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Mars Hydro FC Grow Lights: Awesome Bar-Style Lights For Your Canopy

mars hydro fc grow light

The FC series is a new line of bar-style grow lights from Mars Hydro. This new series consists of three models – the FC-3000, FC-4800, and the FC-6500.

Depending which size you choose, you can use these grow lights to grow cannabis in a 3x3 foot, 4x4 foot, 5x5 foot, or 6x6 foot grow space.

Keep reading to learn about the Mars Hydro FC specifications, as well as other comparable grow light options.

Features:

Bar design

Mars Hydro has incorporated a lot of nice features into the FC grow light lineup. These are Mars Hydro’s first bar-style grow lights. Bar-style grow lights are popular with commercial growers, but they’re also good for individual growers.

The advantage of bar-style grow lights is a better light spread across the growing area.

LEDs

Mars hydro FC grow light

Looking at the LEDs used, Mars Hydro added the more premium Samsung LM301Bs, as well as Osram 660nm reds. That’s compared to the Epistar LEDs used on the TS series models.

If you ask my opinion, I don’t think there’s much difference between the Epistar and Samsung 301Bs. I’ve had good results with both brands, but I also see people who strictly prefer the Samsung brand LEDs.

The LED board is also coated in a clear rubbery substance that makes it IP65 waterproof. 

Daisy Chain & Dimmer

Mars Hydro FC grow light

The daisy chain feature is something Mars Hydro recently brought back with the SP-3000 model, and they’ve also carried it over to these new FC grow lights.

With the daisy chain function, you’ll be able to connect the power source of up to 20 FC grow lights with a small cable, instead of running all 20 power cords to an outlet and creating a wire nest.

If you’re using more than one grow light, this is a feature you definitely want at your disposal.

Removable MeanWell Drivers

removable drivers

One of the best features on Mars Hydro grow lights is the 2 meter long power cord that allows you to detach the driver from the light fixture and hang it 2 meters away outside your grow tent.

This allows growers to manage heat much better since the drivers are one of two heat sources.

Three Sizes Available:

Mars Hydro is offering the FC series in three sizes. Even the smallest size offers a pretty decent coverage area.

Mars Hydro FC 3000

(Click Here to View the FC-3000 at LED Grow Lights Depot)

The Mars Hydro FC 3000 is the smallest model. You can flower 3x3 feet and veg 4x4 feet of space with this grow light. If you’re growing autoflowers you’ll have 4x4 feet of coverage for the whole lifecycle because they’re kept at veg light intensity throughout.

The FC-3000 consumes 300 watts of power from your outlet.

Mars Hydro FC-3000 Hang Height (100% Power):

Seedlings – 18 inches @ 25%

Veg / Autoflowers – 18 inches @ 50%

Flowering – 21 inches @ 100%

Mars Hydro FC 4800

(Click Here to View the FC-4800 at LED Grow Lights Depot)

The Mars Hydro FC 4800 is the mid-size model in the FC series. You can flower 4x4 feet and veg 5x5 feet with this grow light. If you’re growing autoflowers you’ll have 5x5 feet of coverage for the whole lifecycle due to autoflowers only requiring veg level light intensity.

The FC-4800 consumes 480 watts of power from your outlet.

Mars Hydro FC-4800 Hang Height (100% Power):

Seedlings – 24 inches @ 25%

Veg / Autoflowers – 24 inches @ 50%

Flowering – 24 inches @ 100%

Mars Hydro FC 6500

(Click Here to View the FC-6500 at LED Grow Lights Depot)

The Mars Hydro FC 6500 is the largest model in the FC series. You can flower 5x5 feet and veg 6x6 feet with this grow light. If you’re growing autoflowers you’ll have 6x6 feet of coverage for the whole lifecycle due to autoflowers only requiring veg level light intensity.

The FC-6500 consumes 650 watts of power from your outlet.

Mars Hydro FC-6500 Hang Height:

Seedlings – 24 inches @ 25%

Veg / Autoflowers – 24 inches @ 50%

Flowering – 24 inches @ 100%

 

Spectrum & Light Intensity:

 

mars hydro fc grow light

The spectrum produced by the Mars Hydro FC grow lights is a near perfect combination of blue, red, and white wavelengths. The infrared wavelengths will help your cannabis plants grow thick, disease resistant stems along with denser buds.

White spectrum has been shown to grow 10-15% better than red and blue (blurple) alone when compared in scientific studies.

If you combine that with some of my other recommendations for maximizing your cannabis yields, you’ll have an incredible harvest every time.

mars hydro fc 4800 ppfdTake a look at the image above and you’ll see the FC series spread light very well across the grow area, a very important factor. Not only is the light spread well, but the intensity released by the FC 4800 in the test above is strong enough to result in maximum yields from your cannabis plants!

In terms of value these grow lights offer incredible performance for the price.

Video:

Mars Hydro New FC 3000 Led Grow Light Released (2020) Hydroponic Commercial Greenhouse Grow

Comparison:

How do the Mars Hydro FC series grow lights stack up to other similar options? Mars Hydro is one of the brands I recommend most due to the convenient separable drivers and daisy chain functionality.

Cost

In terms of cost, the FC 6500 is priced favorably compared to similar 650 watt models from HLG and Gavita, while offering similar performance, and arguably a few better features like daisy chain and removable driver.

The FC 4800 is priced a bit higher than the similar Mars Hydro TS-3000 and Spider Farmer SF-4000 models, but it also offers an extra 30 watts of power, and the TS-3000 has different LEDs.

I’ve heard from several growers who were very happy with their TS-3000 so you should decide if the extra cost and power of the FC 4800 is right for you.

The FC 3000 costs a bit more than the Mars Hydro TSW 2000, which has different LEDs, but it consumes the same amount of power and covers the same area.

If you’re on a budget, you may be able to find a more bare-bones grow light such as the Maxsisun grow lights, where you’ll save on cost, but you’ll be sacrificing features like the daisy chain, dimmer, and brand name LEDs. At the end of the day you’ll still be able to grow cannabis though.

In Summary

If you’ve been considering one of these FC grow lights for your home grow, I think you’re on the right track. Of course there are a ton of other options out there, but Mars Hydro is still offering some of the best value when it comes to features and grow light performance. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions!

 

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FAQ

What size space is the Mars Hydro FC grow light for?

The FC-3000 is for flowering 3x3 feet or vegging 4x4 feet. The FC-4800 is for flowering 4x4 feet or vegging 5x5 feet. The FC-6500 is for flowering 5x5 feet or vegging 6x6 feet

How are the Mars Hydro FC grow lights different from the Mars Hydro TS grow lights?

The FC series grow lights use Samsung and Osram LEDs, whereas the TS series grow lights use Epistar LEDs.

Do the Mars Hydro FC Series grow cannabis from seed to harvest?

Yes the Mars Hydro FC grow lights grow all plants including cannabis from seed to harvest