Plant biology researchers frequently study plants whose natural habitat is half way around the world. Growth chambers enable them to accurately replicate conditions such as lighting, humidity and CO2 saturation. Some research also demands that researchers perform trials on remote locations or collaborate with local universities and research institutes and this can end-up being time and money consuming.
To advance this process, Valoya has introduced its LightDNA line in 2015 which enables simulation of sunlight from any part of the world by using just one kind of LED luminaire. LightDNA are state-of-the-art LED luminaires, connected to a simple online interface where researchers can click on any location on the world map to get a particular light quality in their chamber. The spectrum can be specified to any time of the year and any hour in the day. To enable this, LightDNA comes with 8 individual LED light channels made up of custom LED chips, the combination of which makes the replication of any spectrum possible.
Researchers have full control over the configuration and can, if needed, manipulate each of the 8 channels individually as well as upload their own, recorded lighting programs to the lamp. This technology is a result of a collaboration between Valoya and Microsoft and has thus far been illuminating the chambers at the Max Planck Institute, Salk Institute and Queen Mary University, to name a few.
Sophisticated research applications are what Valoya’s engineers and plant biologists had in mind when designing LightDNA. Its purpose is to give researchers full control over lighting conditions in their chambers and enable them to produce reliable results in their research.
Valoya is going to host a webinar on LightDNA on November 7th at 2pm, Central European Time. "We will demonstrate how the technology works, all the ways in which it can be used as well as how participants can acquire their own LightDNA luminaires."