Samsung is a pioneer in LED technology and one of the leaders of the horticultural lighting industry.
The company’s mission is to create superior products. So, it’s not surprising that Samsung LEDs can emit the best light for plants.
But there’s only one issue with Samsung: They don’t manufacture their own grow light devices.
Samsung sell their LED chips to other brands, who in their turn use the diodes to manufacture complete grow lighting systems.
We can still call those devices “Samsung LED grow lights.”
In this article, we’ll look at the top five grow lights that use Samsung LEDs.
Samsung LED grow lights: Top Five List
1. HLG Quantum Boards
HLG Quantum Boards (QBs) are the real deal.
They’re very popular among indoor gardeners, especially cannabis growers.
The newest generation of HLG Quantum Boards are mainly composed of Samsung LM301H diodes.
These diodes are very efficient. In fact, the PPF efficacy of HLG Quantum Boards is around 2.5 µmol/J, which is really high.
There is a wide of variety of HLG Quantum Boards with different light spectrums and intensities.
Also, some HLG QBs contain a few diodes that are manufactured by brands other than Samsung.
For example, the powerful HLG 600 V2 RSpec QB has around 64 Deep Red Osram LEDs. But the majority of its LEDs (around 95%) are made by Samsung.
Although HLG Quantum Boards are very powerful, they usually come in DIY kits.
That means you need to assemble the board yourself.
It’s usually easy to assemble Quantum Boards. There are dozens of videos and tutorials on the internet that demonstrate how to assemble QBs.
The effort you put in to assemble a Quantum Board is totally worth it because these lights are superior to most other grow lights in terms of spectrum, intensity, and efficiency.
But, if you don’t like DIY grow lights, keep reading below!
2. Spider Farmer Grow Lights
Spider Farmer grow lights are simple flat-shaped lighting boards.
Yet, they’re very powerful and highly optimized for plant growth.
Spider Farmer grow lights are made up of Samsung LM301B diodes.
Samsung LM301B diodes are the older version of LM301H diodes, but they’re nearly identical to them.
So, Spider Farmer LEDs and HLG Quantum Boards have many features in common.
Actually, the PPF efficacy rate of Spider Farmer grow lights is around 2.45 µmol/J, which is approximately equal to that of HLG QBs.
Spider farmer grow lights contain a mix of 5000K and 3000K LEDs (besides few 660nm and 760nm LEDs), therefore making the overall spectrum very balanced.
For that reason, the spectrum of Spider Farmer grow lights is perfect for all growth stages, particularly the flowering stage.
The newest spider farmer grow lights come with a dimmer function that allows you to reduce the brightness of light.
That feature is excellent if you want to reduce energy consumption during the seedling and vegetative phases of your plant.
Overall, Spider Farmer grow lights are cheaper than HLG grow lights (check their prices here).
You can learn more about Spider Farmer grow lights in this article we wrote about Spider Farmer SF-1000.
3. Mars Hydro SP 3000
Mars Hydro grow lights are very popular in the indoor gardening community.
The brand uses Epistar diodes instead of Samsung diodes in the vast majority of its grow lights.
In fact, Mars Hydro SP 3000 is the only Mars Hydro grow light model that has Samsung LEDs.
The Samsung diodes found in Mars Hydro SP 3000 are LM301B, just like ones present in Spider Farmer grow lights.
The device also has deep red Osram diodes.
In total, Mars Hydro SP 3000 has 960 LED chips, so it generates a very intense light.
The PPFD of this device at a height of 18 inches is around 1130 µmol/m²/s (at the center of the coverage area).
Besides that, the light spectrum of Mars Hydro SP 3000 is dominantly red. So, it’s perfect for heavy-flowering and fruiting plants.
Since Mars Hydro SP 3000 has a rectangular shape, its coverage area is also rectangular.
That means it’s hard to the make the most out of this light in a tight grow tent that has a square area.
Mars Hydro SP 3000 is also somewhat pricey (check its price here) compared to other grow lights, including HLG Quantum Boards and Spider Farmer LEDs.
4. Roleadro LED Strips
Roleadro LED strips are flexible grow lights that can be used for several purposes.
These lights contain Samsung LM301B diodes that have a kelvin rating (spectrum) of 3000K.
They also contain other diodes that are rated 660nm, 3500K, and 6000K.
Roleadro LED strips have a very balanced spectrum that is equally rich in blue and red light.
But these LED strips aren’t as bright as other grow lights on this list.
So, they can be best used for medium-light plants or for plants in their vegetative or seedling phase.
They can also be used as supplemental lighting.
Roleadro LED strips can fit in all places and are perfect for growing plants on shelves.
If you want to grow few herbs or greens in the kitchen, these lights are perfect for you.
Four Roleadro strips draw around 40 watts of power only. So they’re very efficient.
Besides that, these grow lights have a timer function and their brightness can be dimmed from 100% to 25%.
The user manual that comes with these LEDs isn’t very clear, but you can easily install the lights without using it.
Roleadro LED strips are the cheapest grow lights on our list. (check their prices here).
5. Gavita 1700e LED
Gavita is a very popular brand of grow lights. It’s well known for its high-quality HID lamps.
But recently, the brand started manufacturing LED lights. And its newest LED grow light is Gavita Pro 1700e LED.
Gavita 1700e LED is a very powerful device, but it costs a good amount of money.
This grow light has a total of 3,336 Samsung and Osram diodes!
Gavita Pro 1700e LED is the brightest grow light on our list. Its light (PAR) output is around 1700 µmol/s.
It generates that quantity of light at a very high efficiency rate. Its PPF efficacy is around 2.6 µmol/s.
Another amazing feature about this device is its design.
Gavita Pro 1700e LED is basically made up of 8 LED bars that are fixed together in one frame.
This design makes the light more uniform over the coverage area of the device.
That means the light intensity won’t vary a lot from one location to another in the coverage area.
Learn more about Gavita Pro 1700e LED in this article.
Gavita Pro 1700e is very expensive (check its price here), but it’s worth every penny.
We highly recommend this light for professional and serious growers.