Some LED Grow Light companies will tell you anything
Although there are some LED light companies that sell LED lights that work and are worth the money most do not. It is very difficult to tell which lights actually work, which company is a fraud and which company will back up their claims if something goes wrong with the light. This article will teach you what questions to ask, what to look for and what to avoid.
Company Reputation and Credentials: When choosing a LED Grow Light Company first start by looking for a Better Business Bureau Logo. Make sure this logo is a link that can be clicked on and not just a BBB picture they show to trick you. If they are an actual member of the BBB, they are required to link to a page on the BBB website that shows their rating and their complaint report. The company should have a B+ rating or higher and less than 3 unresolved complaints in the last 12 months. The companies with A ratings with the BBB and few complaints are probably offering good LED Grow Lights and not scamming people.
Product Quality and Performance: Cheap LED Grow Lights, seen by the untrained eye, are very similar to quality LED Grow Lights. Some people think that the price of the light determines the quality. This is sometimes true but not a very good indicator since a poor light could be sold very high. There are a few ways to determine for sure if the light you are looking at is worth anything or not. Ask the sales rep for the light to explain the heat sink of their lights and how it is made. The heat sink of a quality LED Grow Light should be made of solid aluminum with a porous texture, not a flat sheet of aluminum. The porous texture will dramatically increase the lights life span and its ability to perform at peak levels without burning out or diminishing in just a few months. The heat sink of the light is very important and the sales rep should not have any difficulty describing their heat sink and why it works well. If he or she struggles with answering this question you should look elsewhere for a light. Second, the quality of the LED is most important and very hard to check. Simply ask the sales rep what brand of LED they use for their red LEDs. The red LED is the most important and should be made by an American company such as CREE(although CREE is extremely expensive), Semi-LED or Epi-Star and the blue LEDs should be made by Bridgelux. Again, if the response to this question is not easy and sufficient then they are probably using cheap Chinese made LEDs, which tend to be weak and not last very long.
Warranty and Guarantees: It is a simple fact a warranty is only as good as the company offering it. Anyone can say they warranty their lights for 2, 3, 5 or even 10 years but they must actually back up their warranty and still be in business if the light fails for the warranty to be worth anything. Because of this, you should focus your efforts on finding a company with years of business experience that sells quality lights with at least a 2 year warranty. Guarantees are also great to look for, but again they are completely only as good as the company itself. Look for a guarantee of at least 30 days with no restocking fees, and no restrictions on the reason for returning. Some companies offer misleading guarantees that say '90 Day Risk Free Trial', but if you read their Terms and Conditions you will have to arrange and pay for the return shipping and pay restocking fees.
The last thing to do before giving anyone your credit card number is to read the company's Terms and Conditions and print this off for your review if need be. Some companies will try to hide the Terms page so the customer is unaware of what they are committing to when purchasing.
If you follow these simple steps you can rest assured that you will receive a
LED Grow Light that will grow huge flowers and last a long time. Happy Growing!