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Spider Farmer SE Series Grow Lights: How Do They Compare? (2021)

spider farmer se series grow light se-3000 se-5000 se-7000

Spider Farmer recently released the SE Series grow lights. These are bar style LED grow lights designed to grow cannabis in 3×3 to 5×5 feet of space from seedlings to maturity. I own Spider Farmer grow lights and I know the high quality and value this brand produces. 

Sizes & Design Comparison:

spider farmer se grow light comparison

Right now there are three sizes available as you can see at the top of the page. The Spider Farmer SE-3000 is the first 300 watt grow light from Spider Farmer for flowering 3×3 feet of space. The SE-5000 is a 480 watt model designed to flower 4×4 feet of space. Lastly, the SE-7000 is a 650 watt model designed to flower 5×5 feet of space.

The Spider Farmer SE series differ from the SF series and other flat board style grow lights in a few ways. First is the bar design compared to the flat board design of the SF series and other flat board style grow lights.

The bar design spreads the light more evenly across the canopy compared to the flat board design seen on grow lights like the SF series. The bar design also allows heat to dissipate off the grow light better, as there’s more room for airflow around the LEDs.

If you look at the LED bars on the fixture, you’ll notice the side bars are closer together than they are to the center bars. That design helps keep the light intensity strong even on the sides of your grow tent!

The next difference between the SE series and the SF series is the wattage offered. The SF series does not offer a 300 watt 3×3 foot coverage model. The SE-5000 also has a 30 watt power bump to 480 watts compared to the SF-4000’s 450 watts.

The third difference is the light spectrum. On the SE series, Spider Farmer includes 380-410nm wavelength and 730-740nm wavelengths, or in other words, ultraviolet and infrared, which is beneficial to cannabis plants.

SE-3000:

(Click Here To View The SE-3000 On Amazon)

The SE-3000 is designed to grow cannabis plants from seedling to harvest in a 3×3 foot grow space. It uses Samsung LEDs which are preferred by many growers. This is one reason why you may pay a little bit more for this grow light compared to the no-name brands. The Meanwell driver is also the top quality driver in the industry.

The dimmer and 6 foot extended driver cord allows you to detach the driver and hang it outside your grow tent to reduce heat. Both of these features come standard on the SE series models. 

Spider Farmer did not previously offer a 300 watt model designed for 3×3 feet. They offered a 250 watt SF-2000 which was designed more for 2×4 feet.

SE3000 Light Intensity and Hanging Height:

The intensity of light produced by the Spider Farmer SE3000 is sufficient to grow a moderate to large yield. You want 600 to 900 PPFD during the flowering phase, and that’s what this grow light provides based on the intensity readings in the image above provided by Spider Farmer.

You can read more about grow light intensity in my explainer article here.

Another important factor to consider is the Spider Farmer SE-3000 hanging height above the plants. The hanging heights for the Spider Farmer SE series grow lights are actually a bit lower than normal. For example the flowering height is about 12 inches above the plants, compared to the usual 18 or 20 inches. This lower hanging height may help growers with lower overhead space.

Take note of the recommended hanging heights for different stages of plant growth below:

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Seedlings: 24 inches @ 100% power

Vegetative (Veg) Phase and Autoflowers: 18 inches @ 100% power

Flowering: 12-15 inches @ 100% power


 

SE-5000:

(Click Here To View The SE-5000 On Amazon)

The SE-5000 is designed to grow cannabis plants from seedling to harvest in a 4×4 foot grow space. At 480 watts of true power, this grow light has anywhere from 30 watts to 80 watts of extra power compared to other comparable grow lights for 4×4 feet of growing space.

Because of the extra power, the modern design, and the premium light spectrum that includes ultraviolet and infrared, you’ll be paying as much as 50% more than the most basic 4×4 foot grow light options from other more bare bones brands like Maxsisun.

But I do know that light intensity is correlated to yields, so some people will want to go for the 480 watts compared to a 400 watt grow light from another brand.

Daisy Chain the SE-5000 and SE-7000 Together

One interesting feature with these grow lights is the ability to daisy chain different models together. For the SE series specifically, you can daisy chain up to 15 of the SE-5000s with SE-7000s. The SE-3000s can only be daisy chained with other SE-3000s.

SE5000 Light Intensity and Hanging Height:

The intensity coming off the SE-5000 is strong enough to get near maximum flowering yield in a 4×4 foot grow tent, which is around 900 PPFD.

Another important factor to consider is the Spider Farmer SE-5000 hanging height above the plants. The hanging heights for the Spider Farmer SE series grow lights are actually a bit lower than normal. For example the flowering height is about 12 inches above the plants, compared to the usual 18 or 20 inches. This lower hanging height may help growers with lower overhead space.

Take note of the recommended hanging heights for different stages of plant growth below:

Seedlings: 24 inches @ 100% power

Vegetative (Veg) Phase and Autoflowers: 18 inches @ 100% power

Flowering: 12-15 inches @ 100% power


SE-7000:

(Click Here To View The SE-7000 On Amazon)

The Spider Farmer SE-7000 is designed to grow cannabis plants from seedling to harvest in a 5×5 foot grow space. At 650 watts of true power, this grow light has from 0 to 50 more watts compared to other comparable grow lights for 5×5 feet of growing space.

Compared to other LED grow lights in this coverage and power range, the SE7000 stacks up pretty well. It basically has the same features and the same list price as the comparable Mars Hydro FC-6500. As far as other comparable grow lights go, they’re either the flat board design which won’t dissipate heat as well as the bar design, they don’t have the same features, or the price is higher. 

The one downside to the large SE7000 model is apparently Spider Farmer didn’t include ultraviolet or infrared diodes on this light – that’s according to the specifications listed on Amazon. But the lower two models apparently have both UV and IR diodes.

But the SE-7000 has more red in the spectrum than the SE-3000 and SE-5000 to make up for it. I’m not sure why Spider Farmer decided to do this but it’s an interesting choice. 

SE7000 Light Intensity and Hanging Height:

The SE7000 is strong enough to get near maximum yield from your cannabis plants. When measured in a 5×5 foot grow tent, the SE-7000 emits between 900 and 1100 PPFD from 12 inches above the canopy.

As far as the hanging height goes, this grow light also hangs lower than other grow lights at this power level. Take a look at the recommended SE-7000 hanging heights below:

Seedlings: 24 inches @ 100% power

Vegetative (Veg) Phase and Autoflowers: 18 inches @ 100% power

Flowering: 12-15 inches @ 100% power


Spider Farmer SE Grow Light Specifications List:

SE3000SE5000SE7000
Power Draw:300 watts480 watts650 watts
Voltage:AC 100-277vAC 100-277vAC 100-277v
LED/Driver Brand:Samsung/MeanwellSamsung/MOSOSamsung/MOSO
Daisy Chain Capable?YesYesYes
Dimmable?YesYesYes
Growing Coverage:Flower 3×3 feetFlower 4×4 feetFlower 5×5 feet
Fixture Dimensions:22.6”x24”x3.7”34.4”x33.9”x3.7”45.7”x45.7”x3.7”
Warranty:5 year limited5 year limited5 year limited

Why I Would Choose A Spider Farmer SE Series

Strong power, uniform light spread, better design for heat dissipation, removable drivers, and competitive pricing are all the main reasons I’d make Spider Farmer one of the top considerations if I need to buy another grow light in the future. This brand was already one of my most recommended brands, and now they’ve added even newer and better options to choose from. 

The one downside to getting a bar-style grow light is the bars may prevent you from reaching the ceiling of your grow tent as easy, compared to a flat board grow light. It’s a small inconvenience but I think the benefits of the bar style grow lights outweigh this negative. 


Nick

My name is Nick, and I'm a home grower who spends time writing about indoor growing tools and setups. My goal is for 420ExpertGuide to be a one stop shop for indoor growers to find the information they need.