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Should I use a LED to grow my medicine?

Should I use a LED to grow my medicine?
You have reached a point where you have decided to grow your own medicine and you are planning the set up for your tent, but you are wondering, “What is the right light for me”?  If this is where you are at then you should not feel alone.  We get this question on a regular basis.  Many people are very opinionated on the method that they swear by but each type of light has its pros and cons.  There are many points of consideration that go into this decision, but there are a few main things to consider: power consumption, light/PAR needs (such as color and intensity), and heat generation.  In this article, we will be reviewing the Mars Hydro TS3000 and discussing the benefits of using this product. Check out on and enter coupon code OP1620 to save on your cost.

To begin our discussion of lighting, there are a few distinct groups of lighting: LED, HID, fluorescent or incandescent.  The last two are not generally well equipped to give as much power as needed for the cannabis plant to product large buds.  Additionally, while these styles are excellent for us to see in our homes at night, they will not be useful to growing beyond simply keeping a cannabis plant alive until you can find more appropriate means of lighting.  The amount of energy output that goes into your tent will be directly reflected in the amount of output you get from your plants, since they use light as their primary energy source.  This is why most growers will choose between LED and HID, but for this grow; we are going to cover an affordable LED that has been proving itself in the cannabis world.

Mars Hydro has multiple LED products that can be beneficial for the novice and professional grower alike.  Their TS3000 product provides great coverage and is a full spectrum {660-665nm, 3200-3200Knm, 6000-65000knm, IR(730nm)} light for a tent up to 5×5, but can be most beneficial for 4×4 when used in bloom since many LEDs have a very concentrated coverage area.  Boasting 1016 SMD light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are pushed by 2 adjustable Mean Well drivers, this particular light has a par value in the center of the coverage that is around 1274umol/m2/s at a height of 18”.  Running at $449.99 at the time of this publication, the Mars Hydro TS3000 uses around 450 watts of power so it is sure to help with the electric bill.  Additionally, unlike a HPS light, the TS3000 stays relatively cool but also allows for the driver to be mounted outside of the tent to help with temperature control.  However, if you need to raise the temperature of your tent, then the driver can definitely help do that since it is waterproof and can get warm.  Even though the driver does get warm, it is nowhere near the heat produced by HPS and does not require a fan.  Finally, the TS3000 has an adjustment knob on its drivers that allows the grow to adjust the intensity of the light.  The older version of the TS3000, the one we have, required a small screwdriver to adjust the light but the newer versions have a knob that makes this much easier. 

All in all, we think that the Mars Hydro TS3000 is a very reliable product and has proven itself in the veteran cannabis community.  The features that it brings for the price that it is offered at is very appealing to the wallet.  Considering that the fact that this unit has no moving parts, it is expected to last much longer than other styles.  The company also has a good customer service department that does not fight you as long as you are within the allotted time frame of the warranty.  If you are looking for a great LED as a starter unit, or as an alternative to HID’s, then make sure to put code OP1620 for a discount at checkout.  We’ve included some pictures from our grow to show you our set up and outcomes. We have not tried out any of their tents before so we cannot say if they are worth it or not at this point. Let us know your experience with Mars Hydro by commenting below.



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