When it comes to indoor gardening or cultivating plants, the right grow light can make all the difference in achieving healthy and abundant yields. Among the wide array of options available, Mars Hydro’s FC-E series grow lights have gained significant attention for their claimed cost-effectiveness.
These lights have garnered a reputation for striking a balance between affordability and exceptional performance, making them a top choice for growers looking to optimize their budget without compromising on quality. In this blog, we will explore the factors that contribute to the FC-E series’ status as the most cost-effective grow lights in Mars Hydro’s lineup.
Why Are FC-E Series the Most Cost-Effective LED Grow Lights of Mars Hydro?
At first, we need to clarify a concept clearly. What is a cost-effective grow light? A cost-effective grow light is one that provides a good balance between its upfront cost and its long-term benefits, resulting in overall savings for the grower. It is a light that offers efficient performance, durability, and energy savings while effectively supporting plant growth. That is to say, growers could by a high performance light with the least money.
Growers who are familiar with Mars Hydro know that the appearance of FC-E series and FC series grow lights are almost the same, both are multi-strip LEDs, covering a square area, and both use Mars Hydro drivers. So what made the price of FC-E series lower? let’s find out the reason!
Diode Brand Decides FC-E Series Grow Lights’ Lower Price
Mars Hydro FC series grow lights use Samsung diodes, while the FC-E series grow lights use Bridgelux diodes. For the reason why these two series use different diodes, you can refer to our previous blog. Both Samsung and Bridgelux have established themselves as reputable and reliable brands in the LED industry. Samsung’s extensive presence in the electronics market has contributed to its strong brand recognition and customer trust. Bridgelux, with its focus on LED lighting solutions, has also gained a solid reputation among growers and lighting professionals.
Of course, as a giant in the diode industry, the reputation and high efficiency of Samsung diodes determine that its price is in a leading position in the market. It is conceivable that the price of FC-E series lights equipped with Bridgelux diodes will naturally be lower than those equipped with Samsung diodes. In our previous blog, we also illustrate clearly the difference between Mars Hydro FC and FC-E series planting lights.
If there is only one advantage of affordable price, it is not enough to explain that FC-E series lights are the most cost-effective. Its quality and performance must be better than most of the grow lights on the market.
High PPFD Performance Provides Plants Powerful Growth Motivation
The most precise way to assess the effectiveness of a grow light is through measurements of PPE or PPFD. Let’s examine their definitions:
PPFD – Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density (PPFD) quantifies the amount of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) received in a specific area. It is measured in micro-moles per meter squared per second (µmol/s/m2).
PPE – Photosynthetic Photon Efficacy indicates the light output produced by a grow light relative to its power input. PPE is measured in micro-moles per second per Watt, often abbreviated as µmol/J.
The Mars Hydro FC-E series LED grow lights are not just ordinary lighting fixtures – they are powerhouses that deliver exceptional PPFD levels and light intensity to revolutionize your indoor gardening experience. Besides, FC-E has a more uniform light distribution, PPE is up to 2.7μmol/j, ensuring that the whole plants can grow evenly and produce the same good bud on the edges.
Take, for example, the FC-E3000 LED grow light. With an input power of 300 watts, this grow light emits an astonishing PPFD of up to 1170 µmol/s/m2 at a hanging height of 12 inches. Even at a slightly lower height of 8 inches, it maintains an impressive PPFD of around 1320 µmol/s/m2. These high PPFD values ensure that your plants receive an intense and uniform light distribution of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) for optimal growth and yield.
Impressive Full Spectrum Covers the Entire Range of Wavelengths
Mars Hydro FC-E series LED grow lights equipped with a combination of warm white light, white light, red light, and blue light, and they offer a well-rounded spectrum that covers the entire range of wavelengths needed for photosynthesis.
Warm white light(2800-3000K): Warm white light closely resembles the spectrum of natural sunlight, providing plants with a more balanced and familiar lighting environment. This promotes healthy growth patterns and helps plants respond more effectively to the light source. In addition, it can be used effectively during both vegetative and flowering phases, offering the necessary wavelengths for various physiological processes.
White Light(4800-5000K): White light in the range of 4800-5000K, also known as cool white light. Cool white light contains a balanced spectrum of blue and red wavelengths, with a relatively higher proportion of blue light. Blue light in the 4800-5000K range stimulates the production and activation of flowering hormones, such as gibberellins and cryptochromes, within plants. These hormones initiate and regulate the transition from vegetative growth to reproductive growth, leading to bud formation and eventual flowering.
Dark Red Light(660-665nm): Dark red light, typically in the range of 660-730 nanometers (nm), is a specific wavelength within the red spectrum that has notable effects on plants when incorporated into full-spectrum LED grow light. Dark red light is instrumental in promoting flowering and fruiting in plants, promote elongation of plant stems and internode expansion, enhance Photosynthesis and Chlorophyll Production, etc.
Long Lifespan, Offering Growers a Reliable and Long-Lasting Lighting Solution
Heat is one of the primary factors that can affect the lifespan of LED grow lights. Every FC-E series LED grow light equipped with a peak-shaped aluminum heat sink on each light bar to increase the heat dissipation area. By maintaining optimal operating temperatures, the FC-E series extends the longevity of the LEDs and ensures consistent performance over time. Moreover, the LED diodes employed in these grow lights are designed to have a long operational life, often exceeding 50,000 hours of continuous use. This means that the lights can provide consistent and reliable performance for several years without needing frequent replacements.
In short, Mars Hydro FC-E series plant lights inherit the advantages of FC series plant lights, but also have their own unique features. And they have the ability to consistently and efficiently bring high-quality light to your plants for high yields, especially for individual grower scale or small commercial scale. If you are looking for a high-efficiency, cost-effective grow light bars, FC-E series is definitely your first choice.
Besides, if you want to learn more about FC-E series LED grow lights, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we will reply you as soon as possible!