Signify has installed LED lamps in a Tomimaru Muchoo pink tomato greenhouse for the first time in Poland. This innovative full LED solution was implemented on a 2 ha plantation belonging to Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex, which was fitted with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting modules and Philips GreenPower LED interlighting modules.
Modern greenhouse lighting
By using artificial lighting, growers have the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables all year round in their greenhouses. For this purpose, horti farms most often use HPS sodium discharge lamps. Signify offers greenhouse growers an opportunity for transition to LED lighting which will allow them to increase crop yields and at the same time reduce electricity consumption. The use of modern Philips GreenPower LED lighting from Signify opens new possibilities that will increase the quality and yields of crops in the year-round production system.
“Philips GreenPower LED lighting is an innovative approach to year-round cultivation of vegetables and fruit in greenhouses. We are constantly following the trends and trying to meet the requirements of our business partners, and our technology for grow light with LEDs in greenhouses is perfectly in line with the eco-friendly approach of modern farms”, says Maciej Król, Horti LED C&EE Business Development Expert, Signify.
Pink tomatoes all year round
Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex produces greenhouse vegetables. As part of the VegaPOL Producer Group established in 2003, it focuses on growing pink tomato. As the first farm in Poland, it uses LED lighting in a greenhouse in Piotrowice near Karczew. In that very place, modern LED fixtures were installed on their 2 ha pink tomato plantation.
The plantation is illuminated with a full LED system. The proposed Philips solution provides light intensity of 140 µmol/s/m2 from toplighting modules and 60 µmol/s/m2 from interlighting modules, which allows intensive and energy-efficient – and therefore eco-friendly – winter cultivation.
“When designing the greenhouse lighting, we wanted to minimize the installed grid power while maintaining appropriate level of light that is necessary for the plants. LED lighting is the least energy consuming, and at the same time – which is equally important to us – the most environmentally friendly solution”, says Łukasz Budyta, owner of Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex.
Roll out of their final big-volume project is the result of successful trials carried out in 2015-2017 at the micro-greenhouses of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex wanted to repeat the results obtained in their test installation in their own full-size production facility located in Piotrowice.
Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex is located near Warsaw, which provides easy, direct access to the vast market of the Polish capital and the country. The first pink tomatoes grown using Signify’s Philips LED fixtures are available at Warsaw stores already in this winter season.