp are also replaceable and another reason for the slightly higher price tag. This means you can always keep that 400 watt output, even when a chip blows. Just order the one chip and replace it when it arrives from the manufacturer.
This is a LED grow lamp with coverage of about 4.5 feet by 3.8 feet at a low 18 inch height which is perfect for small compact grow areas, or when used in combination with additional lamps for larger areas.
I also like the warranty on this. With a 5 year lamp guarantee the company offers security to their customers. You know you’ll get a long-lasting lamp if it’s got a full 5 year warranty.
2. Global Star G02-50x6w Plus Horticulture Full Spectrum 300w Black LED Grow Light for Indoor Plant Growing
While this is a relatively inexpensive full spectrum light at about $130, I find it very useful and apparently so do other buyers, as it has a 5 star rating. However, it’s not as versatile with customized options like the higher priced panels.
I like that the light chips are 6W x 50 which offers some nice intensity, and works especially well for dense plants. The customize options do include 2 switches that allow the first for greener leaf grow and the other is supposed to be for flowering plants. I usually use this when I want my marijuana plants to flower. Remember though that the flowering stage requires a good 12 hours of darkness to get to this stage, so the timer control on this panel can help you achieve that. There is a cooling system on this panel as well which will help keep your marijuana plants nice and cool and keep the lamp from blowing any of its chips.
3. Apollo Horticulture GL45LED Full Spectrum 135W LED Grow Light for Plant Growing
Apollo is one of the better manufacturer’s when it comes to LED grow lights, and this small LED grow panel makes an ideal option for a new small plant grower. This led lamp is easy to hang as it doesn’t require ballast and doesn’t produce as much heat either. One of the features I like best about the Apollo is that you can hang this lamp closer to the plants than you can others. In fact, this is the lamp I like best for my marijuana seedlings.
This lamp though small has an impressive life span of over 50,000 hours and the company does offer a 2 year warranty which is somewhat unusual for an inexpensively priced lamp. The lamp will work with all phases of growth and even the flowering stage, providing you meet the other requirements the flowering stage needs (12 hours of darkness). However, you will have to check lighting times manually here as there is no integrated timer.
For new growers this offers a nice grow lamp as it is a circular LED which is ideal for small grow areas and can give you about a 2foot by 2foot coverage area. As with the other lights this offers a full light spectrum, except for IR and UV, but that’s OK for small grow areas.