Viparspectra Reflector Series 600 Watt LED Grow Light Review
High quality LED grow lights are expensive and low-cost fixtures are worthless, right?
The Viparspectra Reflector Series of lights, like the 600 watt fixture reviewed here, are priced far below the top brands, but produce similar, and in some cases even better, results.
This Viparspectra 600w LED grow light equals the output of a 600 watt HID system, while only consuming 276 watts. It also produces far less heat, so you save on cooling equipment, too. In total, your operating costs will be well under half than with the HID equivalent.
And that’s not all.
You’ll actually pay less for this fixture than you would for that 600 watt HID system!
That’s right, LED lights don’t have to cost way more than traditional lighting. Not anymore.
The top brands still charge the same high prices, but smaller brands, most of them from China, have begun drastically reducing prices.
Now you do have to be careful. A lot of these Chinese brands produce lights that will not grow anything, but there are some great companies, too. Companies that make quality lights and sell them for very little, like Viparspectra. There are even American companies that do the same, like Platinum LED.
Cost is no longer an issue. If you’ve been thinking about switching to LED grow lights, now is the time. They’ve never been cheaper and with lights like the 600w Viparspectra plant light reviewed here, you still get top quality, despite the low price.
Viparspectra 600 Watt Grow Light Features
- Uses 276 watts — save about 50% on your electric bill over HID lights
- Equivalent to a 600 watt HID system — but costs less to buy AND to operate
- Full spectrum light — can be used during all stages of growth
- 3 by 3 foot core coverage — equivalent to HID or competing LEDs
- 90° degree lenses — focus all the light onto your plants, so none goes to waste
- Runs on AC100-240V — will work in any country
- Rated for 100,000 hours — 8-10 years with no bulb changes
- Includes light, hanging kit and power cord — everything you need to start growing immediately
The Viparspectra Reflector series of grow lights was designed by actual growers to provide the ideal balance of intensity (PAR) and coverage area. And both are quite impressive for such a small light.
The PAR value in the center at 24 inches from the canopy is 530 umol. At one foot from center, the PAR values range from 293 umol to 370 umol. At the corners 3 feet out, they range from 48 to 57 umol. The core coverage area at 24 inches is 3 by 3 feet; max coverage is 4 by 4 feet.
Light dispersion throughout the coverage area is even. This means no hot spots that cause scorching of the leaves and no areas with insufficient light to cause stunted growth.
The engineers achieved this balance by using high intensity 5 watt Bridgelux/Epileds LED chips, instead of the 3 watt ones used in most lights. 5 watt chips provide a much more intense light (higher PAR) that also penetrates much deeper below the canopy. As a result, this light easily equals the results of a 600 watt HID system.
In addition, each diode is outfitted with a 90 degree lens that focuses all the light downward onto the plants. This ensures no light goes to waste, which means every dollar you pay on your electric bill goes to light that actually hits your plants.
The main drawback of 5 watt chips is heat output. They run much hotter than 3 watt chips, so only companies that are able to design great cooling systems can make use of the power of 5 watt LEDs. Viparspectra outfitted this light with 4.72” fans and large aluminum heat sinks (0.8” tall). This combination easily dissipates the heat generated by the 120 five watt chips.
The Viparspectra Reflector 600 has a full spectrum light with peaks in the red and blue ranges. It emits much more blue light than red, meaning it is a great light for vegging and cloning. It has plenty of red light for flowering as well, but an ideal flowering light would have more red light than blue. Despite that, you can certainly use this light for any stage of growth.
This 600 watt fixture actually consumes only 276 watts, while giving you results equal to a 600 watt HID lighting system. It will cut your monthly electricity expenditure on lighting in half (a 600w system uses 600w for the bulbs and another 100 or so for the ballast). And that’s just from the lights. An HID system generates far more heat than a 600 watt LED grow light, so you would have to power additional cooling equipment, as well. This light will save you big on monthly operating costs and it is priced lower than an HID system as well!
Finally, Viparspectra includes a 3 year warranty as well as a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. This removes all purchasing risk. You can give the light a try for 30 days and if you don’t like the results, return it for a refund.
In addition to this 600 watt fixture, Viparspectra also make 450 watt, 900 watt and 1200 watt LED grow lights. And they are also priced far below equivalent lights from competitors (quality competitors, not the cheap junk). If you need something with a different wattage, you can check out the other lights in the Reflector series on Amazon.
Before we get into the actual disadvantages, I want to address a perceived one. A lot of reviewers on Amazon complain about the lack of a daisy chaining feature. I’m not sure why. This light has a plug on the top where you can plug in a second unit. Perhaps it is the lack of a separate daisy chain cord that is throwing people off. Most manufacturers require you to purchase an additional cord, but with a Viparspectra light, you just use the regular power cord.
One actual disadvantage for me is the balance of colors in the spectrum. It is sold as a full-spectrum light, but the inclusion of more blue light than red makes it best suited as a vegging light. Don’t get me wrong, it works just fine for flowering, but I feel more red light would make it even better. For that reason, I recommend the King Plus series of lights, if you want a full-cycle light or a bloom specialist.
Also a problem for some: this light is not waterproof. It’s great for indoors or in a grow tent, but you can’t use it outdoors, not even in a greenhouse.
Summary of Viparspectra Reflector Series 600 Watt LED Grow Light Review
The Viparspectra Reflector Series gives you incredibly low-priced lights that perform as well as, or better than, much higher priced competitors. They give you a high-intensity, full-spectrum light that penetrates deeper below the canopy than most LEDs and they manage to still cover the same area as competing fixtures with lower PAR values. They beat any light in this price range for vegging, but lag behind when it comes to flowering.
If you’re looking for a low-cost entry into the world of LED plant lighting and only plan on using your light for vegging, the Viparspectra lights are a great option. They do not sacrifice performance to give you a lower price. If you need a full-cycle light or one specifically for the blooming stage, check out the King Plus lights instead.
If you want a veg specialist, the Reflector Series is it. The 600 watt version reviewed here gives you the same power as competing 600 watt lights from top brands. The same is true for all the other lights in the Reflector series. And thanks to the 30 day return policy, you can give these lights a try at no risk to you.
So what are you waiting for!