LED Grow Lights for Marijuana-Beginner

300 Watt LED Grow LightsOkay, so you are ready to get your feet wet and give these LED grow lights a shot. They work excellent for all indoor plants like cannabis, houseplants, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I have compiled the following list of highly rated 300-watt LED grow lights based on my own personal experience and customer reviews.

These are mostly for new/intermediate level growers with small grow operations of 1-3 plants. The average grow area coverage of these lights is 2.5'x2.5' at 24" height (Max coverage 3.5'x3.5'). Reviewed LED grow lights are for marijuana, houseplants, fruits, vegetables and herbs, and for the time being, are the lowest price available anywhere and they are definitely affordable. 

My # 1 Top Pick

Advanced Platinum Series P300 300w 12-band LED Grow Light

300 Watt Advanced Platinum P300Features Include 12-Band Full Spectrum, Selectable Vegetative/Flowering Switch, 3-Watt Diodes, 2 Cooling Fans w/Aluminum Heat Sinks, 5-Year Warranty, 180-Watt Output, Made in the USA. with PAR at 24″ Height being 683 µmol m−2s−1.

 

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My 2 cents: Advanced Platinum is one of the biggest brands in the business and for good reason. The build quality is one of the best I’ve seen, the performance is phenomenal, it’s backed by a 5-year warranty which is golden, and the customer service is excellent. Yes, the price is high but you can’t go wrong because no matter what, all your growing expectations and needs will be met. So far, Advanced Platinum makes some of the best LED grow lights for marijuana and this one is great for beginners to novices. If you have a good budget, this one is the one for you. My rating 4.9 outta 5.

My # 2 Pick

California Light Works Solar Flare 220w LED Grow Light

California Light Works Solar Flare 220w LED Grow LightFeatures Include 12-Band Full Spectrum, Daisy Chain Option, 5-Watt Diodes, 1 Cooling Fan w/Aluminum Heat Sinks, 3-Year Warranty, 165-Watt Output, Made in the USA with PAR at 24″ Height being 420 µmol m−2s−1.

 

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My 2 cents: California Lightworks Solar Flare model is a great light with an impressive appearance, in fact, their whole line of products are pleasing to the eye. The Solar Flare has equal build quality with the Advanced Platinums P300 model and the PAR output comes in second on my list. It is also stated by the manufacturer that the life expectancy for their OSRAM SSL chips are 80,000 hours which is excellent compared to the standard 50,000 hours from other brands. Their LED grow lights for growing marijuana are great for beginners and experts alike. I’ve have nothing but praise and the results I’ve seen firsthand are impressive to say the least. My rating 4.8 outta 5.

My # 3 Pick – Best Value

Galaxyhydro 300w LED Grow Light Full Spectrum

Galaxyhydro 300w LED Grow Light Full SpectrumFeatures Include Full Spectrum, Daisy Chain Option, 3-Watt Diodes, 3 Cooling Fans w/Aluminum Heat Sinks, 2-Year Warranty, 140-Watt Output with PAR at 24″ Height Being 205 µmol m−2s−1.

 

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My 2 cents: This Galaxyhydro 300w model is a step up from their base model with added daisy chain option and an additional fan for cooling. Build quality is great and the performance is also better than the base model because of the added power and 90 degree lenses. Overall, these are quality LED grow lights for growing marijuana and you can get them for a very reasonable price. My rating 4.7 outta 5.

My # 4 Pick – Consistent Results

Viparspectra Reflector-Series 300W LED Grow Light

Viparspectra Reflector-Series 300W LED Grow LightFeatures Include Full Spectrum, Daisy Chain Option, 5-Watt Diodes, 1 Cooling Fan w/Aluminum Heat Sinks, 3-Year Warranty, 136-Watt Output with PAR at 24″ Height Being 300 µmol m−2s−1.

 

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My 2 cents: I like the Viparspectra brand as a whole, they make great LED grow lights for cultivating marijuana. The 300w Reflector series has a quality build, good overall design, proven performance backed by great customer service. The daisy chain option and 5w diodes are good options because you can add an extra light and the diodes are underpowered which will increase its lifespan. If you are looking for a dependable full spectrum grow light that performs great and is still affordable, this is your light. My rating 4.6 outta 5.

My # 5 Pick – Proven Results

MEIZHI 300W Led Grow Light Full Spectrum

MEIZHI 300W Led Grow Light Full SpectrumFeatures Include Full Spectrum, 5-Watt Diodes, 2 Cooling Fans w/Aluminum Heat Sinks, 1-Year Warranty, 130-Watt Output with PAR at 24″ Height being 290 µmol m−2s−1.

 

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My 2 cents: I really like the company Meizhi because they rarely have any problems and they are excellent LED grow lights for marijuana. Their 300w model is a very good starter light with the 5w diodes. The build quality and performance are hard to beat. I have had no problems with mine and the reviews say the same thing, so the 1-year warranty was never a drawback because I’ve never had to use it. If you want a quality light that gives great results, this one will not disappoint. My rating 4.5 outta 5.

New Addition

MaxBloom X4 Plus Full Spectrum COB LED Grow Light

MaxBloom X4 PlusFeatures Include: 12-Band Full Spectrum, UV/IR, Veg/Bloom Switch, COB & 5-Watt Diodes, 2 Cooling Fans w/Aluminum Heat Sinks, 5-Year Warranty, 200-Watt Output with PAR at 24" Height being 580 µmol m−2s−1.

 

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My 2 cents: I really like MaxBlooms X4 Plus for growing cannabis. Combining the standard LED's with the COB for their proprietary 12-band full spectrum is remarkable. They should guarantee their high yield claims because mine showed considerable gains over some of the other lights on my list. The light runs quiet and cool, and its priced to sell. Some other good features are that it's waterproof and it comes with a 5-year warranty which means they stand behind their product. If you are looking for top-notch performance for a very reasonable price, this light is exactly what you have been looking for. My rating, 4.9 outta 5.

Conclusion

So you’ve decided to get your feet wet, I know the feeling. Kinda like falling in love. You’re really excited to get things going, you’re motivated, you have done your research and are ready for a commitment. Indeed you are. Did you decide on what you wanted or are you still on the fence? If you didn’t see something you liked, please feel free to contact me and I will find you what you are looking for, and for the best price.

Let me know what you think or please leave me a comment, or let me know if you have any questions.  Just wait awhile before you visit the intermediate lights unless you are ready to take your relationship to the next level. Are you ready for the more powerful LED grow lights for your marijuana? Good, check em’ out then.

Karl@ledgrowlightsformarijuana.org

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  1. Mary

    LOL, well, I really didn’t realize that so much went into growing marijuana or that there would be so many different types of options just the for lights! Interesting to see all the different options here and I am also surprised in the range of pricing. Some of them get a bit expensive!

    • Karl Hosch

      Yes, the options are plenty but I feel what I put out there is representative of the best lights available for the price. You’d be surprised at how expensive some of the other ones are that are not on my list…..thousands for just one light with no guarantee. That’s why I don’t put too much value into some lights because you put all your funds into one light and what happens if you damage it or the like. You’re out that much money with no help from the seller. That would not be good. Thank you for the comment, feel free to come back anytime. 

  2. Dani

    I can’t believe how many options there are to choose from. I like the the beginner level 300-watt ones that are daisy-chainable. They seem simple enough for me as I am just getting started.

    I was just wondering how they mount. Are they easy to mount overhead? And how far above the plants should they be mounted? Or do they not need to be overhead at all?

    Thanks! Great post!

    • Karl Hosch

      Yes, you do have to hang them. They hang down from above either from your grow room ceiling or tent. Almost all of them come with mounting hardware and they are easy to install. 

       Depending on the stage of your plants, the height can be anywhere from 12 to 24 inches. I’d start at 12″ then watch every hour for signs of bleaching. If you see and raise the light up 6 inches and try again. You’ll be able to tell within checking on them a few times whether or not the light needs to be raised. 

      Keep me posted on how your grow goes and if you have any more questions, please feel free to come on back anytime. Thank you! 

  3. Gareth

    Wow, so many options to choose from, and these are only at a beginner’s level! I like how there is a reasonable price range in order for me to get started without breaking the bank in the process.

    What are some of the key differences that take the lighting to the next level? Obviously I would start here and learn to build with starter kits, but I’m curious to know where the path leads to as I increase my skills…

    • Karl Hosch

      What separates the lights is power. Power drives the growth and it is a throwback idea from the older types of lighting like fluorescent, metal halide, and high pressure sodium. As you progress, you will need to refine your technique and once you are comfortable, you size up your operations by adding more lights with more power but it depends on how far you want to take those skills. You can go to a 96x96x72 grow room, a cargo sea train, rental houses, or to a secure Industrial building. You’ll be doing the same thing you would with the starter kit but on a larger scale. So, in short, power separates one level from the next. 

  4. Nice article on the technical lighting required to grow indoor plants.

    It was nice that you gave an opinion on each product and you certainly have covered a range of products which is great.

    We are renovating an old house at the moment and the main electronic connections to our house overload easily. I was just wondering if this was all the electronic devices required to grow indoor plants or is it best to hire an electrician to connect an independent circuit for the plants to fun off combined with their own safety switch?

    • It depends on how many lights you plan on using. if you are going to run a couple 300-watt lights then I would worry much but if you plan on running 6 1200-watt or more lights then I would run a separate circuit. When you say “overload” easily do you mean the circuit breaker gets tripped? If so then I would have an electrician run a separate one anyways because depending on what types of plants you are growing,just a few hours without light can adversely affect the health of the plant(s). In order to meet building code requirements in Australia, a separate circuit breaker would be mandatory. So in short, I would take the stress out of the grow operation and call an electrician. I hope I answered your question and I thank you for your comment. Feel free to come back anytime if you have any questions. Cheers!

  5. My Life as a Mom

    Hey. Really great Review post. So many to pick from and it’s really great that you put so many different products and your opinion on them. If someone would want to buy, they can actually pick the best for their needs. Thanks for the post and the info. Have a great day.

    • Karl Hosch

      Thank you, that was my intent. There are soo many different people growing herbs, fruits, vegetables, houseplants and medicinal plants, I thought it best to present an array of options instead of just one or two. I thank you for your comment, feel free to come back anytime or contact me if you have any questions. 

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