Best LED light for micro grow Mars Hydro 48 Reflector 300w
Mars Hydro is known for their budget-friendly LED Grow Lights that are often priced much less than their competitors. One of their most popular in their lineup, the Reflector Series, comes in a wide range of sizes that’s perfect for the value-minded grower. Built with an assortment of 5 watt individual diodes, it comes in four different sizes.
By taking a look at these lights, the first thing you may notice is the large mirror-like reflector that they’re named after. Surrounding each individual diode is a reflector that collects and fuses 99% of the light in order to mix and spread as effectively as possible. It’s a patented system that Mars Hydro has showcased for several years.
Since each panel in the Mars Hydro Reflector Series is a completely different size, they don’t all offer the same amount of coverage. Obviously, the more diodes on the panel, the more it’s going to cover, but let’s get down to the specifics. Reflector 48: 1.5ft × 1.5ft (0.4m × 0.4m)
Check out DirtmanDans Youtube Channel And the Vid he made on the Marshydro 48
DIODES AND ENERGY USAGE
Each different sized panel is given a name with a corresponding number. This number is the amount of individual diodes that the specific panel has. Although the reflector series has been around for a couple of years now, it’s just as of late that Mars Hydro offers all of them with 5 watt Epistar diodes rather than 3 watt diodes. This increase in wattage gives them the ability to emit more light than previously, which is why more growers are seeing a better success with them than their older models.
Although LEDs definitely use less energy than HID or high pressure sodium lamps, it’s still important to understand exactly how much energy they’re going to draw. Since each diode isn’t ever driven to it’s maximum output, they’re designed to last for over 50,000 hours while maintaining overall low energy usage. To get down to specifics, let’s take a look at the amoutn of wattage each panel pulls from the wall outlet.
Some LED grow lights are built for a single intensity, and that’s just fine. However, if you’re going to use an LED for seedlings, clones, or younger plants, it might just be a bit too much light. That’s why Mars Hydro incorporated a switchable mode so you can toggle between half of the diodes on, or all of the diodes on. On the side of each panel are two switches that can be flipped in order to turn 50% of it off, or run it at full power. Ideally, full power is the best for the bloom phase, and half power is best for seedlings, clones, and light vegging.
Through an 18 hour day, the Mars Hydro Reflector Series seems to do excellent at keeping cool. We’ve even operated it for 7 days straight, and had no issues with it overheating or malfunctioning in any regard. When a proper cooling system has been integrated, this is the result – a panel that can withstand hours of continuous use with the same efficiency as the first hour it starting working.
Internally are larger than average aluminum heatsinks that work in conjunction with large cooling fans that are spinning as long as the light is turned on. This constant airflow offers effective heat dissipation, even in grow rooms that regularly exceed 80 degrees. Additionally, the fans are fairly quiet, making it a perfect option for those who need a less-noisy growing environment.
1.How do I determine the right light for my grow area?
Measure the floor space. Multiply the length times the width and this will give you the square footage. You should be able to get decent results with 30-50 actual watts of power per square foot.
2.For larger areas should I go with a single large panel or multiple medium to small lights?
Using multiple lights allows you to better distribute the intense light in more areas of the grow space instead of having all of the higher intensity light concentrated in only one area while the outer edges never receive intense light.
3.Recommended Hanging Distance Above Plants
Seedling: 24” Germination: 24”-30” Veg: 18”-24” Flower: 12”-18”
4.Here are more tips for grow under our light:
Growth stage, turn Growth switch on. Bloom stage, turn Growth and Bloom switches on.
5.Recommended Lighting Time
Veg: 18/6(on/off) or 20/4(on/off) Flower: 12/12(on/off)
6.Recommended Growing Conditions
The rate of photosynthesis and transpiration are directly affected by temperature, humidity and airflow.
The perfect temperature and humidity for your plants are found between 75°-85°F and 50% – 70% humidity, with plenty of airflow to replenish CO2. PH is 6-6.5. You may add more calcium and magnesium than normally needed.