Grow Lights in South Africa | Beginner’s Guide 2021

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Anyone that wants to grow cannabis indoors needs the right grow lights. There are so many different grow lights for sale in South Africa that choosing the right one can leave you more confused than when you started.

CFL grow lights, LED grow lights, and HPS grow lights, are just some of the options you would’ve come across – but which one is the best? It all depends on what growth stage your plants are in and how many plants you want to grow. You will, of course, first need to know the basics of how to grow dagga.

This guide will help you differentiate between the different types of lights and provide you with a few products to choose from.

Types of Grow Lights

Growing plants indoors is a lot of fun, but it requires some planning. Not only will you need to look after the plants’ daily needs, you’ll also have to provide them with sufficient light.

The different types of lights all have their own pros and cons. By comparing them, you will be able to choose the best one for your specific setup. You can find these grow lights in Cape Town and the rest of the country.

CFL Grow Lights

CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) grow lights in South Africa are a relatively cheap and reliable alternative to other lighting options, such as incandescent bulbs However, they still have a shorter lifespan and are less energy-saving than LED lights.

CFL  is your typical ‘energy saver’ light that most people use in their house. But don’t get confused, the CFL lights you require for growing plants are a bit stronger. These lights are best suited for plants in the seedling or early vegetative phase.


  • Cheap
  • Low energy consumption
  • Low Heat
  • Perfect for seedlings


  • Weak light
  • Not ideal for adult plants


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T5 Grow Lights

T5 grow lights in South Africa are the standard when it comes to growing seedlings. These lights aren’t very strong and are the perfect shape to get them as close to the plants as possible.

If you are looking to buy cannabis seeds, these lights are a good way to start them off.

These plants can either come with traditional fluorescent tubes or with the latest T8 LED grow light tube technology. These grow lights have different lengths according to your preference.


  • Cheap
  • Low energy consumption
  • Low Heat
  • Perfect for seedlings


  • Weak light
  • Not ideal for adult plants

HID Grow Lights

High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lights are indoor grow light veterans. Anyone that has grown plants indoors with hydroponics in Cape Town will know about these types of lights. There are a few different HID lights available, namely:

  • High Pressure Sodium (HPS)
  • Metal-Halide (MH)
  • Ceramic-Discharge Metal Halide (CDM).

HPS and MH are the originals – offering only red or blue light spectrum respectively. The CDM is a newer HID technology and is one that offers a fuller spectrum. If you want to learn more about the visible light spectrums and how full-spectrum lighting can improve cannabis growing, you can read this article.


  • Good value for money
  • Newer technology offers a better spectrum


  • Old technology offers a limited spectrum
  • Very hot
  • Contains harmful chemicals that can fall on your plants if the bulb explodes


LED Grow Lights

LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode”. LED grow lights in South Africa are becoming increasingly popular. Not only do these lights consume much less electricity than traditional indoor grow lights, but they offer a fuller spectrum as mentioned above. Many shops offering hydroponics equipment in Johannesburg and other parts of the country will stock these lights.

Quantum boards/bars are pre-configured LED boards that just need to be plugged in. COBs on the other hand need to built yourself using various COB chips, like the 50W LED COB Chip. You can find LED grow lights in Cape Town or online.


  • Low energy consumption
  • Low heat
  • Can be full spectrum


  • Expensive
  • Can be difficult to find good quality LEDs

Best LED and HID Grow Lights in South Africa

Now that you know about the different types of grow lights, you can go through some of the market’s best products. The lights that we will discuss are those that require careful consideration when buying – HIDs and LEDs.

LED Grow Light: 200W UFO by Futurelight

The UFO grow light is out of this world. The unique round shape cuts down on size while still offering you plenty of light coverage. These full spectrum LED grow lights in South Africa offer all the color-spectrums that your plants will need.

The 200w version is a powerful light, but there is also a smaller 50w UFO Pendant version available.

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LED Grow Light: 65w Linear Box by Futurelight

This 65w LED option is the perfect choice for indoor growing. You can use one of these quantum bars for your seedlings or you can link multiple units to create a much more powerful lighting setup. These lights are full-spectrum and can be used during both the vegetative and flowering stages.

You can also find this light in the 150w version which offers more than double the intensity.

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Kingbrite 120w LM301H + Epistar LED by Marijuana SA

This is an LED grow light in South Africa that people are loving. This product uses the highest quality full-spectrum Samsung LEDs and adds supplementary Epistar red lights to improve flowering performance.

These 120w quantum boards are easy to set up and come with a dimmer to adjust your lights throughout the grow cycle. If 120w isn’t enough, you can consider the 240w version.

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Lumii Solar 630w DE CDM by SmokeyEyes

One CDM light that is competing with LEDs, is the Lumii Solar 630w. It is a double-ended HID light that uses two 315w CDM lamps. The light, reflector, and ballast are all connected which allows you to easily hang the entire unit above your plants – a real space saver.

It’s important to remember that this light will generate a lot of heat. You should make sure you have adequate cooling/ventilation systems in place. If you’d prefer, you can always opt for the smaller 315w fixture that only uses one bulb.

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Green Houston LED Quantum Board 480w by SmokeyEyes

The most expensive and last light on our list is the Green Houston 480w QB. Once you’ve switched on this light you will realize why it comes with such a  hefty price tag. It is a high-quality piece of equipment that uses the latest Samsung LM301H diodes as well as Cree supplementary lighting. This beautifully designed board will do really well in a wide range of indoor grow setups.

Not happy with 480w? Why not try out another one of their other options, like the 125w, 240w, 320w, or 600w quantum boards.

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Time to Light Up Your Plants

Now that you’re armed with all the growth light knowledge that you’ll need, you’re ready to start planning your purchase. Make sure to get a light that best suits your growing needs and don’t spend extra if you don’t have to. After all, grow lights are essential but the most important thing is taking proper care of your little plants. Happy growing!

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