Shopping for something like LED grow lights can be quite a hassle. Not only are they really expensive, but they are hard to find in a local store. You may find a small selection of bulbs, but it can be difficult to find and compare fixtures and LED growing panels. Unfortunately, the internet is probably the best option. It doesn’t allow you to see the light output for yourself so you have to trust the manufacturer’s specifications and the reviews of random strangers.
Nevertheless, it is possible to get a good deal and still come away with a good product; it will just take some extra work. The first key to save you money is to shop during the offseason. Most people are interested in growing lights during the winter and late fall when they realize that they need to bring their plants indoors if they want them to survive. Either that or gardeners get bored because the cold months don’t allow them to practice their hobby regularly. This means that you don’t want to be looking for you plant lights at the same time.
The best time to buy cheap LED grow lights is in the early spring. Stores will be offloading them so that they don’t have to use up valuable shelf space all year long and previous owners will be selling their used items that they no longer want. Even if you’re not in the market for used items, it still floods the supply and demand dramatically into your favor.
The other things to watch for are sales and closeouts by retailers. Although most sales will occur just after the main season ends, sometimes items are put on sale during peak season to increase sales and revenue. Closeout models are a great purchase because they are brand new but you can get them for the price of a used model. Usually these have a normal warranty, but you have to wonder if they are closing the product out for a specific reason.