- Solid State Design
- Aluminum Reflector
- 300 Watt Power Output
- 5600K Color Temperature
- Operating Temp: 0-35C/32-95F
You don’t need to go through too many plasma light reviews to know Gavita for producing some of the best horticultural products in the business, and the Gavita Pro 300W Plasma Light, one of Gavita’s earlier entries into the plasma market (Plantsily.com/grow-lights/plasma-lamps-6-best-comparison), is consistent with their reputation. The Gavita Pro 300 LEP promises the full spectrum of light that your plants need for optimal light absorption, while also boasting efficient energy consumption and an impressive lifespan of 30,000 hours.
[alert-success]impressive lifespan of 30,000 hours.[/alert-success]
But is that enough to justify a $1000 price tag?
[alert-success]…built with the precision of a luxury car[/alert-success]
At first glance, the Gavita Pro 300 LEP seems to be built with the precision of a luxury car. The housing gives the unit a study, durable feel, although it’s heavier than most of the plasma reflectors we’ve used. The Pro 300 LEP is built with a solid state design which is useful if you’re trying to keep your grow quiet. Although the fixture is quite bulky, we think that its low-profile horizontal design makes the Pro 300 a suitable choice for indoor set ups, grow tents, and even small box grows.
Choosing the Right Emitter
Gavita offers two models of the Pro 300 LEP, each with a different plasma emitter from Luxim. Choosing the correct emitter comes down to simply how you intend to use the Pro 300:
● Blue light spectrum
● Supplemental to HPS
● 50,000 hour lifespan
● 310 μmol s-1 PPF
● Blue and Red spectrum
● Stand-alone unit
● 30,000 hour lifespan
● 300 μmol s-1 PPF
Although it wouldn’t be a bad idea to experiment with the 41.01 emitter alongside an HPS bulb (read review of iPower 600W HPS), we think it would make more sense to go for the 41.02 for several reasons:
- Interchangeable between vegetative and bloom cycles
- Balanced light spectrum
- Better suited for cannabis growing
- Less heat as a result of being a stand-alone unit
Bang for your Buck?
These days, it’s no surprise that plasma technology will cost you; the amount of research that goes into developing plasma lighting is extensive, and you’re basically paying for all the ingenuity that goes into it. Taking into consideration that Gavita does their own research and offers plenty of information about their products, and we’d gladly pay a little extra for the quality. But even with all the money being saved over time with reductions in power consumption, it can still be difficult for many cannabis growers to justify spending over $1000 on a single lamp, especially as a supplemental light source. Even if you decide to get a Pro 300, the results in your grow may not be as dramatic as you may expect with regards to yield and quality. After all, the light only covers a 4’x 4’ (http://plantsily.com/grow-tent/4×4-setup-guide/) area, which we found to be pretty standard as far as plasma lights are concerned.
[alert-warning]spending over $1000 on a single lamp[/alert-warning]
We love Gavita, but as far as cannabis growing is concerned, we can find plenty of other cost-effective ways to spend a thousand bucks. If you’re willing to take the risk on the Gavita Pro 300, be sure to take advantage of Gavita’s warranty program (because you simply never know), otherwise we recommend that you opt for one of Gavita’s newer plasma models, like the Pro 270E, or check out our Gavita 906050 review if you’re looking for a less expensive alternative.
You can also check our Alphalite Plasma review