I’m looking for lighting recommendations for a 3x4 grow tent.
I read the 5 tips on buying a grow light in the guides and believe that I’ll need at least 600w. I have been looking on Amazon for a light but there’s so many options out there that it can be daunting trying to find the “right one”. I am going to be growing 4 non-auto plants and could really use some suggestions!
I have a 200$ budget right now and have been looking into the Mars Hydro TS 1000w.
There is no such thing as a 1,000 watt LED unless you get into high powered industrial high bay lights (not suitable for growing cannabis.) I would steer clear of it. Look for a product made with Samsung LM301 series diodes, as they are the most efficient and effective. Mars is misrepresenting their product, and no one likes dishonest sellers.
You will struggle to find a light for <$200 that will light a 3x4. The Mars Hydro TS1000 is actually only a 150 watt light. An HLG 135 provides better light for cannabis. The HLG is just under $200, but you can really only grow 1 plant with it. An HLG 260 (or even a 320) would be a better choice for a 3x4.
Wattage should be measured as power draw from the wall. Any light that claims to be 600 watts that costs less than $500 is from a seller that is flat out lying to you. These “burple” manufacturers make claims that defy the laws of physics, and they manipulate their reviews on Amazon and elsewhere.
You should have 40 to 50 true watts per square foot of canopy. Look for power draw in the seller’s listings. It is often only 10 to 20% of that stated unless you go with a reputable manufacturer like HLG. Even some of the latest Spider Farmer models have come a long way.
Here’s the deal…There is no 200 dollar light anywhere that will work for a 3x4 tent.
You need around 40 watts per square foot of good led lighting and you have 12 square ft of space, so approximately 480 or 500 watts actual power, not the inflated wattage they say.
Good lights usually are around a dollar a watt so your budget should be 500 dollars.
Bad light will make you sad for years until you replace them.
Good lights only hurt that day you purchase them.
Ask how many of us have old lights in storage somewhere…Almost all of us bought poor light to start with.
Just fyi, I have a 3x4 tent with a ts1000 in it. Its not a terrible light. It works fine.
But I also have two other lights as well. You could start with that light and eventually buy two more. Like midwest guy said you will only want to grow a single plant under it.
There is nothing in the “materials” listing to convince me that it is a quality light. I expect that $350 would be better spent elsewhere if they’re not going to include proper data like actual power draw and which model of Samsung diodes are used.