So you finally decided to start indoor gardening and shopped online for a grow light to use.
You might have stumbled upon Viparspectra in the LED grow light market. Is this LED light any good?
Would it be enough to grow your indoor plants? Is this the best LED grow light? Let us find out in this Viparspectra XS1500 grow light review.
Viparspectra is one of the most popular brands manufacturing LED grow lights today. The brand’s primary goal is to make affordable grow lights for indoor plant growers to enjoy.
The XS series is Viparspectra’s most popular and sought-after grow light series. They designed it using the latest Viparspectra LED technology.
I wanted to find out more about the performance of these grow lights. So, I decided to review one of the Viparspectra XS series—specifically, the XS1500.
Below, you’ll find an in-depth review of the Viparspectra XS1500 LED grow light.
Let’s jump right into it!
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Viparspectra XS1500 Review
First, let us look at the LED light’s package and design.
Package And Design Review
The Viparspectra XS1500 comes in a well-packaged box. Protective foam surrounds the device.
Inside the package, you’ll find the grow light, a power cord, hanging equipment, and a user manual. The power cord is around 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, and it is thick and well-insulated.
In the market today, most of the LED grow lights you can find includes a piece of hanging equipment. This way, you can hang your lights in your grow tent or grow room.
These include a wire hanging kit and adjustable light ratchets. I used both to hang my grow light (I’ll show you how I did that below).
In the user manual, you will find the safety information, the specifications of each light in the XS series, installation tips, and warranty terms.
Besides the user manual, you will find this cute leaflet asking you if the product has satisfied you. I am impressed that Viparspectra includes this cute gimmick. It shows the brand cares about what the customer thinks about their products.
But in the end, what really matters most is the LED grow light’s performance. You have to ask if it would be good enough to enhance indoor plant growth.
Viparspectra XS1500 has a straightforward design that mimics a quantum board. The older designs were more complicated.
The LED light system has 288 LEDs. Most of these diodes are from Samsung. They have 3000K (warm white light) and 5000K (white light) light spectra.
The remaining diodes consist of 15 deep red diodes (660 nm) and one infrared (or far-red) diode (730 nm).
Coating the LED panel is a silicone layer, making it waterproof.
A heavy aluminum heat sink with a wide surface area covers the LED panel. The heat sink’s large surface area is the result of its straight fin design.
This large aluminum heat sink enhances heat dissipation. Therefore, the light doesn’t need any fans to keep it cool.
A cool light means longer grow light lifespan. It also means the light won’t produce too much heat. Excessive heat inside your growing area could hurt your indoor plants.
The grow light’s driver is from MEAN WELL, and it’s fixed to the top of the device.
Viparspectra XS1500 also has a dimmer, allowing you to adjust the light intensity from 5% to 100%.
How Can You Hang The Grow Light?
There are a few ways you can hang a grow light. We always recommended using ratchet hangers. This way, you can adjust the distance between the light and your plants.
The installation manual of Viparspectra XS1500 doesn’t show you how to use the ratchet hangers with your light.
So I’ll tell you what I did with my Viparspectra XS1500. I hooked the wire hangers to the device and then hooked the ratchet hangers to the wire hangers.
Then I looped the ratchet hangers around the pole and clipped them to their rope.
It’s a little different if you have a growing area with a low ceiling. You’ll have to replace the wire hangers with shorter ropes to bring your device higher.
We must first look at the Viparspectra LED light’s light spectrum and light output. This information will help determine if the Viparspectra LED light’s performance will satisfy indoor growers.
Most studies show the effectiveness of using grow lights in growing indoor plants. Today, most LED light manufacturers focus on improving their grow light products’ light spectra.
We compared the new series to the older ones. Viparspectra is working hard to enhance the spectrum of LED grow light.
We also compared Viparspectra’s Reflector grow lights to the XS1500. The results show the XS1500 has a spectrum that is far richer in red light. It also has a higher red to blue light ratio.
Viparspectra XS1500 also emits small quantities of far-red and infrared light.
Besides that, the Viparspectra LED light puts out excellent quantities of green light, which is important for plant growth and higher yield. Learn more about green light’s importance for plants.
In all, the spectrum of Viparspectra XS1500 resembles the Quantum Boards (QBs).
The indoor plating community knows QBs for their high efficiency. We also know they produce a higher yield in plants.
Despite its growing popularity, most QB LED lights come in DIY kits. They are also more expensive than the Viparspectra XS lights.
Intensity And Efficiency
The Viparspectra XS1500 has a PAR output of around 370 µmol/s.
With that PAR output, the device can cover a growing area measuring 2′ x 2′ (0.6m x 0.6m) during the flowering phase.
The light’s PPFD at the center of the growing area is 1175 µmol/m²/s (at 14 inches above the canopy).
Viparspectra XS1500 draws around 150 watts of power, only at 100% intensity.
The brand says that the PPE is about 2.9 µmol/J. But according to my calculations, the value is closer to 2.5 µmol/J; that is still remarkably high.
The LEDs of Viparspectra XS1500 can live over 100,000 hours (around 11 years of continuous usage).
But any grow light’s performance will start to degrade after it reaches the final third of its lifespan.
If you encounter any quality problems with your Viparspectra XS1500 within 30 days after its arrival, you have options. You can choose either to replace it with a new one, request for a refund, or ask for repairs without any extra costs.
The company also offers an extended warranty for three years. It will cover the costs of any manufacturing defects causing the light to stop working.
Compared to other grow lights with similar performance, Viparspectra XS1500 is very affordable.
It’s the perfect choice for growers. Who doesn’t want to achieve outstanding results without paying too much money for grow lights?
I recommend it for both professional and amateur growers.
- Stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations to get the best results.
- Don’t bring this light system too close to your plants, and don’t look directly at it (even if it’s at 5% intensity).
- Don’t subject the device to extreme environmental pressure, including elevated temperature or moisture levels.
Summary And Final Words
The Viparspectra XS1500 is a popular grow light. Its popularity is due to having a higher quality compared to most grow lights. Its light spectrum is also optimized to grow your indoor plants.
It has a great heat dissipation system that relies on its wide aluminum heat sink.
It’s designed like a quantum board and uses Samsung diodes. That allows you to pull out a very high yield using Viparspectra XS1500.
The device is perfect for all growers because it’s very inexpensive. Even if you are just beginning to grow plants indoors, you will love this grow light.
I can vouch for Viparspectra XS1500, and I am 100% sure it will not disappoint you with its performance.
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