Black Dog LED PhytoMAX 1000 Watt LED Grow Light Review

Since full spectrum LED grow lights are still new in the market, many people question the advantages they offer compared to the various other types of grow lights. These questions arise from the need of many professional cannabis growers to maximize their yields keeping them always on the lookout for any new technology that may solve their problem.

New lineups LED lights are released by various brand every year. However, most of them fall short of their claims. It is however very different for the Colorado-based company, Black Dog LED.  It produces some of the best LED grow lights that never disappoint when it comes to their wattage claims. With that said, let us look at one of the company’s new market entry THE BLACK DOG LED GROW LIGHT REVIEW. To start off here are some of the benefits that come with the LED PhytoMAX-2.

The Pros and Cons of the Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2


Powerful LED bulbs

The grow light is equipped with powerful 5-watts diode bulbs that can provide a canopy penetration comparable to an HPS light.

Light Spectrum

The grow light delivers a full spectrum light that is especially useful for growing cannabis. The spectrum is single allowing for a non-disruptive transition from the vegetative phase to the flowering phase.


The device provides the biggest plant coverage among all the LED grow lights in the market.


The grow light makes use of the primary lenses rather than the secondary lens that most grow lights use. It helps in providing an even light footprint and reducing the amount of light that gets lost.

High Yield

Expect to achieve a high marijuana yield free from pests and diseases by using the Black Dog PhotoMAX-2 grow light.



The Black Dog LED PhotoMAX-2 is one of the highest priced grow lights in the market. However, this is compensated by the fact that its performance is extraordinary.

High Heat Emission

The Black Dog PhotoMAX-2 emits heat that is equivalent to a 1000W HID bulb.

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The Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2 uses the highest quality top-bin LEDs that use 5-watts of electricity evenly. The diodes ensure that light is distributed evenly in the grow tent. The design helps to eradicate leaf burns and hot spots that are caused by other LED lights that come with fewer LED lights that are more powerful.

Diodes that use a wattage higher than five watts produce too much heat reducing the LED lifespan. It then becomes a challenge to manage the excess heat that it emits. The heat that the Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2 produces, on the other hand, transfers to the heatsink where it blows it away from the device. The diodes also help the light to penetrate through the canopy of the cannabis plants efficiently.

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It is always important to consider the spectrum that an LED light produces before purchasing. If a grow light does not provide the needed light spectrum, both the plant growth and flower quality will be affected. The Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2 utilizes its proprietary Phyto-Genesis Spectrum. The spectrum came about after years of research as a way to promote high-quality, healthier and disease-resistant plants.

The spectrum also contains Ultraviolet (UV-A) light and near-infrared (NIR) where the UV-A light helps in increasing the production of trichomes and making the plants more resistant to pests and diseases. The NIR, on the other hand, helps to boost the plant’s photosynthetic efficiency through the Emerson Effect. It does not emit any UV-B light.


It does not have two separate modes for veg and bloom. The Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2 produces a single spectrum eliminating plant shock that happens when a plant is adjusted quickly from blue LEDs to red LEDs causing growth stalling. The Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2 provides a handy system to combat the excess heat it produces. It contains one of the biggest heatsinks in the grow light industry which covers most of the weight that makes up the device. The size makes them sufficient enough to cover the heat the 441 5-watt diode LEDs produce.

Its design allows it to emit less heat when you compare it to other LED grow lights. Too much heat is not suitable for plant growth as well as the lifespan of LED lights. The PhytoMax-2 grow light has a minimum LED lifetime of 50,000 hours which equates to 15 years of usage. You can still use it after the time period is complete. However, we would not recommend it since the light intensity and efficiency would be slightly lower and not sufficient for proper plant growth.

It also comes with ultra-quiet fans that are depicted to last for 70,000 hours while in operation. The fans are on one side of the device, unlike many other brands that set them on top of the unit, helping cannabis growers to mount the device closer to the ceiling without restricting airflow.

Most LED grow lights in the market provide PAR ratings to show the light’s ability to grow plants. However, PAR values are not always actual. They do not always give an accurate reading. The Black Dog LED Grow Light offers the value for the total photon flux of 961 mol per second. Unlike most, it provides a more accurate measure of the light’s power on the area of coverage.

It can provide a higher vegetative and flowering footprint compared to any other grow light in the market. The Black Dog LED Grow Light distributes light evenly throughout the area of coverage. Many grow lights provide a powerful light in the middle of the coverage area with the intensity dropping off as you move to the edges of coverage. However, the Black Dog LED Grow Light provides more power towards the edges with the plants in those sections getting almost as much light as those from the middle part of the coverage area.

Since the plants receive even light coverage, the plants will grow proportionately. You do not need to continually rotate your cannabis plants to avoid hot spots and leaf burns.

The Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2 holds an FCC certification in electromagnetic and interference limits and is ETL certified meeting all the UL safety standards. It also has a CE certification making it applicable for use in the European Union.

The device comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and 90-day money back guarantees to give you the confidence you need to make a purchase. The company takes the responsibility of repairing the device if it becomes defective within 45 days of receiving the product in the first three years of purchase. Afterward, the company w kill only take care of the cost of the parts while the labor cost goes to the buyer for the period between 3 to 5 years. After five years, all the cost responsibilities transfer to the user.

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If you are looking for an LED grow light that can deliver the best results for your cannabis plants, you can never go wrong by selecting the Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2. It rates as one of the best in the industry mostly due to the wattage it can produce and its impeccable heat management capability. Even though the price of the device is high, it is an investment worth making.

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Bowden draws from over a decade of home growing experience as well as consulting for small-scale and hobbyist-level growers. He has written hundreds of articles, thought pieces, and tutorials about growing cannabis at home

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