What Defines a Real Samsung Grow Light?

Sometimes when a product sounds too good to be true, it is. One plant producer found this out the hard way when he thought he was getting a great price on a Samsung LED grow light. He invested a great deal of time and money in setting up the operation, but only to get poor germination, leading to a very disappointing harvest. 

Why did the Samsung give this grower such a bad outcome? The answer is because they were not Samsung products at all. They were counterfeit lights with the good Samsung name stamped on an inferior product from another manufacturer. You don’t need to mimic this indoor growing operation through this expensive lesson if you know how to identify authentic Samsung products. 

In 2019, Samsung LED Grow Lights are quickly becoming the industry leader. This type of widespread adoption could only result from superior performance, and Samsung certainly provides. Samsung Diodes are outstanding in the quality of light they produce, the long lifespan of the units, and the results seen in the production process. Of course, what follows next was no surprise: The imitators came along. Many companies began to produce inferior LEDs with the Samsung name on them, leading to situations like the one you just read that proved very costly for indoor growing operations. 

Samsung Diode Models and a Comparison of their Prices and Efficiency

Samsung produces two main series of LEDs, the 3030 and 2835. The name of the 3030 series comes from its dimensions; the units are 3.0mm x 3.0mm. Likewise, the 2835 series comes in a 2.8mm x 3.5mm size. The 3030 units are also thicker (or taller), coming in at 1.9mm, while the 2835 units are 0.7mm thick.  

The 3030 series is divided into three main models, the 301H, 301B, and 301D units. Each successive model has been an improvement in efficiency over the previous model. The 301D comes in at an efficiency rating of 2.75, while the 301B moved to 2.92. The 301H leads the group at 3.1. From the market research of Samsung, the primary customer market of 301H is the United States. In terms of performance, the 3030 series has proven itself capable of generating a consistent lighting level for more extended periods with a low decline in its brightness with age. The 301B produces quality white light at 65mA of current and creates effectively for most grow light operations. In addition, it improves the plant’s nutritional quality and immunity to disease. 

The 2835 series is the least expensive of all while still providing efficiency that’s just behind the 301D. It operates at three different power levels, 0.1 watts, 0.2, and 0.5. The 2835 serials can be used in place of the old 3528 model with better brightness and less heat. It is the ideal product for use in the fluorescent lamp configuration as well as in the bulb lamp and panel light setups. It also has a rectangular shape as opposed to the square shape of the 3030 series, which can prove to be a more efficient method of illuminating grow spaces depending on the layout of the plants.

The progression through these models shows improving forward voltage, with the 2835 series just behind the 301D -2.70V. From then, the voltage increases to 2.71 for the 301B then returns to 2.7V for the 301H. The 2835 serials have white light flux between 10 and 15lm at 30mA, 20 and 25lm at 60mA, and between 50 and 60 lm at 150mA. The 3030 series has luminous efficacy ratings of 211lm/W for the 301D and 220lm/W for the 301B.

Why The Data Above Matters to Us?

This product information is essential for a variety of reasons. First, it will help you determine which units will work best in your operation. The shape, efficiency, and cost are primary considerations as you plan your system. Choosing the right ones will help you maximize your energy investments, provide optimum illumination and proper spectrum for growing plants, and create a more efficient layout of the growing facility. 

The purpose of this article is to help make sure that whatever Samsung product you buy is authentic and not counterfeit. It is a wise choice to learn these data to know how to avoid the fake goods that could endanger your entire production process and waste your money. These detailed specifications are a vital part of the evaluation that will help you source only authentic Samsung products.

Summary: Five Keys to Identifying High-Quality Samsung LED Grow Light

We have provided you with a detailed guide on identifying authentic Samsung LED grow lights based on a number of simple parameters. Now that we have covered everything, we can review the critical points and give you a simple summary of the easiest ways to avoid purchasing fake lights.

Available Models

The first is to consider the models of the diodes. Samsung has an established series of lights on the market. Anytime you see a catalog, website, or other vendor offering something that does not match the existing line of Samsung products, it is not an authentic item. The Samsung line has been developed with the needs of plant production operations in mind. Each item has been carefully planned, designed, developed, and tested to ensure high quality and high performance and to confirm that there is a need for the item on the market.

For example, the 3030 series was developed because it offered meaningful improvements over the 2835 series and filled an essential requirement in the market. Without that justification, Samsung will not create new products. In order to help customers making decisions who seek to buy high-performance LED lighting products, Samsung just launched their LED In-branding program recently. 

The development of fake new models is a common strategy for counterfeiters. They understand that there is product information available for the precise lines, so they develop their lines with no such information. This makes it more difficult for buyers to investigate the product, but that alone should tip them off that it is not authentic.

Diode Series

Again, Samsung has only two main lines of LEDs, the 3030 series and the 2835 series. Under the 3030 series are the 301H, 301B, and 301D LED units. Any product displaying another number is not authentic. It is also important to make sure that the product measurements match the product numbers. Counterfeiters may realize that their dimensions are not the same as authentic products, so they may market something under the 3030 series even though it does not measure 3.0mm x 3.0mm. Counterfeiters assume that buyers do not realize how the series was named and may make this simple mistake that will tip off a well-informed buyer..

Diode Quantity

When you buy a LED grow light, you need to pay attention to what LEDs are used for the light and how many LED diodes are used. Different types of diodes have different prices. Samsung LM301H diode is the most expensive diode, and the 2835 series are cheaper than the 3030 series. Using more led diodes means that the cost of producing lights will be higher, and the relative price of the lights may also be more expensive.

When you want to purchase a led grow light, if you see a 150W light but only use 200 diodes, the price is 130 US dollars; another 100W light uses 250 lamp beads, the price is 150 US dollars; obviously, the latter is a better choice. Using more lamp beads and lower power can make the led grow light more energy-saving, with higher brightness and longer life span. It’s not that the higher the light’s power, the better; you also need to pay attention to the number of lamp beads. Using fewer beads and higher power will significantly shorten the life span of the diodes.

LED Lifespan

One of the strongest selling points of LED lights since they arrived on the market has been their extended lifespan. LEDs of all types last much longer than incandescent and fluorescent lights, but it is important to understand that just because an LED still works doesn’t mean it is still performing. An authentic Samsung LED will maintain the same intensity and quality of light longer than other brands. The measure of this consistency is known as luminous decay. The lower the luminous decay, the closer the light quality is at the end of the unit’s life span to its quality when it was new.

There may be accurate information on luminous decay included in the product literature, but the data could be just as fake as the light itself. If the literature does indicate significant luminous decay for the item you are considering, you can rest assured that the product is not authentic and should be avoided. If the data sounds good and you choose to purchase the item, keep an eye on its performance. Watch for plant performance after a few months and see if they are still growing as vigorously as they did when the lights were new. If you have existing Samsung LEDs on hand that you know are authentic, compare their performance with the suspect ones. If you see them falling behind, you have likely gotten some counterfeit units.

Price is an indicator that will not require so much time and risk. Again, you are investing in your operation. If a price is so low as to raise your suspicion, trust your instinct. The various vendors offering Samsung items will be pretty close together in price, so avoid the temptation to buy from a source that claims to provide those same units at a significantly lower price. Let price be the first and easiest way to start thinking about the authenticity of the product you are considering purchasing.

Power Conversion

Energy efficiency can be defined as the ability to provide as much output as possible from a given amount of energy input. The lighter your diodes generate from the same amount of power, the more efficient they are. Because counterfeit goods have not been developed with the same rigorous attention to efficiency, their energy consumption is a strong indicator that they are not authentic products.

Your grow light operation should carefully track power consumption. When you see the same level of energy use without a resultant similar level of plant growth, you likely have counterfeit lights. Likewise, if it takes more power to provide that same rate of plant growth, you still have inefficient lights that are not legitimate Samsung products.

This is where your management skills can provide significant help for you. Operations that do not closely monitor power use may not notice these issues until they see a big increase in power consumption, a big decrease in plant growth, or both. The more closely you track energy use, the sooner you will realize that you have purchased counterfeit lights and the sooner you will be able to replace them. 

Unit Cost

There is a common expression that you can pay now or pay later. This is true of LED grow lights. When you think you can save money by purchasing cheaper lights but do not appear to come from a legitimate source, you are taking a chance on your entire operation. Each counterfeit unit that you purchase will cost you money in the long run, quickly outstripping any savings you may have realized in the initial purchase.

The cost of a grow light is more than just what you pay for it when you buy it. It is also in the unit’s energy consumption, lifespan, and quality of light. When the cut-rate counterfeit lights begin to cost you money in these areas, you will quickly lose every dollar you saved up. The initial outlay for an authentic Samsung grow light is well worth it because it gives you the reassurance of what your energy costs, production, and replacement expenses will be as time moves on. Avoiding unneeded expenses is only possible when you use real Samsung units.


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