BestVA LED grow lights are not as powerful as they claim.
Let’s get that out of the way immediately.
Like all Chinese manufacturers, BestVA are not honest about their light. I don’t know why all Chinese brands do this, but I find it extremely frustrating.
Especially because the lights are often very good.
These certainly are.
They’re just not as good as advertised.
But as long as you know exactly what you’re getting, the BestVA series of LED grow lights is one of the best values on the market.
And that’s why I wanted to write this review. To make sure you know exactly what to expect from these lights.
BestVA LED Grow Lights Comparison Table
We are only looking at the DC series of lights from BestVA, because that is where they shine against the competition. Their other two series (BP and Pro) are very similar to lights offered by many other brands, like Viparspectra.
And Viparspectra do it better, so there is no reason to get that style of lights from Best VA. You can see our review of Viparspectra lights here.
BestVA 2000W LED Grow Light Review
The 2000 watt double chip light is BestVA’s best-selling fixture, so I’ve decided to focus the review on that one. This allows me to give specific figures and compare them to the competition.
Everything said about the 2000 watt version goes for the 1000 watt, 3000 watt, and 4000 watt versions as well, apart from the specific numbers, like wattage, coverage area, output, etc.
- Uses 200 watts — save about 50% on your electric bill over HID lights
- Equivalent to a 400 watt HID system — but costs less to buy AND to operate
- Ideal full spectrum light — perfect for all stages of growth
- 2.5 by 2.5 foot core coverage — equivalent to a comparable HID system
- Double-chip Samsung diodes — deeper canopy penetration than 3w or 5w chips
- Runs on AC85 to 265V — will work in any country
- Rated for 100,000 hours — over 10 years with no bulb changes
- 3-year warranty and 90 day money back guarantee — risk-free purchase
The DC Series from BestVA has a number of advantages over competing lights. Chief among them is the spectrum
The BestVA color spectrum is exactly what plants need, for any stage of growth.
Many manufacturers tell us that plants want red and blue light. During vegging they want mostly blue and during flowering, they want mostly red.
This is not exactly true.
Plants do want mostly red and blue light, but they also want green and yellow light. Just not as much. More on the ideal light for plants here.
The ideal spectrum is one with peaks in the red and blue wavelengths, but that also has light in every other wavelength. As you can see, that is exactly the spectrum BestVA lights provide.
This spectrum works equally well during vegging and flowering. There is no switch to change from veg to bloom mode, because it is not needed.
In nature, plants enjoy the same light (sunlight) throughout the grow, so the sun-like spectrum of BestVA is all they need. In fact, switching the spectrum on your plants mid grow causes growth-stalling, which leads to a few days’ delay as the plants stop growing while they adjust to the new light.
The BestVA spectrum is achieved using a combination of four different colors of LED diodes. Those 4 colors are 3000K white, 5000K white, blue (460 nm), and red (660 nm).
Penetration And Output
The ‘DC’ in DC Series stands for double chip and refers to the dual 5w chips used in previous versions of BestVA fixtures. Those are no longer used. Now, these lights use the same Samsung 301B chips that every other brand uses.
This is a huge improvement. The Samsung diodes are much more efficient. The 1176 diodes included in this light give you a powerful output, while only consuming 300 watts. It is not equivalent to a 2000 watt HID light (much more on that below, in the section on disadvantages), but it is roughly equivalent to 400 HID watts.
Given the low price, that makes this light (and all others in the series) a great value. In terms of actual numbers, at 6 inches in height, the light delivers a center PAR rating of 1900 umol/m²/s.
BestVA state that the coverage area is 3 by 3 feet (max 4 x 4). That clam is perhaps a little exaggerated, but nowhere near as bad as what they used to claim (they used to say it covered almost 8×8 feet!). The effective coverage area is 2.5 by 2.5 to 3 by 3 feet maximum. Best results are achieved at the smaller end of the range.
Warranty, Guarantee And Extras
The BestVA double chip series lights are rated for 100,000 hours of use. The 3-year warranty does not cover that entire period, but it is longer than most competing lights. Very few Chinese manufacturers give longer than 1 year for the warranty, if you get one at all.
This light is also covered by a 90 day money back guarantee that allows you to return your light for a full refund if you are unhappy with it. This makes for a risk-free purchase.
In addition to the light, you also get a power cord (a bit short for my liking, at 6 feet) a set of hangers, a set of adjustable rope ratchets and a pair of grow room glasses.
The biggest disadvantage is one I’ve touched on several times in this review: the blatant exaggeration by the manufacturer.
This light is not, in any way, a 2000 watt light. It should not be named that.
It is also not equivalent to a 2000 watt HPS/MH fixture as the number might suggest. Not even close.
It is actually equivalent to about a fifth of that.
The coverage area is also less than what is claimed.
None of this makes sense to me, because the light is actually quite good. In exaggerating the specs, it seems to me you only end up disappointing your customers when the lights don’t live up to the (admittedly far-fetched and practically impossible) claims.
If you expect a 400 watt equivalent light that covers about 2.5×2.5 feet, then you will be very happy with this purchase. Especially, since you will pay less for it than the equivalent HID system and also less than most competing lights (at least those that are any good).
Apart from the misleading claims, the only other disadvantage for me is the power cord. I wish it was longer than 6 feet.
Summary of BestVA 2000 Watt LED Grow Light Review
Is this light worth getting?
Do you want a 2000 watt light? Then no.
Do you want a light that is equivalent to 2000 HID watts? Then also no.
But if you want a 400 watt equivalent light, then the BestVA 2000 watt LED grow light is an excellent choice. It sells for a low price and it delivers.
Serious growers almost always go with either 600 or 1000 watts of HID light. IF you want the equivalent of that, get the larger versions: the 3000w is about equivalent to 600 watts of HID light and the 4000w is equivalent to around 800w.
And we’ll use the 4000w one for a little price comparison exercise.
It usually sells for just under $300. A top brand 800 watt equivalent LED grow light sells for $1500 to $1800 (the Black Dog PM-2 600, the NextLight Mega, the Kind K5 XL1000 and the California Lightworks 1100 all sell in this range).
That means you can get at least 5 of the BestVA 4000w lights for the same price as one of the top brands. Even if it doesn’t quite cover the same area and doesn’t quite give you the same output, 5 of them certainly will.
The BestVA lights are a great choice if you’re looking for a low cost alternative to the top brand lights. These lights close in performance and cost about a fifth of the price. That’s why we gave them a very high rating of 4 out of 5.