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Black Dog PhytoMAX-4 8SC 500 Watt LED Grow Light

Black Dog PhytoMAX-4 8SC 500 Watt LED Grow Light

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The PhytoMAX-4 lights by Black Dog are engineered to deliver unparalleled yield and quality in plant cultivation. Instead of focusing solely on maximizing photons per watt, these lights prioritize achieving the highest yield per watt while enhancing terpene, pigment, and cannabinoid production. With a legacy dating back to 2010, Black Dog stands as one of the oldest LED grow light manufacturers, demonstrating extensive experience and commitment to supporting customers. The lights are dimmable from 15% to 100%, providing flexibility with industry-standard 0-10V dimming controllers. Active cooling technology ensures efficiency and maximizes LED lifespan, particularly for the specialized UV and violet LEDs. Designed and assembled in Colorado with over 8 years of refinement, PhytoMAX lights are built to last, and each unit includes hanging hardware for ease of installation. With a proven track record, Black Dog offers unparalleled customer support, drawing on their firsthand experience in growing thousands of plant varieties with their lights.

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Is the Black Dog Led PhytoMAX-4 8S LED Grow Light Light Right for Me?

PhytoMAX-4 is engineered for peak efficiency and LED longevity through active cooling, crucial for specialty UV and violet LEDs. With an impeccable track record spanning 13 years and tens of thousands of lights, fan failures are non-existent. The patented design incorporates redundant fans, ensuring uninterrupted operation even if one fails.

Features & Benefits


What is included?

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Maximize Growth, Minimize Energy

PhytoMAX-4 is the ultimate grow light system, renowned for its active LED cooling that boosts efficiency and longevity, particularly for UV and violet LEDs. Over 13 years, thousands of lights have showcased fan reliability, complemented by redundant fan features. It offers a spectrum tailored for all growth stages and energy efficiency. Whether you're a hobbyist or commercial grower, PhytoMAX-4 guarantees thriving, sustainable cultivation.


Large flowering footprint


Powerful spectrum

Unparalleled Yield and Quality

Active Cooling

Benefits of LED Grow Lights

LED grow lights offer numerous benefits for plant cultivation. They are energy-efficient, customizable in spectrum, emit minimal heat, and have a long lifespan. These qualities reduce costs, enhance growth, and promote environmentally friendly and low-maintenance cultivation practices.

Instant On/Off

It allows precise control over light cycles.

Full Spectrum Lighting

This promotes healthier and more robust plant growth.

Low Heat Emission

This reduces the risk of heat stress and saves them from damaging

Easy Installation

LED grow lights require less maintenance, saving you time and effort.

Optimized Light Output

Allows you to adjust the light spectrum to suit different plant types and growth stages

Power Saver

LED grow lights save energy, costs, and promote sustainable cultivation.

Durable Design

Constructed with top-quality materials, ensuring prolonged use in various conditions.

Consistent Output

Engineered for sustained performance, guaranteeing optimal light output over time.


Why Black Dog Led

Black Dog LED is a trusted choice for indoor growers due to its numerous advantages. Their LED grow lights offer a full spectrum, including UV and IR, promoting optimal plant growth and increased yields while being energy-efficient. These lights are durable, incorporating advanced technology like dimming capabilities, and often have a large coverage area, making them suitable for various scales of cultivation. With a proven track record of consistent performance, Black Dog LEDs are favored by growers seeking reliability and quality results.


Spectrum Matters

The Phyto-Genesis Spectrum is meticulously designed to foster compact, high-quality plant growth, emphasizing flowers, fruits, and leaves. Utilizing 8 distinct LED colors, it harnesses photomorphogenesis, triggering plants' hormonal responses to minimize stem growth and enhance flower and fruit production. This results in more efficient space utilization and increased yields.

Ultraviolet: 3% ultraviolet light (greater than 400nm) mimics the sun's natural UV light, keeping plants bushier and more compact, more resistant to pathogens and insects, and producing more terpenes and pigments. Unlike supplemental UV light bars, PhytoMAX-4 evenly distributes UV light across the entire growing area, and at a concentration that gives your plants the benefits of ultraviolet throughout the entire growing cycle, not just restricted to the last couple weeks of flower.

Infrared / Far Red: Infrared / far red light (700-750nm) increases photosynthetic efficiency through the Emerson Effect. Too much can cause stem elongation but when paired with the right ratio of red and blue light as in the Phyto-Genesis Spectrum, it increases yields.

Violet: Violet light (400-450nm) better penetrates dense plant canopies to nourish lower leaves, allowing high-quality flowers and fruit to grow lower on the plant.

Blue: Blue light (450-480nm) triggers chlorophyll B photosynthesis more efficiently than green or yellow light, and helps keep leaves more compact for better canopy penetration.

Red: Red light (600-700nm) drives photosynthesis, but can also cause plants to elongate their stems if not matched with an appropriate amount of blue light.

SP versus SC Models

The only difference between the SP and SC models is the power cord and the voltage it can handle.


SP model IEC power cord

Rated for 100-250 Volts
Not recommended for greenhouse use


SC model locking, water-tight power cord

Rated for 100-277 Volts
Locking, water-tight connection

Unparalleled Yield and Quality

PhytoMAX-4 lights are designed to grow the highest-quality and highest-quantity harvests. Rather than striving for the highest-possible photons per watt, PhytoMAX-4 is designed to give the highest yield per watt while maximizing terpenes, pigments and cannibinoid production.

Active Cooling

PhytoMAX-4 increases efficiency and maximizes lifespan by actively cooling the LEDs. Cooler LEDs run more efficiently and have a longer lifespan, especially for the specialty UV and violet LEDs we use. While fans are a moving part, we've never had one fail in tens of thousands of lights over the past 13 years, plus our patented design includes multiple redundant fans. Even if one were to fail, your light will keep running just fine.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is vital for sustainable growing. The lights minimize energy use without sacrificing performance. Reduced heat output means lower cooling costs, creating a comfortable environment for plants and savings for growers.

FAQ Section

What sets the PhytoMAX-4 8S LED Grow Light apart from other options on the market?
The PhytoMAX-4 8S stands out with its focus on achieving optimal plant growth, terpene production, and yield by utilizing a carefully tuned spectrum. Its design philosophy prioritizes energy efficiency while maximizing terpenes.
Can you provide details about the specific spectrum range of the PhytoMAX-4 8S and how it benefits plant growth and yield?
The PhytoMAX-4 8S utilizes a carefully tuned spectrum to enhance plant growth, stimulate terpene production, and maximize overall yield. This tailored spectrum ensures that plants receive the ideal light wavelengths at each stage of their growth cycle.
How does the PhytoMAX-4 8S strike a balance between achieving a high yield and energy efficiency?
The PhytoMAX-4 8S achieves a balance between high yield and energy efficiency by optimizing its spectrum for plant-specific needs. Rather than striving for the highest photons per watt, it focuses on delivering the maximum yield per watt.
Is the PhytoMAX-4 8S dimmable, and if so, what is the dimming range and compatibility with different dimming controllers?
Yes, the PhytoMAX-4 8S is dimmable, offering flexibility in controlling light intensity. It has a dimming range from 15% to 100%, and it is compatible with industry-standard 0-10V dimming controllers.
Can you elaborate on the active cooling system of the PhytoMAX-4 8S and how it enhances the efficiency and lifespan of the LED lights, especially for specialized wavelengths?
The active cooling system of the PhytoMAX-4 8S actively cools the LEDs, promoting efficiency and extending the lifespan, particularly for specialized wavelengths. Cooler LEDs run more efficiently and have a longer lifespan, ensuring consistent performance over time.
What is the construction material of the PhytoMAX-4 8S, and how does it contribute to the durability and longevity of the LED grow light?
The PhytoMAX-4 8S is constructed with high-quality materials, ensuring durability and longevity. The details of the construction material may vary, but it is designed to withstand the demands of continuous use in cultivation environments.
How user-friendly is the installation process of the PhytoMAX-4 8S, and does it come with hanging hardware included?
The installation process of the PhytoMAX-4 8S is designed to be user-friendly. It typically comes with hanging hardware, such as V-hooks and ratcheting rope hangers, making the setup process straightforward for growers.
Is there a warranty for this product?
Please check the warranty tab on this page for warranty information.
How long will shipping take?
Please check our shipping policy here for shipping information.
What is the return policy?
Please check our return policy here for return policy information.



Light Dimension 15" x 15" x 4.5"
LED Light Spectrum Full Spectrum
Warranty 5 Year


Voltage and Current

  • LED grow lights usually operate at standard household voltages (e.g., 120V or 240V) and draw current accordingly.

LED Diodes

  • High-quality LED diodes are at the core of LED grow lights.

Power Supply

  • LED grow lights come with power supplies or drivers that convert the incoming electrical voltage to the specific voltage required for the LED diodes to operate

Led Lights


  • Some LED grow lights offer dimming capabilities, allowing users to adjust the light intensity and power consumption to match the needs of their plants at different growth stages..
Brand Black Dog Led
Dimming 0-10V, 15-100%
Weight (lb.) 26
Length (in.) 15
Width (in.) 15
Height (in.) 4.5
LED Light Spectrum Full Spectrum
Total PPF Output 1062 μmol/s
LED Features Dimmable *with Controller, Supplemental UV
PAR Efficiency 2.12 μmol/J
Power 500 Watts
Coverage Area Veg: 6.25' x 6.25'; Flower: 5' x 5'
Power Factor 0.99
Voltage 100-250V
Amps 4.17 @ 120V, 2.4 @ 208V, 2.08 @ 240V
Frequency 50/60 Hz
Power Cord Length 8 ft.
SC Model 100-277V (50 / 60 Hz)
ETL Listed Yes
Warranty 5 Year
Number of LEDs 224
BTU 1705
Operation Ambient Temperature Range -4 to 104 °F

What is Included?

What’s in the box.

  • Black Dog PhytoMAX-4 8S LED grow light
  • A pair of V-hooks for hanging the light.
  • Ratcheting rope hangers for adjustable height and positioning.
  • Power cord and any necessary connectors.

Warranty Policy

It's recommended to contact Black Dog Led for specific warranty information related to their LED grow lights. Please note that warranty details may vary depending on the product model, purchase location, and other factors.