This post was updated on: Wednesday, October 1, 2019
We all know BESTVA grow lights are incredibly popular and reliable. Does this product fall in line with the rest or we are talking about an oddball? Let’s try to find out!
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In one of my recent posts I took an in-depth look at one of the most popular grow lights on the market, VIPARSPECTRA 600W – a product that certainly has its set of flaws, but still offers a rock-solid weed lighting performance and comes at a very attractive price.
A crowd pleaser if there ever was one.
That brings us to the question – Is there any point exploring different options when VIPASPECTRA hit such a homerun with their offering?
The short answer is – yes.
The grow light market has grown exponentially over the last couple of years. Different products offer different options that can have a huge impact on the quality of your bushes. failing to explore this different option will make your experience rather dull.
That is why today I’m covering another popular choice amongst the weed farmers, BESTVA 2000w LED grow light.
Let’s talk about BESTVA
Before we delve deeper into the specs and how the lights actually perform, let’s take a look at BESTVA itself. After all, grow lights are no small investment and if this is the first purchase you want to make sure you are buying from a trustworthy brand.
Well, you will be glad to know that BESTVA is a well-established company with a strong lineage behind its back. Namely, BESTVA is owned by Shenzhen King Lighting Co. – a company that has long outgrown its Chinese origin and established itself as one of the most reliable grow light manufactures on a world-scale.
Also, BESTVA’s facilities are located in the Chinese powerhouse industrial city of Shenzhen (home of Huawei), which speaks volumes in favor of the quality of the product you are buying.
The things from Shenzhen are rarely garbage.
Also, I’ve dug through tons of user comments and used a couple of BESTVA products myself. Nothing I found so far raised any red flags worth talking about.
As a matter of fact, looking at BESTVA’s portfolio, we can see their offer is versatile, packages contain a lot of interesting accessories, and lights feature all the necessary certification that should put your safety worries for rest.
Even if they still have a lot to prove in order to become a household brand, ambition and serious approach to manufacturing are visible all across the board.
And now, let’s finally cut to the chase and see what this bad boy has to offer.
BESTVA 2000W Review
First of all, I have to mention BESTVA 200W comes in a very handsome package. The box is well-designed, looks pleasantly utilitarian (if you don’t need visual gimmicks, just skip them) and as far as I can say, everything feels very solid.
But, look makes only a part of the impression – in this case, a minor. Let’s see how BESTVA 200W fares described in cold facts.
BESTVA 200W Specs and Features
So, here’s the detailed product info taken from the manufacturer website and their Amazon page:
- Dimensions: 22×11.4×2.8 inches – Definitely not the smallest on the market, but still manageable
- Weight: 15.1 pounds – Reasonably light, you shouldn’t have any problems hanging it even in a tent
- Replaces a 1400 watt HPS/MH – Although they consume only 390 watts, their performance compares to the output of 1400 watt HPS (High-Pressure Sodium Light – a popular but far more power-demanding alternative to LED lights).
- Core Coverage Area: 5.0ft x 5.4ft at 24″ height – This is the area where the light overlap produced by the LED lights is the strongest. As you can see, the square surface is more than decent.
- LEDs Angle: 90° – Since LED angles usually range anywhere from 30° to 180°, I’d say that 90° offer a pretty solid intensity.
- Full spectrum for all stages of plant growth
- 5mm thickness integral aluminum structure radiator
- Average Power Draw: 390W – Compared to the similar 2000W lights, this kind of consumption is definitely on the lower side.
- Input Voltage: AC85-265V – Pretty standard for this type of product
- Working Temp: – 68~104°F – Once again, compared to other similar products, these numbers are definitely above the average (I would attribute this to the efficient cooling system, but everything in due time)
- Frequency: 50-60Hz
- Lifespan: 100,000 hours – Take this claim with a grain of salt. In reality, the number of operational hours will be way lower, especially if you put too much pressure on the bulbs and keep the lights on 24 hours a day. (I already covered the pros and cons of 24-hour light cycles in one of my previous articles. If you want to find out more, you can check here)
So as you can see, the price gap between BESTVA 2000W and VIPARSPECTRA 600W does bring some nice improvements across the board. Still, the specs are just that – let’s describe them as manufacturer’s best intentions.
To get the true grasp of the product you need to experience how it holds up first hand. Well, here are some of my impressions.
As you would guess based on the overall wattage, BESTVA 2000W comes equipped with 200 LED bulbs, 10W per each. All of them are dual chips and, when switched on, they produce some of the most intense light you’ll see in the expanding grow light market.
This kind of setup is also great for power management so you won’t spend too much power even if you keep your lights constantly on. Of course, the lights cover the full spectrum, so if you want to artificially induce vegetative and blooming stages you will get your standard white/blue and white/red setups.
When it comes to the very weeds, I can say that, for the most part, I was pleased. Beware though, the output you get from these lights is pretty strong – if you crank the settings to eleven you can seriously burn the leaves.
So, before you expose your bushes to constant cycles, I would advise you to spend some time playing with the heights to see how the plants respond.
I’m also very pleased to see that all the light setups are very consistent (which was one of the issues I had with VIPARSPECTRA 600W). This, however, is to be expected from the product in this price range.
As for the eyestrain, you’ll definitely experience some. Still, the manufacturer was kind enough to include protective shades, so I’ll give it a pass here.
Spectrum and PAR output
BestVA’s 2000W unit, is of course a full spectrum light.
The spectrum is the range of colors the grow lights can produce in order to simulate outdoor conditions.
Generally speaking, the color spectrum of 380 ~ 730 nm you can find in this product is consistent with visible light. In other words, you will be able to use all the different combination necessary to artificially induce marijuana vegetative and blooming stages.
The warm and cool white are being supplemented by lights at 3500K and 7000K and the glow angle makes sure that the light will be spread evenly, so I can say everything’s well here and move on.
PAR output is a bit more complicated story.
To put it in the simplest of terms, PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) is the amount of light necessary for efficient photosynthesis. Although all grow lights produce output in the PAR spectrum, they can drastically differ in the PAR spread, or in other words, the area in which lights allow optimal growth. You can see the detailed PAR spread breakdown on the picture below.
The measuring units that describe the PAR spread are called PFFD (Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density). Here are the guidelines I use to grow healthy cannabis plants:
- 200-400 PFFD: Seedling stage per cycle
- 400-600 PFFD: Early to late vegging stage per cycle
- 600-900 PFFD: Flowering stage per cycle
Cross-reference them with the PAR spread charts provided by the manufacturers and you’ll see that, with certain adjustments, BESTVA 2000W can easily grow your bushes through all vegetative stages.
When I talked about the specs I mentioned that BESTVA 2000W deals with power management in a very graceful manner. Let me elaborate, please.
When it comes to growing lights, efficient heat management is incredibly important. First, excessive heating can potentially damage your unit in the long run. Second, red hot units can disturb the delicate temperature balance necessary for growing cannabis.
The good news is that BESTVA 2000W is equipped with multiple energy-efficient cooling fans that can easily keep the temperature in the 68~104°F, which is more than acceptable for the product with such a strong output, and nowhere nearly warm enough to disturb the temperature balance in the room.
Also, I should mention that the fans are pretty silent, so you won’t get any headache if you spend a couple of hours in the room.
With the output of 20K lux, there is no denying that BESTVA 2000W is a powerful unit that provides very good coverage. I would say, maybe a bit too powerful for my taste. Don’t get me wrong I keep my room full of plants, but if you are growing fewer weeds, you can easily get away with a 600W unit.
Either way, BESTVA 2000W is capable of covering a pretty impressive area of 7.8” X 7.5” if you hang the lights 24 inches away from cannabis. More than enough for small and medium grow setups.
Still, I would say that I got the best results when I keep the LED lights closer to my bushes during their vegetative stages, so take this area with a grain of salt if you are want to maximize the plants’ growth rates.
Also, keep in mind that, due to LED’s overlapping nature the strongest output will be at the center of the output so do the casual rotations if you don’t want to burn the cannabis leaves.
When it comes to the power efficiency I have to admit that the draw of 390W proved to be a force to be reckoned with, especially when I experimented with 24-hour exposure. Keeping this unit on 24/7 will pile you up some bills.
But, let’s wait for a moment and put the things a bit into perspective. As you’ve probably guessed by now I am not too much in favor of keeping your plants in a constant vegetative state so I wouldn’t recommend doing it to you, either.
Second, the area these lights cover is vast. If you are not growing too many bushes at once, this setup will offer much better efficiency then you’d get if you used several less powerful units.
Also, your bills will be nothing compared to the sums produced by HPS alternatives.
So, when all is said and done, I give it thumbs up.
How BESTVA handless customer support?
This is a difficult question because I haven’t experienced any major problems with the product so I didn’t have to resort to BESTVA’s customer service. Judging by the comments by the users that were less fortunate, the response times were fast, and their complaints were resolved in a satisfactory manner.
As for my overall impressions, I was very pleased to see that the manufacturer offers 3-years warranty and 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
What does that mean? Well, if you are not satisfied with the product you sent it back and get the refund within the trial period of 30 days.
BESTVA 2000W LED Grow Light Pros and Cons
So, I hope you have by now got the overall impression of the product. Now, I’ll give it some final pros and cones where I’ll cast some light (sorry, it was stronger than me) on some of the issues I haven’t covered by now.
Things I Liked
- Considering how powerful these lights are they are still very affordable.
- The cooling system is excellent –even if you keep the lights on 24/7 they won’t produce excessive heat that can potentially damage your plants.
- The LED lights cover the full visible light spectrum meaning you can nurture your plants through all of their growing cycles.
- The coverage area is impressive. You can easily cover the surfaces up to 8 x 8 inches and retain optimal efficiency.
- The product features a three-year warranty as well as a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
- The ratio between blue and red lights is very balanced which is not always the case even in this price range.
- BESTVA is a strong brand with a well-established reputation amongst marijuana farmers.
Things I Didn’t Liked
- Once again the product is not waterproof. Although growing rooms don’t feature excessive humidity poor placement can potentially damage your unit.
- The advertised lifespan of 100,000 hours is far from realistic. This overly optimistic marketing needs to stop at some point.
- BESTVA 2000W doesn’t support daisy chaining, meaning you cannot chain several consecutive lights with a single plug. Still, the substantial area coverage somewhat compensates for this problem.
Bells and Whistles
Finally, let’s take a look at the list of items you can find in this package. Although some people find these kinds of accessories a bit gimmicky I, for example, like to see my packages stacked, especially when I’m spending a couple of hundreds of dollars.
In that regard, BESTVA 2000W does not disappoint. So, what’s exactly in the box?
- One standard-issue power cord.
- One hanging kit
- One adjustable rope
- One grow room glasses I am a big fan of
So, nothing too excessive but all the items you need to start growing your plants and avoid some serious headaches.
BESTVA 2000: What the Users Have to Say?
And now that we covered all the good and the bad things that can be said about BESTVA 2000W grow lights together, let’s take a look at some of the customer comments regarding the product. Each marijuana farmer has a unique growing experience.
Sorting through their reviews can provide us with some tips and tricks we can use to get the most out of our own grow lights.
- The heat from these devices is VERY minimal, I have a small 12000 BTU AC and room is set at 75 degrees at all time, and it’s only on 4, the heat difference is HUGE compared from HPS to LED. I use to pipe my HPS with a CFM fan out the ceiling, I took it all down and put these in and the room holds CO2 way better since the fan isn’t taking it out of the room, and way easier to control temp.
- Ample coverage in a 2x4x5 foot tent. Worked good in a 4x4x7 ft tent too. Probably overkill for the baby tomatoes, but it’s pretty much as bright as a sunny day. Small, kinda heavy, but it really gets the job done.
- For the money, this is one of the best LED lights you can get. It is very very bright. Perfect for flower or fruit producing plants. Has worked very well in veg as well as flower. Also stays cool to the touch. It heats up the grow tent maybe 4-5 degrees.
- Very lightweight and strong light coverage. Smaller than I expected and was afraid wouldn’t provide adequate coverage but it did. Initially for vegging but I think it’s more suitable for flowering due to the color lights being warmer.
BESTVA 2000W LED Grow Light: Final Words
As you can probably guess by now, I am very fond of this unit. It’s reasonably compact, produces incredible light, and, at least from my experience, balances the light spectrum so you can have a blast both during vegetative and blooming stages. The coverage area is excellent and the unit looks like it can take a lot of beating before shutting off (figuratively, of course).
Are there drawbacks? Sure. If you plan on hanging the lite in a tent, you better watch out for potential leaks. Also, daisy chaining could tremendously improve the product’s value in crowded growing rooms. Still, these small cons are not that product-specific – I can see them across the market, so slamming BESTVA for something competition does as well wouldn’t be fair.
To sum it all up, BESTVA 2000W is excellent, albeit not a perfect product that should suit the needs of experienced marijuana farmers and novices alike.
Last update on 2019-10-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API