The NextLight commercial series are some of the most efficient LED grow lights on the market. The NextLight Mini emits a full spectrum white light designed to seedling to harvest growth. Let’s check it out.
The Mini is only 22" x 18” and weighs 12 lbs. There is a diffuser over the Mini to diffuse the light and protect the diodes. The 120-277 VAC autosensing driver is encased in order to protect it. There are no cooling fans - the unit is passively cooled via the aluminum casing. Overall, there are minimal bells and whistles to help keep costs low. NextlLight put this fixture's cost into the high-quality diodes and the best drivers (Mean Well) on the market. The 120V version comes with a Nema 5-15 plug. The 240v models comes with a 6-15p plug.
The NextLight Mini only draws 150 watts and will replace up to a 400W HID system. That’s 60% less electricity and 60% less heat! Its perfect for small spaces where heat or venting is an issue.
When ran on 120v the Mini draws 1.3A, and when ran on 240v, it only draws 0.65A.
Image: NextLight Mini vs 400W HID
The Mini utilizes a full white light spectrum with near UV-A and IR light. The Red to Blue to ratio is about 1:1. This is a great spectrum for high yielding plants of good quality. A higher proportion of red drives yields, while a high proportion of blue enhances THC, CBD, and terpenes.
Image: NextLight Spectrum
The spectrum is ideal for seedling to harvest growth. The only thing you need to change is the distance as the plants grow up and are ready for flower. Spectrum changes can actually hinder plant growth from the veg to flower transition, so NextLight only uses a single spectrum.
There are some links at the end of this article if you would like to read up on the scientific literature regarding why white light might facilitate the best plant growth.
Overall, this spectrum has been proven to veg and flower with excellent results.
NextLight has provided PAR maps of the Mini:
Image: NextLight Mini PAR
The measurements were taken in a 2’ x 2.5” Gorilla Grow Tent. The PAR is fairly high at 8” and 12” within a 12” x 15” area. Based off of the size and intensity of the footprint, the PAR maps suggest that flowering one plant would be your best option for a quality harvest.
Expect a 3'x 3' coverage area for Veg and 2'x 2' coverage area for flower. This light is perfect for a lot of seedlings, several clones, vegging a few plants or flowering one plant. The Mini is essentially a smaller version of the NextLight Mega, which is designed to flower 5' x 5' space.
It is recommended that this fixture is used 8"-12” above the plants during flower for the best results. Most growers hang the light at about 10” above the canopy. You can use it at 36” to 48” for Veg. NextLight recommends you start high and adjust the height as the plants acclimate. Keep in mind that the further you bring the fixture up, the less intense the light will be, but you will gain coverage area.
The light output of the Mini clocks in are 260 umol/s. This is not a huge amount of light, but it is a high amount given the size and coverage area of the fixture.
The fixture does not come with dimming capabilities, but they can be installed for an additional fee.
The Mini comes in at 1.73 PPF/watt, which is considered very efficient. While it is not over 2.0 umol/j and not the MOST efficient light on the market, it is still puts out a lot of light considering its wattage draw.
NextLight uses highly-efficient Samsung LM561B diodes which are rated for 100,000 hours at 77 degrees ambient temperature. That’s about 22 years on a 12/12 flower cycle and 15 years on an 18/6 Veg cycle. Higher temperatures will decrease the lifespan.
There are no secondary lenses on the unit so without these you get increased efficiency and a wider light spread.
NextLight products are designed and manufactured in the United States with domestic and imported parts and they come with a manufacturer’s 5-year warranty.
The entire Commercial Series is UL listed for damp and dry locations. They are also DLC premium listed and qualify for energy rebates with most energy providers.
The NextLight Mini’s MSRP is $595.00, but is available for $535.50 at this link. You can also receive 15% off the NextLight Mini when you use code 'NEXT15' at checkout.
Green Light Drives Leaf Photosynthesis More Efficiently than Red Light in Strong White Light: http://bit.ly/2tnydNc
Possible reasons of a decline in growth of Chinese cabbage under a combined narrowband red and blue light in comparison with illumination by high-pressure sodium lamp: http://bit.ly/2sqtT2c
I use the Veg8 to grow some orchids, sinningias, kohlerias, and other house plants. The plants are blooming nicely, and I'm actually able to view them without the purple/pink light from traditional LEDs.
I like that this light can fit on my 4ft long/18-inch deep wire shelves.
For my uses, I probably could have gone with the less intense Clone version of this light. My only criticism is that I wish there was a way to dim the lights.
products arrived in good condition and everything seems to work great..
the next light mini is just what i needed to light the 3x3 tray in my veg room and the service i received from LED grow lights was top notch thanks again for all your help if you not running LED lights you are wasting money and once you do go to LED this is the place to buy them.
These lights are insanely bright, and drastically increased my PAR rating at the edges of my space. I was previously using a different brand led with similar specs. Great and fast service from Erik and LED Grow Lights Depot.
Awesome light and came on time led light Depot is great to deal with and have been helpful through this process
Well built no light leaks.. keeps heat in my basement is cold..very happy with the tent
Was a pleasure working with Erik and the ledgrowlight team.
The new Phytomax-2 series is a HUGE improvement over the Phytomax series in diode quality. Black dog has stepped up and growers can definately get 1g/w with this light but don’t expect more. It’s not anywhere near the best led light but it’s good. It’s also easy to grow with, provides good coverage and is EXTREMELY well engineered and QUALITY built.
After watching for 20 years the technology improve with LEDs I decided to invest in a light for a small personal grow. I have to say I took a plant from a CFL grow room and watching it change in the days ahead were very noticeable. I had to move my light up because the lights were too intense for the weaker leaves. The new leaves are hardy and robust. I will invest in another sometime in the future and would recommend this to anyone.
so much light for 65 watt.my veg plants love it.this light has me want more Quantum Boards.
Highly recommended, best lights ive ran to date! Huge solid nugzz
I got this with the 20% discount sale. If you watch Eriks review on the HLG550, you'll get better results in an enclosure and man this thing is bright! I only have a few gripes, one is that the entire fixture gets hot due to it's passive design. I recommend you add an extra fan in your tent or let the negative pressure pull the heat away if you seal up your tent. Another thing is the spectrum graph shows this has very little UV. UV-A is said to be beneficial to your grow and potency. So you might want to add to your tent is some supplementing UV lighting, easily done by getting UV-A CFLs from your local pet store and use them in one of those clamp lights. The nice thing about this fixture is that the Quantum Boards are replaceable and affordable, no soldering required. I dont think there are any other fixture out there that allow for this kind of modular replacement. Overall, great bang for your buck. Very stylish light fixture with a minimalist design.
Puts out lots of light and almost no heat. I had to add a heater lol.
This light is crazy bright! The controller works great and gives you a massive amount of control over the spectrum and length of day. Really happy with my purchase. I ended up buying 4 total and they have no problem covering my 9' x 10' space. High quality light that is made in America.
Ordered two of these for a 4x8 tent. Plants are responding very well with thick stems and compacted nodes. Could not be more pleased. I knocked a connection loose while hanging and received great customer service!
This light is amazing, puts out some serious light. Do yourself a favor and purchase the method 7 operator LED glasses so you can protect your eyes from this intense light! Both you and your plants will be in love at first light!
I love these things...just have to figure out a way to hang them all together but so light and so powerful!!!
I have 4 different Mars fixtures.. This Mars Pro II Cree 128 lighting fixture, imho, is best Mars fixture for my 3x3x7 tent , as of yet!! I GET BEST QUALITY I ever grown, and just an all around amazing light! Cree Diodes.. No Brainer!
Haven’t put in service yet but customer service is great
Extremely impressed with the Cali lightworks so far. Using them as supp lighting with a 1000w DE and everything seems as happy as can be. Excited to see end result.
8 plants in 15 gallon pots, in flower 50 plus days now 2 weeks into flower. Plants response to lights is excellent so far. Even thick growth, heavy stems and node spacing is close with lots of side branches. Low heat signature keeps plants at perfect temperature range for dense large flowers. Will report back end of flower.
the more surface area the better:)
Make me a deal/offer for 3 more!!!
Awesome light worth every penny. You will need to set of special glasses, I was seeing the spectrum at night after spending much time oogling their beauty.
6 weeks into flower and the optic 6 is kicking ass!! This light replaced my 1000w hps and it's doing just as good if not better, with way less heat issues.
also seeing the saving on my electric bill.!!
Hey just got this in the mail and this shit is pretty strong. It's gonna need a strong tent but the 1000w this puts out is real quality. You can just tell and I'm already in the first week of pre flower. This baby gonna make my house plants dance. 9.5 out of 10 personally is my rating for the fact that the cord it comes with is only 2.5 ft long or so and is a hassle for me.
Product is a 10 the light spectrum is very strong and spread is wide. Looks sturdy and stays so cool I use a heater lol
Sturdy construction. Replaced the fishing lure hangers with chain. These Bloom Onlies do away with
supplemental bloom lighting. Adequate footprint for stationary setting……juice it up with a track mover.
Electrical cost savings down 35% from the HID’s but still early to evaluate.
Customer service with LEDGROWLIGHTDEPOT was excellent and informative.
Thanks for the business.
Both products work great. Black dog phytomax-2 1000 and light mover . Erik
Was great to deal with
Excellent quality light that will produce GREAT results!!! Highly recommended!!!!
Absolutely love these lights. Maximizing my amps with tremendous grow. Big fan here
Got my package in a timely manner. It was very well packaged. I used the tent as a flower tent for my cannabis plants. In the room that I had the tent I had constant light in it and never had any light leak issues.
I also interacted with their customer service and couldn't be more pleased by all the help they provided. I will never buy from anyone else again.
Optic 1 is huge and bright. I have optic 4 and I also have 5 Cree cob 3590 from another company. When I shine the optic one on the plants under the optics 4 and my other 5 Cree 3590 it is brighter it must be the glass reflector. All I know is i like optic 1 better than the rest. More optic ones coming to my garden.
This light is very effective and has many features that make it stand out. The coverage area and penetration are very good with the Optic 6 and the plants appear healthy and grow rapidly underneath it. I started using this light while my Viparspectra 600 was being repaired under warranty. During this time I discovered the many benefits of having a high powered LED. The best benefit was the high PAR output and low heat discharge. I am operating the original Optic 6 with only a 54" inch ceiling height. The Optic 6 is a very durable light and I trust it to do the job safely. Thanks to LedgrowlightsDepot and OpticLedgrowLights
Have not recived the light yet, just placed the order a few hours ago. However the costumer service was great. I had a buch of questions and concerns, all of which were solved by guy named Eric, who explained to me with detail the difference between the two light fixtures that I liked. We were on the phone for half an hour just talking, he never rushed me or tried to sell me anything in particular, he just answered every question I had. The information he gave me was not only very useful but was also detailed and explained very clearly.
Wish I had employes with the same initiative as this guy, I hope the rest of the process is as good as the ordering was, will write a review on the light as soon as it arrives
Lets start at the begining, @westcoastcannabis is the man! He helped me out alot! Erick is also great! Wonderful customer service!
Now I have had this light going for about a week growing some
#dopedenseeds! And it works great so far! Very quite, minimum heat and a very nice color light to the eye. This is a heavy light but that's to but expected. I would be worried if it wasn't.
I have had nothing but a % positive time dealing with these people who I now consider friends! They respond to everything quickly, and are always very polite! Thank you LEDGROWLIGHTDEPOT.COM & OPTICGROWLIGHTS.COM!!!
Had Mars led and switched to this hlg550. Day and night difference. Super bright. I've not had heat issues. Hot but not untouchable hot