Current, powered by GE today announced Hort Americas as its sole distributor for LED horticulture lighting solutions in North America. The news is being featured as part of Hort Americas’ exhibit at the Cultivate conference, where Current is showcasing its new Arize Element Top Light, the L1000.
Current worked closely with its customers to design Arize, a top light with efficacy levels up to 3.5 micromoles per joule that supports universal installation, enabling growers to grow more and consume less in any region.
As the vertical farming industry grows – Statista predicts it will be worth $6.4 billion by 2023 – LED technology will be integral to profits not only through increased energy efficiency, but also in helping growers more accurately predict crop yields, grow year-round and customize products to be nutrient dense.
According to Hort Americas’ general manager, Chris Higgins, “Growers in all industries are already discovering the benefits that greenhouse and controlled environment production offers. Better control over environmental factors will have a positive impact on growers of all types, from young plant producers to ornamental growers, to hemp and greenhouse vegetable producers.” In addition to supporting a wide variety of additional crop types, the partnership also marks the first time Hort Americas and Current will begin distributing lighting solutions for use in the cannabis market, providing new opportunities for improved growth and energy saving. New Frontier Data estimates total electricity demand from legal marijuana cultivation in the United States alone is estimated to rise 162 percent between 2017 and 2022.