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LED Grow Light Comparison Chart

Easily compare different Mars-Hydro and Unit Farm LED grow lights with this handy chart.

Brand and Model

Compared to HPS

Coverage (cm)

Max PPFD Value (µmol/m2/s) – 45cm height

Warranty

RRP – Vat Inclusive

      

Mars-Hydro

     
Mars Pro II Epistar 80200wFlowering: 60 x 60 Veg: 107 x 1074213 yearsR5 000
Mars Pro II Epistar 120300wFlowering: 60 x 90 Veg: 107 x 1675413 yearsR7 400
Mars Pro II Epistar 160400wFlowering: 60 x 120 Veg: 107 x 20010183 yearsR9 300
Mars Pro II Epistar 320800wFlowering: 140 x 140 Veg: 200 x 20018453 yearsR16 500
      
Mars Pro II Cree 128400wFlowering: 60 x 120 Veg: 107 x 20014003 yearsR11 000
Mars Pro II Cree 256800wFlowering: 140 x 140 Veg: 200 x 20020753 yearsR19 500
      
Mars II 400250wFlowering: 76 x 76 Veg: 140 x 1403923 yearsR5 600
Mars II 900450wFlowering: 107 x 107 Veg: 167 x 1677573 yearsR9 500
Mars II 1600800wFlowering: 140 x 140 Veg: 200 x 20011463 yearsR13 500
      
Mars Reflector 48150wFlowering: 60 x 60 Veg: 106 x 1063363 yearsR3 300
Mars Reflector 96250wFlowering: 60 x 90 Veg: 107 x 1676803 yearsR5 300
Mars Reflector 144350wFlowering: 60 x 90 Veg: 106 x 1678733 yearsR7 500
Mars Reflector 192450wFlowering: 120 x 120 Veg: 167 x 16712003 yearsR8 500
      
Mars SP 150250w60 x 603873 yearsR4 200
Mars SP 250350w60 x 1204653 yearsR6 550
      

Unit Farm

     
UFO-80500w80 x 9014693 yearsRequest
UFO-120800w80 x 11018573 yearsRequest
UFO-1601000w80 x 13520283 yearsRequest
UFO-3201600w120 x 13532553 yearsRequest
      
UFO Lite 100200wFlowering: 52 x 52 Veg: 100 x 1004833 yearsR4 000
UFO Lite 200250w60 x 907283 yearsRequest
UFO Lite 600450w100 x 10012283 yearsRequest
      
      
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Mars-Hydro LED Grow Light Repairs

Aeradix and Mars-Hydro offers even greater peace of mind by providing you with the option of having your Mars-Hydro LED grow light repaired out of warranty, irrespective of where and when it was purchased. You can send us your Mars-Hydro LED grow light and we will repair it for you or you can request to have the parts sent to you.

Availability of replacement parts is a key element in providing quick turnaround and product support for customers who perform their own maintenance. By providing quality parts we will help return your Mars-Hydro products to peak performance. Use the form below to get started.

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LED Grow Light Selection Guide

Don’t know which LED grow light is right for you? Use our handy guide to get the right light for your setup.

  1. Select your experience level from the first list.
  2. Select the coverage area closest to the size of your grow area in the second list. The most appropriate light will then be displayed.
  3. Click on the image for more details or follow the link to purchase it.
  4. Space to contact us will appear if we don’t have stock of your light, please enter your e-mail address and request the item.

 

Select your experience level

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The advantages of a Mars-Hydro grow tent

What is a grow tent?

A grow tent is comprised of a lightweight, six-sided fabric exterior installed over a rigid frame and includes a main opening and various apertures suitable for electrical access, ventilation and other functions.

Grow Tent
Mars-Hydro 70cm x 70cm x 180cm grow tent
Mars Grow Tent
Mars-Hydro 240cm x 240cm x 200cm grow tent

There are hundreds of grow tent varieties on the market offering a range of sizes and features for different applications and budgets.

Although there are complete grow tent packages that include the tent, onboard lighting and other components to make startup fast and easy right out of the box, grow tents are carefully designed to accommodate multiple hydroponic or even soil pot arrangements using a range of equipment.

The importance of quality grow tent material

Even though choosing the right size tent may be your first concern when considering a grow tent purchase, size isn’t the only important factor. The material used to construct the tent is often a basic determiner of overall quality.

Mars hydro grow tent
Mars-Hydro grow tents are double lined.

Here’s how it works: A heavy-duty canvas outer fabric, often nylon or polyester, is bonded to a reflective inner layer, often made of biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate. The outer fabric is strong and durable, while the inner fabric increases light efficiency by providing excellent reflectivity.

The thickness of a tent’s outer fabric shell is expressed using linear mass density, or denier, as a measurement.

That’s the D referenced next to the number, like 600D, in a tent’s fabric description. Denier refers to thread or yarn thickness, with one denier representing the base standard, the approximate thickness of a single strand of silk.

The higher the number, the stronger and denser the fabric will be. Grow tents are produced with exterior fabrics that can range anywhere from 200D to 1680D.

That’s a big span. Although opinions vary, many industry insiders recommend an exterior fabric between 600D and 900D as a strong and durable option. Large tents and tents that will be knocked down and reassembled often may require fabric at the high end of the range, or even a more durable, higher-denier fabric.

A tent’s inner liner is designed to help reflect light, and lining materials are rated based on the amount of light they reflect.

mars hydro grow tent
Mars-Hydro uses 99% reflective mylar.

There’s a big range here as well, from 50 to more than 90% reflective capability. This feature carries with it a couple of big benefits. Efficient light reflection means less wasted energy, and energy cost savings over time.

It also means better light coverage for underlying foliage because light is being reflected from the sides as well as from the top of the tent where most primary light fixtures are located.

Purchasing a grow tent made of a higher quality fabric is a good investment in a number of ways. Since the fabric rests on a structure of supporting poles, after installation the roof seams sustain some of the tent’s weight.

Over time, this can stress seams and contribute to wear. Wear and tear can also take a toll on the seams and fabric around zippers. Stronger fabric also reduces the risk of punctures and abrasions, which can be a problem when using gardening tools in an enclosed environment like a tent.

A thicker fabric can contribute to a more lightproof enclosure, where a thinner fabric may permit minute gaps in the needle holes along seam lines to leak small amounts of light. If the hole is large enough for light to escape, there’s a chance micro-organisms can get in the same way.

Aside from thickness, other features to look for in grow tent fabric include mildew resistance, fireproofing and a statement that the material does not off-gas toxic vapors.

The use of some polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials in tent construction, including their use as a reflective fabric material, has resulted in plant losses in the past and increased awareness of the problem across the industry.

When exposed to high heat, PVC can release toxic phthalates and other chemicals. Although a lot of manufacturers are focused on addressing the issue, there may still be products on the market with off-gassing problems, so it’s a good idea to look for a quality assurance statement regarding off-gassing on any grow tent you are considering or discuss the topic with a product representative.

The grow tent frame

Mars hydro grow tent
Mars-Hydro uses a full metal frame.

The structure of a grow tent is made of a framework of supporting poles installed under the fabric shell. They provide stability and somewhat reinforce the shape of the exterior.

The frame does more than create a rigid, sturdy skeleton to hold up the fabric though. It also carries the weight of the mounted fixtures and other equipment inside the tent.

Tent frames can be made of a number of materials. Heavy-duty steel construction is strong and rigid but is also more expensive, heavier and may be more cumbersome to set up and break down than lighter-weight metal and synthetic materials that can still support heavy loads.

As a general rule, thicker poles with applicable fittings will sustain more weight than thinner poles and produce a more rigid, stable frame.

Manufacturers publish maximum weight ratings for their tent frames, and these are important numbers. Lightweight frames limit the type and amount of hanging equipment a tent can safely support.

In small tents, this may not be as significant because the size of the interior also limits the size of the equipment that can be installed inside.

In larger tents that have sufficient area to sustain numerous plants and sophisticated equipment, lights, ducts, fans, filters and other components can be heavy enough to overtax the maximum weight recommendations of some tents.

Grow tent zippers and seams

Mars hydro grow tent
Mars-Hydro uses steel zippers with end stops to avoid damage.

Two common complaints about grow tents are broken zippers and tears around zippers and seams. The door to a typical grow tent is sealed with a long, often multi-part zipper that maneuvers around curves and may be under tension from stretched fabric.

Most grow tents employ large-gauge, heavy-duty plastic zippers, but constant use still makes the zipper area a prime candidate for mishaps. Torn stitching and broken zipper teeth can happen in even high-quality tents, but may be avoided with proper care.

Keep zippers clean by brushing or wiping them regularly to remove dirt and grit that can become lodged in and around the teeth. If a tight zipper sticks, applying a thin coating of paraffin, talc or spray lubricant to the teeth may solve the problem without damaging the zipper.

Seam damage or tears around a zipper can be the result of pulling too hard, but may also result from regular wear when a low-denier fabric is used.

To avoid tearing of the zipper’s seams, some manufacturers double stitch their seams for added strength. It’s another feature that helps distinguish a quality tent.

Grow tent ports and vents

One of the goals of growing plants in an enclosed environment is regulatory control, so successfully managing access to the outside world is important.

Mars hydro grow tent
Mars-Hydro uses micro mesh filters.

This can be challenging since hydroponic, automation, ventilation and filtration equipment often need access to the environment outside the tent for electrical service, air circulation and other purposes.

A grow tent is usually designed to accommodate a variety of equipment from any number of manufacturers. Its onboard access ports, vents and other openings need to be strategically sized and located to suit as much equipment and as many set-up options as possible.

Those openings also need to be carefully crafted to help maintain the integrity of the environment inside the tent once the equipment is installed.

Speaking generally, larger tents offer more ports and vents because they use more equipment. That doesn’t tell the whole story though.

Some tents contain more of one type of port or vent than another, or the openings they do have offer added protection or functionality, like air and cord ports that have double flaps or vent cuffs with double-drawstring closures.

Mars-hydro grow tent
Mars-Hydro grow tents have closable ports for ventilation and access.

Understanding what you may need in a grow tent will help you avoid some potential pitfalls, such as choosing an undersized tent, one with small duct port openings, too few electrical cord ports, or a window on the side of the tent you plan to place against a wall.

These are specific considerations, and even though tents are designed to be flexible, these considerations can be sticking points when starting a new system or upgrading an existing one.

Because features vary from brand to brand and can differ based on size and model, understanding how you plan to use a grow tent, and knowing what equipment you may want to include, is a good first step in choosing the right sized and configured tent for your needs.

 

 

Final thoughts

The right tent set-up will make producing robust plants easier, more cost effective and more satisfying so it pays to research the many options available on the market today.

A good first stop is your local indoor gardening and hydroponics store.

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Mars-Hydro Grow Light Warranty

The Mars-Hydro Grow Light Warranty means you get a 3 year extensive warranty on every grow light that’s fulfilled right here in South Africa. Any issues with your unit will be resolved quickly and without hassle.  Buy with confidence, buy Mars-Hydro.

Mars-Hydro Grow Light Warranty

Grow Light Warranty Procedure

E-mail or call us at the first sign of any problems with your unit and we will provide you with instructions on how to proceed. Please do not open the light without our permission as we are only responsible for problems that arise through manufacturing defects.

  • Repairs are free of charge within two years of purchase. Repairs done after two years of purchase are for the customer’s account.
  • We cover all shipping charges when problems occur during the first 3 months after purchase.
  • Shipping charges to us after 3 months and within one year after purchase is at the customer’s expense. Aeradix (Pty) Ltd will ship back to the customer free of charge.
  • All shipping charges are at the customer’s expense after one year.

The warranty covers the power supply, all fans and electronic components, including, but not limited to, light emitting diodes and light emitting diode drivers.

Replacement

The light will be replaced in the event that a new replacement part does not correct the problem or there is a more complex problem.  The defective unit must be returned in its original packaging and box. If any part is missing or damaged, the sender will be charged additional fees for those parts or blemishes.

Disclaimer

  • A repair fee is associated with the return of your product if the light has been tampered with or if the damage is caused by the customer.
  • The warranty becomes null and void if the warranty seal is broken without our consent.
  • Damage caused by abnormal use, neglect (such as dripping water), using the wrong input voltage, dropping or breaking the light, disassembling of the light, etc. voids the warranty completely.
  • Warranty coverage is ultimately left to the discretion of Mars-Hydro and Aeradix (Pty) Ltd. We reserve the right to refuse warranty repair or replacement services.
  • The 3 year warranty replaces the previous 2 year warranty for all new design Mars II lights as well as Reflector lights purchased from, and including, August 2018.
  • This warranty is subject to change without notice and is based on the warranty ultimately provided by Mars-Hydro found here.