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.

ProductRatingPriceWatt/hrAreaLifespan$/watt
VIPARSPECTRA 1200W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants Veg and FlowerVIPARSPECTRA 1200W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants Veg and Flower
(4.5)
4.5/161
$339.995244 x 4’ at 24"100000 0.64
VIPARSPECTRA Dimmable Series PAR1200 1200W LED Grow LightVIPARSPECTRA Dimmable Series PAR1200 1200W LED Grow Light
(4.4)
4.4/345
$479.995495 x 5' at 24"100000 0.87
Advanced Platinum Series P300 300w 12-band LED Grow LightAdvanced Platinum Series P300 300w 12-band LED Grow Light
(4.4)
4.4/332
$369.00180 3ft x 2ft100000 2.04
Advanced Platinum Series P4-XML2 380w 12-band LED Grow LightAdvanced Platinum Series P4-XML2 380w 12-band LED Grow Light
(3.4)
3.4/8
$499.00178 3x3 bloom at 18"100000 2.8
Morsen 2000W Double Chips LED Grow Light Full Spectrum 200x10W GrowMorsen 2000W Double Chips LED Grow Light Full Spectrum 200x10W Grow
(4.1)
4.1/93
$315.983654.5' x 8'50000 0.86
MARS HYDRO  Mars ll  900w Full Spectrum Grow LightMARS HYDRO Mars ll 900w Full Spectrum Grow Light
(4.1)
4.1/45
$337.993645.5' x 5.5' Max50000 0.92
MarsHydro Pro 2 Epistar 800w  Full Spectrum Grow LightMarsHydro Pro 2 Epistar 800w Full Spectrum Grow Light
(4.3)
4.3/1068
$339.993522' x 3' at 24"50000 0.96
G8LED 240 Watt LED Veg/Flower Grow Light with Optimal 8-Band plus Infrared (IR) and Ultraviolet (UV) - 3 Watt ChipsG8LED 240 Watt LED Veg/Flower Grow Light with Optimal 8-Band plus Infrared (IR) and Ultraviolet (UV) - 3 Watt Chips
(4.4)
4.4/86
$309.001403' x 2'100000 2.2
Marshydro Reflector 960W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum Grow LightMarshydro Reflector 960W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum Grow Light
(4.4)
4.4/288
$337.994204 x 4' at 18"50000 0.8