The best grow light for a 3ft x 3ft or 1m x 1m grow tent 2022
I have tested 5 of the best grow lights for a 3ft x 3ft or 1m x 1m grow tent and compare them for PAR output, efficiency and value for money.
The 3ft x 3ft or 1m x 1m grow area will deliver a good yield for personal use in a compact grow space. To maximise the potential yield from the space you need about 200 to 300 watts of high efficiency LED lighting. Ideally the light fixture will be suitably sized to cover the area evenly i.e. the fixture is square and close to the physical size of the grow tent. The PAR chart is shown below for each model so you can judge the best solution for your grow space.
All of the lights have a mixture of mid temperature white LEDs with 660nm reds to improve their electrical and photosynthetic efficiency. Therefore all of the grow lights tested are full spectrum and suitable for growing from seed to harvest.
Grow light comparison method
The comparison chart uses the results from Shanes PAR output and efficiency tests to calculate and compare the total cost of each fixture to deliver an average PAR of 750µmols/m²/second over 1m² grow area over a 3 year period. The 3 year costing includes the cost of the fixture and adds the electricity costs at 17c/KW hour over 14 hours per day average.
MIGRO ARAY 3
Our own MIGRO ARAY is designed by Shane and built here at MIGRO. The ARAY 3 is the largest LED bar type light on the list and delivers a very even spread across the grow area with the lowest hanging height of all the lights tested.
The high efficiency LED driver can be located outside of the grow tent to minimise heat in the grow tent and has on board dimming so you have full control for all stages of growth.
The ARAY 3 is excellent build quality and uses the highest quality and efficient white LEDs by Seoul Semiconductors and Osram 660nm reds.
Grow 200 by Grow Light Science
The Grow 200 is the lowest wattage tested and the lowest PAR output but is also the highest system efficiency and has a relatively low purchase prise per watt.
The fixture is rectangular in shape so the spread of light across the grow area is not the most uniform but it delivers a good average PAR of 588 µmols/m²/second and a very good system efficiency of 2.36 usable PPF/watt.
This is a well built fixture with on board dimming and high end white Samsung LEDs & Osram 660nm reds for higher system and photosynthetic efficiency. A 5 year warranty and UL certification is standard for all models.
The Growealth G3000 is a 300W LED grow light suitable for a 3ft x 3ft or 90cm x 90cm grow area with a wideband spectrum with added IR and UV.
The Growealth G3000 is an excellent value for money grow light. The G3000 is 300 watts of White and Red LEDs with added 15W each of Infra Red and UVA LEDs. Although it is not the highest build quality of the lights in this list it delivers a high PAR intensity and good spread.
This fixture delivers the highest average PAR of all the models chosen and has the added benefit of a wide band spectrum with added UVA and Far red.
MAXSISUN MG3000 (discontinued)
Maxsisun is one of Shanes' favourite LED grow light brands because of the mix of excellent build quality and low price. The MG3000 is designed for a 3ft x 3ft or 90cm x90cm space and to hang at 40cm or 16" over the plant canopy.
Partech LED Ltd
Henry, we would suggest our own ARAY 3, it’s way under your budget :)
Link here: https://migrolight.com/collections/aray/products/migro-aray-3-270w#
July 11, 2022
SOrry, in regards to my last question I forgot to add the big question although your review really brings all fixtures in category and rank to choose from. Considering growing specifically cannabis, Far red intensity, built and longevity of diodes and a total budged of $500.00. Can I place my money on the Photontek for the 3×3 or maybe not? Sorry if is dumb question. Thanks for your reviews! I would definitely recommend and use the code to support your work!!
July 11, 2022
Hello, I have a question. Let’s say my budged is $500.00 and since I’m growing specifically cannabis, could you please educate me why the comparison with Photontek was displayed with a 100cm while others were calculated at 90cm setup?
I’m asking because on Feb this year you did a test using the 3 × 3 and posted on the instagram where PAR range were different with an efficiency of 1.89 ppfd/w (avg PAR 930) showing a light distribution more evenly spread on the graph.
July 11, 2022
Some of those light don’t have neither UV nor IR which consume way more power than ordinary LM301H LED for instance. So this price/watt survey is useless.
April 12, 2022
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