***Update for 2021 – Best LED Grow Lights for Cannabis***
When it comes to grow room efficiency, it all starts with your lights. You want a light or lights that are going to give you the most output at the lower electrical cost. It’s 2019, and that makes the ever-changing landscape of LED Grow Lights a more viable option to produce some high-quality buds without breaking the bank when it comes to your electrical bill. This is the Paramount Seed Farms KIND LED grow light review to see if these high-end grow lights are the real deal.
Making the transition from HID lighting to LED lights can be a very difficult decision and also one that you as a grower needs to take very seriously. You don’t want to compromise the quality and the quantity of harvest that you have become accustomed to.
At the very least, for most growers, the easiest first step toward LED grow lights are replacing your HID or fluorescent fixtures you are using in your veg room. That not only saves you money but also gives you are a good benchmark to decide for yourself whether replacing some or all of your HID lights in your flower room is the right move or not. We’ll bet that you’ll start the transition to LED Grow Lights fairly quickly once you see what they can do.
This post focuses on the best LED Grow Lights on the market – KIND LED Grow Light. Probably the first LED grow light you should consider using in your flower room.
This is Paramount Seed Farms’ KIND LED Grow Light Review of their 2019 product line.
KIND LED Grow Lights is based in California. The company was founded by growers that like you, needed to avoid the heat and cost of HID grow lights.
KIND LED Grow Lights are the highest quality grow lights that you can put in your grow. With marijuana becoming legal in more and more states, a lot of commercial operations are switching to, you guessed it, KIND LED Grow Lights.
Based on the cost of KIND LED Grow Lights, most hobby growers can see the return on electrical savings on a KIND LED in 12 months or less. Commercial growers will see that return a little quicker of course.
KIND LED Warranty
The KIND LED warranty will cover any technical problems that may be the result of a defect or overall, dissatisfaction. It does have some limitations and does not cover damage caused by any modifications to the system, negligent use or extreme environmental issues beyond the company’s control.
The KIND website states the following expressed warranty.
- 3-year warranty for defects in materials/workmanship
- Any defective product will be fixed or replaced.
- 90-day free of charge for any repair or replacement
- From day 91, you have to pay for shipping service if it costs more than $50.
Another nice aspect about KIND LED is that there are experts on hand and ready to answer any questions you may have through a site chatline that will immediately greet the visitor the moment you enter the site.
Some facts like their HID equivalent wattage number and coverage may be a little manipulated and should be not be taken as 100% for a fact concrete statistics. We will share more realistic readings from our experience.
KIND LED Grow Lights have won the prestigious gear awards every year since 2014. KIND produces the most popular LED grow lights on the market because they’ve partnered with hydroponic and soil growers to research and test their lighting systems under the toughest of commercial environments.
If you’re looking for a quality LED grow light, they are worth it, but you must know that you pay for the quality.
KIND LED Grow Light Features
12-band Color Spectrum
This is one of KIND LED’s best competitive advantages compared to other LED grow light brands. Their LEDs have 12 colors ranging from deep blue to green, blue, white, UR, IR.
The LEDs used by KIND LED output the ideal spectrum for plants. In advanced product lines like the K5 series, you have the ability to change the spectrum depending on your plants’ needs at the current growth stage.
KIND LED uses 3W, and 5W 12 band LED diodes which provide a much more balanced spectrum than lesser quality diodes. The units also include a secondary high-intensity optical lens, 2CM aluminum circuit boards, and superior switching. Also KIND LED grow lights include infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) diodes for additional performance.
KIND maintains that their “3-watt KIND LED lights will match or outperform any other similar 3-watt setup that is often seen throughout the web, regardless of price or claims.”
KIND LED utilizes a combination of both 3W and 5W which the site claims provide twice the spectrum coverage than any other brand.
Output and Coverage
KIND LED offers suggested coverage and “HID equivalent wattage”. For example, the XL1000 K5 series is said to have 5’x5′ coverage and the equivalency of a 1000W HID bulb. Realistically, this light is more ideal for a 4’x4′ grow area and depending on canopy height and density, may not reach the lower level branches.
*The best grow technique when growing with LED grow lights is either SOG or SCROG. These techniques eliminate the need for deep canopy penetration.
KIND LED Grow Light Review – Product Lines
KIND LED offers a wide assortment of products that fall into three categories.
- K5 series This is KIND’s top of the line grow light system. These are guaranteed the highest quality LED diodes and offer the broadest range of spectrum.
- K3 series is more affordable while still offering the quality growers expect out of the KIND LED brand.
- Bar lights These are supplemental lighting sources for conditions that require a little extra. Also ideal for propagation and veg rooms.
KIND LED K-5 Series
LED Grow lights do not get any better than the KIND LED K-5 series. This line of LED lights has the features that pro-growers love.
K5 Series is UL listed and comprised of a mix of 3 & 5 Watt LED with a very wide-spread. The three primary ranges of the photosynthetic spectrum can be dimmed or intensified as individual units that provide plants with the ideal spectral ratios from the seedling stage right on to harvest.
LED tends to have a narrower range of coverage because they direct the light straight down, rather than outward. The K5 Series rectifies this with a large footprint that dwarfs most competing LEDs and even equals that of traditional grow lighting.
There are secondary optical lenses that can individually focus and intensify the output of any single diode.
These make the K-5 series great for commercial cannabis growers who are dealing with a dense growth habit.
The KIND website boasts that this series of grow lights will produce maximum yields while using only about half the electricity, producing far less heat than HID lighting. However, this is largely just a marketing ploy because all LED lights are far more efficient with cooler operating temperatures.
KIND K5 XL1000 LED Grow Light
Features & Specs
- Dimensions: 26″ x 20″ x 3.5″
- Weight: 36 lbs.
- Max Wattage: 630w
- Total Diodes: 320
- Diodes Wattage: Perfect Mix of 3w & 5w
- Claimed Coverage: 5′ x 5′ – Recommended Coverage: 4′ x 4′
If you’re looking for a broad, consistent footprint, the K-5 certainly delivers. It has nearly 100 more diodes than almost every competing brand.
KIND LED K-3 Series
The KIND LED K-3 grow light line is an affordable and superior upgrade.
It’s easy to see why the KIND K-3 line is such a big hit with growers as they offer superior quality at a very affordable price. The K-3 series is undoubtedly an impressive upgrade to just about any lighting system currently being used.
The main difference here lies in the use of a single wattage diode. While K-5 uses both 3W and 5W, the K-3 is little more limited by using only the 3W. However, the K-3 also incorporates an intensified spectrum which is perfect for increasing harvest yields.
Like the K-5 Series, they use about ½ of the electricity and produce almost no heat. The mid-ranged K-3 Series L450 still has better performance features than most similarly priced competitors.
KIND LED Grow Lights K3 L450
Features & Specs
- Dimensions: 20″ x 11″ x 3″
- Weight: 16 lbs.
- Maximum Wattage: 270w
- Modules: 8
- Diodes per Module: 15
- Total Diodes: 120
- Diode Wattage: 3w
- Claimed Coverage: 2.5′ x 3.5′ – Recommended Coverage: 2′ x 3′
For these growers, the huge upfront price difference makes the K-3 quite an attractive option.
KIND LED Bar Lights
KIND LED offers two styles of bar lighting options.
Bar lights play an important role under certain growing conditions or for cultivating specific crops. KIND LED offers two bar light options-the X-Series and the V-1 Series.
The X-Series is the KIND LED’s top of the line bar light while the V-1 has more mainstream features.
The specifications for the mid-priced KIND LED X Series XC150 Bar Light is an impressive unit.
KIND LED produces the highest quality LED grow lights being manufactured to date. The only drawback is the initial investment but once you factor in the savings and how quickly you’ll get that money back by not paying the power company so much each month, it makes the initial investment a little less intimidating.
Throughout the cannabis industry, KIND LEDs are regarded as the best, and it’s easy to see why.
Our overall KIND LED Grow Light Review is that these are serious replacements for your current fluorescent or HID lighting. So take the leap and try them out, you won’t be disappointed.
***Update for 2021 – Best LED Grow Lights for Cannabis***