Best Grow Lights Of 2016

We've examined every light we could get our hands on in order to find the best grow lights this year. We've narrowed it down to the top 6 lights of 2016 and talk about each of their unique features. Take a look at the latest in lighting technology.

Best Grow Lights Of 2016

We've carefully examined every light we could get our hands on in order to find the best grow lights this year. We've narrowed it down to the top 6 lights this year. Take a look!

6. California Lightworks SolarFlare 220W LED - Full Cycle


This light has been a solid performer for a number of years and is a great all around light. It supports all cycles of growth and, with it's modest price and size, is equally at home in grow tents and grow rooms alike. We pair it in our smaller tents where it really shines with it's low heat output and full spectrum allowing full cycle growth. With a 3 year warranty and robust design it's a durable little LED grow light. There are also two other models available in veg and bloom spectrum for more specific growth periods.

What we like:

  • Over 80,000 hour life and 3 year warranty
  • Full, veg or bloom spectrums
  • Low heat and lightweight (just 9 lbs)
  • Jewel quality glass and robust body
  • Very energy efficient


5. Sun System 315W LEC with 3,100K or 4,200K Bulb



LEC© lights are quickly becoming popular for grow tent gardeners for their low energy use, low heat but high output. A new type of bulb developed by Phillips lighting, LEC© (Light Emitting Ceramic) also known as CMH (Ceramic Metal Halide) lighting has become a top seller in 2016. Sun System has brought many models to the market this year including the standard 315 with internal ballast, remote ballast and the new slim-line diamond series. Learn more about LEC© lighting here.

What we like:

  • All-new bulb technology developed by Phillips
  • Many models to choose from
  • Multiple spectrum bulbs available
  • Low heat and energy use - great for tents!
  • Extra-long bulb and ballast life
  • See all the new LEC models here

4. Gavita Pro Double Ended Complete Fixtures, E-Series



The Gavita Pro series is an outstanding commercial grade light that relies on traditional, and proven double-ended HPS bulb technology. It is an industry standard for a reason providing great results for growers around the world. Built in Holland with the highest quality materials and featuring a built-in ballast this fixture provide a wide light footprint and amazing power. A helpful Gavita Master Controller is also available allowing you to connect dozens of lights and control power output and light time.

What we like:

  • Very popular for professional growers
  • Huge light footprint, 6' x 6'
  • Can be hung 5' above canopy for greater heat dissipation
  • Light weight for the size at only 15 lbs.
  • Adjustable wattage from 650 up to 1150
  • Master Controller available

3. DimLux Expert Series CMH Full Spectrum Complete Fixtures



These CMH lights feature a low profile ballast for easier mounting into tight spaces as well as a boost setting to deliver an extra 15% from bulbs. These compact powerhouses really excel when paired with the DimLux Maxi Controller. This controller can handle much more than just lights and gathers data from multiple sensor types!

What we like:

  • All-new CMH bulb technology
  • Broadest range of dimming in all digital ballasts
  • Alpha Optics 98 Reflector
  • Diagnostic LEDs for easy troubleshooting
  • Safety warning features

2. California Lightworks SolarSystem 550W LED Grow Light


This light showed up late to the scene but has really been an outstanding performer. Packed with features, this light is extremely versatile and an excellent value. Fully dust and waterproof it also offers a fully adjustable spectrum and strong durable cooling fans. When paired with the California Lightworks SolarSystem 550 Lighting Controller the features and control are unparalleled for the value.

What we like:

  • Fully customizable spectrum control
  • 50,000 hour life
  • Up to 6' x 8' lighting footprint
  • Very low heat output
  • 5 year warranty and 90 day no questions asked return policy.
  • Waterproof

Check out our video review to get a closer look:

1. KIND K5 Series 1000w and 750w LED Grow Lights


The KIND K5 series of lights really showcase what is possible from an advanced LED light. It comes with many features that other lights require a separate controller for as well as allowing for expansion to control multiple lights at the same time. The impressive 50,000 hour life means this light will continue to shine for years to come.

What we like:

  • Fully customizable spectrum
  • Comes with remote control
  • Extra large footprint, up to 5' x 5'
  • Perfect mix of 3 and 5 watt diodes
  • Secondary lenses magnify PAR and improve light penetration through the canopy up to 200%

Check out our video review for a closer look: