Many grow light users will say that Luxx and Gavita are among the top performers for indoor growing environments.

 

Most Luxx Lighting and Gavita reviews claim things like:

 

“My plants are loving it!” or “These lights work like a dream right out of the box.”

 

In this post, we will compare the Luxx 645 LED Pro vs. Gavita 1700e LED.

 

We’ll also give you an overview of the Luxx Lighting 1000W DE and Gavita Pro 1000W DE for our HPS growers out there, don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you.

 

The GroAdvisor product review team has been hard at work pulling together this trusted data so we can settle the Luxx vs. Gavita debate once and for all.

Luxx LED vs. Gavita LED

Product Comparison of Luxx 645 LED Pro vs Gavita Pro 1700e LED

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Luxx 645 LED Pro

The Luxx 645 LED Pro is a LED grow light with dimming capability, making it suitable for horticulture applications from plant propagation to flower. Its high light output in a low-profile 5’x5′ footprint is ideal for full-cycle crop production in vertical racks.

 

 

Pros:

  • Higher light efficacy
  • Balanced “full” spectrum
  • Low Price

Cons:

  • Slightly more weight

Gavita Pro 1700e LED

The Gavita Pro 1700e LED is a full-term light fixture that provides consistent, energy-efficient results. The 8-bar configuration allows you to mount this light source in low rooms, on vertical racks, over rolling benches or even in tents.

 

 

Pros:

  • Slightly less weight
  • Slightly more light output

Cons:

  • Less efficient
  • Only compatible w/ Gavita controller
  • More expensive

Comparing Luxx LED vs. Gavita LED is a close match. These two titans of LED grow lights lead the industry with full-cycle light output for indoor plant production. In terms of performance, you can’t go wrong with either light, so we’ll dig into all the details later in this blog for those that are keen on using LEDs for their growing environment.

Luxx 1000W vs. Gavita 1000W

Product Comparison of Luxx 1000W DE vs Gavita Pro 1000e HPS

Luxx 100w HPS light

Luxx 1000W DE

The Luxx Lighting 1000w DE is a HPS grow light that has become popular due to its high performance at a reasonable cost. Luxx boasts that the 1000w DE grow light design “is the result of thousands of harvests, decades of cultivation experience, and passion for the garden”.

gavita 1000w hps fixture

 Gavita Pro 1000

The Gavita Pro 1000 DE is part of the Gavita Pro-line series, offering a rugged, professional state of the art fixture, reflectors and electronic ballasts. The Gavita Pro 1000 DE electronic ballast works on 240 V, but drives a professional high voltage electronic horticultural lamp.  

 

The Luxx 1000W DE and Gavita Pro 1000 are both workhorses of cultivation. When comparing Luxx Lighting 1000w DE vs. Gavita, both HPS grow lights offer high light output at a reasonable price. Although there are some small but important differences between them, these two brands both make outstanding fixtures that are suitable for any horticultural HPS application. Stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter for another upcoming blog comparing the Luxx 1000W DE vs. the Gavita Pro Line. 

Choosing Between LED and HPS Grow Lights

Before selecting which Luxx or Gavita grow light is best for your cultivation, it’s important to first decide if you’re going to go with LED vs HPS.   There have been many articles written about the differences between LED and HPS, but for the purposes of this comparison we’ll break it down for you quickly:

  • LED grow lights are the only lighting option effective for grow racks
  • LED grow lights are more efficient and will deliver a higher ROI
  • LED grow lights come with better grow light controls
  • HPS grow lights are much cheaper upfront, but more expensive to run
  • Both LED and HPS grow lights will grow high-quality product

When comparing the Luxx and Gavita product-line, you must first determine whether you’ll be growing indoors or in a greenhouse. If you’re growing indoors, there’s great benefit to stacking your lights on vertical racks to double your plant yields. If you do decide to grow vertically, you’ll want to use either the Luxx 645 or Gavita 1700e.   If you’re growing in a high-bay or greenhouse application, we strongly recommend that you do your research on the benefits and disadvantages of LED vs. HPS grow lights to determine if the Luxx Lighting 1000W DE and Gavita Pro 1000W DE will suit your needs.   If you have additional questions on the best LED vs. HPS grow lights for you, our advisors are happy to point you in the right direction when you book a consultation.

#1  Grow Light Specifications

Now that we’ve pointed you in the right direction for choosing your lighting strategy, let’s go head-to-head on the specs for Luxx LED vs. Gavita LED, and we’ll do a cursory analysis of their HPS lighting lines.

Gavita Pro 1700e vs. Luxx 645 LED Pro – Specifications

 

Performance

Luxx 645 LED Pro

Gavita 1700e LED

Output (umols/s) 1727 1745
Efficacy (umols/J) 2.67 2.59
Spectrum Full-spectrum 3900K Full-spectrum 3000K + 660nm reds
LED Types unspecified whites and OSRAM reds Samsung whites and OSRAM reds
Numer of light bars 6 8
Beam angle (deg) 120 120
Mounting height 8″ – 18″ above canopy 8″ – 24″ above canopy
Coverage Footprint Veg 7′ x 7′ 7′ x 7′
Coverage Footprint Flower 5′ x 5′ 5′ x 5′

Electrical

Input Power (W) 645 645
Input Voltage Options (VAC) 120-277 120-277
Input Current Range (A) 5.38A – 2.33A 5.3A – 2.3A
Min Power Factor >0.95 >0.98
Thermal Management Passive cooling Passive cooling
Lifetime L90 > 54,000 hrs L90 > 54,000 hrs
Dimming Manual (40%,50%,60%,80%,100%, EXT) / Auto 0-10V Using Gavita EL-1 or EL-2 Controller only
Max Ambient Temp (degC) 40C (104F) 40C (104F)
Power Cord Length (ft) 10ft (3.05m) 8.2ft (2.5m)
Plug Type(s) 120V: NEMA 6-16A to NEMA 5-15A Adapter 120-240V: NEMA 6-15P 277V: NEMA L7-15P (SOLD SEPARATELY) Multiple – power cord and E-series adapter free with each fixture

Environmental and Mechanical

IP Ratings IP66 (powerful jets of water) IP66 (powerful jets of water)
Safety Ratings UL8800 UL8800, FCC
DLC Yes Yes
Dimensions (L x W x H) 49″ x 43.3″ x 2.55″ (1244 x 1100 x 65 mm) 44.1″ x 43.7″ x 2.3″ (1120 x 1110 x 58 mm)
Weight 31 lbs (14 kg) 28.4 lbs (12.9 kg)
Mounting hardware included included
Warranty 5 years 5 years

Economics

MSRP *(estimated) $1,099 $1,099 to $1,499
MSRP/Watt *(estimated) $1.70 (estimated using $1,099/fixture) $2.09 (estimated using $1,299/fixture)
MSRP/PPF *(estimated) $0.64 $0.74

#2  Grow Light Output

Grow light output is much like comparing horsepower for your car. You may not use it at max capacity all of the time, but you always want more.

led grow light output

Comparing light output for the Luxx 645 LED Pro vs. Gavita 1700e LED is a lot like comparing a Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. They both go fast, and you don’t buy either one for the negligible boost in HP.   The Luxx 645 LED comes in at a strong 1727 umol/s, with Gavita slightly winning at 1745 umol/s. Since cannabis photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) requirements hover around 700 to 800 μmol m-2 s-1, we’ll call this light output comparison a wash because both LED lights are capable of meeting robust flowering goals.   But don’t take our word for it. Below we’ll dive into the details of PPFD for powerful Luxx and Gavita fixtures.

#3  Coverage, Uniformity & PPFD

When looking at the light coverage for the Luxx 645 LED Pro and Gavita LED, it is important to keep in mind that cannabis needs vary between 150 and 800 PPFD depending on the stage of the growth cycle.   Both Luxx LEDs and Gavita LEDs are capable of full-cycle plant development, so you can run a crop from propagation through flower in the same grow rack.   Still, it’s important to consider the hang height of your light fixture in your racks, as well as the width of your grow trays. In a grow tent, this hang height is less important due to the enclosed reflective space. But in plant racks, a high hang height may mean that you’re losing light in your aisles.

Luxx 645w LED Pro Coverage – 12″ Above Canopy (4’x4′)

luxx 645 pro led coverage map

Gavita Pro 1700e LED Coverage – 24″ Above Canopy (5’x5′)

gavita pro 1700e led coverage map

#4  Luxx vs. Gavita LED Light Spectrum

If light output is like your cars horsepower, then light spectrum would be the handling. Choosing the appropriate light spectrum, or using a grow light controller to adjust your light’s channels  will determine how your plant will grow.   Both Luxx 645 Pro LED and Gavita 1700e are extremely similar in the light quality they produce. The Luxx uses a 3900 Kelvin light spectrum, while the Gavita 1700e uses a 3000 Kelvin spectrum with additional 660 nanometer (nm) Osram red diodes to balance the spectrum for full-cycle production.   You’re not going to find much difference in terms of spectral performance from these fixtures, again making both good options for cultivation at any growth stage.

Luxx 645w LED Pro – 3900K Spectrum

light spectrum of luxx LED 3900k

Gavita Pro 1700e LED – 3000K + 660nm Spectrum

light spectrum of Gavita 1700e

#5  Cooling

Both the Gavita 1700e and Luxx 645 LED are passively cooled, meaning that there are no fans to collect dust and debris.   Although there may not be a sticking point between these two LED grow lights in this lineup, you may want to consider the risks of actively cooled fixtures if you’re to compare Gavita vs. Luxx against other LED grow light brands.   With so many similarities between Luxx and Gavita, you now can see how it really comes down to brand and price.

#6  Pricing

Like most things in life, it has all come down to the price you pay. Again, both fixtures are similarly priced, with some large fluctuations on reported MSRP online for Gavita, with some distributors reporting as high as $1,499 per fixture.   The fixture quality and performance is similar between the Luxx 645 LED Pro and the Gavita 1700e LED, so depending on your scale of facility you will want to choose carefully.   Both LED grow lights command great brand recognition in the market, and oftentimes with grow lights it’s the brand you’re paying for.

Economics

MSRP *(estimated) $1,099 $1,099 to $1,499
MSRP/Watt *(estimated) $1.70 (estimated using $1,099/fixture) $2.09 (estimated using $1,299/fixture)
MSRP/PPF *(estimated) $0.64 $0.74

*Disclaimer: All pricing data was taken from manufacturer websites when available, or from a compilation of commercial distributor and online retail pricing. Gavita and Luxx pricing is subject to change per manufacturer’s discretion at any time.

Reviews

What growers are saying about the Luxx 645 LED Pro and Gavita 1700e:

Anonymous | Luxx 645 LED Pro Review

Great Light! Great Customer Service! What more can we ask for!  

Anonymous | Gavita 1700e LED Review

I went with the 1700e. No qualms whatsoever. The price of the 1700e is still a little high, but I’m happy with the performance.

Conclusion

The Luxx 645 Pro LED and Gavita 1700e LED are both well-designed, high performing grow lights for full-cycle development.   All other things equal, such as 5-year warranties and useful rated lifetimes, choosing between the two is really like choosing which look and feel you prefer the most.   For hobbyists and small cultivators, the MSRP for the Gavita may cost you more depending on the deals you’re able to find. Competitive commercial pricing is offered for the Luxx 645 Pro LED, making it a great value for commercial cultivators interested in performance over all else.   To get competitive commercial pricing on grow lights and for a complimentary consultation and lighting report, contact an advisor today to get started.