Kind LED Review: Are These LEDs Worth the Money?

In order to make your job of choosing the right LED grow light for your garden easier, I’ve decided to make it my job to review the most popular LED grow light companies on the market.

You see, there are a lot of different lighting companies out there, all with different claims and technology…it’s all a bit overwhelming!

Today’s review is for Kind LED, an American LED grow light company targeted towards the high end market and based in Santa Rosa, California.

In this in-depth Kind LED review, I’m going to take a look at their product line, build quality, and the company itself review from top to bottom. We’ll look at:

  • The features their lights offer
  • The build quality of their lights
  • All of the technical specifications
  • Their warranty policy and company history

…and much more. Without further ado — let’s dive into the details behind Kind LEDs!

Kind LEDs: Quick Take

Just in case you want to skip the long & detailed review, here’s my quick take on the company and their LED products:

Kind LED is an American LED grow light company that targets the premium segment of the market.

While their prices are certainly very high, they attempt to justify this by offering either 3-watt LED diodes or a mixture of 3 and 5-watt diodes, all of them 12 band LEDs. Their lights also have many other features, which we’ll get into below.

The K3 Series models are powered by 3w diodes, while their K5 Series models are powered by a mixture of 3 & 5w diodes. The lights come with an integrated timer that will also simulate sunrise and sunset by using the IR diodes to stimulate plants to either wake up or sleep, as well as a remote for easy control.

Their K5 Lineup also boasts of what they call a “customizable spectrum,” which means that you can dim or increase the intensity of a group of diodes to provide your plants with more blue, white, or more red light as needed.

The Kind LED product line is certainly interesting, but it’s still up to the you as the consumer to decide whether these additions (like the integrated light timer) or their “spectrum switching” justify the extremely high price of these grow lights.

Should You Buy a Kind LED Grow Light?

Kind LED certainly offers legitimate LED grow lights with real features, a solid warranty, and good customer service.

However, they still practice old marketing tricks like comparing their lights to HPS or MH lighting by using unreliable terms like “HID Equivalent” while their actual output is certainly lower. I also could not find the actual model of LEDs used on their grow lights.

All of this together leaves them in a rough spot when compared to some of the newer LED companies that have changed the marketing of the industry with a more honest approach.

That said, there are a few models that I would still recommend if you’re looking for a good mid to high-tier LED lighting option:

Both of these options put out a lot of light in a good PAR spectrum at a price that, while high, won’t necessarily break the bank.

Company Background

Kind LED Logo

Kind LED Grow Lights is an American company that’s based in Santa Rosa, California. Kind LED was founded by experienced growers who utilized traditional HID’s to attain top quality results for decades.

They target the premium LED grow light segment of the market. They state this in their own words by saying:

Your Kind LED grow light will cultivate record breaking yields, both in quantity and quality, while running quieter, cooler, and more efficiently than any other grow light.  Guaranteed.

You can read more about them by clicking here.

What Type of LEDs Do They Use?

Kind LED Grow Lights utilize a mixture of 3W and 5W 12-band LED diodes, in order to provide the most balanced spectrum they can offer, stating that:

Kind LED grow lights are the ONLY 3 Watt grow lights that feature a 12 bandwidth full spectrum LED panel, a secondary high intensity optical lens, and 2CM aluminum circuit boards.  These 3 Watt Kind LED lights will match or outperform any other similar 3 watt setup that is seen often throughout the web, regardless of price or claims.

They also include Infrared (IR) and Ultraviolet (UV) LED diodes in some of their grow lights for an added boost.

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Kind LED Warranty

Whenever you buy a LED grow light, you must read the warranty that the company offers. Because lights are highly technical products, things can go wrong. The last thing you want to do is purchase a light, have it go dead on you, and have no recourse due to a poor or nonexistent warranty policy.

The Kind LED warranty policy is as follows:

  • Warranted against defects in materials or workmanship for 3 years from date of purchase
  • Kind LED will repair or replace any defective product
  • In the first 90 days, Kind LED will incur all costs associated w/ the repair or replacement
  • After 90 days, you’ll need to pay for shipping, less a $50 credit that Kind LED will pay

You can read the full warranty information here, but all in all it’s a pretty solid warranty that covers most of the problems you’ll have with a defective light.

Of course, the warranty does NOT cover any damage caused by modifications, neglect, or environmental issues that are out of the company’s control, but that’s pretty standard.

Product Line

Kind LED offers many products within 3 product series. The K5 Series being their top of the line offering, followed by the K3 Series, a more mainstream offer, and finally offering Bar Lights as supplemental lighting where needed.

Here’s a more detailed description of each

K5 Series

The K5 Series LED Grow Lights are an UL Listed offering comprised of a mix of 3 & 5 Watt LED’s. It boasts of the largest footprint and intensity offered by Kind LEDs.

Here are the main points defining the K5 Series:

  • A mix of 3 & 5-watt diodes for increased overall efficiency and intensity
  • Built in 8 stage digital timer that allows for sunrise and sunset mimicking by enabling or disabling IR diodes
  • Dimmable spectrum or “Full Spectrum Control” that allows digital tuning of spectrum to match any plant type at any stage of growth

K5 Series XL750

K5 Series XL750

Dimensions 23″ x 17″ x 3.5″
Weight 28 lbs.
Max Wattage 430w
HID Wattage Equivalent 750w.
Total Diodes 208
Diodes Wattage Perfect Mix of 3w & 5w
Footprint 4′ x 4′
Input Voltage 100-240V AC Power I3.58nput
Output Voltage UL Standard Output Voltage – Less than 76V DC
Amperage 3.58

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K5 Series XL1000

K5 Series XL1000

Dimensions 26″ x 20″ x 3.5″
Weight 36 lbs.
Max Wattage 650w
HID Wattage Equivalent 1000w
Total Diodes 320
Diodes Wattage Perfect Mix of 3w & 5w
Footprint 5′ x 5′
Input Voltage 100-240V AC Power Input
Output Voltage UL Standard Output Voltage – Less than 76V DC
Amperage 5.25

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K3 Series

The K3 Series LED Grow Lights are comprised of 3-watt light emitting diodes featuring a proprietary 12-band spectrum designed for flowering large yields. This series is a more stripped-down offering of the K5 Series, with all of the top end features removed.

K3 Series L300

K3 Series L300

Dimensions 15″ x 11″ x 3″
Weight 13 lbs.
Max Wattage 210w
HID Wattage Equivalent 300w.
Total Diodes 6
Diodes Wattage 15
Footprint 2′ x 3′
Input Voltage 100-240V AC Power Input
Output Voltage UL Standard Output Voltage – Less than 76V DC
Amperage 1.83

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K3 Series L450

K3 Series L450

Dimensions 20″ x 11″ x 3″
Weight 16 lbs.
Max Wattage 270w
HID Wattage Equivalent HID Wattage Equivalent: 450w.
Total Diodes 120
Diodes Wattage 3w
Footprint Footprint: 2.5′ x 3.5′
Input Voltage 100-240V AC Power Input
Output Voltage` UL Standard Output Voltage – Less than 76V DC
Amperage UL Standard Output Voltage – Less than 76VDC

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K3 Series L600

K3 Series L600

Dimensions 25″ x 11″ x 3″
Weight 20 lbs.
Max Wattage 320w
HID Wattage Equivalent 600w
Total Diodes 150
Diodes Wattage 15
Footprint 3′ x 4′
Input Voltage 100-240V AC Power Input
Output Voltage UL Standard Output Voltage – Less than 76V DC
Amperage 2.67

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K3 Series L600 Vegetative

K3 Series L600 VEG

Dimensions 25″ x 11″ x 3″
Weight 20 lbs.
Max Wattage 320w
HID Wattage Equivalent 600w.
Total Diodes Total 50
Diodes Wattage 3w
Footprint 3′ x 4′
Input Voltage 100-240V AC Power Input
Output Voltage UL Standard Output Voltage – Less than 76V DC
Amperage UL Standard Output Voltage – Less than 76V DC

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Bar Lights

IP65 compliant and offered with two different spectrums, The Kind LED Bar Lights are supplemental lights targeted towards providing greenhouses the intensity they require. They can also function perfectly as primary lighting sources for plants that require lower lighting conditions. These bar lights also include UV & IR spectra in order to meet the demands of any plant.

They are low profile, come with their proprietary 12-band spectrum and boast of a “Sturdy Craftsmanship & Durable Design” while being waterproof due to their IP65 Compliance.

Here we have some of the main points defining the Kind LED Bar Lights:

  • Useful for outside / inside edge or side lighting
  • Indoor and greenhouse supplemental lighting applications
  • Two different color combinations, featuring more blue for vegetative growth and extra red for flowering
  • Replacing T5 fluorescent fixtures in any application
  • Multilevel and/or vertical growing applications

Vegetative Bar Light

Vegetative Bar Light

Dimensions 24” 36″ 48″
Weight 3.5 lbs. 4.5 lbs 6 lbs.
Max Wattage 33.6 Watts 44.8 Watts 63.2 Watts
HID Wattage Equivalent 60 Watts 80 Watts 100 Watts
Total Diodes 13 20 28
Diodes Wattage 3 Watt 3 Watt 3 Watt
Footprint 2.5’x1′ 3.5’x1′ 4.5’x1′
Input Voltage 100-240v AC 100-240v AC 100-240v AC

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Flower Bar Light

Flower Bar Light

Dimensions 24″ 36″ 48″
Weight 3.5 lbs. 4.5 lbs 6 lbs.
Max Wattage 23.2 Watts 35.2 Watts 54.4 Watts
HID Wattage Equivalent 60 Watts 80 Watts 100 Watts
Total Diodes 13 20 30
Diodes Wattage 3 Watt 3 Watt 3 Watt
Footprint 2.5’x1′ 3.5’x1′ 4.5’x1′
Input Voltage 100-240v AC 100-240v AC 100-240v AC

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Final Take

Overall, Kind LEDs are a solid choice in the mid to high tier range for LED lighting options. They’re certainly more expensive than some of the other companies I’ve reviewed on this site (like Viparspectra), but that’s to be expected when the company is located in California and the lights boast a lot of customizable features that many other LED products don’t have.

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