VIPARSPECTRA PAR600 600W Full Spectrum Review

Editor rating

4.9/5 on July 20, 2017

User's rating

149 reviews

PROS

  • High PAR-to-lumen value
  • Uses selectable switches to switch between different lighting modes.
  • Timer-controlled lighting duration.
  • Lifespan of 100,000 hours.
  • Energy-efficient unit.
  • Superb cooling system.
  • 36-months warranty.

CONS

  • Improper use or faulty installation can cause foliage discoloration.
  • Cannot emit light during power blackouts.

VERDICT

ViparSpectra-PAR600 is a 600-watt compactly-designed LED chips-based grow light that showers crops with 12-band full spectrum light whose timer-controlled lighting can be switched between the flowering and vegetative lighting modes.

ViparSpectra-PAR600 is a 600-watt uniquely-designed LED chips-based grow light that showers crops with 12-band full spectrum light. This AC-powered artificial lamp can support crop growth and development through its two most important developmental stages, the vegetative stage and fruiting/flowering stage.

It needs to be hanged at least 24 inches above the crop canopy, and it comes with a hanging kit and a pair of rope hangers to facilitate this process. This unit offers unique advantages to the user but still suffers from two demerits which are delineated hereafter along with a verdict.

Overview of VIPARSPECTRA-PAR600 features

ViparSpectra-PAR600 from topViparSpectra-PAR600 is a reliable, energy-efficient LED-based light that supports crop growth during the crop cycle, and the user can easily tweak its lighting quality so that the best possible light combination is illuminated on plants during different stages of their development. This unit is part of the PAR series developed by ViparSpectra. Its model number is PAR600.

This product is compactly-designed with its length measuring 14.1 inches while its width is 11.8 inches. Its thickness averages to 3.5 inches; and its overall dimensions give it a compact volume that allows it to be fitted easily on hanging ropes. It can be used as a substitute for any 600-watt metal-halide (MH) or high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamp. It is designed to use AC-voltage ranging from 100-240 volts.

It has 2 LED panels, both on the front-side of the grow light where they sandwich the 3 well-arranged fans. Each LED panel houses 60 high-quality Bridgelux and Epileds LED chips, and therefore the entire unit is lighted up by 120 LED chips. Each chip can consume up to 5 watts, which means that the product can draw a theoretical maximum power of 600 watts.

However, in actual use, up to 285 watts are used hence exhibiting the ingenuity of its internal circuitry and use of energy-efficient technology. Each LED chip is oriented at a 90-degree lens angle.

ViparSpectra-PAR600 light modes

There are switches for each light mode on ViparSpectra-PAR600

This model is built to provide a delicate balance between photosynthetically-active radiation (PAR) and overall luminosity as measured by its lumen output. It also features a secondary optical lens that is designed to magnify the light emitted by the LED chips by a magnification factor of 2 hence ensuring that the foliage not only gets 200 percent of the LED full spectrum light, but that this light penetrates beyond the canopy and the thick middle layer of the canopy to reach the lowest leaves in the crops.

It features three upgraded front fans, each measuring 3.2 inches in diameter; and the fan cooling action is synergized by heat dissipation through the built-in aluminum heatsink. The positioning of the fans at the crop-facing side of the grow light offers the unique benefit of having the cool draught drifted through the foliage by the fans hence reducing the chances of crop burn as well as maintaining the crop temperature within a narrow range that is conducive for photosynthesis.

This unit must be placed at least 24 inches high above the crops. At the 24-inch height, it can light well an area of 4feet by 4feet, with the core coverage being 3feet by 3feet. A timer can be used to set the lighting duration, hence negating the need of the user being constantly available to switch on and off the lamp.

The lifespan of product is 100,000hours.

For what kind of use this light is suitable for?

This product is built for indoor horticulture, plant breeding, and indoor gardening. It is suitable for beginner, mid-level, and professional plant breeders, horticulturists, and gardeners. Professionals running aero-farms can also use this model as their artificial light source.

How PAR600 works?

ViparSpectra-PAR600 in use

PAR600 grow light in use

This ViparSpectra model works by mimicking the sun and emitting solar-like light radiation. It does this by converting AC electrical energy into 12-band full spectrum artificial light whose wavelength range covers the wavelength range of sunlight. It also emits 2 unique light rays, the ultra-violet and infra-red light rays.

It comes with a 6-foot flexible power cord that has a grounded 3-prong plug.

Price-Benefit Assessment

Price can be described as cheap as the consumer acquires a well-built, high-quality full-spectrum energy-saving grow light that is made from durable materials at a very affordable cost.

Technical Specifications:

  • Replaces a 600 watts HPS/MH
  • Use for all stages of plant growth
  • Max Coverage at 24″ Height 4x4ft
  • Core Coverage at 24″ Height 3x3ft
  • Avg. Power Draw: 285watt (120pcs) High-Intensity 5Watt Bridgelux/Epileds LED Bulbs
  • Optical Lens Angle: 90°
  • Input Voltage: AC100-240V
  • Frequency: 50-60Hz
  • Lifespan: 100,000 hours

What customers say about the product?

This model is sold online, and one of its major online trading platforms is Amazon where it owns a web page dedicated entirely to marketing this product. The customer review segment of this web page shows that PAR600 model is valued in the grow-light market, with most customers valuing it for its high-quality, durability, and high-performance. Others love its affordability, while others appreciate it for being an easy-to-use grow lamp.

Guarantee

`Manufacturer gives a 36 months (3-year) warranty for the product.

Final Recommendation

ViparSpectra-PAR600 is affordable, 600-watt compactly-designed LED chips-based grow light that showers crops with 12-band full spectrum light whose timer-controlled lighting can be switched between the flowering and vegetative lighting modes. If you require an easy-to-use and non-heating full spectrum LED light, this product is a good choice.

Hopefully, this review was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please post them below. Read more useful information about led grow lights and other product reviews. Be sure to check out also our handy buyers guide before you decide which model you are going to get.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *