Before you invest your hard earned money in LED grow lights do your homework and make sure you get a great light from a reputable company. Otherwise, you might get stuck in the middle of your grow with a ruined crop and light pocketed. There are a few critical things to look out for when shopping for LED grow lights.
Be careful of companies that promise long warranty terms but have only been in business for a short time. I see companies offering warranty periods that are longer than the amount of time they have been in business. This should be taken as a serious warning sign. If the company hasn't been around long enough to know the defect rate of their product over the life of the warranty period, they may not be around when you actually need to use their warranty several years down the line. In the last several years there have been numerous LED companies that have come and gone and the main reason they go out of business is because they get overwhelmed by service requests after a few years of being in business. Look for companies that have been around at least 5 years so you can be confident that they will be around in case you need service when you need them most.
Any non-perishable product should have a return period during which you can get a refund. Ask to see the company's return policy and read through it carefully. Make sure there are no restock fees. You should be able to return your lights for a refund for at least 30 days after you make your purchase. In case you change your mind or have something come up in your life, you do not want to be penalized for your purchase by not being able to return. The return process should be easy and straightforward.
If you live in the United States, you want to do business with a company that is located in the United States. It sounds pretty obvious but it is critical and worth mentioning. You want to receive your item quickly and you need to be able to return the item easily in case you want to return or have a service request. Ask anyone who had to send a light overseas for repair and you will hear a nightmare story. I have read many of them on the forums and do not want to share in the experience. US based companies have a culture of customer service and will generally go out of their way to keep the customer happy. This is not always true of international companies who may have a completely different business culture.
Before you make an investment into your growing business or hobby, make sure you know who you are doing business with. Make sure the company is very reputable and provides top-notch service because if you ever have an issue with your lights you want to be certain that someone is there to take care of you. There are a handful of good companies selling great grow lights but unfortunately there are many more companies that will join the LED boneyard in the years to come. Choose carefully and enjoy the benefits and joy of growing indoors with LED grow lights!