Apollo is one of the better manufacturers when it comes to LED grow lights, and this small LED grow panel makes an ideal option for a new small plant grower. It fits in a 2 by 2-foot space to cover up to three plants and uses only 90 watts of electricity.
This lamp is easy to hang as it’s lightweight and doesn’t require ballast. 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 because it runs cool. In fact, this is the lamp I like best for my marijuana seedlings because it covers four important wavelengths of the spectrum.
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 including the flowering stage, although you may want to add a second lamp for that part.
The MarsHydro Reflector fits much better in a small square 4’ by 4’ grow tent than many of the rectangular panels we’ve reviewed. We noticed some slight singing when we used the “flower” setting, but there were no such problems with the “veg” setting – one of the perks of an adjustable spectrum. Those with other lights in consideration will probably prefer to use this one as a back-up light, but it definitely excels when compared to less expensive options.
For small- to mid-size growers, you’ll need to get the most for your money. Since you don’t have the budget of the big-time growers, you don’t want to drop all your cash on a single light. This is where the G8LED 450 Watt LED Grow Light comes in. It’s still a bit on the expensive side, but it’s a great choice for one of your first upgrades.
This light covers all 8 bands of the visible light spectrum plus infrared, making it an effective panel to cover all your needs. Its big brother, the G8LED 600-Watt was named “Best LED Grow Light” by High Times.
The G8LED 600 Watt MEGA LED Grow Light is well worth the price paid for the quality of what you get. High Times Magazine called this light a winner. It offers 8-band wavelength plus IR plus UV so it’s there to cover the entire growth cycle of your weed.
These lights stay cool even when they have been running for a full 24 hours. The company backs up their product with a two-year warranty serviced entirely by them, and they even reach out to their customers to ensure everything is going smoothly.
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.