Indoor gardens are generally dependent upon artificial lighting for success. The right grow lights can make a big difference in the success of your garden. Cidy from Wakyme contacted us to see if we might be interested in reviewing the Wakyme J-1000W LED Grow Light, and of course, this crazy plant lady jumped at the chance.
In this post, we will review the Wakyme grow light and show you how it performed in our indoor survival garden.
Wakyme Grow Light Performance
The most important characteristic of a grow light is its ability to produce strong healthy plants. It needs to produce a full spectrum light that mimics natural sunlight. Another important factor is how much it costs to operate. The Wakyme J-1000W LED performs well in both categories.
Testing the Wakyme Grow Light
The top shelves in our indoor garden were desperately in need of light. We had only one grow light suspended from the ceiling and were wasting precious growing space. In order to test the performance of the Wakyme, we placed a few mature pepper plants, along with newly planted cucumbers, rainbow Swiss chard, and spinach under the light.
We have been using the Wakyme J-1000W LED grow light for about 3 months. Quite frankly, I am impressed with how well the plants have done under this light. The plants are robust, healthy, and producing abundant fruit.
Wakyme Grow Light Energy Consumption
Energy consumption is an important consideration for both operating costs and the ability to use the unit with backup power. Wakyme has done a good job of creating a grow light that is energy efficient.
The Wakyme is designed with dimmable LED lights. We have been using them at full strength to produce high quality peppers. The dimmer switch is located on a cord that can be positioned in a convenient location for easy access.
The Wakyme grow light consumes about 100 watts of energy on the high setting. The low energy consumption is a little bit surprising when you look at the amazingly bright lights. Low energy consumption translates into lower power bills.
Wakyme Provides Full Spectrum Light
Wakyme produces a full spectrum light that mimics natural sunlight. It has white, red and IR (660-665nm Red IR/3200-4200Knm/6000Knm). This combination encourages plant to flower, fruit, and increases productivity. Wakyme uses SMD 3030 LED technology for the highest PAR/LUMEN output which is significantly more efficient than traditional plant lights. Over 90 percent of the light energy can be absorbed by the plants.
The Wakyme J-1000W grow light provides a vegetation lighting footprint of 3 feet x 3 feet. Blooming plants need to be closer to the light, so that flowering footprint is only 2.5 feet x 2.5 feet.
Wakyme J-1000W Notes
The grow light arrived quickly and in sturdy packaging to protect the grow light during shipping. Everything arrived in good condition.
The Wakyme growth lamp is made with a moisture-proof fan, waterproof LED board, and the Mean Well driver has a high safety performance record. The manufacturer boasts that this light will last for a long time. LED lights typically operate for 50,000 to 90,000 hours (7-10 years of continuous use). We have used this light for about 3 months, and it has performed very well.
Grow Light Temperature
The Wakyme grow light is cooled using a fan We have not had any issues with the grow light getting hot.
Low Noise Operation
Wakyme has a low noise, moisture-proof fan that runs when the light is on. The sound is a quiet fan in the background.
Wakyme Grow Light Installation
It was simple to install the grow light. Ideally, you would suspend the light from two points to keep it stable. We suspended it from a single point, and it worked out very well.
Grow Light Operating Time and Distance from Plants
It is nice that the height of the light is easily adjustable because it allows you to vary the distance between the grow light and the plant based on the circumstances. Wakyme recommends the following lighting times and distance.
For ideal germination conditions, hang the grow light 24 inches above the plant. Keep the light on for 18 hours and off for 6 hours.
Seedlings work well when the light is hung 24 to 30 inches above the plant. Provide light for 18 hours and let the plant rest for 6 hours.
Hang the grow light between 18 and 24 inches above the plant. Give the plant 18 hours of light and 6 hours of dark. Alternatively, you may want to turn the light on for 20 hours and off for 4 hours.
Bloom or Flowering Lighting
Hang the light 12 to 18 inches above the plant. Provide a lighting cycle of 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
Caution – Avoid Looking Directly at Wakyme Grow Light
The Wakyme grow light is everything they claim it to be. My only concern is that you need to be careful not to look directly into the light. It is incredibly bright and can temporarily cause visual disturbance. The dimming feature on the light can take care of this if it becomes a problem.
I usually leave the Wakyme on high because I love how the light accelerates the growth of the plants. I just avoid looking directly at it. I work for hours in the room without any issues unless I stare at the light.
Where to Purchase Wakyme Grow Lights
You can purchase the Wakyme J-1000W Grow Light on Amazon for $138. The retail price is $140.
Indoor Gardening Adventure
Indoor gardening has become my new favorite hobby. I can work in my little garden anytime and never have to worry about the weather or daylight limiting my activities. I find my indoor garden to be quite therapeutic as well as productive.
This cute little Wakyme grow light has seriously expanded my useful growing space and enabled me to grow large plants on the top of my shelving units.
Thanks for being part of the solution!Jonathan and Kylene Jones