With the indoor growing season in full swing, we wanted to share our list of the top LED grow lights of the year. Whether you are looking for your first LED or you want to upgrade your current setup, we have a light for you on this list. No matter which one you choose, you will be getting an awesome grow light at the best price online.
The Best Beginner LED
If this is your first LED, you probably don’t need or even want the biggest, most powerful LED. Instead, you want something simple to use that will get you big yields, all without breaking the bank.
The Covert LED-X 250 Watt Full-Spectrum Grow Light
The Covert LED-X 250 watt light was just introduced towards the end of last year, and it is already making serious waves in the indoor growing world.
It has a full spectrum of high powered LED light, all without costing you an arm and a leg. And, you can run it for just about $10 a month, making it super efficient.
The open bar design helps cool the light, preventing any heat from building up around your canopy which will keep your plants happy and healthy. This unique design also reduces hot spots which can harm your plant.
On top of efficiency, the light is very powerful. It puts out an impressive 525 µmol s-1. The Covert LED-X 250 watt grow light works great in grow tents ranging from 2’ x 4’ all the way to 4’ x 4’. For those with bigger spaces, we recommend the Covert LED-X 500 watt grow light.
You can add on the Covert Master Lighting Controller to add on/off times, high-temp shutoff point, dim the light by up to 50%, and even control multiple rooms/zones.
The Best Budget-Friendly LED
We get it. Sometimes, you just want to get results with the lowest investment possible. The problem with this is that most cheap LED grow lights are awful. They’re cheap for a reason - they are unreliable and provide low quality light, while generating lots of heat.
Luckily, there is one LED under $150 that we recommend.
Covert UFO 150 Watt LED Grow Light
The Covert brand is all about value, and the Covert UFO is no exception. This light is only 150 watts, and costs less than $7 a month to run. But, that doesn’t mean it’s a low powered light. It delivers a PPF of 315 μmol/s, which is super impressive for a light this size.
We recommend this light in tent sizes under 3’ x 3’, as this is the size of its footprint. The Covert UFO is also completely plug and play, full spectrum, and produces virtually no heat. If you have a smaller grow and want a reliable light for under $150, look no further.
The Best Commercial LED
When it comes to commercial growing, a light needs to be as powerful, efficient, and reliable as possible. There is a lot more on the line because this is a business, not just a hobby grow in your closet.
Because of this, it’s important that you use the best lights possible. There are quite a few that come to mind, but the #1 is the Gavita LED.
Gavita Pro 1700e Gen 2 LED Grow Light
The Gavita Pro LED made it’s way to the indoor growing scene in 2019, and the second generation came in the same year. It improved on what was already a stellar commercial grow light.
This beast has a veg footprint of 7’ x 7’ and a flower footprint of 6’ x 6’, and pulls only 646 Watts from the wall. It is the most efficient light in the industry, while being incredibly powerful as well. It delivers 1700 μmol/s, at 2.6 μmol/s per watt.
It runs incredibly cool through its open bar design, and of course, is full spectrum for all phases of growth.
What really sets this light apart from other commercial grow lights is the certifications it was awarded. It’s FCC compliant, UL1598, and IP66 wet-rated. From a commercial growing standpoint, there is nothing that can compete with the Gavita Pro LED.
The Best LED Technology
LED grow lights are continuing to become more and more technological, with new features and fancy capabilities that make the grower’s life easier and the plants happier.
KIND LED K5 XL1000 WiFi Enabled Grow Light
The new KIND LED K5 XL1000 WiFi enabled grow light is one of the most technologically advanced grow lights on the market, with a fully customizable spectrum and WiFi capabilities.
You can cycle through a fully customizable 12 band spectrum to meet the exact needs of your plant’s individual growth stage.
What’s even better is that you can do all of this away from the grow room, with the KIND Command Center.
But, it is also a really powerful and efficient light. It will cost you less than $28 a month to run this light, which is impressive considering the power it puts out with a peak PPFD of 720.25 μmol/s.
The Best All Around LED
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for - the best of the best.
We’ve considered all factors when choosing this one, and are confident in our decision of Black Dog LED.
The Black Dog PhytoMAX-2 LED grow lights are the most impressive grow lights on the market, ranging in wattage from 200-1,000.
These lights are unmatched in terms of lifespan, durability, cleanliness, and efficiency. Your plants will enjoy completely uniform coverage, from edge to edge of the footprint. This eliminates any potential hotspots.
What really sets the PhytoMAX-2 LEDs apart from the competition is the Phyto-Genesis spectrum they’ve created, which is the most efficient for growing plants indoors. Black Dog is super expensive, sure. But they are the best, so if you won’t settle for anything less, this is the brand for you.