Meet the Kind LED XL1000. An LED grow light that combines high yields with low energy consumption. Think big plants at a fraction of the growing price. These 2 factors made reviewing the Kind K5 LED XL1000 a gardener’s delight. You can choose any 1000 watt LED grow light but I would keep the Kind XL1000 on your radar as you shop around and read reviews.
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Kind LED XL1000 For Plant Production
Throwing out our 750 watt HPS grow light was the goal and the XL1000 proved to be the best ideal replacement in this category. It combines the same growth functionality of 1000 to 750watt high-pressure sodium grow light at a fraction of typical HPS electricity consumption cost. Consuming a mere 650 watts of power.
Very impressive grow light if you ask me…
XL1000 Coverage Area
Coverage is decent as well. I would recommend no more than a 5 by 5 area for veg phases and a 4 by 4 area for flowering stages of plant and cannabis growth. We, however, kept it to a simple 4 foot by 4 foot grow area using one of our favorites grow tents.
Kind LED XL1000 Features
The Kind LED XL1000 light itself combines many features to make it a top contending grow light for 2018 and beyond. A unique feature of the Kind LED XL1000 is that it gives the user control over the full spectrum 12 band lighting cycles not seen anywhere as of yet in the amateur growing light market. Typically, you would have to travel to a professional grow operation to see this type of sophisticated lighting set-up. A win-win for novice growers with not much of a learning curve.
Controlling the wavelengths for your plants seems complicated, but much of the guesswork is solved as long as you pay close attention to your budding plants. Plus, it comes with a cool remote for adjustments. How awesome is that?
Need more red light spectrum? No problem. A quick press of the remote and presto, you get more red. We found these adjustments really made the difference for a bountiful plant yield. Keeping a lookout for indications of what the plants need is important, but through trial and error, we succeeded with one of our healthier grows. Although a simple veg/bloom switch can be found on standard LED grow lights, the fine-tuning you can do with this LED is by far its greatest asset.
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Also included with the K5 Kind XL1000 is a nifty timer that can be switched through 8 different phases of plant growth cycles. Completely programmable to mimic the arc of the sun from gentle sunrise to fading evening sun. Plants have evolved to grasp this concept and it is about time lighting manufacturers caught up.
Measuring 3 inches by 26 inches by 20 inches this Kind LED holds as many as 320 3watt and 5 watt LED light bulbs and a secondary high-intensity optical lens that helps inch its way through plant canopies for maximum light exposure, again helping your plants thrive indoors.
Although we stick with our typical UV eyewear protection, this LED came with its own protective shades which is another nice feature. Always protect your eyes when using LED. We can’t stress this enough.
Heat is another indoor growing factor, but with these cool running lights, you won’t need to buy extra fans or worry about scorching your plants. Amazed at how cool these are to touch, we could not stop touching them. Not good for the bulb, we soon stopped.
Weighing in at 36 lbs they were easy to install and easy to operate. On a standard ballast, adjustments of height were simple and easy to maneuver in our grow tent. Did I mention it comes with a remote? So access to any changes was not required. You can easily adjust your settings while sitting on the couch and watching your favorite show.
In total, we grew 6 plants in our 4-foot tent and although yields were not as much as an equivalent HPS bulb, which is typical, our yields looked to be close to that of a standard HPS grow light.
With its strong blue spectrum, our plants through the veg cycle grew fast and robust but found the mix of blue and red was a bit slow during flowering, but not by much. This loss vs an HPS was insignificant but could be considered a con in the argument for this light. Keep in mind this is the norm and the tradeoff you get with standard LED grow lights such as the XL1000.
Once all was said and done it appears the quality of buds with this light still turned out better than that of an HPS bulb. Because this is a quality LED the light spread was much better and our THC levels tested much higher as well due to the ultraviolet wavelengths in this above-average LED.
Being able to have precise control over the light spectrum made all the difference as compared with the same quality lights in this category of LED. When the plants need less spectrum and light, make the adjustment. When they need more, crank up the light. It is really that simple.
Kind K5 XL1000 Yields
For instance, starting in the seedling cycle we powered down the lights about fifteen percent less in the red spectrum and thirty percent less for white and blue spectrum. Seedlings just don’t need that much light. As the veg stage inevitably came, we powered up around 50% for red light and 100% for white and blue light spectrum. In the final stage of flowering, we simply set it to 100% power for all spectrum.
In conclusion, we highly recommend the Kind K5 XL1000 LED grow light for indoor gardeners from novice to expert. Simply put, with so much control with this LED you would be foolish not to consider it. One of the biggest issues with cheap and inexpensive grow lights is the lack of control when your plant just needs more of a certain type of light. A simple veg/bloom switch sometimes just does not cut it.
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