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420 Beginner – Your One Stop Guide to Growing Perfect Marijuana

420Beginner is your number 1 go to resource for information and advice on every aspect of growing marijuana. If this is your first time you will find everything you need to know, from our seed buying and set up guides, to grow lights and  professional tips will ensure a successful crop.

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  1. Paul September 3, 2019 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Even though I’m not the biggest fan of cannabis, I love it since it helps my aunt recovering a lot. The oils created from this are really rejuvenating.

  2. Edward July 9, 2019 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Hi,this is Edward ,your page is great,and i want buy a marshydro TS-1000, and i knew many friends also want buy this kind of light.Can you get a review about this new series of marshydro?Thanks

    • Adrian Head July 14, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Hi Edward
      Thanks for the comment. We are reaching out to Marshydro but if you are interested in purchasing one of these and have friends also looking to do so please let me know and we may well be able to get a bulk order discount for you. Drop me a line at hello@northerncaribllc.com with some more details and I will get back to you.

  3. Dr Nathalia J. June 20, 2019 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Great guides for beginners!

  4. Jason April 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I’m a beginner and start buying all the required pieces of equipment to start to grow. I bought the new SolarXtreme 250 from California light works and it seems working well, there is another option to go with their SolarSystem that has an adjustable spectrum feature using their SolarSystem controller. any thought or tip for using adjustable spectrum LED lights?
    Another question is regarding California Lightworks products, SolarSystem 1100 and 1100 UVB. Do you have any thoughts on these products? I read that using UVB lights will boost the growing process.

  5. Bob March 28, 2019 at 11:25 am - Reply

    All of these LED’s will work find to grow cannabis, but if you’re doing an article on the “best” LED fixtures available for horticulture the list should go something like this:

    P.L. Light
    Philips Greenpower
    Fluence
    Illumitex
    Lumigrow
    Valoya

    PL, Fluence, and Philips are the most efficient fixtures, running from 2.7-3.0 umol/Joule. All of these brands have CE and UL certifications and also IP67 ratings for wet environments. Prices are high but about the same as HLG fixtures.

  6. Cannabis Profit Tips - Big Buds Guide January 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm - Reply

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  7. kabir July 17, 2018 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing such a good type of review.Among the lights I like Viperspecta because they are cheap and effective.

  8. Pete July 2, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    In your beginners guide to growing, the writer makes a major mistake.
    It states
    Be sure you’ve received seeds that have a tiger-stripe pattern. Black seeds are dead and
    worthless.
    I don’t know where the writer got this idea from, perhaps a black seed didn’t germinate and a stripey one did so the event was conflated into this generalisation.
    Seeds are usually a pale brown, sometimes greenish brown, sometimes darker, rarely striped, some are black. The colour is related to their origin, seeds in African bush are big, dark and bold, seeds from Thai grass are small pale green.
    If you make basic errors like that, how much can the rest be trusted?

    • Mary Jane Farmer July 19, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      You’re right, it’s white and very pale seeds that rarely germinate. I don’t know how that got in there! The Guide does then refer readers to a later more detailed section on seeds and how to germinate, where thankfully the info is correct. But you’re right, that’s a bad mistake — our full apologies to anyone who might have been confused or misled by that line! I’m sure the writer must have meant to write white rather than black… but still, we should have caught it.

      We’ve now updated both the PDF Guide and the original blog post that part of it came from.

      Many thanks for pointing that out, Pete!

  9. Sam June 29, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Hi!

    Are you interested in reviewing our new Cob LED Model R10?

    Cheers,
    Sam

    • Mary Jane Farmer June 30, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Sam!

      Maybe. If you email details to maryjanefarmer@420beginner.com we’ll take a look and get back to you.

  10. shirley May 17, 2018 at 2:38 am - Reply

    To save power with low wattage LED grow light, just visit the website: http://www.jcbritw.com

  11. Bignugz420 March 14, 2018 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    I am no stranger to LED, I have so many I have a AMARE SE 450 collecting dust. Only bc I do have some of the sponsor led reviews or just got at such a good deal one company that nobody ever mentioned is BLACK DIAMOND PERFECT SUN GOLIATH, and my next is FOLEX SOLUTIONS, I HAVE 2 240K from there website it is definitely one of my best set of lights. 1000 watt HPS collecting dust, it’s crazy. So many lights be only 4 tents

  12. led grow lights February 6, 2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Nice blog post has been share.
    Thanks all of you for sharing this.

  13. Munjarin January 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your Nice Post

  14. MalandPeter January 20, 2018 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Great video,I have lots of this brand Mars Hydro highly recommend, the customer service is also great. Good value, well made, saved hundreds. https://goo.gl/eoohtc

  15. Ray January 17, 2018 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone !
    I’ve just bought a optic 8 may I ask what you people think of this light
    Many thanks for your time

    • Mary Jane Farmer January 18, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Well, being as that is not one of the lights we review it would not be fair to comment. But I note that it is relatively expensive compared to other lights that we have reviewed. It is a 500W equivalent light and costs $1399.00 according to the Optic website. Our third most popular light is the Viparspectra 450W equivalent and is currently selling for $179.00. Quite a difference. You can read all our LED Grow Light reviews here.
      Good Karma and Good Growing to you
      MaryJane Farmer

  16. Robert Waymen January 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    All the reviews here are good but I prefer the following Led grow light manufacturer

    advanced led lights
    advanced led
    apollo horticulture
    california light
    mars hydro
    viparspectra reflector
    reflector series
    black dogs
    platinum leds
    k5 xl1000
    reflectorseries 600w

    Thats the order I would pick. I’m currently growing with Advanced Platinum P900 led and and some mars hydro rigs.

  17. Karl E. Hosch January 5, 2018 at 3:00 am - Reply

    So many lights to choose from, what a great site. I noticed you have a lot of indoor grow lights for the home cultivator, but what is the difference between regular lead grow lights and those in a commercial operations. The ones I noticed in commercial operations are more streamlined and are not as intense. Can you tell me if there is a difference and if so, why? Thank you so much!

    • Mary Jane Farmer January 5, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Somne commercial operations use large HID (high-intensity) lights or fluorescent lights. I amnot sure why but I assume that the difference in price is important to them. That said, the difference in price between LED lights and oteh lights for growing is rapidly diminishing. In addition, because you generally want 30-50 watts per square foot, a very large operation will buy a large number of very large (2000 watts or more) grow lights to cover a larger area with lower cost. A small grower does not need that since one planet is usually one to four square feet of space utimately.
      MaryJane Farmer

    • Karl E. Hosch January 6, 2018 at 5:47 am

      No, they don’t appear to be using fluorescent or HID, they are most definitely LED lights but they are of different styles and sizes. Some are look to be on narrow bars, and some are quite large. I don’t think they use HID especially when they can save a tremendous amount of money in energy costs by using LED’s. If they use them proper like 65 watts or so per plant or per 2.5sf, the yields would be much greater by using LED’s. Anyways, thank you so much for your response. If you come across some industrial type LED’s I’d be interested in hearing about them. PEACE!

  18. Peter December 4, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Hi,

    I writing from Poland, so

    I saw your comments

    and i want to buy Morsen, but I can not find the Producer adress ( internet site)

    Example, I want to check specifications some lamps of the ,,PAR or PPfd,, , how hight etc.

    Can you help me ?

    Help me please where can I check exact specifications this led lamps

    thank you so much and I hope you will contact to me with answare

    Peter

    • Mary Jane Farmer December 12, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Peter. Great to hear from you in Poland. You can find LED Grow Lights from Morsen on Amazon here.
      Let us know how they work for you. Good growing to you.
      MaryJane Farmer

  19. Noman Chaudhry December 1, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Please help I went with a galaxy hydro 300 w for a 3×3 grow area still trying to figure out light distance. Was to close and the plants didn’t do much for 2 weeks. Now I pulled the light to about 18″-24″ just replanted to 3 gal pots.looking better

    • 420 Beginner December 1, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Generally speaking, you should start your growing witht he light at 24-36 inches. If you have only 3 plants in 9 square feet and they are still just poking over the soil, then measure up 3 feet from the top of the plant. The plant will grow up to the light and by the time it enters the flowering stage it should be about 18inches below the light. The plant’s desire is for a the right frequencies of light over a long time, not a lot of light that can increase the heat.

    • hello December 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      hello

    • Noman Chaudhry January 3, 2018 at 12:11 am

      Hey man!

      Thank you soo much just started with my own LED grow lights following your idea and thank you soo much for clearing my misconceptions! Just purchased Roleadro GalaxyHydro Series 300W using link above lets see how it goes 😀 !

      I’ll keep you updated with the progress!

  20. MalandPeter November 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Mars Hydro Reflector Series LEDs are very unique and have a design unlike others on this list. These lights are full spectrum and have individual reflector cups around each individual diode, increasing the light output significantly and saving you even more electricity than most LED panels. The lights in this series are named in terms of the number of LEDs in the panel, and their true wattage. This is unlike most LEDs that are named for the wattage of the HPS lights that they replace (for example, LEDs called 300W because they are equivalent to 300W HPS although the LEDs use less wattage).

    The four sizes of lights in this series are: 48 LEDs, 102W(equal to 150W HID), 96 LEDs, 207W (equal to 250W HPS), 144 LEDs, 317W (equal to 350W HPS), and 192 LEDs, 410W (equal to 450W HPS).

    Price: $190 to $349 depending on size, with free shipping
    https://goo.gl/eoohtc

  21. Jim November 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    LED lighting is the future. There are so many applications for them.
    -Jim-

  22. Joe October 31, 2017 at 9:41 am - Reply

    My LED grow lights are among the brands. Have 2 MEIZHI 600W n now consider buying more. My harvest proved your honest review! I love these lights. Forget to say, I bought from ebay lolhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/MEIZHI-600W-LED-Grow-Light-Full-Spectrum-Indoor-Hydropoloics-Veg-Bloom-Switches-/122418845692 the seller is duper nice lol

  23. Alan Christian October 10, 2017 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Mars Hydro rose to the top for me simply because they were forthright in their explanation about Real Wattage vs. Comparative Wattage. Though my light, the 300 watt model, has “300 watts” in the title, it is also made very clear that it’s actual wattage, which is what’s important when using as a grow light, is between 140 and 156 watts.

    300W: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mars-300W-Full-Spectrum-Hydro-LED-grow-light-bulb-best-medical-veg-bloom-/151374521551

    600W: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mars-600W-Full-Spectrum-LED-Grow-Light-lighting-Veg-Bloom-Indoor-Tent-Plants-/381265375318

    900W: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mars-II-900W-Hydro-LED-Grow-Light-Lamp-kit-veg-flower-Indoor-Medical-plants-/381105653497

    1600W: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mars-II-1600W-LED-Grow-Light-Hydroponics-Veg-Flower-Switches-Lamp-Medical-plants-/381121581070

    • stefan October 26, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Do you have warehouse in Germany I wont pay tax

    • Mary Jane Farmer October 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Sorry. Everything comes from Amazon so I have no way to know if there is a warehouse in Germany or not. If you visited the Amazon link from our site and you were in Germany, then you likely were taken to the German Amazon site
      MaryJane Farmer

  24. Darryl October 8, 2017 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Love the LED grow light comparison chart! The information provided was very informative and a great resource for investing. If you are beginner and looking for cheap way to start check out the Galaxy Hydro. It’s easy to use and inexpensive. Fluorescent lights are also cheap if you want to go that route but LEDs will last longer.

  25. stanimal October 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Their quantum boards with 3000k, 90 cri are a great place to start

  26. Jonathan Beatty September 14, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Couldn’t find a fault with the UFO 120 LED Unit Farm,very well built, it was delivered a day early.I’m looking forward to see the results in about 3 months or so, but for now I like it a lot!

    • Mary Jane Farmer September 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks for your comment. If you would like to receive regular updates just hit reply
      Good Karma to you
      MaryJane Farmer

  27. Mark Baxandale September 2, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I just started with two of the 450w led mehizi. Can you tell me the best height for the lights and what the max area/ plants can be achieved? I also have 2 4′ fluorescent lights as well as 2 60w standard bulbs but grow lights, Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and quick response.

    • MaryJane Farmer September 2, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      The recommended height for these lights is 24-30 inches initially, lowering to 18 inches for flowering. Some people have reported using these lights for as many as 4 plants, and our review at https://420beginner.com/meizhi-reflector-series-r450-450w-led-grow-light-review/ says that four plants are acceptable for one light but typically they are used for two plants at most because the coverage area diminishes as the light is moved closer. In addition, if you are training your plants to grow bushy rather than tall, you will want more space between the plants to allow for the light to penetrate the leaf canopy from the sides as well as the top. That assumes that you are growing in a properly reflective environment, like a grow tent. The fluorescent and incandescent bulbs you use provide little additional support and may be quite expensive and even harmful. Good question. Good karma to you.

  28. Scott McIntosh August 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Hello I have been using the galaxy hydro 300w 9band led lights for about 1 year and for the price they work great in my tent i have 3 of them. The driver forr the fan broke on one of my lights, Does anyone know where to buy parts to fix amazon lights specifically galaxy Hydro. led driver that puts out 12v to power the heat sink fans melted.
    ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO BUY LED LIGHT DRIVERS? Specifically chinese made galaxy hydro or roleadro?
    Thanks for everyones time

  29. Bert Smith August 2, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Yeah, I tried MEIZHI 450W LED grow light. the spectrum is amazing! I love it, My plants are in vegetative stage, I will buy more in the future!
    And I buy it from ebay, which is not expensive then it is on amazon, here is the like where I bought it and the service there is very great!
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MEIZHI-450W-LED-Grow-Light-Full-Spectrum-Reflector-Veg-Bloom-Switches-IR-Indoor-/122418846604

    • Mark Baxandale September 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      I just started with two of the 450w led mehizi. Can you tell me the best height for the lights and what the max area/ plants can be achieved? I also have 2 4′ fluorescent lights as well as 2 60w standard bulbs but grow lights, Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and quick response.

  30. abdul July 20, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Amazing bought LED Lights XML 650 some days ago and my plants are now getting grow very well…. i marked it so i came back to give a good regards.
    Thanks mate

  31. Itsagas July 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Personally I would only use the advance LED for veg room the led technology has moved From the likes of Chinese rebranded LEDs like kind mars Apollo, do your research folk’s, buy these only if you have a low budget and starting out get the feel of it without costing a fortune on hps, and if you are judging LEDs capabilities with these light’s give up now Go big or Go home lol

  32. Spottero July 4, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

    This post made my LED lights decision much easier. Thanks!

  33. Scott June 15, 2017 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for a sterling job! This review has gone beyond my expectations, revealing many factors that were not just new to me.
    It also covered areas that I simply didn’t expect to be included in a “review”.
    it’s so up-to-date with the information too! Many thanks!

  34. GOGREEN June 1, 2017 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Hello,

    I am outfitting a 40ft long x 8ft wide x 10ft tall grow space. Can someone recommend how many of which LED grow light would be best to fill the entire space? Also, any other recommendations would be appreciated on how to get the plants the best light.

  35. Warlock May 28, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Advice needed
    This is my first grow
    My tent size is 120x120x200 cm.
    With four pots
    So which led shoud i use and how much of watts

    Thanks