The Mars Hydro TS-3000 is a Full Spectrum 450W grow light. It’s $450 from Amazon and advertised to be powerful enough for a 4×4 or 5×5 grow tent, or even to be used commercially.
I chose the TS-3000 as my first grow light when I started growing weed and my first grow was in a 5×5 tent. Four plants produced 1lb 3g of top-shelf cannabis.
Is the TS-3000 Enough Light for 5×5 Tent?
For starters, this light was plenty of power for the 5×5 tent. With four or six plants in the 5×5 tent, the single panel TS-3000 lights the canopy well enough. I pulled a pound on my very first try.
BUT WAS IT ENOUGH?? No, not really. Light penetration in the center of the tent, directly under the light, is great – but in the corners and edges of the tent, there will be very little light penetration. This means all-but-the-top colas and nugs directly beneath them will likely be underdeveloped near the edges and corners of your tent.
I like to manifold or mainline my plants. I top them and grow them wide rather than tall. I like to maximize my canopy and grow as much weed as possible. This light isn’t enough for my 5×5.
TS-3000 in 4×4 Grow Tent
The TS-3000 LED panel fills the footprint of the 4×4 much more than it fills the 5×5. It’s still possible to move around the perimeter of the light in the 4×4, but in the 5×5 it was roomy.
With the 450 actual watts TS-3000 in my 4×4 tent, I grew several rounds of autoflower cannabis. At one point I had 9 plants in the grow and some plants put out as much as 10 ounces EACH!!
The TS-3000 is much more ideal in the 4×4 grow tent. Canopy penetration near the edges and corners wasn’t amazing, but it was pretty good!!
The Mars Hydro TS-3000 in combination with the 4×4 grow tent is a great budget setup and a cheap way to start growing weed at home.
Links for products used in this grow:
Mars Hydro 5×5 Grow Tent
Mars Hydro TS 3000 LED Grow Light
AC Infinity Cloudline T6 fan with speed controller & temp/humidity
Growers Choice Seeds (Super Silver Haze, White Widow, Green Crack)
General Hydroponics Nutrients
Autopot 4-pot hydroponic system
Seedling Hot Pad / Dome