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California Light Works Solar Flare 220W Led Grow Light Review

California Light Works Solar Flare 220W Led Grow Light

The Solar Flare 220W is one of the three market variants available in the same LED grow light.

These include the FullCycle, BloomBooster and VegMaster, which are more or less the same, but have specific sets of LED settings that can be accommodated for different types of usage.

Their popularity and wide usage are down to a structurally small design that works best with a 2′ x 2′ bed, whilst using nearly 50% less LEDs than the Solar Flare 440W.

California Lightworks stands out from the crowd with its focus on innovation and simplicity.

This is clearly evident on the Solar Flare 220W, which boasts 72 3W OSRAM LEDs on a single board but comes attached with a heavy heat sink that provides greater light coverage than ever before.

The OSRAM LEDs are designed to maximize coverage with the latest, state-of-the-art technology that opts for lower voltage consumption. For this purpose and to ensure that the spread is at its highest, each LED is lensed directly at an 80 degrees angle downwards.

This allows the light to be distributed evenly for a much healthier and richer yield that is simply not possible otherwise.


Power is a very essential component that drives the overall success of the Solar Flare 220W.

Costing in horticulture and farming represents two major hurdles that often limit profit margins or increase growing expenses. And in order to keep them in full check, there are two 100W drivers which control the input power, which often ranges between 90 to 277 VAC.

However, the most pivotal feature of course is the PAR (Photosynthetically active radiation) spectrum bands which allow photosynthesis to take place and therefore cater to the plant’s dietary requirements.

Without a continuous stream of light entering into the plants, there would be no growth and this is done through solar radiation based on 400 to 700 nanometers.

Our system helps maintain the delicate balance between wavelengths and thus allow the photosynthesis process to take place without damaging crops or plants.

One of the most commonly noted problems faced by Solar Flares or the like is that they can cause a lot of damage to potential crops if their settings surge or get out of hand.

This can be down to a number of different factors which includes power fluctuations or even device malfunctions.

However, the pioneering security features keep this in check and also cater to possible overload problems that can cause heat over-dosages.

Size – 9” x 9” x 4” depth

  • Catering to specific dimensions, the Solar Flare 220W focuses on higher crop yields with minimum resource usage.

Weight – 9 lbs

  • Bite-sized with a big punch! The low weight allows for easier movement across various areas and far less hassle when it comes to installation.

Input voltage – 90 to 277 VAC

California Lightworks has been a firm believer in delivering innovative products and the Solar Flare 220W is a great representation of that as it allows you to use far less energy to power the device, whilst ensuring much more light in the same cost.

This makes it feasible for small-scale horticulture and crop farmers who aren’t willing to splash the cash, but still want the best value for money on the market.

Power Consumption

Indoor Vegetable Growing

With such low power consumption, it’s no wonder that the demand for Solar Flare 220W continues to grow upwards. 165W is considered a cinch in the current market and most devices require much higher voltage to operate effectively.

Nominal coverage area – 2′ x 2′ at 18” to 24” height

The area coverage as mentioned before is designed to maximize produce and caters to smaller segments than other variants.

Spectrum – 5 bands total, two red, two blue and 3100K white

These spectrums alternate accordingly to maximize effectiveness and provide higher light concentrations.

This key process is designed for state-of-the-art provision of radiation waves that translate into effective light and allow the plants to consume nutrition through photosynthesis.


The Solar Flare 220W sets the competition apart with a neatly packaged device that gives a reasonable bang for the buck.

It’s affordable for most small-scale setups and that is where it works best; under limited conditions with specific areas.

The low power consumption means that the operating costs are minimal and the yield is significantly higher because the focus area is smaller with a greater punch.

Moreover, the greater spectrum alternating features allow for a much completer coverage of the crop patches, ultimately resulting in a better yield.

However, it does have its own setbacks. It’s not the biggest machine in the market and therefore works well with medium-sized setups at best.

That being said, it is still a brilliant product and is highly recommended to experienced and novice farmers alike.