Searching for a more energy-efficient lighting solution
A successful trial
In the winter of 2015, John purchased 10 LumiGrow lights to run his own lighting trial on tomatoes. The difference in color and increase in yield convinced John that he needed to move the entire greenhouse to LEDs. The rest of the 6 bay greenhouse was outfitted with LumiGrow Pro 325e fixtures in January 2018. In just a few months, John has already seen a 16-17% increase in his mini Dijon cucumbers and a 18-20% increase in his tomato crops’ yield - both record-breaking harvests at Lower Shannon Farms.
“We struggle at this time of year due to the added humidity in the greenhouse. It surprised me to get that production at this time of the year!” exclaimed John, “We’ve also easily added a month, 6 weeks of longevity to our [tomato] vines. Normally we’d take old vines out in February - we only started changing out first week of March.”
John is also pleased with how his lettuces have thrived under his new LumiGrow lights. He’s noted better color in the leaves, and that the leaves are about 20% bigger than they were under the 1000-watt HPS lights.
John estimates that his LumiGrow lights have reduced his electricity usage by at least half - he’ll know for sure when his utility company, Sask Power, reads his meter in April. He also received a utility rebate for his lights.
“Ashley was a huge help to us in collecting the data and submitting it to Sask Power,” said John, “Whenever I hear that someone is looking into LEDs, I absolutely recommend LumiGrow to them.”
Setting the farm up for success
While Saskatchewan is rapidly approaching 12-hour days again, John is excited for the coming September so that he can get a full winter’s data on crop yields and electricity usage.
“It’s too bad we had such a short time period, because I think we could have broken all records,” John said.