What's The Difference? Aquaponics Vs. Hydroponics 0


Pretty cool when you think about it, aquaponics is the ultimate recycling system. 

No need for hauling empty pop cans to the store or putting plastic containers in the blue bin, aquaponics reclaims and reuses all on its own. How nifty is that?

If you are wondering how it all works, like I was, here is the low-down on aquaponics.

Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture. The waste produced by fish, or other aquatic animals, supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which means in water, not soil. 

Those plants, in turn, purify the water. What a unique system! 

Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is raising fish, and hydroponics, which is the soil-less growing of plants. 

Aquaponics grows both fish and plants together in one integrated system. 

Aquaculture is raising fish in a controlled environment. Ponics is Latin "to work," in reference to growing in soil-less media. 

A very simplified explanation is that fish eat and produce ammonia. Beneficial bacteria convert that ammonia into nutrients. 

Plants absorb this natural fertilizer from the water that is continuously recirculated through the aquaponics system.

A close cousin, hydroponics is a system of growing plants without using soil. In the place of soil, this system uses a mineral solution in a water solvent. 

This allows the nutrients to be taken up by the plants in a more efficient way than what soil allows. 

Unlike hydroponics which used added nutrients, aquaponics use live fish to fertilize the water. The fish can also be harvested in an aquaponics system. 

It is a bit on the dubious side to think about raising fish for food. That is what Kroger is for. 

Maybe you can get some from the nearby lake, but you would not imagine being able to harvest from your backroom. 

In this method of growing, you are literally putting the fish to work. 

Any fisher should appreciate that having worked hard to catch a fish, there is finally a method that the fish works for you!



As Old As The Hills

Aquaponics is an ancient farming method. Developed more than 1000 years ago, Maya and Aztec farmers in Mexico planted on man-made islands called chinampas. 

Constructed in freshwater lakes and marshes, these smart farmers made use of the nutrients supplied by fish, crayfish, and worms to harvest a wide variety of crops. 

In Southern China, those farmers grew rice and other crops in water that was fertilized by ducks, crayfish, and finfish.


One of the greenest ways to grow food, the only energy required is electricity. If you run your system off wind or solar, you will use virtually no energy. 

This would allow you to operate a system off the grid.

You might think because it is an aquaculture system that it uses lots and lots of water, right? Wrong! 

This type of system requires just 10% of the equivalent needed for field-based farming. In an aquaculture system, water is not wasted but recirculates. 

The only water needed to be replaced is that which is lost to absorption and evaporation.

Year-Round Crops

In my native Michigan, the growing season is limited, and the success of crops is dependent on the whims of the weather and what the bunnies choose to leave behind. 

While I never begrudge the bunnies, it would be nice to have a crop that you could depend no matter the external circumstances. 

With an indoor aquaponics system, you can grow your food year-round. 


aquaponics fruit


You could have fresh salad greens in Michigan in February even when the primary mode of transportation is a toboggan. 

Incredible to think of picking tomatoes to dress the tilapia when frost is on the windows! 

Almost Anywhere

Even if you live in the city, if you live in the heat of Arizona or the cold of Alaska, aquaponics can provide you with fresh food. 

You might be located where the soil is at a premium or non-existent. You can't get more local than growing your own crops. 

You will know exactly what is in your food and that it is pesticide and chemical-free. Lettuce, spinach, bok choy, kale, and herbs will thrive in an aquaponics system.

Benefits of Aquaponics

  • Efficient, sustainable and productive
  • No manufactured fertilizers
  • Continuous production of food
  • Eliminates soil-borne diseases
  • Produces a vegetable and protein crop
  • Uses all-natural fertilizer: fish waste
  • Fish have no growth hormones or antibiotics
  • Compared per acre, uses ⅙ of the water to grow eight times more food than soil crops
  • Environmentally friendly


There are a multitude of designs for an aquaponics system. Being the clever and resourceful person you are, a little guidance is all you need to be able to set up your system. 

The beauty of this type of gardening is that you can set it up and adapt it to the space you have. 

Unlike a traditional garden where you are limited by the amount of land and the soil's quality, an aquaponics garden can be on a desktop, backroom, or in a warehouse.



Because the styles and setups are varied, we have included some videos to show what others have done.

Believe it or not, you could set up a system in a mason jar! How To Build A Glass Jar Aquaponics Herb Garden

This system would fit in a laundry room, basement, or a large closet. This could be an inexpensive way to try this method of growing crops. Easy & Affordable DIY Aquaponics System

As I said, people are clever. Never would have thought of using utility shelves to make an aquaponics system, but they did: Introduction to Shelfponics

This guy would have been a survivor no matter what decade he had been born in. Backyard aquaponics as self-sustained farm in (sub)urban LA



Rob Bob (I am not kidding) has an impressive beard and all kinds of experience with aquaponics. 

He is happy to share his knowledge, and his plants are even more impressive than his beard. 

Aquaponics Design - 3 Easiest System Builds for the Backyard



Without fish, there would be no nutrients in an aquaponics garden. So, you know that you need fish, but what type of fish? Does it make a difference?

Before that issue is addressed, it is good to thoroughly understand the relationship between the plants and the fish.

Plants in an aquaponics system grow by taking up the dissolved nutrients that are in the water. 

These soluble nutrients are natural chemicals that are generated by was put into the aquaponics system in the form of fish food and what comes out of the fish as waste. 

It is important to know that the soluble nutrients can harm the fish if they reach high enough levels as they build up over time. 

While that may sound dire, the problem is solved when you harvest the plants; you are removing the soluble nutrients. 

When your aquaponics system is balanced correctly, the cycle mentioned above keeps dissolved nutrients at a low enough level to remain safe for the fish.

You need fish for all of this to work, and so you need to determine the fish you will choose to stock your system with. 

Where Will You Set Up Your System?

First, decide if your system will be inside, outside, or will you move it between indoors and outdoors depending on the season?

Let's say that you decide your system will be outside for part of the year. 

You will need fish that can handle the highest and lowest water temperatures your area will have in summer and winter.

Coldwater fish like trout or yellow perch would be good if you are located in a cold country. A warm location would be great for tilapia. 

If you have your system out of doors and your area gets very hot in the summer and cold in the winter, that will require you to insulate the fish tank. 

Water should be run through a solar heater in the daytime when it is cold to keep the water warm enough for the fish. 

They might even need to be moved indoors when it is too hot or too cold, so make your decision to locate your system very carefully. 

It is certainly not the type of set up you want to be moving back and forth. 

If you are going to establish your aquaponics inside, then you would be able to use tropical aquarium fish if you wanted to. 

Warmer water fish can be used in an outdoor system as long as it is in an environment that is always warm, like Florida.

To Eat Or Not To Eat

Here is another consideration: do you want fish that you can harvest or fish that will just fuel the aquaponics system? 

An aquaponics system grows plants the best. So if you are primarily interested in growing vegetables, then power the system with non-edible fish. 

Catfish, perch, tilapia, and similar types of fish are considered edible. If the area that you have to establish an aquaponics system is small, non-edible fish is the way to go.



If having non-edible fish is the direction you are going to go in, you might want to consider goldfish. 

Goldfish are hardy and inclined to be tolerant of temperature swings. Goldfish are also inexpensive to obtain from a pet store. 

Another advantage is that goldfish will eat most kinds of manufactured fish food. A disadvantage is that goldfish produce a lot of ammonia. 

When you start to establish your garden, make sure that you do not overfeed the goldfish so that this does not happen.

If non-edible is the way you will go, any fish that breathes through its gills and poops will work in an aquaponics garden. 

When combing different types of fish, make sure that they can live peacefully together. 

Colorful fish like guppies and mollies will brighten up your garden and be attractive to look at. 

Neon tetras and electric yellow cichlids will work fine and be fun to watch. In this area, the price of the fish might be your only consideration.


Catfish are prevalent in almost every naturally occurring body of water in the world. They do well in waters that don't get below 35 degrees or above 85 degrees. 

Catfish are robust and will eat anything. Depending on the species, they can range from a few inches to several feet when fully grown. 

If your tank is going to be on the smaller side, get ornamental or fingerling catfish.  They are less picky eaters than tilapia, trout, and bass. 

Catfish are also more tolerant of if the power goes out and your air pump isn't working for a while. 

However, catfish are much like their namesake, the house cat. They love to explore, in the same manner Fluffy does. 

Like their feline friends (maybe friends is going too far!), you will need to make sure the catfish can't get out of the tank. 

They will strike out to explore greener fields if they have the chance. 

So turn on the light in the morning before checking on the aquaponic system, as you might have an escapee on the floor, and you don't want to step on the intrepid explorer.


Very similar to perch, tilapia are found in water almost everywhere in the world that does not get colder than 60 degrees. They will die in colder water. 

Tilapia are a hardy breed of fish and will eat a variety of foods. In a small tank, you can get tilapia-like fish called cichlids. 

In a large tank, tilapia can grow to one pound in six months, and about seven pounds in three years. 

You do need to be cautious if you choose tilapia for your system. Tilapia, if they get into waterways, will out-compete native fish. 

They have an exaggerated ability to adapt, and this causes a big problem. 

You will need to check with your local State Fish and Game department as this extreme adapter is illegal to possess in some areas. 

Tilapia, while a great fish to harvest, is an omnivore in the fish tank. Tilapia that are smaller than six inches will eat all smaller fish they are among. 

Once they are over six inches, they are too slow to catch smaller fish and are safe to be in a tank with them. 

They also are a spiny fish, so you will need protective gloves to handle them. 

The more you know about tilapia, the more Kroger sounds like the best place to get your tilapia!

Koi, or Ornamental Carp

Koi can be found in the same areas of the world that tilapia are. They eat the same food, and like tilapia, they will eat smaller fish. 

Koi also will look very attractive in a tank with its colorful varieties. 

They are easy to keep, and as long as you feed them, they take care of themselves and are not escape artists like the catfish. 

Here is another bonus that you might be able to take advantage of: Koi breeders will select their fish by color and patterns. 

These breeders will discard a vast amount of fish that hatch out because they do not meet their criteria. 

There is nothing wrong with the discards for an aquaponics system, so if you can locate a koi breeder, you might be able to get "discards" at a discount.




When buying fish, get them home as quickly as possible. Your transport tank can be a bucket or garbage can. 

Don't leave them in a hot car. Make sure the water in the transport container is on the cool side. 

Air Pump

You should have an air pump with an AC adaptor connected to an airstone in the transport tank and have it on. 

You can get an AC adaptor for under $20 at a hardware store. 

Plug the adapter into the charging socket in your car and then plug the AC air pump into the adapter, and you will have aeration for keeping the fish alive while transporting them.

Flying Fish

When you are trying to catch them, fish will try to get away. Wear safety glasses in case of flying fish to the face. 

They are the flight mode and will try anything to get away.

If buying from a pet store, your fish will be in an oxygenated bag of water. 

Put the unopened bag in the tank for about an hour before you let the fish go.

Use a larger net than the fish (seems obvious, but I mention it anyway).

Easy Does It

Handle your fish as gently as you can. When transporting fish in a bucket or garbage can, fill the container to the top with water. 

This will keep the water from sloshing around. Sloshing stresses the fish; it would stress me too in the same situation. 

Handle the fish as little as possible and as carefully as possible during transfers.

Dispose of Responsibly

If you have fish that you need to get rid of and you aren’t going to eat them, well, Fluffy might want to. 

Know that it might not be legal to release fish into streams or ponds, even if you got them out of that same pond. 

Again, call your local State Fish and Game department to find out what is legal. Or let Fluffy handle it for you. 

Don’t Get Stuck

If you use fish flesh for compost, make sure to remove the bones as they can be like a lethal weapon when turning your compost pile. 

You would not want to step on one or get one stuck in your hand. 

In Conclusion

There is much to be said for being self-sufficient. It is also good to know how various systems work, whether it be aquaponics or hydroponics. 

The more you know about how the world around you works, the more you are able to take care of yourself and not be as reliant on others. 

Aquaponics is a great way to grow our own food, one that had been used centuries ago. It worked then, and will work for you today. 

Here is the website for the National Agricultural Library  of the United State Department of Agriculture for additional information: Aquaponics | Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

  • Brendan

The Best LED Grow Lights 2020 0

Light-emitting diodes (LED) have been around for over 50 years, even though it may seem as if they are a new technology. 

This is because it has only been in recent years that the advantage of using LED light has been noticed by both professionals and enthusiast growers.

There are several reasons why LED grow lights are so popular. A big plus for LED's is that they are energy efficient. 

LED's are up to 75% more efficient than incandescent lighting, and last about 25 times longer.  That is a big plus!

Other advantages of LED light are that they:

  • Can stimulate growth in plants
  • They have adjustable wavelengths
  • They are energy efficient
  • They are compact in size
  • They are very durable and long-lasting

 We have chosen five LED lights that are the best on the market today. 

 Kind K5 XL1000 WiFi LED Horticulture Grow Light


Wattage: 630W

Price $1,695.00

Kind LED is an industry leader of full-spectrum grow lights. They have rigorously researched and developed their LED technology. 

The LED lights from Kind are considered to be the best indoor grow lights on the market today.  The brand new K5 WIFI is the perfect platform for controlling multiple lights. 

It can be done from your phone, tablet, or laptop through the web-based Kind command center. 

It can’t get much better than being able to control spectrum and timing from wherever you are and whenever you want. 

The K5 XL 1000 has a new easy-to-read LCD screen. This unit has newly enhanced UV diodes that increase terpene and flavor profiles. 

The Kind K5 will deliver 200% greater canopy penetration and harvest weight. 

High Times magazine has awarded Kind LED Grow lights with their STASH Gear of the Year for four years in a row since 2014.

Features include:

  • > 50,000 hour lamp life
  • Three-year warranty
  • Fully customizable spectrum for vegetative and flowering stages of plants
  • Newly enhanced diodes
  • 200% greater canopy penetration
  • Easy to use the dial to adjust timers and spectrum
  • Kind Command Center allows you to set your timers and spectrum
  • Favorite light recipes can be saved
  • Control multiple lights

Heliospectra LX601 630W LED Grow Light

Wattage: 1000w

Price: $1849.00

The LX601 is one of the most technologically advanced grow lights available. There are four different types of diodes built into the light. 

These lights can significantly reduce your energy consumption while growing by as much as 50%. 

This particular light is designed for indoor use and as a primary light source. Another advantage is that you can adjust your growth rate. 

If you are basing your production on demand, if demand is down, you can slow down the growth rate or speed it up so that there is nothing that goes to waste.  

You can control all of the spectral makeup through a CAT5 ethernet cable that plugs into your computer. 

The overall quality, light intensity, and duration can be controlled from wherever you are on your smartphone. 

This is a huge advantage during the growing process, and you will spend less time running the operation. There are no more hand-turning spectrum dials or setting wall timers. With the onboard computer, web interface, remote monitoring, and open API, you will have control no matter where you happen.

Features include:

  • Lamp life > 50,000
  • Designed to cover a 4ft x 4 ft area uniformly
  • Two LED color plates have set ratios to grow a variety of leafy greens, herbs, and flowers
  • Using web-based UI, you can control quality, intensity, and duration
  • Optical distribution is ideal to be close to plants but maintains a uniform distribution pattern
  • Spectral distribution is consistent with photosynthesis
  • Power cables for EU or North America plug type
  • A reputable company for the past 14 years
  • Three-year warranty’

California Lightworks SolarSystem 1100 LED Grow Light 

Wattage: 800w

Price: $1599.00

California Lightworks has spent time developing circuit boards to minimize heat and maximize performance. 

Using 5-watt Osrams that use half the heat and electricity as 3-watt chips, the Osrams also put out twice as much light. 

The SolarSystem 110 is the most powerful grow light in the California Lightworks product line. 

The unit is lightweight yet puts out more light than larger LED grow lights. Powerful enough for veg or bloom, the SS 100 has a fully programmable spectrum control with the optional SS Controller. 

You can achieve 0 tp 100% dimming of the LED grow lights with a 5’ x 5 ‘ bloom coverage or 8’ x 8’ vegetative coverage area.

Feature Include:

  • Lights are > 50, 000 hours
  • Never have to change bulbs
  • Great for Propagation, Veg or Bloom
  • Waterproof and can handle humid conditions
  • Use for personal or commercial grow
  • Replaces a 1000-watt HPS with 40% less energy
  • UL listed
  • Made in the USA.
  • Five-year warranty

Spectrum King SK602 Full Spectrum LED Grow Light


Price: $ 1495.00

Spectrum King LED grow lights are carefully designed and engineered to mimic natural sunlight. 

HPS lights require 1,000 watts to produce the intensity for healthy plants. Spectrum King SK402 offers the same intensity using only 460 watts. 

You will spend up to 50% less on energy. Completely sealed from dust and moisture, the SK402 is IP65 rated. 

Even if your light gets sprayed with a hose, the housing will not be damaged. A huge perk is that Spectrum King's LEDs have large heatsinks and can run cool. 

A fan that can suck in bugs and moisture is not needed to cool the light. 

Features Includes:

  • 92% Efficiency
  • Low profile of seven inches
  • Remote power system compatible
  • Grow area of 5’ x 5’ 
  • Does not need a fan
  • Fit for use in wet and humid conditions
  • Five-year mechanical warranty

Amare SolarBar SB800 COB LED Grow Light

Wattage: 880w

Price: $1695

The newest light in Amare’s line up, the SolarBar SB880, contains dimmable Samsung (white) and Osram (red) diodes that deliver high-efficiency light over your canopy. 

This light can be constructed in two, four, six, or eight-bar configuration with the patent-pending attach/detach bracket design. 

The design enables the bars to attach/detach for separate operations in pairs. 

The SolarBar has a very low profile of fewer than four inches and is excellent for close proximity for vertical or multi-tiered applications. 

This light delivers the highest available CRI, DKI, PPF/W, PPFD/W, McCree, and medical curve efficiency. 

 Features Include:

  • Waterproof housing
  • Can be used for commercial applications
  • Full-cycle growing from seedling to flower
  • Full white light spectrum
  • Detachable bar sets
  • 4’ x 4’ to 5’ x 5’ coverage
  • Samsung LM301B and Osram Oslon diodes
  • Five-year warranty

Things To Consider

When looking for a set of LED lights, it is best to get a set that is quality and will suit your needs. 

If you choose a set based solely on a lesser cost, you may end up with a product that costs you more in the long run. 

Time and effort and your original plants could be ruined if you don't have the right lights. 

It pays to research the types of lights available and what you need regarding your growing. Set your goals and educate yourself on what you need to get there. 

It is seldom a good idea to skimp on costs thinking that you will upgrade at a later date when you can afford it. 

If you don't set up your process correctly from the beginning, you may not have a later date to count on.

When looking for LED lights, consider the following important information:


You want your grow lights to be durable. It can be extremely frustrating to have to replace lights a short time after purchase, or in the middle of a grow cycle. 

A quality LED light should last about ten years. We may be biased, but we believe that a product manufactured in the United States according to high industry standards, is the place to start looking. 

Four of the five LED grow lights mentioned in this article are made in the United States.

Brand Name

When you start looking, you will find numerous brands and manufacturers on the market today. 

If you are looking at different lights that are comparable, check out the brand. 

As with most other items, go with a brand that has a good reputation. If you have any difficulties, you want a company that will stand behind its product and provide excellent customer service.

Energy Efficient

You will be expecting a lot from your grow lights. They will need to be functioning for at least ten to eleven hours each day. 

That is a big draw on the amount of energy you will be using. You want a product that will be easy on your electricity bill. 

Check how many units the light is in total output. Anything less than 300W will cost you. 

Choose something that is on the higher end of 600W to 800W or more. The higher output will compensate for any wattage loss.


Because the lights are in constant proximity to your plants, you want to make sure that the lights will not be damaging the plants by the heat that they emit. 

Another thing to consider is that lights that have a higher heat output will also burn out faster. 

Semiconductor Chip

An LED’s light core converts electricity to light and determines the wavelength of that light.

The chip needs to have at least 3W to be able to provide sufficient illumination.


What will you be growing? Certain LED lights are made to supply the needs of specific plants. It is not always a one-size-fits-all with LED lights. 

Depending on the plant, it will need different wavelengths during each growth stage. Tomatoes will require a different type of light than flowers. 

It is also essential to consider if you are doing just vegetative cycles or if you are doing flowering and growing processes too.


This is a significant factor. What is the size of the area you will be growing in? As a general rule, you will need 32 watts of actual power per square foot. 

Again, it depends on the plants that you are growing. Some plants take less light (like lettuce), and others take more (like tomatoes). 

You will need to determine the amount of light your crops will need.

Easy to Use

There may be times when you need to adjust the position of your LED lights. If you get a quality light, it will also be able to be adjusted with ease. 

Look for lights that have both wavelength and light intensity adjustments. Ease of maintenance is another an important factor. 

Full Spectrum

An LED is not just an LED when you want the light to simulate the photosynthesis process. The process requires different wavelengths, as we mentioned earlier. 

You will want an LED that can deliver the full spectrum needed throughout every stage of the growth process. 

Some plants need a light in the red and blue range along with the light being infrared and ultraviolet. A quality LED grow light will be able to provide these variations.


Last but not least, you are going to want a light that has a good warranty. Whatever light you choose should have a decent warranty and even free return shipping. 

A reputable manufacturer will stand behind its quality built product. 

In Conclusion

There are a variety of things to think about when looking at what LED grow light you should purchase. Use the above factors as a guideline when considering what you need.

If you purchase a quality product, it will cost you upfront, but inferior products always end up costing you more in the long run.

  • Brendan

Best Gorilla Grow Tents for Hydroponics 0

A grow tent is a portable room that is used to grow plants indoors and usually features a canvas exterior and a reflective interior to increase the effectiveness of the grow lights. A grow tent provides space for amping up your hydroponic gardening.

Mars Hydro, a Hydroponic Supplier Spotlight 0

This month we feature one of our trusted supplier partners, Mars Hydro. From a small beginnings, they have grown their company into a global provider of premium LED grow lights.

The Top 5 Fan-less LED Grow Lights 1


LED grow light technology is still new and rapidly evolving. While LEDs are much more efficient than traditional HPS/HID grow lights, they still output heat.

To manage this, most LEDs have built-in fans to move the heat away from the diodes and keep them from overheating and getting damaged. While this method of heat management works, it has a few drawbacks.

First, the fans themselves have a lifespan and can break or be damaged. Every additional component in your light is a potential point of failure. If the fan breaks then it has to be fixed or replaced if you want to continue using the light during your grow.

Fans also accumulate dust, dirt, and other buildup from your grow room. This means they have to be regularly cleaned in order to operate effectively. Many grow lights don’t account for this in their design and make it difficult or impossible to easily clean the fans. If you’re using one light then this is a minor issue, but if you’ve got more than this can be a huge pain.

Finally, while most fans are advertised as “silent”, many end up being pretty noisy, which can be annoying.

Many LED manufacturers are catching on to these issues and some of their latest designs have eliminated the need for fans entirely.

They do this in a few different ways such as adding much larger heat sinks, opting for newer hyper-efficient low heat output diodes, and increasing the overall surface area of the light to reduce areas of highly concentrated heat.

On top of not requiring a fan, these lights tend to have a lower overall heat output, run more efficiently, and have a longer lifespan compared to LEDs with internal fans. 

Here are some of the best options for fanless LED grow lights: 

1) Spectrum King SK402

Wattage: 460 Watt

Price: $799.00

Recommended Coverage Area:

  • Veg: 36 sq ft (6 ft x 6 ft)
  • Flower: 16 sq ft (4 ft x 4 ft) 

The SK402 is the newest and most popular light by Spectrum King. The all around white coating gives better intensity on the outer edge of your canopy. Perfect for plants that are particularly sensitive while only using a fraction of the energy. Safety Certified and IP65 Rated. With water resistant housing the SK402 LED Grow Light is perfect for wet and humid environments. Guaranteed to lower your overall ambient room temperature.

You can choose to add a manual dimmer which enables turning the power down to as low as 10% power for more control when needed.

 The features include 

  • Full spectrum LED, that runs with a blinding intensity
  • Low heat levels - solves temperature issues, particularly in summer
  • Great as both supplementary lighting and as a standalone
  • Speeds up vegging times
  • Features a level of light penetration that gets deep into the canopy
  • Built using Cree LEDs
  • Built to last - engineered to the highest standards
  • Highly energy efficient
  • Ridiculous PAR rating!
  • 50000 hour lamp life
  • Wide-angled for a better light spread
  • UL listed.

 2) NextLight Mega 

Wattage: 650 Watt

Price: $1525.50

Recommended Coverage Area:

  • Veg: 49 sq ft (7 ft x 7 ft)
  • Flower: 16 sq ft (4 ft x 4 ft) 

Another best seller. The NextLight Mega produces a high intensity full spectrum light designed to efficiently replace any DE 1000w HPS on the market. This bright white LED grow light is named the “Mega” not for its size but for the increased production and large footprint it will supply to your canopy. Using only 650 watts, this light is perfect for growers looking to cover larger areas using less.

NextLight’s full spectrum provides the same sun-like qualities plants love without the negatives of high energy requirements and high heat. Using NextLight’s full spectrum you will see faster growth, tighter internodal spacing and increased production overall.

The Mega is designed to meet the needs of commercial and home growers alike. The excessive power consumption, bulb replacements and heat are the biggest problems indoor growers face. The NextLight Commercial Series alleviates all of those issues. Coming in at 2.15 PPF/Watt, the Mega is one of the most efficient lights on the market. On top of that, they have some of the best service and support available and the Mega is even DLC certified and UL listed - perfect for a commercial grow operation.

3) Electric Sky ES300

Wattage: 300 Watt

Price: $695.00

Recommended Coverage Area:

  • Veg: Up to 3' x 6’ 
  • Flower: Up to 2.5’ x 5’’

The Electric Sky ES300 is a 300 watt wideband grow light that uses the newest spectrum and light distribution technology. The patent-pending GS1 spectrum grows plants faster in veg and creates larger flower yields. Industry-first linear lenses send light in two directions, providing both downward intensity and side-to-side uniformity to avoid hotspots. Beginner and expert growers will appreciate the ability to fine-tune the canopy of light by adjusting the positioning of units to create the perfect Electric Sky for any garden size.

  • Exclusive & scientific “GS1” Spectrum contains a special color ratio that tells your plants to grow big leaves & stems for exponentially faster vegetative growth.  Growers frequently report 2x growth speed vs Metal Halide and T5 light sources.
  • Wideband LED technology activates the hidden “supercharger” in plants for massive flowering results.  Older “white” and “purple” LEDs miss a color region that HPS Bulbs and new Wideband LED technology can reach. 
  • Replaceable LEDs and components. Replace yourself or send in to them for an upgrade to a brand new light for a fraction of the cost.
  • Industry-first linear lenses focus light in an “aisle” for evenly distributed yet powerfully intense light above and below the canopy.  Large “sweet spot” vertically and horizontally. Grow “Higher and Wider” even in small areas.

4) Horticulture Lighting Group HLG550

Wattage: 515 Watt

Price: $1049.00

Recommended Coverage Area:

  • Veg: 36 sq ft (6 ft x 6 ft)
  • Flower: 20 sq ft (4.5 ft x 4.5 ft or 4 ft x 5 ft)

The HLG500 indoor horticulture LED Lamp is designed to replace a single ended 1000W HID. Each lamp uses 4 custom designed high efficiency white light Quantum boards. With a total of 1152 Top Bin Samsung LM561C S6 LED's, this fixture produces 1160 PPF with just 510 Watts.

The HLG550 is one of the most affordable fan-less lights if you are on a budget. 

Top features include:

  • High efficiency white light Quantum boards
  • White lLight full spectrum for better results
  • Better canopy light penetration with diffused light
  • Ideal for veg and bloom
  • Dimmable Power Supply included

5) Spectrum King 140 Closet Case

Wattage: 140 Watt

Price: $349

Recommended Coverage Area:

  • Veg: 16 sq ft (4 ft x 4 ft)
  • Flower: 9 sq ft (3 ft x 3 ft) 

Another great light from Spectrum King. The Closet Case is just what the name says, a dedicated LED light for smaller spaces with full spectrum capability. It works great as a light for a single plant and is perfect in tight spaces where heat output can be hard to manage.

Cool running and using only 140 Watts the Closet Case is an LED grow light built to the highest standards. Complete spectrum output will ensure your plants are happy and healthy. 

Features include: 

  • A great light to keep your plants going strong also designed to work for the entire grow and flower cycles.
  • Replace your old T5 banks, CFLs and any HPS up to 250w with these high efficiency LED grow lights built for closets, tents and smaller grows
  • Rugged IP65 Rated waterproof housing makes it perfect for harsh environments
  • Efficient heat sink minimizes radiant heat, which can be problematic in small tent environments.
  • Specially designed 90-degree reflectors spread light evenly to your plants.
  • Each light ships with a six-foot power cord, hanging clips and bracket for easy installation.
  • Safe for outdoor use

Compared to traditional LED grow lights, fan-less LEDs are more efficient, easier to maintain, have a longer lifespan with less that can break, and run completely silent.

If you're looking to upgrade your current LED grow lights or are making the switch from HID lighting, you should definitely consider the advantages of forgoing the fan!

  • Trevor

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2017 0

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are Coming Up Quick!

We'll post all of our deals here so that you can get the best deal on your next LED grow light and other grow gear. Some of these deals haven't started yet but we're letting you know about them now so you're ready when they do.

Last Update 11/23. Added Electric Sky, Kind LED, Lush Lighting, NextLight, and SuperCloset deals. We'll keep updating as new deals are announced!


25% off all grow lights. No coupon required.

Valid: 11-24 - 11/27

Black Dog LED 

20% all grow lights. No coupon required.

Valid: 11/24 - 11/27

Electric Sky

20% off all grow lights. No coupon required.

Valid: 11/24 - 11/27

Kind LED

20% off all grow lights. Use code KINDFRIDAY.

Valid: 11/24 - 11/27

Lush Lighting

10% off all grow lights. Use code LUSHFRIDAY.

Valid: 11/24 - 11/27


20% off all grow lights. Use code NEXTLIGHTFRIDAY.

Valid: 11/24 - 11/27

Optic LED

1 Free Optic 1 when you order an Optic 4 or Optic 6 Grow Light. No coupon required.

Valid: 11/24 - 11/27

Spectrum King

10% off all lights. No coupon required.

Valid: 11/24 - 11/27


10% off all grow cabinets, grow rooms, and hydroponic systems. Use code SUPERCLOSETFRIDAY.

Valid: 11/24 - 11/27

Unit Farm

15% off all lights and tents. No coupon required.

20% off all light and tent packages. No coupon required.

Valid: 11/1 - 11/31


Don't forget we now offer financing for all order over $199. Find out more here.



  • Trevor