Top 10 Best LED Grow Lights For Growers in 2018

Hi I have read essay about top 10 best led light in 2018, can not wait to share the top 5 lights with you.

As is known to all, a successful plant grower knows he need the best LED grow lights. LED grow lights consume less energy, but they provide more coverage and more broad spectrum, which means less electricity, less heat, better photosynthesis and better harvests.

Currently, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) are popular for seedling and planting, but they have a much weaker spectrum than leds. For years, the growers are hoping to use high intensity gas discharge lamp (HID), because they provide better illumination. However, HID hold them back due to high allocation cost and complexity.

LED grow lights have been proven to be more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and effective in the process of photosynthesis; In addition, the growth lights also help cultivate a better flower bud, a healthier plant.

It may be difficult to buy the right indoor growth lights, but after reading the guide, you can buy it safely. Here we list the top ten LED lights based on maximum coverage area, HID equivalence and average power. These are just basic factors, but the specifics depend on the budget and the intensity and efficiency of the lighting required to grow the plants.

The following are the details of my collated top ten LED growth lights.

MarsHydro :Reflector 96 LED

MarsHydro has become a reliable brand in the grow light industry. They design a lot of grow lights, especially Reflector series LED grow light. MarsHydro Reflector 96 LED grow light is equipped with full-spectrum LED light source, which can emit white light of 430nm and 670nm, and far-red light of 730nm.

It loaded with 96 pieces of 5 watts Epistar LED, light output up to 480 watts. It weighs 10 pounds, but with its occipital radiator, its heat output is only 467 BTU. It has a lifespan of 50,000 to 100,000 hours.

The growth lights are an ideal choice for those who require a lot of lighting, but the budget is limited.

Black Dog LED PhytoMax-2 200

With 84 high-output LED chips from manufacturers such as Cree and Osram, this LED grow light has an output of 420 watts. Black Dog can replace any 400-watt HID or HPS and has a dedicated full-spectrum light. That includes uv light and near-infrared light, which is good for plants’ photosynthesis and have very strong lighting.

The light weighs 14 pounds and has a heat output of 716 BTU, with a lifespan of 70,000 hours and a 5-year warranty.

Lush Lighting Luminator 2x

This light is a good choice for growers who grow in tents. The input power is 190 watts, but the output power is 270 watts.

The full spectrum range of this LED grow light includes ultraviolet and infrared light. The blue and red spectra still provide the green and even infrared wavelengths that plants need.

With this light, you can control the specific intensity of light required without any impact on planting quality or efficiency.

LED D iamond S eries - XML 350

The light from this series is capable of producing the equivalent of a PAR output of most of the 600w HPS on the market. Its full spectrum (380nm-760nm) illumination can emit at least a dozen wavelengths, and can realize the full cycle of plant growth in one space.

Interestingly, the diamond series is unique in its dimmer switch, which can be designated as a particular color of the spectrum. In addition, it can improve the efficiency of different growth cycles.

It weighs 18 pounds, with a double radiator and a beehive fan with a dust filter.

California Lightworks Solar System 550

Solar System 550 LED growth light is an ideal choice for large indoor growers. Its manufacturer, California LightWorks has installed efficient leds and advanced digital programming systems from Osram.

It can replace any 600w HPS Light, reducing energy cost by 40%. The light covers 48 square feet and weighs just 13 pounds.

This light provides a spectrum ranging from 400nm to 700nm. Due to the controllability of this light, the best lighting effect can be achieved at all growing stages. Another reason why it is successful in the LED growth lighting market is that with a single turn controller, you can set the specified time and spectrum parameters.


Never tried Reflector series but I purchased a Mars Pro II 600w on June and it works perfect.
I wanna try Black dog but can not afford it lol…

i use hlg 135 v2 3000k in my 2x2 grow. its so powerful it bleached my grow tips, so i put it up higher. im happy with it. it was about 200$ and provides excellent efficiency

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I studied black dog, if your budget is tight for it, maybe you can consider MarsproII Cree 256 led or 128led, the two models are Mars best led. Cree is best chips, I think it can compete with black dog

How about its heat dissipation? I heard it produces too much heat. I like Mars COB,it has a high quality heatsink

I forgot to share growing picture under Mars reflector series, picture comes


Yeaa I would also say California LightWorks probably is the best option if you are looking for LED Grow lights. they have the best products on the market. I bought their SolarSystem 550 and SolarXtreme 250.

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Need some help. I what to switch from a 600 watt MH , foot print 4x4 to a led light. Just Bought a Grow tent that is a 4x4 shorty. I plan on either 4 maybe 5 plants. I was thinking of a led with a 5x5 foot print. Any ideals would greatly be appreciated. Thanks :blush:

You should look at Horticultural Lighting Group, HLG. They are Industry leaders for LEDS. I will hesitate to try to give you any specific size. But I will tag a couple of people who may be able to give you specifics. @dbrn32 @Myfriendis410


I was checking out the HLG curious on what size

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This light would be more than enough to light a 4x4 and be sufficient to go from start to finish. It also has been marked down :+1:

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Is that straight from HLG ?

I see RightBud has it on discount. But it says recommended height 28 to 36 inch I’m only dealing with a tent that’s 5’-8” tall ??
What happens if I go less then recommended height ???

You may benefit a little from bar styled light like chilled tech or fluence. Some less expensive copies out there too, maybe add growers choice or similar. Hlg-600r is definitely nice a light too.


Yes, I went HLG website and sreen shot it :+1:

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Anything in particular you recommend thanks

Not sure if this would light output would be equal to the 600 MH

If you’re planning on flowering with light i would go with larger model. For veg that would be great light.

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Thanks they are some really nice lights ,a little pricey, but I’m probably going to save on electricity
Thanks again

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Ok one more question sorry if you were going to buy something for this amount, which one would you run with ?

And why ??

Or something completely different?