With the recent legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use in many US states, many people are looking for the best hydroponic grow lights. We decided to try the Dirt Genius 280W UV LED Panel Grow Light. Just looking at the online description, our attention was drawn to the brand. Dirt Genius is well known in the grow light panel industry, so we thought it was a safe investment.
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The Dirt Genius came recommended as an ideal option for growing indoor marijuana plants. At first we were a little skeptical, as the reviews and pictures make this seem just too much like a pretty little light and not a work horse for a serious venture. But it did come recommended by many hydroponics experts.
We ordered the panel online and waited for about 5 days for it to arrive. After quickly unpacking it from the safety packaging, we were surprised by its sturdy looks.
The Dirt Genius LED Panel Specs
When our Dirt Genius 280W system arrived, we were certainly pleased. The model does have a 6-band spectrum. In hydroponic terms, that means that you give your plants all the nutrients they need from the different types of lighting they need.
After inspecting the panel, we found it acceptable. The construction and build is durable and well-made. The unit comes with 82 LED light chips that can be easily replaced, which is a nice feature. This means you won’t have to buy the whole panel again when the lights burn out. The back side has three integrated fans, so you don’t have to worry about overheating.
The panel has an output of about 280W which is substantially better than earlier Dirt Genius models. These are very bright LEDS and we were dutifully impressed, especially since we had already tried a few earlier grow light kits.
How Does It Work?
As experienced indoor plant growers, we look for convenience and flexibility with our tools and products. This panel does offer that. We tried it with the more sensitive of our plants for a couple of weeks and had no problems. Afterwards, we moved it over to the more mature plant section and the plants flourished there as well. It also worked well with the seedlings.
Our Overall Impression
This Dirt Genius 280W UV LED Panel Grow Light works well and with features like bright LEDs, replaceable light chips and a well-made framework, we were rather impressed. Yes, we have seen other comparable kits on the market, but these are often double or triple the price of this model.
Would We Recommend This Light to other Cannabis Growers?
Yes. In fact, we’ve already ordered another two lamp panels for our indoor babies.