Lighting

"We often hear: 'Your bulbs give more light than you promise'"

Does lighting with LED mean the end of HPS? Manuel Oomen of Agrolux says not: "No, certainly not, at least not in a global context, but for the European Union, Brussels has set the HPS end date at 2027. What we are seeing is that some customers are gradually switching to LED and initially opting for a…

Honest AgTech and Cleanlight

Level 5 autonomous crop protection powered by UV-C technology

Honest AgTech and Cleanlight have joined forces to further their autonomous crop protection system powered by UV-C technology. Arjo van der Sluis of CleanLight: "With CleanLight, growers can combat mildew and other diseases with ease - no chemical applications necessary. Regular, low-dosage treatments…

Saving on heating with LEDs?

One of the most recent novelties to use otherwise lost heat in a greenhouse is the LEDFan, developed by Food Autonomy for the cultivation of tomatoes in high-tech greenhouses. It replaces the traditional HPS 1:1, but instead of increased heat costs for normal LED installations, this system saves on heating. Thanks to the…

Signify shines new light on growth with data-driven lighting

Data-driven lighting for autonomous growing

Better quality products. A larger harvest. Improved planning to predict crop yields. Better control of costs, including energy and labor. Today, a new age is dawning to help greenhouse farmers achieve these goals. It's the age of autonomous growing, in which artificial intelligence and data-driven…

A more natural form of artificial lighting with an LED pulse technology system

There are many factors that influence the amount and length of light exposure plants receive. Things like the time of year, weather conditions, overlapping leaves, and even the position of individual plants all play a role. It’s in response to these phenomena that Perfand LED came to create technology…

US (CA): $150M available to California growers for energy-saving upgrades

An emergency proclamation has sparked the new motivation for California growers to make facility upgrades. Early last year, the California Public Utilities Commission introduced the Market Access Program (MAP), a grid reliability program that encourages energy savings — especially during peak summer…

Lesson from masterclass: Crop lighting doesn't always work

Two hours in an afternoon were enough to discuss a lot of new interesting insights from sensor data. Some 50 budding horticultural specialists were present. MBO Westland and Sendot jointly organized a Masterclass Plant Insights last week. The venue was the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk, Netherlands.…

"Even light intensity at every spot in the greenhouse"

Climalux from Hoek van Holland has further developed its CLX-V1000 full-LED grow light system, which now makes it possible to illuminate certain parts of the greenhouse additionally so that the light intensity is the same everywhere in the entire greenhouse. In this way, the adverse effects of shadow…

How much light do different crops need?

There is an optimal amount of light for every crop. At lower levels, plant production levels fall. But too much light also depresses yield and quality. So customization is vital. Here, ReduSystems shares a list of light levels tailored to specific crops. Tomatoes and cucumbers(MAX. 30 MOL/M2) These crops…

"Uniform lighting is essential for growing a consistent crop"

When you invest in a new lighting solution for your greenhouse, it is important to make sure the products selected will perform well over time. You don't want any issues with quality or specifications on an installation that might lead to failure years down the line. The best way to ensure that your…

Latvia: First greenhouse to grow cucumbers under LEDs uses landfill waste to produce energy

The Getlini greenhouses out of Latvia have been labeled ‘one of the most modern greenhouses in the world’ because of their effort to combine sustainable innovations with horticulture. Their greenhouses are indeed built next to a landfill. The waste there is used to produce power and heat that is supplied…

Applied for 78 million in 2022

NL: EHG subsidy for LED not 'discouraging for growers' according to minister Adema

Dutch greenhouse growers applied for a sum of 78 million euros in subsidies within the subsidy program 'Energie-efficiëntie Glastuinbouw' (EG), which translates to 'Energy…

Polymatech introduces next-generation horticulture led grow light

Polymatech Electronics, India’s first semiconductor chip manufacturer specializing in Opto-semiconductors, announced today the launch of its new horticulture LED products:…

What is the best way to approach energy-efficient LEDs these days?

"As we all know, plants use light to transform water and carbon dioxide into glycogen. However, not all wavelengths are equally efficient or as important. For instance, we know that red, blue, and far-red are the most efficient wavelengths, but also that they each have their individual response in growth…

Quality versus quantity – Which is more important for greenhouse lighting optimization?

Developing a greenhouse lighting strategy for your grow operation might seem overwhelming. How much do I need to use supplemental greenhouse lighting? Does light intensity matter? What about the light spectrum? In this article, Ceres Greenhouse Solutions will break down some of these complex questions.…

LED lighting installed in first greenhouse in Greece

Signify has supplied its Philips GreenPower LED toplighting to Intelligent Green Crops S.A (IGC S.A.), known as the Magikos Kipos (Magic Garden), an innovative company which has recently built a hydroponic lettuce and herb greenhouse in Kastro Viotias, Greece. This is the first installation of LED…

improved yield and better ROI with Food Autonomy Fixtures

Largest Finnish tomato grower Sven Sigg reflects on 12 months of growing under LED

The largest Finnish tomato grower, Sven Sigg, is improving yield and ROI (Return on Investment) with the LED fixtures that were installed in December 2021. “I am satisfied with the Food Autonomy Flexi-Grow fixtures that were installed in December 2021. I believe that the use of LED in greenhouses is the…

Belgian lettuce grower De Glastuin transitions to full LED with controllable far-red modules for leaf expansion

Signify is helping lettuce grower De Glastuin make the switch to full LED lighting. In combination with the GrowWise Control System, the company can customize its light recipe to use far-red modules that encourage leaf expansion – an application that is unique in lettuce cultivation. In 2020, Wouter De…

New software version for Priva Connext enables modulating control of LED lighting

Priva recently launched the new software version 914 for the Priva Connext climate computer. Connext 914 brings you attractive new functionalities, such as the option for modulating the control of LED lighting, an energy-saving cascade control for customers using multiple Priva Vialux systems, and new…

10 stories about lighting from 2022

Many growers have been struggling with increasing energy prices, making lit-cultivation hardly financially sustainable. Yet, some growers just can't do without lighting, and found ways to get by without having to necessarily halt winter production. On the other hand, advancements in research on lighting…

Technological breakthrough by HPWinner

Digital Electricity enabled LEDs save building and maintenance costs

HPWinner, a producer of LED fixtures, is expanding its line of Digital Electricity enabled horticulture LEDs.  Digital Electricity is a great technological innovation that enables growers to centralize LED power supplies in an electrical room and use ethernet-like wiring methods to distribute both power, lighting…

Growing in the classroom all year round

De Lage Kouter grows in the classroom all year round using HortiPower grow lights. Teacher and Training Officer for Basic Landscaping & Decoration Mr. Derycke explains: “Since September 2020, we have started the “landscape and decoration” training course in our school for special secondary education,…

Additional blue light does not affect taste and crop quality when growing basil

Basil has been cultivated for centuries and is one of the most popular culinary herbs in the world. The fresh flavor it offers cannot be matched by any other herb or spice, making this delicate plant an excellent choice to grow indoors. Unfortunately, basil leaves will turn black when they are damaged,…

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DesignLights Consortium

New horticultural lighting technical requirements launched

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has announced the final version of its Horticultural Lighting Technical Requirements Version 3.0, increasing the efficacy and establishing additional minimum performance baselines for LED luminaires, lamps, and controls used by the burgeoning controlled environment…


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