LED’s rarely get any cheaper than $39.99, but as with anything else, you usually get what you pay for. Although the Erligpowht 45W LED does deliver as intended, we weren’t surprised by its lackluster performance in producing quality cannabis. Most growers probably won’t turn to a brand like Erligpowht for cannabis anyway, opting for other professional LED grow lights on the market, but we couldn’t ignore the modest price tag, so we decided to give it a shot.
This LED lamp feels relatively cheap compared to other grow lamps. The plastic housing makes for a somewhat flimsy feel to the product, and we weren’t at all impressed by its appearance. In fact, we thought this lamp looked more like a Connect Four set than an actual grow lamp, but appearances aren’t always everything.
LED’s themselves are pretty well made
The LED’s themselves are pretty well made despite the cheap plastic housing. They seem to burn bright, and they’re recessed into the unit itself, which put much less strain on our eyes than some of the other LED’s that we’ve tested in the past. This does seem to take away a little from the light spread, but not enough to make much of a difference. It also makes for a pretty suitable addition to a living area if you would prefer to grow plants in an open area.
..you may want to buy some extra hangers along with it.
This lamp does come with a wire hanger, but the wire is very cheap, and you’ll probably have to either supplement the wire with something more sturdy or replace the way you hang the fixture altogether. This isn’t unusual with most other entry-level lamps, but growing cannabis isn’t always about finding the best deal. If you decide to purchase this lamp, you may want to buy some extra hangers along with it, otherwise you’ll be in deep trouble if the hanging wire does happen to snap on you.
Certainly, the lamp does as intended. It’s bright, covers a pretty decent area, and we were surprised to see our plants reacting pretty well to it. The ease of use is great for those who are just starting to learn the basics of growing, since the unit is essentially plug and play. The two spectrum of light it emits should be perfect for light absorption, although you may want something a little more powerful after a while.
One thing we noticed was that the lamp had somewhat of an adverse effect on younger plants. Some of our clones didn’t react well to the Erligpowht, but a few of the older plants didn’t experience any noticeable problems. We find this a little odd, considering that this lamp is meant for small to medium sized grows, but for forty bucks, we found little reason to complain.
However, we would probably recommend this lamp for plants other than cannabis, considering that cannabis is very picky about the type of light it receives. Yes, it does offer the red and blue light spectrum which are supposed to be optimum for photosynthesis, but to watch a young plant struggle under this light raises a lot of red flags about the technology behind this lamp, so we would advise some caution with this product. Considering that the lamp isn’t all that powerful to begin with, we thought it would be pretty silly trying to put much more developed trees under it. You’ll also have to put the fixture pretty close to the plants themselves, just as we did, to see any desired effect.
If you’re a beginner starting your first grow, this lamp may be for you, but you’d probably be better off with a small HPS grow lamp or another professional LED grow light that will more readily meet your cannabis growing needs. The price tag on this lamp may be enticing compared to some of the other expensive lamps on the market, but you really are getting what you pay for, and you’re going to want the best for your plants if you want to grow healthy and strong cannabis for consumption, unless, of course, you intend on growing vegetables and fruits, for which this lamp is more suited. The recessed LEDs (visit page) make the lamp pretty comfortable to use in the living room, since the lights won’t be as distracting from the side.