The VIPARSPECTRA V300 has been the number one best seller among grow lights, so we reviewed it to find out why it is so popular. We’re always on the lookout for good products to recommend.
First off, this is a basic LED light panel that’s good for beginning growers who are starting out small. Its light covers 2 feet by 2 feet for optimal growth, and it really does penetrate down into the canopy. The panel contains a mix of 5-watt LEDs that put out a full spectrum of light, from infrared to ultraviolet. Let’s take a closer look at all of this.
The far ends of the spectrum are invisible to the human eye, so that’s why some of the LEDs don’t look like they are lit. That doesn’t mean it’s safe to look at the panel when it’s turned on. Use protection like the Method Seven Grow Room Glasses. That way you don’t damage your eyes, and you can inspect your plants without turning off your panel or needing a different light.
Why are LEDs a good idea for growing plants indoors? For one, they use less electricity to put out a lot of light. They create less heat so you don’t need extra fans to cool down your grow tent. Both of these factors mean you save money on your power bill and (hopefully) don’t draw the unwanted attention of authorities.
Growers in the past used HPS/HID lights. Those abbreviations mean “high pressure sodium/high intensity discharge.” That kind of lamp needed an additional component called ballast to keep their light output from flickering too much. They put out a lot of heat and suck up a lot of electricity.
VIPARSPECTRA created the V300 to replace a 250-watt HPS/HID light. Their LED panel doesn’t run hot or burn your plants. The heat it does generate is controlled by large fans and heat sinks built into it already, and it doesn’t need a ballast.
While it’s rated for 300-watts output, it only consumes 136 watts of energy. That’s less than running three 60-watt incandescent bulbs (not like you can find those for sale anymore).
The 5-watt LED bulbs that VIPARSPECTRA uses come from well-known companies like Bridgelux and Epileds that have good reputations. VIPARSPECTRA has the LEDs mounted at a 90-degree angle pointing straight down at your plants.
When they mention lumens and PAR, they’re talking about the intensity of the light emitted by the V300 panel. Lumens are for humans, so don’t try to measure the quality of your light by how bright it would be to your eyes. What matters is PAR, which is a measurement of the intensity and coverage of the light.
The PAR of the V300 was mapped out with the panel hung two feet above the canopy of the plants. The best coverage for vegetation and flowering is limited to just 2 by 2 feet although the light does reach out to 3 by 3 feet. Since flowering needs a lot of light, don’t try to crowd in too many plants.
VIPARSPECTRA offers a 3-year warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee so you can try it out to see how your plants grow. On the upside, if you love the V300, you’ll be glad to know that LEDs can last between 50,000 and 100,000 hours before they burn out. Since 100,000 hours is about 11 years, you’ll probably upgrade this light before you need a new one.
Some other useful details about the VIPARSPECTRA 300-watt LED grow light:
- Weighs 5.6 pounds, measures 12.6 inches long by 7.9 inches wide by 3 inches thick
- Comes with hanging kit and 6-foot power cord
- Accepts 50-60Hz, 100-240V AC
- 60 LEDs total
- VIPARSPECTRA is a trademark of the Shenzen Bailuo Technology Company, Ltd.