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"Switching from HID lamps to LED lights will decrease electricity use by 70 percent"

Melanie Yelton ran her hands down a stalk of corn bathed in the lavender light emanating from a series of foot-long LED light fixtures at the LumiGrow laboratory in Novato.

"We can alter the taste, the amount of nutrients and the shape of a plant based on how we manipulate the light," said Yelton, a former Stanford researcher who is now the company's research director.

LumiGrow designs and manufactures LED grow lights for greenhouses, hydroponics and research. Co-founded in 2007 by Kevin Wells, its main focus is bringing cost and energy efficiencies to the $20 billion greenhouse crops market.

"We started with energy saving as our main goal," said Wells as he led a tour of the company's facility on Commercial Boulevard late last week. Wells and his wife Caroline, who sold their Mill Valley home to finance the startup, soon became intrigued with the possibilities for enhancing plant growth and nutrients as well.

"If you switch from the 1,000-watt high-intensity discharge lamps typically used in a greenhouse to LED lights, you will decrease your electricity use by about 70 percent," she added.

While many people think of marijuana cultivation in connection with grow lights, LumiGrow's clientele comes from a different cohort. "Our customers are farmers. Our bread and butter is food and flowers," Kevin Wells said.

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LumiGrow present at Cultivate'14, booth 1132

Visit LumiGrow at Cultivate'14 in booth 1132 to learn more about how LumiGrow LED lights are more affordable than HID lights. On Monday 14th of July, between 9 am and 11 am scientist David Llewellyn will discuss the University of Guelph paper comparing LumiGrow LED lights to HPS fixtures. LumiGrow invites you to visit this presentation and, while you're there, fuel up for a busy day with coffee and a Dutch waffle treat.

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LumiGrow, Inc
T: +1 800-514-0487
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