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LumiGrow launches new smart light sensor

Have the sun manage your greenhouse lighting

LumiGrow announced the release of their integrated light sensor technology, named the smartPAR Light Sensor Module. Now greenhouse growers can ensure their crops experience near perfect lighting conditions year-round, regardless of changes in season, climate, or inefficiencies in greenhouse infrastructure. The sensor technology works by simply plugging into your LumiGrow Pro Series or Pro Series E fixtures, then connects to your smartPAR Wireless Control System to begin automating your lighting strategy. Once connected, the smartPAR Light Sensor Module measures ambient sunlight within the greenhouse, and adjusts your LumiGrow lighting to hit your crop’s ideal daily light integral (DLI) goals day in and day out.

“This is the first time in the history of agriculture that ideal lighting conditions have been possible with LEDs in the greenhouse year-round”, says LumiGrow VP of Research, Melanie Yelton. “Prior sensor technology made early attempts to automate lighting by turning HPS fixtures on and off. Still, this type of rigid control really didn’t address complex plant and light interactions in a way that could benefit grower’s profits. What we’ve achieved at LumiGrow is to ensure crop quality as far as meeting your greenhouse lighting requirements, creating much more consistency in your production. When pairing a sensor capable of processing huge amounts of solar data with our powerfully dynamic lighting fixtures, lighting becomes one less thing that our growers need to worry about, as they deploy horticulture’s most advanced lighting strategies with an automated solution.”

The smartPAR Light Sensor Module is just one easy way that growers can use smart horticultural lighting to improve crop quality and yields. LumiGrow LED fixtures can also be adjusted for spectrum, intensity, and photoperiod to elicit further beneficial plant characteristics through even more advanced spectral strategies.

“Our in-house Plant Research Group has proven time and again through their university and commercial partnerships, that crop lighting requirements are in fact very specific”, says LumiGrow VP of Sales and Marketing, Jay Albere II. “We understand that with so many recent advances in LED lighting, growers have a tough time understanding what’s best for their crops and profits. That’s why we’re using the power of data to simplify the world’s most advanced horticultural lighting solution. Now all our customers have to do is install their smartPAR Light Sensor Modules to rest assured that their lighting is optimized for their growing environment.”

Once plugged in, growers are guided by in-app lighting recommendations in their smartPAR software. Simply answer a few questions about the types of crops that you’re growing and some environmental variables, then smartPAR takes over, using the sun to manage your lighting strategy. In an upcoming smartPAR software update, growers using LumiGrow sensor technology will also gain access to lighting reports and metrics. As your LumiGrow lighting automatically hits your targets, solar and electrical data are recorded. You will then gain insight into reports for understanding energy-usage, solar light trends, and climate factors that will inform your entire cultivation strategy. Apply this data to keep improving your crop production season-by-season and year-over-year.
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