If you’re growing indoors or using a grow room or grow tent, then you already know you need high-quality LED light systems to make it work. The LED grow light industry is booming, and one of our favorites is the Viparspectra LED grow light system.
The LEDs are known for producing incredibly large yields and can be adjusted to increase plant growth and potency. The lights feature high intensity but are eco-friendly enough to reduce energy costs compared to other lighting brands. If you’re aiming to increase yields from your plants while keeping them happy and healthy, these lights are a great option that come with a variety of setups to accommodate almost every type of grow space.
Now let’s dive into the pros and cons of these lights. Here is our LED grow light review of the Viparspectra Reflector design series.
Last Updated: May 11, 2020
All About Viparspectra
Viparspectra is a best-selling LED light brand among growers everywhere. They manufacture their lights out of China, which is why they’re able to maintain a relatively low price point on their products. This company is able to price its products well because they remove the middleman and sell directly to the consumer.
Instead of heading to a distributor’s website, they sell their products directly to the consumer. As LEDs become more popular and more expensive, brands like Viparspectra are using their manufacturing as an advantage by selling on Amazon and their own eCommerce shops.
Overall this company aims to sit comfortably between the top-quality competition and reasonable prices. They keep a focus on using only necessary features and finding the best-LED bulbs.
Types of LEDs
Viparspectra reflector series uses only Bridgelux and Epileds in their light systems. These are well-known LEDs, and their reputation is outstanding. Both of these companies use quality chips and diodes in designing their LED bulbs.
The Viparspectra reflector series offers a light spectrum that includes infrared as well as 3000K, 7500K. These lights also include 440nm – 730nm. These spectrums are necessary for your plants to grow and thrive while mimicking natural sunlight. You can use the same lights throughout their lifecycle, which is a great benefit and saves you money.
One of the best features of these lights is that they all come with bloom and veg switches. This means that you don’t have to change your lighting system with each cycle of your growth. Just flip the switch and your lights adapt to the plants grow cycle. During the plant’s vegetative state, you can switch to blue light for maximum effects, and during the bloom phase, a red light gives the plants the higher frequency it needs to flower.
Although there’s nothing to back up the theory currently, many professional growers are reporting higher yield and better potency when increasing the amount of red light during the bloom phase. Each light also works well with most hangers, hanging kits and daisy chains so that you can suspend your lights over your plants for better light distribution.
The reflector series uses a series of reflectors built surrounding each LED to cascade as much light as possible down into your plants, even more so than high watt HPS lights. Penetrating the canopy with the direct light, you have a higher Lumen and PAR output, larger coverage area and more intensity. It also provides high flowering coverage and vegetative coverage during all growth stages.
The most popular models in the Viparspectra reflector series are the 600-watt and PAR450-watt options. However, larger growers or professionals prefer to use a few of the Viparspectra Par600-watt series. They typically run cooler and last longer than the larger 900 or 1200-watt models.
All of the Viparspectra reflector series are optimal full spectrum LED lights that come with the veg and bloom switches. They all come with power cords as well as aluminum cooling heat sinks, and 4.72-inch high speed cooling fans to keep temperatures low and improved heat dissipation. There is also a Viparspectra dimmable series that comes with even more flexibility to the strength of your light settings. Be careful in hydroponics growth though because the quiet fans can stir up a lot of the moisture in the room increasing the overall humidity.
All the Viparspectra reflector series products come with a satisfaction guarantee and product warranty. It’s a simple 3-year warranty and that starts counting down from the day you make your purchase. The lights are not water proof so the warranty doesn’t cover any water damage, power surges, issues from hanging, dust build-up, or improper use.
The Viparspectra reflector series warranty isn’t a great one, but they do offer an exchange, refund or repair for any warranty claim that does go through. Keep in mind that the Viparspectra reflector series lights usually hold up for a few years.
Choosing the Best from the Viparspectra reflector series
We stated earlier that professional growers prefer to have multiple Viparspectra reflector 600 series instead of the higher wattage 900 or 1200. Putting the model’s side by side, we see that the PAR values significantly, as does their size. Dimensions aren’t the only deciding factor.
Many times, multiple units of a smaller full spectrum light can deliver more consistent lighting than a single larger unit. The best value when we see these units side by side is the Viparspectra 600W. Because the PAR is among the highest, and the dimensions are reasonable. There is a double the LED bulbs in the 600 compared to the 300, but the dimensions aren’t doubled. The offset ratio means more LEDs per square inch.
|Viparspectra reflector series||Dimensions||LED Quantity||Lifespan in Hours||PAR at 18″|
|Viparspectra reflector-series 300W||12.6″ x7.9″ x3″||60||>50,000||483|
|Viparspectra reflector-series 600W||14.8″ x12.5″ x3″||120||>50,000||784|
|Viparspectra reflector-series 450W||15.8″ x8.4″ x2.4″||90||>50,000||665|
|Viparspectra reflector-series 900W||12″ x12.6″ x3″||180||>50,000||911|
|Viparspectra reflector-series 1200W||19.2″ x19.2″ x3″||240||>50,000||731|
Even though Viparspectra and the Viparspectra reflector series are well known throughout the growing community, some growers avoid them because the products not American made. Some growers have issues with these lights including that they tend to burn out quicker, or did not work for the particular strain they’re growing. To mitigate these issues, always do research on the strains you’re growing, and make sure that the lights you buy come with a warranty to protect you from faulty equipment.