Review: Kind K5 XL1000 LED Grow Light

The Kind K5 XL000 LED Grow Light, winner of High Times Magazines’ coveted Stash Awards (2015), throws a lot of light without a lot of heat. STASH, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, stands for Significant Technological Achievements in Secretive Horticulture. The Awards recognize products that are both innovative and reliable tools for increasing yield while decreasing hassle. The XL 1000 comes with FREE ratchet hangers and Method Seven LED glasses. You’ll need suitable eye protection for a light this strong.

Method Seven glasses have the capability of balancing light to adjust to the unique color spectrum of LEDs. They’ll provide you with 100 percent UV protection. Additionally, they are crafted with the finest materials and manufacturing techniques by Carl Zeiss.

Eye Protection Sun and Computer Glasses

Besides a cutting-edge, sleek design, the XL1000 has a couple of killer features and benefits such as:

  • Extra Large footprint in comparison with other LED grow lights
  • Internal timing function
  • 3 and 5-watt diodes
  • Full-spectrum customization
  • Mother Earth function
  • Cost savings
  • Remote control
  • Service and support
  • Second optical lens
  • Efficient aluminum heat sinks
  • Pulse width modulation dimming (PWM)
Kind K5 XL1000 LED Grow Light
Kind K5 XL1000 LED Grow Light w/ Ratchet Light Hangers and Method Seven LED Glasses

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A huge problem with a number of LED lights has been their small footprints due to their smaller circuit board construction. This has led to them failing to deliver true-to-spec harvest weights. Because of this, many growers have been skittish about replacing their hotter HPS lamps with LED models. This light lives up to specs. You can expect even coverage of a 5 X 5 growing area, leading to robust plants, and lush, potent blooms. A second optical lens makes it possible to throw 33% – 100% more output on the peripheral growing area. Designed for increased penetration of the plant canopy by up to 200%, the second lens also helps to create easy rooting of plants.

Organic hydroponic vegetable garden

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The XL1000 has a pretty interesting “Mother Earth” function that allows you to simulate outdoor lighting. With eight stages ranging from sunrise to full-day sun, to sunset, you are able fully to control the light your plants receive, as you can set the duration and spectrum for each stage. This is especially useful if you need to adjust the amount of sunlight for certain applications. For example, Sativas have less chlorophyll than Indicas and require more sunlight.

Customizability is king with Kind. Using the remote that has been included you can program and change the light cycles. With one device you are able to control from one to 100 lights. You can also adjust the 12-band spectrum of light to adapt to plants’ vegetative and bloom phases of growth.

Even with all this power and flexibility, the light uses less electricity while remaining cooler than other LEDs. The balanced mix of 320 three and five Watt diodes combine to provide efficient, powerful lighting that is effective without burning too hot. In comparison to HPS lights, you can expect a 30-40% savings in electricity. The Kind LED 1000 uses about 650 Watts of power—only 65 percent of what a 1000 Watt HPS light uses. Pulse width modulation dimming (PWM) is another energy-efficient feature. It makes it possible for the light to use only as much power as needed

tomato plant under LED grow light

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This XL 1000 comes equipped with two aluminum heat sinks that are able to efficiently dissipate heat. This will help to ensure increased performance and longer life span of the light’s components and parts. The heat sinks also eliminate the need for noisy inline cooling fans. This is critical if your grow setup is within your living quarters, or if you don’t want to attract any unwanted attention. Lastly, Kind provides a three-year warranty and a 90-day money-back guarantee (for one unit). The 90 days is one full growth cycle, so you can really test out this lamp’s performance from seedling to harvest. We expect, though, that once you try this powerhouse, you’ll want to keep it.

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