One of the largest coverage areas that a company will build a grow light for is a 5’x5’ grow space. LED grow lights designed for a 5’x5’ grow space fit perfect in a 5’x5’ grow tent. Some growers will actually squeeze a LED grow light made for a 5’x5’ grow space into a smaller grow space – such as a 4’x4’ grow space. This helps increase the amount of PAR (photosynthetic active radiation) that hits your plants. PAR is the energy that plants use to grow. If growing in a grow tent, the reflective walls can also help increase the amount of PAR that hits your plants.
In this article, I will talk about the Best 5 LED Grow Lights in 2019. This list will include LED grow lights that have a flowering coverage area of 5’x5’ and are best for a full-cycle grow (from seedling through flowering). DIY (or grow lights that require assembly) will not be included in this list – only complete fixtures. The grow lights are listed in no specific order. The things I look for in a LED grow light to make this list are: PAR output, efficiency, spectrum, light spread, quality diodes, efficient drivers, and warranty. Since prices are always changing, click either the Amazon link or LED Grow Lights Depot link under each light for the most up-to-date price.
Need a better understanding of PAR output, spectrum, efficacy, energy consumption, or light spread? Check out this complete Buyer’s Guide for LED Grow Lights in 2019.
Horticulture Lighting Group HLG 550 V2 R-Spec Full-Spectrum 480W Quantum Board LED Grow Light
The HLG 550 V2 R-Spec by the Horticulture Lighting Group is a full-spectrum LED grow light. It’s made up of 4 custom-designed high-efficiency white light quantum boards. This is the most efficient single-ended 1000-watt HID replacement on the market today. The LED grow light has 1,088 Top-Bin Samsung LM301B LED arrays and 64 Top-Bin Osram 660nm Deep Red LED arrays. This fixture has a 3500k color temperature and emits a PPF of 1257 umol/s. PAR efficacy comes in at 2.6 umol/j and the unit pulls 480 watts from the wall full power. Its dimensions are 26”x20”x3” and the unit weighs 18 lbs. It has a low-profile aluminum heatsink and is passively cooled. Optional lenses can be added for narrower beam angle and increased intensity. The grow light is dimmable and comes with a highly-efficient Mean Well driver. It is ETL/CSA certified for commercial grows and comes with rope ratchet hangers, wire hangers, a screw driver, and an instruction manual. This LED grow light was designed and is manufactured in the USA. It comes with a 3-year warranty.
LEDs: 1088 Top-Bin Samsung LM301B LED arrays & 64 Top-Bin Osram 660nm Deep Red LED arrays PPF: 1257 umol/s PAR efficacy: 2.6 umol/j
Wattage draw: 480w Coverage area: Veg- 6’x6’, Flower- 5’x5’
Light distance: Veg- 36”, Flower- 24”
Dimensions: 26” x 20” x 3” Weight: 18 lbs.
NextLight Mega LED Grow Light
The NextLight Mega LED grow light is a full-spectrum white-light grow light that pulls 650 watts from the wall. This LED grow light was designed specifically to match the HPS 1000 spectrum while using less energy and producing less heat. It has a PPF of 1400 umol/s and PAR efficacy comes in at 2.15 umol/j. Although NextLight doesn’t disclose what LEDs they use in the fixture, the LEDs are rated for 100,000 lifetime hours. Its dimensions are 37”x37”x2.5” and the fixture weighs 23 lbs. Included in the box is (1) x NextLight Mega LED grow light, (2) x v-hooks, (1) x 120v power cord, (1) x 240v power cord, and (1) x instruction manual. This fixture is UL Certified, made in the USA, and comes with a 5-year full warranty.
PPF: 1400 umol/s PAR efficacy: 2.15 umol/j
Wattage draw: 650w Coverage area: Veg- 7’x7’, Flower- 5’x5’
Light distance: Veg- 18”, Flower- 12”
Dimensions: 37.0” x 37.0” x 2.5" Weight: 23 lbs.
Warranty: 5-year full
Crecer Lighting PanthrX LED Grow Light
The PanthrX by Crecer Lighting is a full-spectrum white light LED grow light. It pulls 600 watts from the wall and has a PAR output of 1492 umol/s PPF. PAR efficacy comes in at 2.5 umol/j. Its dimensions are 30.5”x20.3”x5.5”and the fixture weighs 26.5 lbs. The company doesn’t disclose what diodes are used, but they do rate them at 54,000 lifetime hours. The fixture is passively cooled and has efficient heat sinks to maintain lower overall ambient temperature. This LED grow light is ETL certified and comes with a 3-year warranty.
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LEDs: 54,000 hours PPF: 1492 umol/s PAR efficacy: 2.5 umol/j
Wattage draw: 600w Coverage area: Veg- 8’x8’, Flower- 5’x5’
Light distance: Veg- 60", Flower- 24"
Dimensions: 30.5” x 20.3” x 5.5” Weight: 26.5 lbs.
California Lightworks SolarXtreme 1000 LED Grow Light
The SolarExtreme 1000 by California Lightworks was designed specifically for grow tents and small-scale home growing. It is a full-spectrum white light LED grow light that consumes 800 watts and uses driverless 50-watt COBs. It also includes new direct AC drive technology which eliminates the need for LED drivers. This allows the LED grow light to be sold for a much lower cost than traditional LEDs. Its dimensions are 18"x 18"x4" and the fixture weighs 22 lbs. It has large aluminum heat sinks and utilizes cooling fans. The fixture comes with a 120V power cord and light hangers. This LED grow light comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
LEDs: Driverless COBs (50W each) PPF: ? PAR efficacy: ?
Wattage draw: 800w Coverage area: Veg- 6’x6’, Flower- 5’x5’
Light distance: Veg- 32”, Flower- 22”
Dimensions: 18" x 18" x 4" Weight: 22 lbs.
Warranty: 1-year limited
Timber Grow Lights Fatty VS LED Grow Light
The Fatty VS by Timber Grow Lights is a full-spectrum white light LED grow light that pulls 950 watts from the wall. It uses 9 x Vero29 Gen 7 COB LEDs and has a PAR output of 2097 umol/s PPF. PAR efficacy comes in at an estimated 2.33 umol/j. It comes in various color temperatures, although, 3000k and 3500k are recommended for a full-cycle grow. The unit is dimmable from 10-100%. Its dimensions are 43”x38”x4” and the fixture weighs 45.8 lbs. This LED grow light comes with a 3-year warranty.
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LEDs: 9 x Vero29 Gen 7 COB LEDs PPF: 2097 umol/s PAR efficacy: 2.33 umol/j (estimated)
Wattage draw: 950w Coverage area: 5’x5’
Light distance: 18”
Dimensions: 43” x 38” x 4” Weight: 45.8 lbs.
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