Last updated: April 8, 2021
To get the best possible yield from your harvests, experienced cannabis growers know that light coverage and penetration are absolutely essential. So, what can you do if you have a grow room that doesn’t fit the exact dimensions of the (often square) grow lights available today?
That’s where LED grow light strips come into play. They’re space-saving, and energy efficient… But we love them most for their flexibility and ease of installation. In short, you can fit an LED grow light strip where no other light could even think of going.
But the LED grow light market is absolutely flooded with cheap, shoddy products – Products that will ultimately cut into your harvest yield. That’s why we’ve taken the time to make reviews for what we think are the best LED grow light strips available in 2020 – to give you a head start on getting the best grow that you possibly can.
|Best Overall||Litever LL-GLS-4S Grow Light Strip Kit||
|Best Value||OxyLED Grow Light Strips||
|Premium Choice||Monios-L T8 LED Grow Light Strip||
|Sondiko LED Grow Light Strip||
|Mosthink LED Grow Light Strip||
Most LED grow light strips are designed as a supplementary source of light – one that you’ll use to fill out any areas not well lit by your primary grow light rig. In the case of the Litever though, the abundant 45W LEDs and convenient strip linking ability make it versatile enough for many growing purposes.
As full-spectrum lights, they can be used to aid in any phase of growth. Placed very close to a plant, they’re powerful enough to be your only light source for a small cloning setup; used to under-light plants in the flower phase, they can significantly boost yields.
Having multiple setup options, the Litever grow light strip kit is perhaps the most customizable option out of any product we reviewed. For that reason, we give it our highest recommendation.
By doing away with the rigid housing of bar style LED grow light strips, this 3-pack of OxyLED grow light strips gives you an incredible bang for your buck.
They’re easy to install in even the most cramped of areas because of their 3M adhesive tape mounts – though you’ll have to be sure to thoroughly clean whatever surface you’re adhering them to. If you’d rather, the included cable ties or framing nails make these flexible strips easy to move and remove as needed.
With a red/blue light combo, these strip lights will hit the full color spectrum… But results with individual plants can vary. For the best yields possible, these are a perfect accessory but should never be used as your primary source of light.
An included timer makes them easy to control for flower and veg phases, where you can sync them up with your primary light source and save on electricity costs. While they offer a dimmer function as well, this really isn’t necessary for any indoor cannabis grow and is meant more for other types of indoor plants. Overall, OxyLED makes the best LED grow light strips for the money.
For the highest power output combined with complete flexibility in positioning and installation, LED light bar systems like this one from Monios-L are a great choice. With over 4 feet of light strip surface in six modules, these full spectrum lights can be used effectively for every phase of an indoor cannabis grow.
Efficient heat dissipation and a powerful 252W output mean that you can position these lights very, very close to your plants without a risk of burning them. Especially if you’re working in a very small growing space, bar lights like this can maximize your yields in a way that boxy panel lights just aren’t able to.
While these grow light strips really do provide an all-in-one solution for growing, they’re quite expensive in comparison to similarly powered LED lights in a panel or spider style. If they’re the only shape that will fit your grow setup, by all means buy them; but if you have the option, check out other LED grow light options as well.
Compare these to our OxyLED grow light strip choice as “best value”: They’re equipped with red and blue lights, an included timer and dimmer, and easy installation… All at nearly the same price. So, what kept them out of the #1 spot for best value?
Where the OxyLED offers nearly six feet of lighting strips, this option from Sondiko comes in at just 2 feet of bar lighting. What you get in the tradeoff, though, is a more powerful LED grow light strip with more evenly placed full-spectrum lighting.
In short, if you’re willing to take a hit to the overall length of lighting, the Sondiko condenses its power into a shorter area while remaining a complete bargain.
Where the OxyLED won our “best value” category with its 6 feet of flexible lighting strips, and the Sondiko offered a more powerful, condensed version in bar form. The Mosthink offers a more powerful, condensed strip of lights.
Flexible and easy to install, this LED grow light strip option from Mosthink is also equipped with a timer and dimmer like the two products reviewed before it. By leveraging the best in flexibility of the OxyLED, and the beefier power output of the Sondiko, it’s an excellent option for around the same price. That said, it’s neither as powerful nor as versatile as our two frontrunners.
We’re a big fan of the multi-part bar lighting systems exemplified by our #1 pick, the Litever. That’s why we were happy to see a bargain-priced competitor in the same style! This LED grow light strip produced by Lightimetunnel gets a lot of the same things right as our top choice but loses points for not being quite as powerful.
Full spectrum light, an included timer and dimmer, and varied installation options are all backed up by a 12-month warranty (and 30-day money back guarantee). While equal in many ways to the Litever, its lower power output makes it less versatile for different growing phases. If you’re looking to save a few bucks on the style of our #1 choice, this is a good option.
Coming in at a whopping 102 inches of strip lighting, the Roleadro LED grow light strip has the absolute most coverage of any light strip in our review.
Really, it has quite a bit going for it: Full spectrum lighting, an included timer and dimmer, relatively simple setup and installation, and a pretty good warranty, too. For strip lighting without housing though, it’s definitely on the more expensive side of the category. With only 60W of total power, we would have liked a better price for the set.
As another example of the flexible strip style of LED grow lights, Cholas brags that their grow lights come with an “actual power” of 36W – more than most of their competitors. Also comparing their number of LED chips, intensity of light, and range of light spectrum as better than their competitors you might be tempted to say that they’re the right light choice for everyone…
That said, our experience with the lights was different. They are more powerful, true – and a bit brighter, though not in a way that led to noticeably greater yields. Yes, they’re easy to set up and install, and include a dimmer and timer – but does that really make Cholas so much better than any of the other products we’ve reviewed?
For the price? Not really. It’s a good option if you’re looking for the fullest light spectrum (they do have that), but a lot of the hype is unnecessary.
SLR lighting has produced an entirely reasonable piece of LED grow light equipment… For plants other than cannabis.
It’s the cheapest option available for nearly 100 inches of LED lights for a reason: The power output on this is just barely enough to keep succulents and herbs growing, much less to support a cloning, veg, or flowering phase.
The only place that this lighting option really shines is when you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck in length of lighting strips to assist a much larger main light source. Consider these if you don’t mind spending a small amount to squeeze that last 2% of yield from your next harvest.
When you’re shopping for LED grow light strips, it’s important to compare what you’re really getting for the cost. From the outside, these MIXC lights look remarkably similar to the Roleadro strips that we chose for “best coverage” – and for a better price, too. But can they live up to the performance of lights in a similar style?
Unfortunately, not really. Their “full spectrum” lights just aren’t powerful enough or evenly distributed enough to allow for efficient cannabis cultivation, making them a complete dud in our book. They have all the trappings of a good light: An included dimmer and timer, easy installation, good heat dissipation, and a 1-year warranty… But won’t ever give you enough juice for a good grow.
Before you decide on an LED grow light strip, you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions:
Take some basic measurements for the space that you’re looking to add LED grow light strips to. Because each of these products comes in a wide variety of sizes, you’ll need to know what length of light you need before deciding on one to buy.
LED Grow light strips come in a wide range of intensities and are generally meant to be used in addition to a more powerful main light source. Of course, there are some exceptions to this – and if you’d like a lighting solution with flexibility for installation, an LED grow light strip might be your best option.
LED grow light strips come either in a flexible roll or encased in a rigid housing. Both are more versatile and easier to set up than most panel style LED lights. If you’re trying to cover an oddly shaped area, choose the flexible strips; for every other purpose, the rigid bars are a more economical option for the power.
After taking a grower’s needs into careful consideration, we’ve decided that the Litever LL-GLS-4S Grow Light Strip Kit is our #1 recommendation for all intents and purposes. It’s a real all-rounder and comes in at a great price that makes it an easy addition to grows of all sizes. Following right behind it though, the OxyLED Grow Light Strips give an awful lot of versatility for their very affordable cost.
We hope that our reviews in this guide have made it clear whether you need an LED grow light strip, and what sort might be just right for your unique grow. Thanks for reading, and we wish you good luck in all your indoor grow adventures!
Featured Image Credit By: Lightimetunnel LED Grow Light Strips, amazon
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