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Best LED Grow Lights for Your Budget

What Is the Best Budget Grow Light

We selected our list of LED grow lights based on the results they showed and the features they offer. We have also taken into account factors like customer reviews, industry awards, and a close look at which lights have proven most popular with our readers. And we’ve tried to keep our choices within the budget of the average home grower.

In addition to these don’t forget to view our led-grow-lights-from-420-beginner page where you will find a wide range of grow lights specially selected by us covering a wide range of grow spaces and budgets.

Best Selling Budget LED Grow Lights

The Amazon bestsellers list is packed with cheap LED grow lights. But are any of them actually worth buying? Are the prices too good to be true?

Well… it depends.

We hesitate to recommend a lot of those lights simply because the manufacturers are very new. So there’s no real proven track record yet. Even good customer reviews aren’t a great guide here, because they haven’t had the lights long enough to tell whether these apparent bargains are built to last. One good grow doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to be going strong still in a year or two.

On the other hand, all manufacturers were new at some point. Some of these may be the next Viparspectra or MarsHydro.

And if it’s all you can afford, a really cheap light isn’t necessarily a bad place to start. You can still learn a lot about growing, without breaking the bank. And they can be fun to experiment with.

The thing with budget options is that there’s always a trade-off somewhere. At this price point, you won’t get a light that does everything and does it brilliantly. We consider a good budget light to be one that’s strong in at least one department.

So… Some of the lights below are no-frills but bright and really do the job, while others pack in a lot of features for a relatively tiny price. Most go for less than $100.

But we feel all these lights strike a good balance between features and doing at least one important thing brilliantly.

Phlizon 600W (Great budget option!)

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Although this doesn’t look a great deal different to a lot of lights out there, it is often one of Amazon’s best-selling LED grow light! So what is it that sets this apart from the rest?

One word: Price! You get a whole lot of light for not much money here.

Not only that but also a few features you don’t normally get in a light this affordable, such as separate Veg and Bloom switches, UV and IR, and the ability to daisy chain multiple units. They even throw in a free temperature and humidity monitor.

The Phlizon 600W comprises sixty 10W double-chip LEDs for core coverage of 2′ x 2′ hung at 24″. It’s designed to replace a 400W HID while consuming just 108W. The warranty is 2 years and it looks like experiences with Phlizon’s customer service have been very positive when problems have occurred.

Downsides? A few growers have complained that the fans are a bit noisy. Indiscreet packaging has been another occasional complaint. And some comparable but slightly more expensive lights have better PAR values.

Brightness is what matters most, so we’d recommend getting the highest PAR values you can afford.

But still, at this price point, you rarely get so many features. It’s easy enough to see why so many people have given it a go.

King Plus 600w Double Chips LED Grow Light Full Spectrum

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Speaking of competitors to the Phlizon 600W… the King Plus 600W is also among the best sellers on Amazon right now and normally goes for about the same price. So how do they differ? Which one should you choose?

KingLED’s King Plus 600W claims better PAR values than the Phlizon, name-brand Epistar LEDs and a better 3-year warranty. Both lights include UV and IR in their spectrum. So if it’s simply brightness that matters to you, go for the King Plus.

The King Plus also claims to be a 600W HID replacement (but 400W is maybe closer to the mark) with core coverage of 3′ x 3′ at the veg stage. Power draw at the wall is 120W.

However, the trade-off versus the Phlizon is that the King Plus isn’t daisy-chainable, it doesn’t have Bloom/Veg switches and you won’t get a free temp/humidity monitor.

Again, we’d recommend getting the brightest light you can afford. But if money’s tight, or you just want to give growing a try without spending a fortune, this is a great budget option.

Ledgle Grow Light 300W (Under $100)

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While this is a relatively inexpensive full spectrum light, it’s got a lot of value for the money—and it’s been one of our Top 10 sellers.

For one, the LEDs are huge! They are 6-watts each and there are 50 of them, so this is an intensely bright light that works especially well for dense plants. The panel covers up to 2 by 1.5 feet when the plants are flowering.

The customization options are similar to those on more expensive panels. They include two switches, one for the vegetative stage, and one for flowering. The spectrum covers 11 bands including white light, UV, and IR. The two built-in cooling fans have a backup system to keep running even if one of their chips fails. Global Star offers a 1-year warranty that includes parts and service.

Roleadro GalaxyHydro Series 1000W(Under $100)

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Amazon’s current second best-seller, the Galaxy Hydro 1000 Watt panel is one of the least expensive grow lights we’ve reviewed. It’s a full-spectrum light, also including UV and IR, with a power draw of 132W. It covers 3′ by 3′ at most (for veg, not flowering), but it’s made to be daisy-chained. You can buy two or three of these for the same price of a larger light and link them together like Christmas lights to cover a larger space. GalaxyHydro offers a 2-year warranty with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

A previous version of this model remains very popular with our readers too. And this is a manufacturer with a bit longer track record than Phlizon and many other cheap lights. There are plenty of more powerful lights out there, but if money’s tight this one’s reliable enough to be worth considering.

GREENGO 3 Chips LED (Under $150)

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The GREENGO 3 Chips LED grow lamp has all the features you would expect in a full veg/flowering system and competes well with the likes of VIPARSPECTRA and MarsHydro. Its blue/red LEDs are used in the vegetative growth stage and for flowering you switch on the white LEDs.

Consuming just 248 watts, the system is comparable with an HID lamp of around 800 watts.

Up to three lights can be ‘daisy-chained’ together, extending the reach from 3’x3′ in veg cycle to 9’x9′ in a larger grow. Looking for something smaller or cheaper? Try the 900W version.

Yescom 225 Blue LEDs Grow Light Ultrathin Panel

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The YESCOM 225 Blue LEDs Grow Light is a modular system where several panels can be connected according to the size of your grow. It is a pure-vegetative stage light that just uses blue-spectrum light for the growth stage of the plant. Being a specialist at one phase of the grow it is significantly cheaper than other LED light systems that are used from seedling to flowering stages.

PROS:

  • Coverage of 4′ x 5′ at both flowering and vegetative stages, and canopy penetration of 5′.
  • Replaces an 800-1000W HID light, but draws only 380W at the wall.
  • Spectrum includes UV and IR.
  • High-quality lights but very suitable for beginners.
  • These lights stay cool enough to touch even when they have been running for a full 24 hours.
  • 2-year warranty, serviced by DormGrow.
  • Excellent customer service—they even reach out to their customers to ensure everything is going smoothly.

CONS:

Some experts claim that you only need to add additional red LEDs for the flowering stage. If you are growing on a budget you may want to test this concept yourself!


Best LED Grow Lights for Very Small Spaces (2021)

Some growers prefer to have one light running at full intensity for a whole grow, but then add in some red lights for flowering. For you guys, we’ve got a couple of supplemental bloom lights listed below.

Also, we know some of you only have space for a plant or two, while others might want to try something small-scale and low-cost for your first indoor weed growing attempts. So in this section, you’ll also find a couple of great options for very small grow spaces.

TaoTronics Hydroponic 36W LED Grow Light TT-GL23

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This light is tailored to those who are brand-new in their growing operation and need something that works for a small-scale grow room. If you only have a single plant, for example, why would you spend hundreds of dollars on a light for it? The TaoTronics Hydroponic 36W equivalent LED Grow Light is perfect if you want to master your craft without a big initial investment. It probably won’t last for your long-term goals, but it’s difficult to find a light that’s a better value.

Fits a standard E26 socket, lasts up to 50,000 hours, and draws only 20W. This is the newest and brightest in the TaoTronics LED grow bulb line and also now has a 60° beam angle for better coverage. Even with one plant, we recommend using two bulbs for best results.

Roleadro 45W Panel LED Grow Light

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Here’s another small grow light that’s been a popular seller with our readers. We would recommend it more for seedlings, these aren’t really powerful enough for any marijuana plants older than a couple of weeks. However, if you’ve got a separate germination area, a few of these low-cost panels could come in handy. And we’ve heard of them being used for supplemental lighting.

ABI True Red Flowering lamp (to assist in blooming)

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Let’s say you want a bigger yield but you’re already stretching the light from your LED panel to the limit. Many growers supplement with an extra red light or two. They encourage better blooming. Since they’re also LED lamps, they last for years, so they are a cheap investment.

This 54W-equivalent (actual draw 26W) red light bulb from ABI is an inexpensive way to get more buds and flowers on your weed. It fits in a standard household lamp socket or you can plug it into an extension cord made for light bulbs. Don’t worry, it’s not hot like an incandescent red lamp, it runs very cool.

G8LED 90 Watt Red Flower Booster LED Grow Light

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The perfect accompaniment to the G8LED light listed above. Add one of these per 10 square feet of grow area at the flowering stage for higher yields, more resin, and bigger, denser buds. They’re 90W HID equivalents but draw only 75W. Would also work great with other full-spectrum, full-cycle lights without an extra bloom setting.


Our Favorite Light That Didn’t Make Our Top 10

Here’s one last light for our list of recommendations. It was in our Top 10 until last year, but even though it didn’t quite make the cut this year it’s too good a light to leave out entirely.

California Lightworks SolarStorm 440W LED Grow Light

Ideal for a 3′ by 3′ grow tent

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California Lightworks SolarStorm 440W LED Grow Light definitely falls under one of the more expensive lights on this page, which along with not being a big seller among our readers was in part (see below) why it dropped out of our Top 10 this year.

But we still want to recommend it here, because this is one situation where you get the results you pay for.

Also, you might be able to pick one up at a bargain price soon—it’s been discontinued and replaced by the Solar System 550. That was the other reason why we dropped it from the Top 10.

However, the 440 remains pretty widely available for now. So we’ll keep this review up for the time being.

The SolarStorm 440 can replace a 600W HPS light while consuming only 235W during the vegetative stage, 320W in bloom mode, and 350W during the final few weeks when the UV-B booster is turned on (see below). You’ll get coverage of 3′ x 3′ for bloom and up to 6′ x 6′ during veg.

This unit comes in a distinctive bright red color—a stark change from subtly colored light panels from other manufacturers. And that’s far from the only thing that’s notable about the SolarStorm.

The light is a bit more intense than those with 3W chips, as this uses 5W OSRAM SSL LEDs instead—88 of them. The optics are all jewel-quality glass focused at 90 degrees. Plus, it has two T8 15W UV-B tubes to enhance growth at the flowering stage—a unique feature.

But don’t worry, this panel runs cool and quiet with its built-in fans. And as befits the price tag, it comes with a 3-year warranty to protect your investment.


MaryJane Farmer: Favorites of My Readers

Below are short reviews of a number of other excellent grow lights we considered for our top recommendations, or which we have featured in the past.

Even if some of them have been surpassed by some of the lights listed above, they’re all still solid, reliable, powerful options. We know these lights are all popular with our readers. And the manufacturers each have a proven track record.

So if you didn’t find what you were looking for above, stick around just a little longer. One of these lights will likely suit your needs.

VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 600W

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A big seller among our readers, the VIPARSPECTRA V600 is the bigger brother of the v300. It comes with all the same features, plus the addition of separate veg and bloom switches.

Replacing a 600W HID light and drawing just 269W on average, the V600 can cover a grow area of 3′ x 3′ hung at 32″ and 2.5′ x 2.5′ at 22″. At the center of the light’s footprint, PAR at 24″ is 530, 275 at 36″ and 784 at 18″.

Again you can upgrade for remote control programmability, built-in timer, and even better coverage—in this case, to the bar-shaped VT600.

Or the VT600-S has the same square shape and the same coverage as the V600, but the best PAR values of all three V600 options.

VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 450W

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I guess you’d have to call this one the middle child, size-wise.

Anyway, our third biggest seller, the VIPARSPECTRA V450 is a 400W HID replacement, drawing only 200W. It will give you coverage of 2.5′ x 2.5′ hung at 24″ and 2′ x 2′ at 18″, and the respective PAR values are 415 and 655.  Again, it has separate veg and bloom switches.

PlatinumLED Platinum Series P600

Excellent 800W HPS Replacement

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For one of the most advanced grow lights we’ve ever used, consider the Platinum Series P600. This grow light is a hefty investment, but most growers will agree that premium results are worth a premium price tag. The build on this is durable and easy to set up. It’s one of the best LED grow lights to buy if you have the money to invest in your crops. The core coverage area is about 2 feet by 5 feet, so you can hit the “Bloom” switch for about 5 to 10 plants, maximum.

The Platinum Series combines intense light and powerful fans so your plants don’t burn. The light is intense enough that you can physically see it penetrate the plants – an impressive feat. Further, these lights come with something completely unheard of A 5-year warranty and exceptional customer service provided by the company directly. With the energy savings against an 800W HPS alone, this unit will pay for itself before the warranty runs out.

PlatinumLED Platinum Series P300

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For those who love the P600 but don’t have quite that large of a budget or size of a grow tent, the Platinum Series P300 is a great runner-up—and has been a popular light with our readers.

This is definitely a more affordable LED grow light that offers many of the same benefits as the P600 but at around half the price.

Its coverage is about 4.5 feet by 3.8 feet at an 18-inch height, perfect for compact grow areas, or when used in combination with additional lamps for larger areas. This light panel effectively replaces a 400W HPS light, while only actually using 180 watts of power—making it an energy-efficient alternative to a traditional light. It’s just perfect for the small home grower. Just as the P600 represents the higher end of the market, this is still a serious piece of equipment—practically a steal for the amazing coverage you get.

PAR values

This is a system that has a great high PAR output. What does that mean? Well, it means the panel gives off about 2 to 3 times the intensity of other grow lights.

More importantly, it has an 11 band spectrum that gives your marijuana plants the most nutritional value including those needed from UV and IR. The light chips are all 3W LEDs, and as I’ve mentioned before, the best 3-watt panels have an additional lens to focus the light a bit more. This panel comes with a 60-degree lens and secondary 90-degree focusing lens to give more intensity for plant growth.

The chips in this lamp are also replaceable and another reason for the slightly higher price tag. This means you can always keep that 400-watt output, even when a chip blows. Just order the one faulty chip and replace it when it arrives from the manufacturer. With a 5-year guarantee, Advanced LED offers security to its customers.

MaryJane Farmer’s Final Thought

Sometimes less is more–like when you are starting to grow pot and don’t want to break the bank in case it doesn’t pan out.  Best thing to do: get one of these budget lights and spend your money and time getting good seeds and nutrients.  We’ve got it all in one place here.   Or you can download my free Beginner’s Guide here.

I would love to hear from you.  Sign in here to leave a comment or ask a question.  Or send me photos of your garden: MaryJane@420Beginner.com

Last update on 2023-02-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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