Meizhi vs Viparspectra – LED Grow Light Comparison & Review

Meizhi and Viparspectra are two well established grow light manufacturers who are known to produce some of the best budget friendly, value from money grow lights. Viparspectra in particular seems to have exploded in popularity recently, with many experienced growing ( including myself ) recommending their lights.

However, In this article, I'm going to compare Viparspectra best selling 600w LED grow light with Meizhi 600w equivalent.

Which light will come out  on top? Read on to find out.

Meizhi vs Viparspectra - Quick Comparison

First, let's have a look at these two lights specs side by side...

MEIZHI LED Grow Light 600W, Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants, Veg and Flower dual Growth and Bloom Switches (Reflector Series)
VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series V600 600W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants Veg and Flower
Name
MEIZHI 600W
VIPARSPECTRA 600w
Actual Wattage
Replaces a 600 watt HPS
Replaces a 600 watt HPS
Spectrum
Full Spectrum, inc UV & IR
Full Spectrum UV & IR
Dimensions
15 x 12.6 x 2.8 inch
15.3 x 12.8 x 3 inches
Max Coverage
3ft x 3ft
3ft x 3ft
Power Draw
Consumes 277w
Consumes 269w
PAR Output
774 umols at 18"
703 umols at 18"
Warranty
1 year
3 years
Daisy Chain?
Veg & Bloom Switch?
MEIZHI LED Grow Light 600W, Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants, Veg and Flower dual Growth and Bloom Switches (Reflector Series)
Name
MEIZHI 600W
Actual Wattage
Replaces a 600 watt HPS
Spectrum
Full Spectrum, inc UV & IR
Dimensions
15 x 12.6 x 2.8 inch
Max Coverage
3ft x 3ft
Power Draw
Consumes 277w
PAR Output
774 umols at 18"
Warranty
1 year
Daisy Chain?
Veg & Bloom Switch?
VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series V600 600W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants Veg and Flower
Name
VIPARSPECTRA 600w
Actual Wattage
Replaces a 600 watt HPS
Spectrum
Full Spectrum UV & IR
Dimensions
15.3 x 12.8 x 3 inches
Max Coverage
3ft x 3ft
Power Draw
Consumes 269w
PAR Output
703 umols at 18"
Warranty
3 years
Daisy Chain?
Veg & Bloom Switch?

Ok, so as you can see from the table above, it's a very tight race between these two!

Both lights have the same actual wattage, with the Meizhi consuming marginally more electricity. However, that extra electricity draw could explain the additional PAR output that Meizhi manages to achieve over the Viparspectra, which is very impressive. However, the Viparspectra light offer a very generous warranty compared the the Meizhi which I think is a big plug point for it.

Unfortunately, right now, I'm still undecided which is better. I'm going to need to go into this in more detail!

Read on for the pros and cons of both lights, as well as a detailed comparison of features

Viparspectra 600w - Pros & Cons

What we like

  • Really good customer service who is VERY responsive to customer issues.
  • Daisy chain functionality which I am a big fan of. I much prefer using two smaller lights over one big light as it is much more versatile. 
  • Very budget friendly price - one of the key reasons why Viparspectra is so popular in the cannabis community.
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    Generous 3 year warranty
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    Perfect PAR output levels.

What I don't like:

  • Includes IR but no UV, which is shown to promote higher levels of THC

Meizhi 600w - Pros & Cons

What we like

  • This light outputs a very impressive amount of PAR - almost 71 umols more than the Viparspectra
  • Low price in relation to build quality and features.
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    Good 3 year warranty
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    Daisy chain functionality and ability to automatically optimise light intensity with switches.
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    Good, responsive customer service.

What I don't like:

  • Includes IR but no UV, which is shown to promote higher levels of THC
  • Does not have a very good warranty. I usually look for at least a 2 year warranty with any LED grow light.

Features

In this section, I'll take a closer look at each of the key features that these two lights offer and see which one comes out as the winner.

Actual Wattage

Both of the lights have the same actual wattage. I really like that they are marketed as 600watt grow lights and actually produce 600watts of power.

You should never grow more than 8 plants under one grow light.

Winner: DRAW

TIP: For optimal growth, your plants should get roughly 50w of power per square meter, but you should never grow more than 8 plants under one grow light.

PAR Output

PAR ( measured in μmol/m2/s ) is the light that your plant actually absorbs from your lights wavelengths and uses to grow ( photosynthesis ). So, it's pretty important!

Here's the optimal ranges of PAR for your plants at different stages of their life:

Between 200-400 (μmol/m2/s) Best range for your the seedling stage
Between 400-600 (μmol/m2/s) Best range for your plants in the vegetation stage
Between 600-900 (μmol/m2/s) Best range for when your plant is starting to flower.

Viparspectra outputs 703 umols at 18 inches - this is usually how far away your light would be if your plants were flowering. That is a very respectable PAR out and right in the middle of the perfect range of PAR required at that stage.

Meizhi, however, outputs an incredible 774 umols at 18 inches. More PAR = more food for your plants, so Meizhi wins this one.

WINNER: MEIZHI

Spectrum

A good full spectrum LED grow light will provide your plants with every wavelength they need for optimal growth and yields. Grow lights output a few differnt colors of light, but here are the key things we're looking for:

Blue light ( 440-470nm ) Blue light between this range simulates summer sun and is perfect for creating leaf growth during the seedling and vegetation stage

Red light ( 640-660nm )  Red light between this range simulates autumnal sun and is the optimal range for causing photosynthesis - perfect for the flowering stage.

UV ( Ultraviolet ) UV wavelengths cause cannabis plants to go into defence mode, which produces more THC

IR ( infrared ) IR wavelengths are thought to penetrate deeper into your plants and lead to larger leaf size ( although this is heavily debated in the cannabis community )

The Viparspectra and Meizhi both have the perfect output of red and blue wavelenghts for the veg and flowering stages. As mentioned above, these lights could both be improved with the addition of some UV lights for the flowering stage.

WINNER: DRAW

Coverage

​Both lights have similar dimensions and have the same max coverage of 3ft x 3ft.

Winner: DRAW

Power Consumption

The Viparspectra consumes slightly less electricity  (269watts ) compared to the Meizhi at 279watts - 10 watts isn't an awful lot though.

Ok, let's see how these two lights will affect our electricity bill every month.

Here's the equation I'll be using to work this out:

Cost of Electricity x Number of Hours On x (Watts / 1000) = Total Cost

The current average cost of electricity in the USA is $0.12KW/h. If I were vegging, I'd have the lights on for 18 hours every day ( 540 hours every month )

Based on these values, the Viparspectra would cost $17.43 to run every month and the Meizhi would cost $18.07 every month.

WINNER: VIPARSPECTRA ...just 

Warranty

For me, a good warranty is essential when buying a grow light. I bought a grow light a few years back that suddenly stopped turning on after 2 months. It didn't have a warranty and the company I bought it from didn't reply to my emails. Needless to say, i was not happy. 

Viparspectra blows the Meizhi out of the water here with a 3 year warranty. Meizhi should really up their game here.

WINNER: VIPARSPECTRA

Final Verdict

Ok, so after delving a little deeper into the features of these two grow lights,  I've finally decided which I would choose.

I would choose the Viparspectra over the Meizhi. Although the Viparspectra offers slightly less PAR output than the Meizhi, it's still in the right range for optimal results. The Viparspectra just pips the Meizhi for me due to its 3 year warranty and the peace of mind it provides.

I hope you found this review useful when deciding between these two lights. Let me know what grow light you decided to go for in the comments?

Last update on 2018-09-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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