Mars Hydro 300W LED Grow Light – Great For Small Spaces
The Mars Hydro Eco 300w full spectrum LED grow light is a great value for beginner and professional growers alike. This is a recently improved iteration of Mars Hydro’s 300 watt LED grow light model. In this review I’ll discuss the redesign and how this grow light compares to other 300 watt LED grow lights.
The Mars Hydro 300 watt is one of the best cheap LED grow lights for a small space. It’ll emit intense light over a 1 foot by 1 foot space.
If your budget is a bit more flexible, you should check out Mars Hydro’s new quantum board LED grow light, the TS 1000. You’ll get more bang for your buck with one of those.
Otherwise, keep reading:
Mars Hydro – A Trustworthy Grow Light Manufacturer:
Many people like to know who they’re doing business with. It brings great comfort knowing you’re dealing with an experienced and well established brand that has the capability of providing you a quality product and a good experience.
As far as Mars Hydro is concerned, it’s a highly reliable and trustworthy brand that’s been around for roughly a decade.
Moreover, Mars Hydro has multiple warehouses all around the world including various tier one countries like USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Russia, and Australia.
Mars Hydro offers a full product line of full spectrum LED grow lights, grow tents, grow kits, and related accessories. Mars Hydro know the business well, and their customers appreciate them for it judging by comments we researched from several locations.
Freshly Re-Designed Mars Hydro 300 Watt Model:
As you can see in the images below, Mars Hydro improved on the design of the grow light, as well as a few technical features.
With this new iteration, Mars Hydro used their experience in the grow light industry to make a few improvements.
One important improvement is power efficiency. More details on that later. Another new improvement was removing the heat sink. That may cause you to gasp at first, but Mars Hydro claims the new fan and cooling slits combined are capable of keeping the grow light cool.
I don’t think Mars Hydro would risk their hard earned reputation by designing their brand new grow lights to overheat.
Mars Hydro also improved the LEDs on this upgraded model. They introduced SMD LED technology, which they claim is up to 3 times brighter than conventional LEDs. There’s also a few additional red LEDs for improved flowering cycle.
With the help of 60 LED chips of 5W each this grow light delivers quality light on a decent grow space.
Mixed LED angles of 90 and 120 degrees increases the penetration rate and makes your plants more healthy and happy.
This Mars Hydro 300 watt grow light also includes daisy chaining capability, which carried over from the previous model.
Now let’s move on to spectrum quality.
Mars Hydro 300 Watt LED Grow Light – Spectrum Quality:
The Mars Hydro 300 watt LED grow light’s spectrum is sufficient for both growth phases of your cannabis plant’s lifecycle. This light was equipped with a 12 band full light spectrum, including the important infrared band.
This grow light for weed outputs a range of light bands from 400-410nm, 440-450nm, 450-460nm, 630-635nm, 650-660nm, 730-740nm and 2700K-3000K.
A well balanced mixture of red and blue spectrum is contained in this grow light. Take a look at the below image.
Mars Hydro 300 Watt Coverage & PPFD:
Coverage area is obviously one of the main factors you’ll be considering for this full spectrum LED grow light. The max coverage for the 300 watt Mars Hydro is 2’x2′ – pretty average for a grow light this size and output.
The next factor, PPFD reading is perhaps even more important because you can have a two foot coverage area, but if the light isn’t strong enough to penetrate your plant’s leaves then it’s not helpful to your plant.
Mars Hydro says this light is putting out up to 190 umols at 1.5 square feet from an 18″ hanging distance. Right in the center directly under the grow light, this grow panel can deliver 450 uMol from the height of 18”. Most of the light bands your plant needs can be absorbed below 240 umols and so this reading is sufficient to promote growth for your plants.
How many do I need for a 4×4 grow tent?
4×4 grow tents are such a popular option for home based growers. In order to provide sufficient coverage for your 4×4 grow tent, I recommend purchasing 4 of these Mars Hydro 300 watt grow lights to get sufficient coverage in a grow space that size.
With that said, purchasing 4 of these units is still quite affordable considering the low price, and your total cost would still be competitive with other setups.
The benefit to purchasing four separate units is the ability to position them as you desire, compared to purchasing one larger more expensive unit and placing it in the center.
More specifically, one light would be sufficient for a 1×1 foot space.
Mars Hydro definitely deserves recognition among cheap LED grow lights for this level of coverage capability with high quality light.
Mars Hydro 300 Watt’s Power Efficiency:
As mentioned earlier, Mars Hydro significantly improved power consumption on this recent iteration of their 300 watt full spectrum LED grow light.
This is one of the most neglected factors by the indoor gardeners.
Initially people look at other qualities and neglect power efficiency, but later on they regret it, especially if they’re running multiple lights.
It’s far more sensible to spend a couple extra bucks up front than to consume unnecessarily high electricity month after month.
The old version was pulling roughly 135 watts from your outlet. The new version pulls approximately 110 watts. The power draw with most grow lights can fluctuate between 5-10%, and with this grow light Mars Hydro has said fluctuations could be around 5%.
With this low actual power consumption mark, it can still replace an old-fashioned HPS system of 300W with ease.
Overall, this is an 18% improvement on power consumption, and it really starts to add up if you’re daisy chaining multiple lights in your grow space.
Mars Hydro 300w LED Grow Light – Cooling & Heat Dissipation:
Cooling is an essential factor to consider as a precaution before making up your mind for and LED grow light. A heat generating light can break all your dreams and can destroy all your expectations with a single go.
Luckily with this light, its relatively low output doesn’t produce much heat to begin with, so you wouldn’t need to worry as much as you would with a 600 watt or 900 watt grow light.
Cooling and heat dissipation were two aspects that were modified with this newer iteration of Mars Hydro’s 300 watt LED grow light. You may be wondering why Mars Hydro would remove the heat sink at risk of running a hotter light? They’ve been around long enough to know that a 300 watt light drawing 110 watts of electricity isn’t producing that much heat.
With that said, you have one main fan on the back which Mars Hydro says runs at around 49 decibels. That and the cooling slits on the sides of the light are sufficient to keep this grow light cool. We searched around and we’ve yet to see any owners complain about heat with this model.
Mars Hydro 300w LED Grow Light – Warranty:
Mars Hydro provides a generous 3 year warranty for this full spectrum grow light. They have a service facility conveniently located in California, USA. They also provide a 30 day money back guarantee if you’re unsatisfied with your purchase in any way.
You can get in touch with Mars Hydro’s customer service team directly from their website. They aim for an average response time of 8 hours.
Mars Hydro products use UL and ETL certified standards in its build.
These certifications represent strict North American safety standards that the product must pass in order to be certified.
The UL-certified plug ensures electrical safety of your grow space as well as your grow light.
Mars Hydro 300w Full Spectrum LED Grow Light Compared To Competitors:
One essential consideration most shoppers make before purchasing a new item is comparing brand to brand. I’ve noted you won’t need to worry about Mars Hydro as a company, but how does their 300 watt LED grow light stack up against other 300 watt grow lights on the market?
I took a look at Viparspectra’s 300 watt model and found that Mars Hydro’s 300 watt grow light was slightly better on PPFD values and coverage.
Viparspectra’s 300w grow light puts out about 412 umol at the center point and still less at the edges of coverage area when compared to Mars Hydro. Viparspectra’s 300 watt LED grow light also consumes a bit more power at approximately 130 watts compared to Mars’ 110 watts.
We also looked at the MaxiSun 300 watt grow light and found it was also unable to keep up with Mars Hydro’s 300 watt led grow light. Power consumption was approximately 140 watts. PPFD output on the MaxiSun was roughly the same, but they were unable to compete on warranty with only 2 years offered.
Spectrum-wise the Mars Hydro 300 watt grow light emits a balanced combination of red and blue, whereas the Viparspectra’s spectrum leans more to the blue side, which will be more helpful during the vegetative phase but less during the flowering phase.
I can honestly conclude that compared to the closest competitors, the Mars Hydro 300 watt grow light offers strong value.
Pros & Cons Of Mars Hydro 300W LED Grow Light
Mars Hydro 300W Specifications:
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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article about Mars Hydro 300W Full spectrum LED grow light.
Looking at its ability to provide you an ideal light as we’ve discussed in our earlier section, this grow light has everything that an ideal grow light needs to deliver to the green plants.
Moreover, being a budget-friendly grow light, we definitely shouldn’t expect premium features like waterproof mechanism, daisy chaining, timer and all.
In case you have a large grow space and limited budget then Mars Hydro 600W variant or Viparspectra 600W in Reflector Series would be the best bet instead of putting your money on this mars hydro 300W LED Grow Light.
The spectrum is good for the plants full lifecycle, although it contains a bit more red light compared to blue.
This is an entry level grow light only suitable for 1ft x 1ft coverage area. You would need 4 of them in a 4×4 grow tent.
As many as you can fit in the 1x1ft coverage area. One cannabis plant, or a few smaller plants.
It depends on many factors. Assuming you pay the average electricity cost in the US of $0.13/kWh, a Mars Hydro 300 watt grow light would theoretically cost you $9.82 for a 6-week vegetative growth phase, and $10.92 for a 10 week flowering phase. Check out my grow light cost calculator to play with the numbers more.
Mars Hydro is a good grow light brand, as well as a popular brand. You’ll have good results with these grow lights as long as they’re used at the recommended hang height for the recommended coverage area.
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