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CAN (ON): Cucumber grower continues through winter with LED interlighting

Albuna Farms has chosen to install Philips GreenPower LED interlighting to grow lights in its greenhouse in Ruthven, Ontario. During the first phase of the project, Philips GreenPower LED interlighting grow lights will be installed on 4.7 hectares in their greenhouse. Albuna Farms expects the new system to provide a consistent and economical way to grow and harvest mini cucumbers throughout the winter months using the canopy lighting solution, while decreasing energy consumption by 50% compared to conventional lighting systems.

Albuna Farms, owned by Henry Teichroeb, had previously installed Philips LED toplighting on more than 2,100 square metres of strawberry crops, and already knew the value of Philips horticulture LED lighting. The use of Philips LED grow lights, moreover, supports the goals of Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Save on Energy Program by reducing the grower’s energy consumption by up to 50% and thus reducing the electrical infrastructure demand in the region.

“We were already very impressed with the results of the Philips LED grow lights used for our strawberry crops. After we visited Signify’s exclusive cucumber customer community event in Europe last year, we were convinced that the LED interlighting would also be beneficial for our cucumber crops,” said John Klassen, Head Grower at Albuna Farms.

“LED lighting has a positive effect on lighting costs and energy efficiency,” said Udo van Slooten, Business Leader Horticulture at Signify. They’re more energy efficient than high-pressure sodium lights (HPS) and they also last five to ten times longer than HPS. Signify is proud to support Albuna Farms in improving its crops while lowering its environmental impact and costs.”

Honey Electric, a certified Philips Horti LED Partner, will supervise the installation of the Interlighting in the mini-cucumber crop. Installation is expected to be completed by December, 2020.

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