When choosing the best grow light to recommend, there are a few things we usually look at: the true output wattage, the spectrum, the coverage, the ratings, and the price. These are some of the things we looked at when selecting the best light under $500. That’s how we came up with the winner, the VIPARSPECTRA Dimmable Series 700W LED Grow Light. Its price is way below $500, which means you’ll save a couple of dollars. It also offers enough watts for 13 big plants (325 watts). It has a long lifespan, so you can use it for a few grow cycles without any issues.

Product DetailsRatingPriceWatt/hrFootprintLifespan$/watt
VIPARSPECTRA 1200W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants Veg and Flower
(4.3)
4.3/169
$339.995244 x 4’ at 24"100000 0.64
VIPARSPECTRA Dimmable Series PAR1200 1200W LED Grow Light
(4.5)
4.5/352
$479.995495 x 5' at 24"100000 0.87
Advanced Platinum Series P300 300w 12-band LED Grow Light
(4.4)
4.4/336
$369.00180 3ft x 2ft100000 2.04
Advanced Platinum Series P4-XML2 380w 12-band LED Grow Light
(3.3)
3.3/8
$499.00178 3x3 bloom at 18"100000 2.8
Morsen 2000W Double Chips LED Grow Light Full Spectrum 200x10W Grow
(4.2)
4.2/110
$304.983654.5' x 8'50000 0.83
G8LED 240 Watt LED Veg/Flower Grow Light with Optimal 8-Band plus Infrared (IR) and Ultraviolet (UV) - 3 Watt Chips$309.001403' x 2'100000 2.2
Marshydro Reflector 960W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum Grow Light
(4.4)
4.4/294
$337.994204 x 4' at 18"50000 0.8
MARS HYDRO Pro II Epistar 1600W Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights
(4.4)
4.4/1098
$486.993454'x4' at 24"50000 1.41