LED Grow Light Comparison: How can I compare different led grow lights? (Review 2023)

Why Choose LED Grow Lights?

The prime feature while picking LED grow lights is their low heat emission that doesn’t heat the grow room that otherwise needs further cooling to keep the temperatures in control to make the internal growing environment feasible for plant growth. The high heat omitting lights burn out more quickly and tend to fade after continuous use that increases your replacement budget and time taken in the replacements. Moreover, there is no fear of burning the plant foliage while they keep on going in a feasible and smooth microclimate that you provide them with LED lights. So, less heat emission, longevity, low maintenance cost, and energy-saving are the quality features that urge us to choose LED to grow lights over the conventional lights available for growing in our grow room.

Top 5 LED grow light most popular on the market

#1 BESTVA DC Series 2000W

The best of the Series from BESTVA, China with smooth, quiet fans suitable for a 4×4 space in your grow room.
it’s new in the series and one of the best and cheapest light that performs excellent for growing Cannabis and vegetables that need full spectrum for their optimum growth.

#2 King Plus 1200w

Having the high Parabolic Aluminized Reflectors that are a great value for the canopy of your Cannabis and microgreens you are growing. Brighter LED dual chips to keep a great balance between lumen output, PAR and coverage of the plant canopy.
It’s an excellent light for growing in Greenhouse or a basement and is very easy in its installation due to complementary accessories with the product.

#3 MORSEN Grow Light, 2400W

The most powerful lights than any of LED available in the market and are ideal for all stages of Cannabis, vegetables and fruits in the greenhouse or a grow room that consume low in any environment.
It’s among the list of quality products and a very trusted worthy brand for less if compared to other similar products in the market. There is also 3 years limited warranty for breakage.

#4 KINGBO-1000W LED Grow Light (1000w LED Grow Light UK)

A light manufactured to trigger more photosynthesis with an added red light to boost your Cannabis and vegetables yield up to 30% or more.
Its manufacturing pattern reduces loss and ensures complete absorption of light that may be up to 90% or above. It’s an ideal system for growing delicate tropical plants year-round in areas that are more winter hardy.

#5 Phlizon-Newest 900W LED

The first of its type in the non-reflector series that guarantee the biggest taste and uniform maturity of your gardening greens and Cannabis along with vegetables and microgreens in the grow room. Being ideal for the entire growth stages, covers more area compared to any light of a similar capacity.
Its produce is familiar for enhanced aroma and great taste for vegetables and Cannabis due to the exceptional wavelength it provides for growing them in your grow room.

How can I compare different led grow lights?

FeaturesBESTVA 2000King Plus 1200Morsen 2400Kingbo 1000Phlizon 900
Balanced, Full Spectrum380-780 nm380-780 nm380-780 nm400-760 nm400-760 nm
Daisy Chains FunctionalityNot recommendedNor includedHanging kit availableAvailable with packAvailable
Quality of ChipsDual chips-10WDual Chip-10 Watts each10W-EPILEDS double chips10-watt bright double chips10W Double Chips Led
Number of plants/ areas7.8′ x 7.5′3.5′ x 5.2′6′ x 6.5′4′ x 3.5′3.5′ x 3.5′
PAR Output Value100 µmol/m²s100 µmol/m²s100 µmol/m²s100 µmol/m²s100 µmol/m²s
Veg & Bloom SwitchInstalled✓/Can be used together✓/Can be used togetherAll in OneInstalled
The intensity of Light50-60 Hz50-60 Hz50-60 Hz50-60 Hz50-60 Hz
Actual Watts/ Power?2000 Watts/390 Watts1200 Watts/185 Watts2400 Watts/450 Watts1000 Watts/200 Watts 900 Watts/
HPS Equivalent1400 Watts800 Watts2400 Watts600Watts600 Watts
Good Warranty3 years3 Years’ service3 Years breakage3 years2 years
The Design of the lightSleekHallow with fansLightweightSlim & LightweightHallow & light with fans

Why do people often use the light of green and red LED grow lights?

The perception about using green and red grow lights is not true but the Blue and red lights are commonly used for the entire process of growing in a controlled environment. The maximum of Photosynthesis takes place in the presence of blue light. The leaves are green due to chlorophyll while the plants use the entire range of light from blue, purple, red, white and yellow except green. Red light is considered less powerful and energetic than its blue counterpart that helps the plants to conduct maximum photosynthesis when present at the seedling or the vegetative stages. Blue light has more strength while the light at 450 nanometers is supposed to be the best for indoor growing that is why LED lights are designed to deliver more energy in the range of 400-500 nm as per plant requirements. On the other hand, red light has its importance at the time of flowering and fruit maturity where they will be demanding more red compared to the blue light. The plants or the crops with longer blooming & flowering periods are provided with both blue and red light together so that the vegetative and flowering could be maximized for more harvests. However, the plants’ maturity at once will need more red light for maximum flowering and ripening of the fruits. There is also variability in the demand of red light that depends on the length of the day, angle of the sun and surrounding temperatures that is why the duration of exposing to a red light is increased in the winter where days fall shorter and average need of the plants for acquiring red light is reduced, naturally. Anyhow, LED manufacturers have installed vegetative and bloom switches and you simply need to switch over to the most feasible light as your plants demand.

Comparison of “led panel light with the led bar or with bulb led”

There might be several similarities while using led pane lights and led bars but the major differences judged based on their performance are under.

LED Panel LightLED Bar/LED Bulb
Energy CostsPanels use less energy due to compactness and cover more areas that save up to 40% energy costs.Bars or bulbs cover the limited area while they consume more energy compared to panels.
LongevityPanels use highly efficient lights that have a minimum of 50000 hours of lifespan that goes up to 100000 hours.Most of the bars and bulbs have 50000 hours of lifespan, individually.
InstallationNeed to install once according to the desired angle, keep on working.You need to keep changing the angles of bulbs or bars according to the need of the plants.
WavelengthPanels distribute a uniform amount of light across the coverage area in the canopy.You need to adjust the light of different wavelength, regularly.
Cost-effectivenessMore cost-effective compared to bars or bulbs as designed for large spaces.Become costly when used for individual plants as one can’t grow more plants under one bar.
Heat ResistancePanels often come with built-in fans to keep their temperatures down for more efficacy.Bars and bulbs don’t have such provisions to keep them cool when running for a longer time.

Why do LED lights have different prices?

It’s all about the emerging new technology and increased market competition that different manufacturers offer different prices in the open market to show their worth. The companies having strong research and development wings offer more prices in comparison to the small manufacturers without such facilities. Be sure while purchasing that a low-price LED light doesn’t mean low quality at all but it is due to a downward trend in prices, internationally. This downward trend has even compelled a few manufacturers to stop their manufacturing of LED while once they were the industry leader in the technology. I wouldn’t mention their name but the Chinese manufacturers are responsible for shutting down their manufacturing due to the price wars in the last 5 to 7 years in this industry. Now, the LED lights at selling at a relatively low cost compared to their prices in the past few years while the quality of the LED lights has also been raised that is touching around 100000 hours of lifespan.

The difference between low & high quality led lights

Primarily, It’s the chip that makes the quality of the LED light and actual strength behind illuminating any light. Better illuminating chips are costly and prices are directly dependent on their quality. Then comes the power of any chips. More powerful chips are costly compared to low power chips and vice versa. Altogether, the prices are dependent on the quality of the material used and processes involved in making of any LED light. Often these lights may look similar in appearance but the brightness may vary when lid. A light having uniform brightness at all angles (360 degrees) will be more costly compared to the one not having such features. LED lights having a high lumen and strong anti-static features are more costly and will go a long way when used compared to the lights having weak lumens that fade with the time. Wavelength is also very important in determining the prices of the LED lights LEDs as the same color and uniform wavelength in all directions will be highly-priced. Then comes the lifespan of any light that is directly associated with decay and leakages. LED lights having minimum leakages and small decay will go a long way when used and will be high priced. Last but not the least, the manufacturing capacity and the technology involved in making these lights because the biggest manufacturers keep minimum profits involving superior technology while they sell at low rates to compete for market prices as is true in case of Chinese manufacturers that they are leading the LED lights market worldwide.

Why people not buying USA led chips and buying China-led chips?

So far China has the biggest market share and authority in the manufacturing of LED lights while they are producing in bulk keeping in mind the increased demand worldwide. They have the superior technology, best manufacturing facilities, and cheapest labor compared to the rest of the world that is why they producing heavily along with maintaining the quality of their produce which is fetching more customer ship across the globe while they are backing up their products with more warranties compared to the European or the US manufacturers whereas their products are promising and performing similar or better than the costly products that are gaining more attention from the buyers with comparatively low prices.

Comparison of LED bar lights with Fluorescent tube lights

The LED and Fluorescent are entirely two different technologies and this comparison would lead you to decide what stands better according to the needs of your lovely plants.

LED Bar Lights

Fluorescent Tube Lights

LED light up when current passes through a small chip that takes very little spaceCurrent passes through long hollow cylinders may be several feet long filled with mercury vapors
Heat sinks keep LED bars cools while they are working for long hoursThey are dependent on the surrounding temperature & get too hot if lit for longer
LED Bars to save energy 40 to 60% compared to Fluorescent Tube lightThey are not energy efficient and cost heavy electric bills
More stable and long lifeToo much heat may explode them
Bars have a uniform light-emitting patternsTube light emits light in a particular direction
LED bars may keep working up to 50000 hours or moreTube lights have the lifespan of about 10000 hours
LED bars don’t contain harmful gases such as mercuryThey contain argon or mercury that is harmful when it bursts suddenly