How OSRAM helps to ensure higher yields

"We want to bring exactly the light that is needed – where it is needed"

"Every plant is different – and so is every farm," says Rauno Pokall, senior product manager with OSRAM. That's why the company not only offers standard solutions but also provides customers with exactly the light they need, in the form of customized systems. "We want to bring exactly the light that is…

University to help Ontario greenhouse growers measure light polution

Greenhouse growers need plenty of light to nurture crop plants and flowers, but the nighttime glow from increasing numbers of glasshouses in Ontario has municipalities looking to crack down on light pollution. Now, a University of Guelph engineer is leading a drone project intended to help curb light…

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Shade cloths: a short overview

Consumers want vegetables, herbs, and blooms at every time of the year, not just in season. Luckily, growers can grow the entire year, thanks to, among other factors, shade cloths. Shade cloths function like sunscreen, preventing the plants from being overexposed to the sun’s rays, especially during the summer months.  The use of…

New features for lighting platform

This month, Sollum Technologies unveiled new and upgraded features for SUN as a Service® (“SUNaaS”) cloud platform. The nerve center of the 100% programmable Sollum™ LED lighting solution, SUNaaS gives greenhouse growers remote control of their lighting and opens production opportunities for the…

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Kingsville dark again now that growers have installed blinds

Years of having her home and bedroom bathed in bright yellows and vivid purples on otherwise dark fall nights appear to have come to an end for many Kingsville residents like Brenda Alves. “I’m just glad council finally acted,” said Alves. Living on the eastern edge of Kingsville, she said her town’s…

Fazle Quazi: "It's opening possibilities for many crops"

Sequentially moving periodic light beam with anti-microbial function too

Imagine having a light that does not only provide a more uniform light on the canopy, but also functions as anti-microbial. “We have been working on this light for quite a long time,” says Fazle Quazi, CEO of Boulderlamp. The company has indeed announced a new dual-function horticultural and…

TSRgrow

TSRgrow expands GROWHub monitoring platfrom

"Real time and historical data will keep you in peak performance"

TSRgrow has expanded its lighting, power, and environmental control and monitoring platform, GROWHub™. "GROWHub is a cultivator's autopilot solution that allows you to manage, track, and control your cultivation environment," the TSRgrow team explains. "GROWHub provides real-time and historical data to…

“Energy costs make control measures all the more important”

In the Netherlands, the lit cultivation season is around the corner. The current electricity prices mean optimal lighting is vital, which, according to Paul Blom of Multi-meet, you can achieve by measuring the light in the greenhouse, or by having emissions from several lamps and reflectors measured.  Emissions…

Hi Power keeps production numbers up under LED

"We’re in the optimization phase for cultivation under hybrid lighting"

As the main variety in the winter and spring crop under artificial lighting, Hi Power is rated highly for its stability. Even now that many growers are taking the first steps towards LED lighting, the variety continues to produce steadily. It also performs well under various light spectra and levels, say…

10 ways to ensure high yields and crop productivity with your HPS luminaires

Lighting is perhaps one of the most important aspects of growing a crop, and just as you would spend money and time to upkeep a car to ensure it runs properly, a lighting system needs maintenance also. Grow lights need to be cleaned, re-lamped, and tested to ensure they are still working well: if not,…

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Do we go to 24-hour lighting?

Normally, lighting crops for longer than 16/17 hours has no beneficial effect. It costs a lot of extra energy, does not produce any extra yield, and, moreover, can cause leaf chlorosis – the yellowing of leaf tissue. “Plants have a biological dark/light cycle, much like humans do," says Dr. Xiuming Hao. At the Canadian…

Boulderlamp introduces new dual function lamp

New dual function light increases crop yield and prevents mold and pests

Boulderlamp, Inc. (BLI) is introducing a new unique horticultural and antimicrobial LED combo light for indoor and greenhouse cultivations. PerfectPar™ DuoLight 4000 is a patent-pending dual-function light designed to increase crop production with less energy and to provide preventative control of mold…

Dutch Berries expands to 10 hectares of LED-lit strawberries

"Retailers would love to offer Dutch strawberries year-round"

The greenhouse strawberry season is in full swing at Dutch Berries in the Netherlands. "We're well into it; all our greenhouses are in production," says Boudewijn van der Wal. "The strawberries look good. We had a quiet planting season. But the warm nights have moved things along. The markets seem to be…

"Lighting is one of the most important factors for optimizing plant growth in CEA"

A panel of experts busted a pantheon of myths surrounding LED lighting in a recent webinar that stressed how “lighting is one of the most important factors for optimizing plant growth in controlled environment agriculture (CEA).” The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) and private consulting experts covered…

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CAN: Strawberry greenhouse appologizes for light pollution

On Sept. 29 many in Metro Vancouver took to social media to share photos of the colorful phenomenon. Many correctly pointed out the light likely came from a greenhouse, but why hadn’t it been seen before then? It turns out the purple glow came from the Solstice Greenhouse in Delta, where agronomists and growers…

Research update: on the technical performance characteristics of horticultural lamps

GLASE has published a review of horticulture lighting system performance, including recommendations for both the lighting standards community and growers for navigating the…

Pepijn Looijaard bids farewell to Dutch Lighting Innovations

Founder Pepijn Looijaard bids farewell to Dutch Lighting Innovations. "After having founded Dutch Lighting Innovations almost five years ago, it's time for me to say goodbye as a partner in DLI and move on to my next challenge," he shares. Dutch Lighting Innovations develops and produces HPS and LED…

“We’ve improved the element in every possible way, from light intensity to efficacy"

GE Current today introduced the next generation of the Arize Element L1000, a top light for commercial greenhouses and indoor farms. The features three models with expanded…

Fluence shows new inter-canopy lighting at Greentech 2021

Fluence by Osram is showing their new VYNE inter-canopy lighting (ICL) at Greentech 2021. The VYNE modules will be available in 2,5m and 2m versions and feature not only the traditional high red/ low blue spectrum but also Fluence’s popular R6 broad white spectrum. Efficacies range from 3,0 µmol/J for…

Horticultural lighting design and Déjà Vu

Before the 1980s, architectural lighting design was more art than science. Electrical engineers needed nothing more than pencil and paper to perform lighting calculations by hand. This all changed, of course, with the introduction of personal computers. Today’s architectural lighting design software…

New GreenPower LED production module launched

Signify introduces the next edition of the Philips GreenPower LED production module. The new range caters for more flexibility in research applications with its improved research modules and allows for even more color and light intensity controllability when adding a GrowWise control system. The enhanced…

SF05, a new advanced fixture for smart LED lighting solution

Sollum Technologies announced the release of its latest fixture for its 100% programmable smart LED lighting solution. The advanced fixture, known as the SF05A, constitutes a clear and considerable advance for Sollum and horticultural lighting technology. Key metrics improved in the SF05A include an…

Hybrid lighting strategies: advantages, disadvantages and getting started

Research on the ideal lighting for greenhouse cultivation reveals a fundamental truth: LED systems are far more efficient and effective than their HPS counterparts. However, not all cultivators can afford to discard their functional HPS lighting system for an immediate and full LED retrofit. For many,…

Is there magic in magenta?

It’s the color that first captures the eye: an unexpected blast of shocking pink against the usual green and brown fields and white net houses dotting the research farm of the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) in Shanhua, southern Taiwan. WorldVeg entomologists Paola Sotelo-Cardona, Mei-Ying Lin, and Srinivasan Ramasamy set up…

University of Guelph, OMAFRA to present preliminary results from light abatement study at CGC

Canada: Drone measures light emissions to better understand impact of light abatement bylaws

“There is a lot of data on lighting inside the greenhouse and what plants need, but there isn’t much data available on the light pollution side of it. We don’t actually know the light levels coming out of greenhouses,” explains Dr. William David Lubitz, associate professor at the Canadian University of…

Photosynthetic photon efficacy: does it really equal growth efficacy?

Grow light efficacy has been a hot topic over the last few years. Although efficacy metrics are essential when choosing a grow light, we want to emphasize the importance of understanding what may lay behind the photosynthetic photon efficacy (PPE) number. Grow light efficacy may not always mean optimum…

2nd quarter 2021 compared with that of 2020

Dutch growers use more lighting due to bad weather, CO2 emissions rise

Dutch agriculture and horticulture emitted 1.8 megatons of CO2 in the second quarter of 2021. According to figures from the CBS, that is more than in 2020 and 2019. The statistics office itself gives an explanation: colder and less sunny weather made extra lighting in greenhouses necessary. Greenhouse…

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CEA lighting controls: bridging the gap between research and commercial facilities

Horticultural lighting systems have gone through a rapid developmental process over the last 5 years. Advances in LED technology have allowed commercial manufacturers to more than double the electric energy-to-light conversion efficiency of horticultural lighting systems. Meanwhile, researchers continue…

Valoya appoints Mr. Tuukka Parviainen as new CEO

"We provide LED-solutions to help customers consume fewer resources"

Valoya, the research-driven manufacturer of horticultural LED lighting solutions announces the appointment of Mr. Tuukka Parviainen as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Parviainen will take on the CEO role starting from October 1st, 2021. “Tuukka is an experienced leader with a strong track record of…

At current light levels, intermediate lighting has limited usefulness for tomatoes

So far, there have been very few tests to determine if intermediate lighting offers unequivocal advantages. Is it better than the same intensity of additional top lighting?…

Orance grows and moves to Wateringen

"Many requests for support in the field of lighting"

The Dutch consultancy and engineering firm Orance moved from Monster to Wateringen in late August. With the move, the company has gained a demo area. The Orance growing team provides assistance to producers in the search for the most optimal supplemental lighting installation with the most suitable…

"You don't need white light for crop inspection"

There are several myths surrounding the specific light spectra used for growing crops and, more specifically, the use of white, green, or broad-spectrum light. This article is the third in a series of interviews with Signify’s Esther de Beer, manager of the team of plant specialists at Philips…

GrowFlux targets energy efficient intelligent lighting control through Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator

"By coupling lighting control technology with sensors, we can define the best lighting strategy”

In July 2021, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) announced the five start-ups selected to participate in the initiative’s ninth cohort, with agtech company GrowFlux among the participants. The program is targeting the development of sustainable technologies for controlled environment agriculture.…

Harnessing DLI: How an LED retrofit improves DLI strategy

The point of growing crops in a controlled environment is to establish predictability and stability. It can be difficult to achieve full control over every facet of a greenhouse, but growers can solve the critical issue of natural light fluctuations with LEDs. Daily Light Integral (DLI) measures the…

Russia: LED lighting improves the quality and appearance of lettuce at Teplichnyy

The Russian greenhouse growers op Teplichnyy equipped their greenhouses for growing lettuce with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting. As a result, the quality and appearance of the crop significantly improved: making leaves crisper, more compact, and with a better taste, while reducing electricity…

Dutch strawberry plant grower shares experience with UV pesticide

In the Netherlands, Plantenkwekerij Kapteijns propagates strawberry plants in a greenhouse. A spray boom regularly 'flies' over the crop. This is no longer an unusual occurrence for the grower. He has been using UV crop protection for years. In 2012, the nursery's Piet-Hein Kapteijns contacted…

Analysis: Yield of tomato cultivation under light and unlit in Flanders not much different

The area of tomato cultivation under light in Flanders has increased slightly in recent years. Growers nowadays grow all sorts of tomatoes, from 'standard' loose and vine tomatoes to all sorts of specialties. In addition to the different varieties, the choice of whether or not to grow tomatoes in a…

"LEDs with nanoparticle coating beneficial for growth of tomato seedlings"

Light qualities are considered to affect many plant physiological processes during growth and development. To investigate how light qualities make an influence on tomato seedlings under greenhouse conditions, the growth and morphological parameters of tomato seedlings (Fortizia F1RC hybrid) were studied…

Oreon

How a tiny cooling element led to an innovation that changed everything

Sales Director Jan Mol is one of the founders of Oreon. Jan Mol and his partners started the business incubator Tendris in 2002, with sustainability as its absolute starting point. “At the time, sustainable was practically a synonym for expensive. The idea was: we need to save simply by using less…

Award for Canadian LED supplier

Sollum Technologies is pleased to announce that its smart LED lighting system has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Sapphire Award in the horticultural lighting category by LEDs Magazine. The Sapphire Awards winners were revealed at the end of day one of the Strategies in Light conference, held on August 24-25, 2021. "Receiving…

Separate fact from fiction with DesignLights Consortium’s horticultural LED webinar

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 8, aimed at helping growers and other stakeholders learn the facts about LED horticultural lighting, while debunking common misconceptions about the technology and its effectiveness. “Mythbusting! Horticultural LED Lighting”…

Modeling natural light availability in skyscraper farms

Lighting is a major component of energy consumption in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) operations. Skyscraper farms (multilevel production in buildings with transparent glazing) have been proposed as alternatives to greenhouse or plant factories (opaque warehouses) to increase space-use…

Fluence

US (TX): Multiyear global research results in broad-spectrum lighting strategies

Fluence by OSRAM (Fluence), a global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, announced today the results from a series of multiyear global studies analyzing the effects of broad-spectrum white light on cannabis, Merlice tomatoes and bell peppers.…

Light spectra and root stocks affect response of tomatoes

Plant biomass and yield are largely dictated by the total amount of light intercepted by the plant (daily light integral (DLI)—intensity × photoperiod). It is more economical…

Local horticultural knowledge is needed to develop the horticultural sector

‘High-tech suppliers have to prove themselves in China’

Chinese greenhouse horticulture is developing rapidly: investors and governments are eager to set up new companies. This offers a wealth of opportunities for Dutch suppliers. But according to Sylvia Xu from Signify, these opportunities are not just there for the taking. “China lacks people with…

Lighting for aquariums, mushrooms and red lettuce varieties

LED strip available in new blue sun spectrum

Active Grow, the sustainable horticultural lighting manufacturer, proudly announces the launch of its 22W T5 4FT LED Horticultural Strip Light in the new Blue Sun Spectrum. This versatile, heavy-blue spectrum with an average of 11,500K CCT and a high CRI 85, is designed specifically for growing corals,…

Cucumber production with LED grow lights

From two a week to two a day per square meter

The cucumber plants at the Danish nursery Klarskov Gartneri are doing well under the new grow lights from DGT by Senmatic. From harvesting two cucumbers a week per square meter during winter, the nursery now harvests two cucumbers a day per square meter after having installed LED grow lights. Cucumber…

Merlice tomatoes and bell peppers

"These results show how effective broad-spectrum white light can be”

The results from a series of multiyear global studies analyzing the effects of broad-spectrum white light on cannabis, Merlice tomatoes and bell peppers were announced this week by Fluence.  Recent studies found that while spectrum sensitivity is cultivar-dependent, broad-spectrum lighting strategies—which…

GrowFlux

“We’ve built a controller that works with any horticultural lighting"

In July 2021, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) announced the five start-ups selected to participate in the initiative’s ninth cohort, with agtech company GrowFlux among the participants. The program is targeting the development of sustainable technologies for controlled environment agriculture.…

Growing pepper cultivars with shorter internode characteristics with adjustable spectrum

Sunlight does not work “on” and “off” like a light switch. That's why the team with Sollum Technologies introduces the SUN as a Service® platform. Canadian greenhouse company Allegro Acres has been among the first growers to make use of this system, which not only manages light intensity, but it…

GE Current announces European arrival of Arize Lynk

"LED luminaire offers region’s indoor growers greater flexibility and choice"

GE Current, a Daintree company, has announced the arrival in Europe of the Arize® Lynk2, its next-generation, low-power/high-performance LED luminaire for controlled environment agriculture (CEA) applications such as vertical farms. "Offering a 50% longer lifetime of 54,000 hours to L90, up to 15%…

Light Science Technologies launches new LED lighting range

90% recyclable design enables growers to simply upgrade and replace

Light Science Technologies (LST) has launched nurturGROW to the market, its new sustainable grow lighting product range, offering an innovative solution for indoor farming, covering greenhouses, vertical farming, polytunnels, and medicinal plants. Created with four core component parts, the…


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