California Lightworks440W LED Grow Light definitely falls under one of the more expensive lights on our list, but this is one situation where you get the results you pay for. This particular unit comes in a bright red color – a stark change from subtly-colored light panels from other manufacturers.
The light is a bit more intense than those with 3W chips, as this uses 5W LEDs instead – 88 of them. The optics are all jewel-quality glass focused at 90 degrees. Plus, it has two 15W UV-B tubes to enhance growth at the flowering stages. But this panel runs cool and quiet with its built-in fans, and it comes with a 3-year warranty.
For those who love the P600 but don’t have quite that large of a budget or size of a grow tent, the Advanced Platinum Series P300 is a great runner-up. This is definitely a more affordable LED grow light that offers many of the same benefits as the P600, but at around half the price.
Its coverage is about 4.5 feet by 3.8 feet at an 18-inch height, perfect for compact grow areas, or when used in combination with additional lamps for larger areas. This light panel effectively replaces a 400W HPS light, while only actually using 180 watts of power – making it an energy efficient alternative to a traditional light. It’s just perfect for the small home grower. Just as the P600 represents the higher end of the market, this is still a serious piece of equipment–practically a steal for the amazing coverage you get.
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 3-watt panels 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.
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. With a 5-year guarantee, PlatinumLED offers security to their customers.
For the most advanced grow light we’ve ever used, consider the Advanced Platinum Series P600. This grow light is a hefty investment, but most growers will agree that premium results are worth a premium price tag. The build on this is durable and easy to set up. It’s one of the best LED grow lights to buy, if you have the money to invest in your crops. The core coverage area is about 2 feet by 5 feet, so you can hit the “Bloom” switch for about 5 to 10 plants, maximum.
The Advanced Platinum Series combines intense light and powerful fans so your plants don’t burn. The light is intense enough that you can physically see it penetrate the plants – an impressive feat. Further, these lights come with something completely unheard of: A 5-year warranty and exceptional customer service provided by the company directly. With the energy savings against an 800W HPS alone, this unit will pay for itself before the warranty runs out.
All of the Advanced Platinum Series from PlatinumLED grow lights use revolutionary full-spectrum technology to keep your grow room and plants cool while meeting all their light needs. The P900 offers their trademark “3x intensity” lights that offer three times the brightness that competing LED grow lights have.
The P900 has 12 bands of light wavelengths including infrared and ultraviolet, the parts you can’t see with the naked eye. This panel, and others like it in the Advanced Platinum lineup, is about as close to sunlight as you can get indoors. But this isn’t a one-trick pony. This panel is good for every stage of growing cannabis.
You can keep it low-key for sprouting by hitting the “Veg” switch, or kick up the intensity by flipping the switch for “Bloom.” The 90-degree angle of the LED focusing lenses sends the light down into the canopy of your plants. This encourages massive growth.
It can replace a 1000-watt HPS light at full intensity and still only use 515 watts of electricity. The average price of electricity in the US is around 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. Running a 1000-watt HPS costs you 12 cents every hour, plus what you’ll pay to cool it. But running the P900 gives the same or better light quality and intensity at half that price.
When the P900 is suspended at 18-inches above the plants, its core coverage reaches up to 3 by 5 feet. Its maximum coverage is 4 by 6 feet. You may be asking what those numbers really mean for you. At different stages of growth, you’ll be raising or lowering the light according to what your plants need. For sprouting, you can cover up to 4 by 6 feet. But at more intensive stages like flowering, you’ll cover less area because you need more intense light. An adult cannabis takes up at least 1 square foot of space in a 3-gallon pot, so the P900 can flower between 12 to a maximum of 24 at a time.
This definitely isn’t a budget light system. But we like that the P1200 LED drivers work anywhere in the world. They accept 110V or 220V input (or specifically, 85V to 260V. PlatinumLED offers one of the better warranties on the market, with a 90-day money-back guarantee and 5-year complete warranty.
Driving at night is potentially one of the most dangerous things you can do. During the day, you can literally see for miles, while at night you may not be able to see beyond your headlights – or worse, you can be blinded by oncoming headlights. The fact is, you have less time to react to road hazards when you rely on your headlights alone, and the problem is much worse at high speeds.
Flir’s PathFindIR significantly reduces these hazards by allowing you to see more than four times farther than your headlights and to see in total darkness, through dust and smoke and oncoming headlights. It is a compact, sealed thermal imaging system that fits easily behind grills and in tight places. Video from the PathFindIR is easily displayed on most factory installed or aftermarket video monitors. In a fraction of a second you can gain valuable information, similar to checking your speedometer or glancing at your side-view mirror. This revolutionary nighttime driving aid is based on the same high-tech thermal imaging used by the military, and has already been embraced by automakers like BMW. Unlike standard video cameras that create images based on visible light, thermal imagers see subtle differences in temperature. Warm objects appear white and cooler objects appear black, and since it detects heat rather than light the PathFindIR is not affected by oncoming headlights.
Most of the common driving hazards show up clearly in thermal imagery, including animals that are naturally camouflaged, pedestrians, or stalled cars. Vehicle headlights provide between 250 and 450 feet of moderate illumination – PathFindIR provides an effective range up to four times farther. Why is this important? Because stopping distances depend on three things: First is the distance covered between the time your eyes see a hazard and your brain recognizes it, then your brain must order your foot to react, and then the brakes must stop the vehicle. Even an alert driver with good brakes on dry pavement can easily outrun his headlights at high speeds, and bad weather conditions or poorly maintained brakes can make it difficult to stop at any speed.
PathFindIR gives you extra time to react to hazards beyond your headlights illumination. While your headlights remain the primary source of illumination, this system is a supplemental driver’s enhancement for anyone who drives at night.
As the largest commercial thermal imaging company in the world, Flir has leveraged years of experience into the development of PathFindIR. The result? A revolutionary nighttime driving aid. You can take confidence in Flir’s thermal imaging systems, just like the US military and thousands of other agencies around the world.