Here is the perfect light for a small grow tent. The MarsHydro Mars600 uses LED bulbs so it doesn’t draw a lot of power or create a lot of heat. Since LEDs have a lifetime of up to 100,000 hours, you’ll probably upgrade to something larger before you have to replace it.
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Size and coverage
The panel measures 17 inches long by 11 inches wide, and it’s 3 inches thick. The purplish light it emits covers an area of 2 feet by 1.5 feet for blooming, or 2.5 by 2 feet for vegetating. The difference comes from how high you suspend the light above your plants for each stage.
Hang the light 24 to 30 inches above your soil when you are sprouting seeds. In the vegetative stage, keep the light at 24 to 18 inches above your plants. Then to encourage blooms, lower it (if necessary) down to 12 to 24 inches above their tops.
Power and light
MarsHydro uses 5W Epistar red and blue LEDs that emit a full spectrum for the best yield since the invention of sunlight. On the down side, you may have to use a regular light to get a good look at the health of your plants. The purple glow is cool, but makes it hard to see how your green is coming along.
With the two cooling fans on top whirling, the light makes only 56dB of noise. That’s less than a conversation at the dinner table. It draws just 2.488A of current on 110V, or 1.234A on 220V, and consumes about 280W of power. These low numbers will help you stay under the radar and keep your costs down.
For the safety conscious, the light is UL-listed. It has a failsafe diode design, so if one chip fails, the light still works. The Mars600 weighs 9.85 pounds, and comes with a steel cable hanging kit.
The fine print and little details
Here’s some information that will cast more light on the subject.
Light: Some of the LEDs are angled at 90 degrees, others at 120 degrees. Their wavelengths are as follows: 430 to 440 nanometers (nm), 450-475nm, 620-630nm, and 650-660nm.
Power: The Mars600 works on a wide range of electrical setups, from 50 to 60Hz and 85 to 265V. MarsHydro offers the appropriate plug for your geographic location—just let them know which one you want.
Germinate, Vegetate, and Bloom:
- To germinate seeds, leave the light on 18 to 20 hours a day.
- For veg, the Mars600 covers 2.5 by 2 feet. Leave the light on for 14 to 18 hours a day.
- For bloom, it reaches just 2 by 1.5 feet. Leave it on for up to 12 hours a day.
Would we recommend this light to other cannabis growers?
Yes, we would recommend the Mars600 to weed growers. It’s a solid performer with good value for the price. MarsHydro also has good customer service.