Review of the Vogek Grow Light

Updated on December 3, 2019
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 Vogek Grow Light.
Vogek Grow Light. | Source

One cold December evening, several years ago, I stopped at a snow-covered lot and purchased a Christmas tree. Anxious to promote his business as green, the vendor also supplied a plastic bag containing a tiny sapling.

Although confined to a small pot that has thwarted its attempts to grow, I still have the pine sapling. It sits in front of my dining room window, basking in the sun and, despite my notable lack of a green thumb, has managed to survive.

In an attempt to brighten my kitchen, I added a smattering of greenery to this room as well. Unfortunately, the ideal location for these plants was nowhere near either of the room’s window.

I checked out Amazon, searching for an inexpensive grow light that could handle a wide variety of plants. My final choice was a Vogek LED system with three adjustable lamps.

Description

The Vogek grow light weighs 2.2 pounds. The large plastic clamp, which manages the light’s operations, receives power via an AC adaptor. Three flexible metal arms extend 18 inches from the clamp, each terminating with an LED lamp.

A power button allows for the operation of one, two, or all three lamps. The lamps’ intensity can be adjusted from 10% to 100%. A timer may be set, if required, limiting operation to three, six, or twelve hours per day. Once the timer is initiated, the lights will turn on and shut down at the selected times each day.

The LED lamps are of the screw-on variety and are expected to enjoy a long lifespan. When they do die, replacements are available for about ten dollars. These lamps cover the full spectrum of visible light.

The operation of this device is relatively simple. Clamp the light securely, plug it into an AC outlet, and position the three lamps in such a way that the plants are properly bathed in light.

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 Vogek Grow Light.Clamp mounted control panel of  Vogek Grow Light.Flexible metal goose-necks extend from back of  Vogek Grow Light's clamp. Clamp of  Vogek Grow Light. Vogek Grow Light clamped to a table top.
 Vogek Grow Light.
Vogek Grow Light. | Source
Clamp mounted control panel of  Vogek Grow Light.
Clamp mounted control panel of Vogek Grow Light. | Source
Flexible metal goose-necks extend from back of  Vogek Grow Light's clamp.
Flexible metal goose-necks extend from back of Vogek Grow Light's clamp. | Source
Clamp of  Vogek Grow Light.
Clamp of Vogek Grow Light. | Source
 Vogek Grow Light clamped to a table top.
Vogek Grow Light clamped to a table top. | Source

Specifications

  • Brand: Vogek
  • Name: LED grow light
  • Model: SP312
  • Weight: 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds)
  • Extension length: 46 centimeters (18 inches)
  • Number of lamps: Three
  • Lamp: 48 LED beads. Full spectrum
  • Rated power: 72W
  • Operating voltage: 12V
  • Color temperature: 4000K
  • Spectral wavelength: 380 – 800nm
  • Spectral patterns: Full spectrum
  • Beam angle: 120 degrees
  • Irradiation angle: 360 degrees
  • Timer modes: 3, 6, 12 hours
  • Dimming modes: 10 – 100% in ten steps
  • Lifespan: Approximately 50,000 hours
  • IP rating: IP44

The Manufacturer

Vogek is trademarked by the Shenzhen AiWoLi Technology Co., Ltd. This company is based in China.

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Lamp used with  Vogek Grow Light.Close up of lamp used with  Vogek Grow Light.Lamps connect to the  Vogek Grow Light's flexible metal extensions. Vogek Grow Light lamp at maximum intensity.Aluminum heat sink disperses any heat emitted from the  Vogek Grow Light's lamps.
Lamp used with  Vogek Grow Light.
Lamp used with Vogek Grow Light. | Source
Close up of lamp used with  Vogek Grow Light.
Close up of lamp used with Vogek Grow Light. | Source
Lamps connect to the  Vogek Grow Light's flexible metal extensions.
Lamps connect to the Vogek Grow Light's flexible metal extensions. | Source
 Vogek Grow Light lamp at maximum intensity.
Vogek Grow Light lamp at maximum intensity. | Source
Aluminum heat sink disperses any heat emitted from the  Vogek Grow Light's lamps.
Aluminum heat sink disperses any heat emitted from the Vogek Grow Light's lamps. | Source

Light Spectrum

Wavelengths between 400 and 700 nm (nanometers) provide all the energy required by plants.

Blue wavelengths (430 to 450 nm) promote vigorous root growth and intense photosynthesis. This is useful during the early phases of plant growth, such as starting seedlings.

Red light (640 to 680 nm) encourages stem growth and flowering, as well as fruit and chlorophyll production.

Green (495 – 570 nm) and yellow (570 – 590 nm) light also assist in the photosynthesis process.

A source that emits illumination throughout this entire range will best provide for the needs of plants. The Vogek LED grow light meets this standard.

Light Intensity

Not all plants require the same amount of light. Some prefer the brightness of the full sun, while others thrive with less. The intensity of the Vogek grow light is adjustable.

Light Duration

Light duration is essential, especially during the blooming period. For indoor plant growth under artificial lights, a minimum 12 to 14 hours of light each day is generally needed. Darkness is important as well. It allows the plant to rest and triggers the flowering response.

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 Vogek Grow Light.
Vogek Grow Light. | Source
 Vogek Grow Light.
Vogek Grow Light. | Source
 Vogek Grow Light
Vogek Grow Light | Source
 Vogek Grow Light.
Vogek Grow Light. | Source

Visual Appeal

The shiny metal flexible extensions of this device are quite striking, and the lamps themselves are attractive. My only quibble concerns flat-black clamp. If it had been colored green, the clamp would have faded more discreetly into the background.

I found the lights, while intended to assist photosynthesis, also brighten and focus attention on the plants being displayed.

Durability

This device is sturdily constructed, and quality control appears to be excellent. LED lights generally enjoy a long lifespan and, when these lamps do burn out, replacements are available at a reasonable price.

Overall Assessment

This grow light is well built and provides plenty of illumination. I am particularly impressed by the ability to easily position each of the three lamps in precisely the right location. The Vogek LED grow light is recommended.

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