Some LED Grow Light companies tell their customers everything that will entice them to buy their lights, even if it means lying and cheating them. This article will help you learn how to choose a good LED grow light and avoid scammers and liars.
There are some LED lighting companies that sell LED lights that work and are worth the money, but most don’t. It’s very difficult to tell which lights actually work, which companies are scams, and which companies will back up their claims if there’s a problem with the lights. This article tells you what questions to ask, what to look for and what to avoid.
1. Company Reputation and Credentials: When choosing an LED Grow Light company, start by looking for the Better Business Bureau logo. Make sure this logo is a clickable link and not a picture of the BBB to fool you. If you are a real member of the BBB, you should link to a page on the BBB website that shows ratings and complaint reports. The company must have a B+ rating or higher and have less than 3 unresolved complaints in the last 12 months. A company with an A rating from the BBB and few complaints probably offers good grow lights and won’t fool anyone.
2. Product quality and performance: To the untrained eye, cheap LED grow lights are very similar to quality LED grow lights. Some people think that the price of a light determines its quality. This is sometimes true, but it’s not a very good indicator because poor lighting can sell very high. There are a few ways you can be certain that the light you’re looking at is worthwhile or not. Ask the sales representative of the light to describe the light’s heat sink and how it is made. The heatsink of a high-quality LED Grow Light should be made of solid aluminum with a porous texture, not flat aluminum sheet. Porous textures can dramatically increase light life and perform at peak levels without burning out or diminishing in just a few months. Heat sinks in lights are very important, and sales reps should have no difficulty explaining why they work so well with them. If he or she is having trouble answering this question, they should seek the light elsewhere. Second, the quality of the LEDs is paramount and very difficult to check. Ask your sales representative what brand of LED they use for their red LEDs. The red LEDs are the most important and should be made by companies such as CREE (although CREE is very expensive), Semi-LED or Epi-Star, and the blue LEDs should be made by Bridgelux. Again, if the answer to this question isn’t easy enough, they’re probably using cheap made LEDs, which tend to be weak and don’t last long.
3. Warranties and Guarantees: It is a simple fact that a warranty is only as good as the company providing it. Anyone can say they warrant a light for 2, 3, 5, or even 10 years, but you really need to back up your warranty, and if the warranty is worth it, you should still be in business if your light fails. Because of this, you should focus your efforts on finding a company with many years of business experience selling high-quality lights with at least a two-year warranty. It’s nice to find a warranty as well, but again, only as good as the company itself. Look for a minimum 30-day warranty with no restocking fees and no restrictions on the reason for return. Some companies offer a misleading guarantee of a “90-day risk-free trial”, but if you read their terms, you’ll need to arrange and pay for return shipping and pay for restocking.
The last thing you should do before giving your credit card number to anyone is to read the company’s terms and conditions and print them out for review if necessary. Some companies try to hide their terms and conditions page so that customers don’t know what they were promised when they made a purchase.
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