If you are looking for LED grow lights, it’s always recommended to look beyond the cheap Chinese ones available in the market. These products may come at a take away price but may not suffice your needs to the extent you want them to. There are alternatives which are reasonably priced and would give you maximum yield and these are the ones you should look for when choosing your LED grow light.
Housed in USA with an experience of over 7 years and a consumer base of more than 1,00,000 the Advanced LED Lights would provide you with affordable LED systems built in the USA which are way ahead of their Chinese counterparts in terms of quality, durability and performance. The LEDs used have a 14 wavelength proven color recipe with a high light intensity coupled with a lifetime of warranty and support that you can later swear by. And what’s more, if you are not satisfied with the product you can return it within 90days from the date of purchase and the manufacturer will give you your money back.
So let’s have a look at the features that makes or breaks the Advanced LED DS XML 350.
Advanced LED DS XML 350 Review
Built and Design:
One of the best LED grow lights in the market today, the Advanced LED Diamond Series XML 350 Grow Light has been designed to provide us with the highest spectral efficiency that can bring about optimal plant growth while consuming minimal power in terms of electricity and has a lifespan that is far better than others in the competitive market. The LED grow light unit measures 19.5”x19.5”x3” and weighs around 18lbs. The unit comes with a 6’ power cord in 110V (the 220V and other international plugs are also available), hanging cables, hanging rope ratchet and daisy chain cord. This light can be easily treated as a replacement for a 600w-800w MH/HPS system.
The Advanced LED DS XML 350 is so designed so that the plants receive a full spectrum of light which ranges over a wide 14plus wavelengths of color output viz. 760nm, 740nm, 720nm, 660nm, 630nm, 615nm-480nm, 460nm, 440nm, 415nm, 380nm. To achieve this the grow light features 10W USA made CREE XML LED single chips and Blue and white Bridgelux LEDs.
There are ten single chip 10W CREE LEDs. Cree is one of the leading manufacturer of LED lights in USA. This single chip LED lights provide more lumens than 10W LEDs which comprise of double 5W units. These single chip LEDs are considered to be the largest in the market with the maximum performance.
The other type of LEDs are the 3W Bridgelux diodes.. There are 144 such LEDs with a perfect balance between blue and white ones to receive the desired spectrum.
To top it all there are high precision LED drivers and and computerised precision 90 degree XML Collimator lens. The Collimator Lens controls and focuses the beam to the desired areas with minimal loss in efficiency. So most of the light from the LEDs are directed towards the plants thus increasing the light intensity that the plant ultimately receives many folds and thereby the optimal coverage area of the unit.
Peak PAR values at the center of the light’s footprint are:
- 1162μMol at 18”
- 538μMol at 36”
- 379μMol at 48”
PAR per Watt has been measured at:
- 17.23μMol at 18”
- 13.26μMol at 36”
- 11.30μMol at 48”
You can easily switch between Clone, Vegetative and Flowering modes. Just by switching over the modes you can successfully adjust your LED grow light to suit the plant needs during the different growing stages and thereby speed up the harvesting process. This way you can harvest more yields per year and have nicer bigger blooms.
The cooling system is of extreme importance when it comes to high intensity LED grow light units. The Advanced LED lighting takes good care of this fact and has equipped the DS XML350 with highly advanced aluminum heat sinks and cooling fans so that the heat emitted is successfully dissipated and it does not affect either the plants or the environment or the LED unit itself. There is a mere 6F-8F rise in temperature which eliminates the need for an A/C in the growing room. The dual finned heat sinks are a lot better than the normal aluminum heat sinks that are largely used and reduces the heat by about 50%. Four low noise fans take away the heat from the grow light unit and prevents overheating and increases the durability or lifespan of the LED lights. These fans have a protective honey comb covering that helps in heat dissipation but minimizes the risk of dust and harmful external agents from entering the unit.
The custom designed diamond vents in the aluminum case aids in maximum air flow and in turn adds to the cooling effect.
Power Consumption and Coverage:
This light which can easily replace a 600W MH/HPS system actually consumes a maximum of 330W in terms of electricity. It has a optimal coverage of 4.5’x4.5’ with a core coverage area of 4’x4’.
Daisy chain Feature:
if you have a bigger growing area you can easily daisy chain the Advanced LED DS XML 350 up to four units. This frees you from the hassles of the requirement of multiple power output units. You can just use one plug and connect it to four grow light units that are connected to one another. This is an important feature especially if you are already having a bigger growing area or even if you are planning to increase the growing area later.
Warranty and Coverage:
Unlike most of the LED grow light units available in the market, the Advanced LED DS XML 350 is backed by a three year warranty on the product. The manufacturer also offers a 90 day money back policy as mentioned before. So if you are not satisfied with your product, you can return it to the manufacturer within 90 days from the date of purchase and they will give you a 100% refund on the product. In case of any issues with regards to the warranty they have an excellent customer care service all over US to help you with the same.
Though if you look at the upfront cost of the unit, it seems to be and is higher than the average market price for such an unit. But owing to the features and the benefits and the durability of the product along with the low running cost the Advanced LED DS XML350 is definitely worth every penny of your investment. And when you look at the yield that this light helps you achieve it will definitely bring a big smile on your face and you can’t ask for more.
- A great combinaton of 10W single chip CREE LEDs and blue and white 3W Bridgelux LEDs to give a full spectrum light over 14 plus wavelengths.
- Precision 90 degree XML Collimator lens for optimal coverage
- Three switchable modes viz. Cloning, vegetative and flowering
- Dual advanced finned heat sinks, low noise cooling fans and diamond shaped side vents to maximise the cooling.
- Low power consumption of 330W
- 3 year warranty and 90 day money back policy.
- A minimum distance has to be maintened from the growing plants
- growers may want a more minutely controllable LED grow light unit