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Signify’s efficient LED with far-red light performs well in strawberry cultivation

Signify introduces a new efficient LED light recipe with red, blue, green, and far-red light that has an added value for strawberry cultivation. The addition of far-red light to the usual red/blue spectrum encourages the stretching of stems and trusses in winter, allowing some varieties to use the…

Strawberries look great with FloriLED

With their new LED system, Kwekerij de Kooi in Drunen is taking a big bite out of its energy bill. And not only from the energy bill. FloriLED's solution also turned out to be much cheaper than those of most other providers, and the installation was so simple that it almost reminded us of 'just flicking…

Belgian grower Tomerel decreases energy costs through LED Retrofit

Fluence announces its partnership with Tomerel, a tomato grower located in Antwerp, Belgium. Together, the companies retrofitted half of Tomerel’s glasshouse from high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures to LEDs, resulting in a 40% increase in light levels while decreasing energy input by 5%. “The Tomerel…

RAYN Growing Systems introduces a new horticultural bar lighting solution

RAYN Growing Systems, a lighting and control equipment manufacturer for horticultural environments, introduces new Lyda luminaires. This cost-effective bar lighting solution delivers the latest in LED technology to greenhouses and research facilities. Depending on a facility's spectral requirements, Lyda…

Fluence illuminates Wageningen University & Research's autonomous greenhouse Dreamstime

"Greenhouse horticulture can be further optimized as AI increases in the industry"

Fluence, a global leader in energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, announced its sponsorship of Wageningen University &…

Plants under colored light by Sciworthy

Could quantum dots reduce the cost of indoor farming?

Plants need light to grow, and when sunlight isn’t enough (like on Mars or in many indoor farms and greenhouses across the world), farmers’ only option is to use electric light fixtures, “grow lights”. Some indoor or greenhouse farmers use a mix of grow lights and sunlight, like in greenhouses that are…

Cutting energy usage for growers through CHAP and STC trial

AgTech specialist Light Science Technologies (LST) is conducting a tomato trial with Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) to test low power technology to reduce energy costs while growing vine crops. Running for six months, the project has started trialing three different light combinations to see which…

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Fluence Illuminates Wageningen University & Research’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge

Fluence announced its sponsorship of Wageningen University & Research’s (WUR) third Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge in the Netherlands. For the first time in the challenge’s history, WUR leveraged a broad-spectrum LED-only lighting system—specifically Fluence’s VYPR 3p solution—instead of high-pressure…

From wireless payments to wireless lighting

Imagine: an employee who is scouting, walking through a bright purple greenhouse. But everywhere he goes, the light turns white so that he can look around easily. Once he leaves, the lights return to the optimum spectrum for plant growth. Chess Wise, which develops wireless lighting control systems, is…

Greenhouse tomatoes: high light vegetable series

There are many factors to consider when growing greenhouse tomatoes, and they will all play a part in the success of your operation. Your country, region, growing season, weather conditions, and facility materials will all impact your tomato crop. They will also affect how you optimize your growing…

Ushio introduces 1000 W HPS lamp at 2200 µmol/s

"Every µmol counts when energy costs are dramatically rising"

With the introduction of another new lamp development, the Horturion® HPS 1000 W Suprema, Ushio contributes to maximizing energy efficiency while offering the highest possible output. "The new Horturion ® HPS 1000 W Suprema delivers an output of 2200 µmol/s, making it the most efficient 1000 W HPS lamp…

Sollum's new white paper

"Dynamic lighting allows growers to push the boundaries of energy efficiency"

In the last white paper, the concept of dynamic lighting was introduced, and four key criteria that a truly dynamic solution needs to meet were identified: Output intensity that can be changed effortlessly; Light spectrum that can be modified and tailored endlessly; Programmable and reprogrammable lighting…

New greenhouse screens with an 8-year warranty

For more than 30 years, Phormium has been providing the horticulture sector with greenhouse screens. Unlike other traditional knitted screens, most Phormium screens are woven, which gives some great advantages. The woven technology provides yarns in both directions of the screen. This creates a robust…

Glenwood Valley Farms upgrades lighting

Signify provides Philips GreenPower LED toplighting linear to Glenwood Valley Farms for their lighting expansion. Glenwood Valley Farms is an established vegetable grower located in Langley, British Columbia, with a 6-hectare cucumber growing operation looking to improve fruit quality and increase…

Signify completes acquisition of Fluence

Signify has completed the acquisition of Fluence from ams OSRAM. Fluence will operate with a separate go-to-market as an integrated business unit within Signify’s agricultural…

"Chips are key in energy-savings and cost reductions of LED lighting solutions"

One of the biggest challenges in horticulture is how to reduce energy consumption. "LED lighting investment and electricity bills account for the highest proportion of plant lighting expenses. How to balance cost and benefit is the current challenge", says Tony Chen with Ledestar. He says LED chips are…

"DLI-carry-over: Let the sunshine save you money"

Supplemental lighting in greenhouses is expensive but often needed for reliable and predictable crop growth during the darker months of the year. "Predictable crop growth requires consistent environmental conditions and, in many cases, light is probably controlled less accurately than other environmental…

Québec grower chooses dynamic LEDs for specialty tomato greenhouse

Prioritizing quality and flavor, Robert Thérien agr. – CEO of Les Serres Point du Jour in L’Assomption, Québec, decided that Sollum Technologies’ dynamic LED grow light solution was the best technology for his new specialty tomato greenhouse. Growing specialty tomatoes, a product offering consumers a…

Edwin Zweedijk on growing with LEDFans:

"We use less heating compared to the HPS side of the greenhouse"

With their newly installed LEDFan toplights, the Dutch tomato grower Lans Group team was given a new tool to control the climate in their greenhouse. In a video, Edwin Zweedijk, the operational manager responsible for 21 hectares of high-tech tomato greenhouses in the Netherlands, shares his first two…

SunPlus horticulture portfolio grows with the addition of deep-red

"Much of the horticulture market is adopting solutions that use a mix of white and deep-red LEDs"

 Lumileds announced its new SunPlus HPE, a high power, deep-red (660nm) LED designed specifically for the horticulture lighting industry. SunPlus HPE achieves a high PPF and PPE…

DLC announces updated qualified products lists logos

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) rolled out a set of updated logos designed for use with products approved for the DLC’s Solid-State Lighting (SSL) and Networked Lighting Controls (NLC), Horticultural Lighting and LUNA qualified products lists (QPL). “As we continually strive to keep the DLC’s QPL…

Smart LED grow lights system supports year-round pepper production in Ontario

Innovative new lighting technology will let Ontario vegetable greenhouses grow peppers all year long. That’s the result of a project funded through the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII), which also found that the smart LED grow lights system results in higher yields, better…

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August 11, 2022

US (NC): Horticulture lighting and learning event

The horticulture lighting industry is advancing fast with new technology, allowing you to grow more yield while reducing your expenses. In fact, many of these advancements are being developed right here in the United States. So Hort Americas is hosting an event, as part of the AppLit initiative, to share…

LED iBond:

Sustainable, intelligent lighting solutions that comply with the SDG's

"Being able to manufacture strong lighting solutions at only 6 mm in thickness is nothing that we have ever seen in the vertical farming market. In today’s vertical farms, space is vital and the more layers you can stack on top of each other, the higher yield you get,” says Nanna Vejgaard, marketing…

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US: Silt lettuce farm to reduce lighting hours, but increased intensity is trade-off

The operator of an indoor lettuce-growing facility south of Silt says he is altering the period of time when the greenhouses will be lit to try to lessen the impact on neighbors. But the intensity of the lighting during that time will be greater as a result, Spring Born owner Charlie Barr said during an…

Growing cucumbers efficiently under LED

In the third episode of a trilogy, BASF Vegetable Seeds share the latest insights about their trials of cucumber growing under LED lighting. What findings were made? And what can be learned from this information? Remco from Wijnen Square Crops, Thea from Mertens, and Marcel from BASF will tell you all…

Focusing on the entire lighting and energy purchasing processes

“Our goal has been to be a one-stop shopping partner for growers through the entire buying process: seeking LED lighting for grow facilities and ancillary lighting (office, security, external, etc.), controls, rebates, financing, consulting, installation, and maintenance,” says Patricia Dameron,…

Rose Drummond lights a new path with Sollum LEDs

Priding themselves on offering a unique experience to their customers, Rose Drummond (Drummondville, Québec) has chosen Sollum Technologies equally LED grow light solution to advance their business goals. The Drummondville-based company Rose Drummond offers a boutique area full of fine and distinctive…

FUTURELED Ltd shines the right light on herbs

Assimilated lighting for herb production

Herbs continue to be in vogue. Whether as potted plants for the fresh kitchen, as part of an indoor herb garden or as a feature on people's balconies. Herbs are also used as flowering ornamental plants with the option of further use after flowering. Producing herbs in a way that differentiates them in…

Higher yields with combined intercanopy and top light high-intensity strategy, research shows

Fluence by OSRAM released results from its intercanopy lighting research in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research (WUR). Fluence’s research showed that intercanopy lighting treatments at a high intensity combined with top light increased yield in Hi Power and Skyson cucumber cultivars as…

How to maintain and operate your LEDs properly?

The daily maintenance and operating work for LED lights come with several advantages, such as extending lifespan and saving costs. However, how do you conduct this in the right way? Let’s have a look. Clear maintenanceWhen it comes to daily cleaning, you should take into account the following tips to…

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Optimizing the efficiency of LED lighting schemes for indoor farming

Vertical farming and indoor horticulture make an increasingly important contribution to the global food chain. However, the energy needed to support plant growth is significant, not least in terms of the power requirements for lighting. In recent years, this has led to the rapid growth of LED-based…

2.5 years of Ledgnd: "Last six months, 46 projects chose to work with us"

Ledgnd lighting consultancy firm is celebrating its 2,5 year anniversary. Founders Joris Elstgeest, Matthea Rijneker and Richard and Ramón van de Vrie combined their experience in greenhouse horticulture and the lighting industry respectively at the end of 2019 and translated this into a working method…

DesignLights Consortium seeks input on next version of horticultural lighting technical requirements

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) today released for comment the first draft of Version 3.0 of its Technical Requirements for Horticultural Lighting. Scheduled to take effect…

British Grower installs top lighting for year-round strawberry production

GE Current, a Daintree company is helping Global Berry bring high-quality British strawberries to consumers all year round by installing more than 4,500 of its latest-generation Arize Element L1000 LED top lights in Global Berry’s 3 hectare (30,000m2), Taunton glasshouse. Paired with Current’s Daintree…

Making a lettuce greenhouse more sustainable using water-cooled LED fixtures

In 1994, Peter and Christel Verschaeren of the Flemish company Hydroponic bvba started growing lettuce directly in the ground in almost 12,000 m2 (approx. 129,000 sq ft). Now they're growing their lettuce on a mobile gutter system under glass, HPS lamps have been installed, and the greenhouse has been…

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How glasshouse growers can capitalise on energy efficient lighting

Post-pandemic demand and lack of supply have seen surging natural gas prices in Europe and the UK, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has now taken costs to another level. Just when the sector was looking at un-buckling its seat belt, the road ahead will continue to test and challenge. So in the midst of…

RAYN Growing Systems releases Fotono luminaires

RAYN Growing Systems, a manufacturer of lighting and control equipment for horticultural environments, introduces new Fotono luminaires. Fotono is a one-to-one LED replacement for HPS luminaires used in greenhouses. With high output, a small footprint, and advanced spectral capabilities, Fotono provides…

EliteGrow: We manufacture flexible grow light solutions based on customer demands

Laite E-Commerce provides export services for a variety of products. Their daughter brand EliteGrow is specialized in the export of indoor LED grow lights. Company spokesperson William explained that EliteGrow has provided indoor grow light services for the horticultural industry since 2013, and their…

Tailored solutions and control modules to provide an instant dynamic light solution

“Holland Solutions Limited provides horticultural LED solutions for sole source and greenhouse applications as well as simple light control options and grow table solutions with our Horti line integrated into the designs,” says Rob Scheffers, founder and chief executive officer of Holland Solutions…

Signify LED lights powers Iceland vertical farm

Signify is providing GreenPower LED technology for VAXA, Iceland’s first vertical farm. Vertical farming is where agriculture is carried out in controlled indoor conditions, where crops are grown under LED lighting in systems of stacked trays. With its cold climate and rocky, volcanic landscape, Iceland…

Canadian agri-food technology institute to install dynamic LED solutions

The Institut de technologie agroalimentaire du Québec (ITAQ) in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, has replaced their greenhouse HPS lights with Sollum Technologies’ dynamic LED grow light solution. This change will enable more robust studies on the efficacy of various light recipes. The ITAQ is the only…

Acuity brands launches a new LED horticulture lighting solution

Acuity Brands announced the launch of Verjure, a professional-grade horticulture LED lighting solution that offers efficacious and consistent performance for indoor horticulture applications. Developed using academic, plant-based research, the Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires are designed to support all…

Mastering photons and yield: best light for improving crop yield

Light incidence over our crops will have a direct effect on yield. Photosynthesis is the most important process in plants to produce energy. But how can we relate photons of light to yield? Based on research we know now one mole of photosynthetic photons is required in order to produce one gram o dried…

Fluence partners with Hydrofarm to distribute LEDs to U.S. retailers

Fluence by OSRAM has signed a distribution partnership with Hydrofarm Holdings to distribute Fluence’s newly released SPYDR Fang LED lighting solution to its network of hydro-shop retailers throughout the U.S. beginning early April 2022. For more than 40 years, Hydrofarm has manufactured and distributed…

US (DC): See what lies beneath the bright pink lights of the DeGoede Farms greenhouse in Sumner

DeGoede Farms is a hydroponic greenhouse farm that specializes in year-round lettuce as well as basil. They produce about 7,000 heads of lettuce per week.

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US (CO): Silt-area lettuce farm asked to address lighting impacts on neighbors

The owner/operator of a large indoor lettuce-growing operation south of Silt has been asked to find ways to reduce the amount of light emanating from the facility. Some neighbors of the Spring Born greenhouse operation have complained to Garfield County officials about light glare coming through their…

Growing cucumbers efficiently under LED

At Botany Group in Meterik, growers and researchers are joining forces to achieve ever better results with growing under LED lighting. How did the crops survive the winter?  Experts from Botany, Signify, and BASF share the first insights from their trial. In a video, they tell more about their trials with…

Both HPS and LED in range of Agrolux and Gavita

Agrolux and Gavita have been part of the Hawthorne Gardening Company for many years. The American owner has given the companies a new impulse, a new team, and a new portfolio. Nick Boelen, Global Sales Director, has been working for Agrolux/Gavita for two years now, and tells us about his experiences and…

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Bördegarten relies on LED lighting for its herb cultivation

Herbs reach out for red/blue lights

New LED lights were recently installed in the herb section of the Bördegarten greenhouse in Osterweddingen. The light spectrum is precisely matched to the herb plants (80% red and 20% blue) and thus significantly increases growth. "So that we can also supply herbs in winter, the LED light is switched on…

US: Ohio grower expands use of dynamic LED solution

On the heels of successful initial studies playing with dynamic spectra, The Chef’s Garden, located in Ohio, has substantially expanded their research operations under Sollum’s dynamic LED grow light solution. CEO Bob Jones and the rest of the team at The Chef's Garden know better than anyone the power…

GE Current extends range with new top lighting

GE Current, a Daintree company has unveiled two new, high-efficiency and high-performance members of its Arize Element family. The latest L1000 model offers an increased maximum output of up to 2600µmol/s, adding a new option to the existing L1000 portfolio, which already features efficacy-oriented…

Hort Americas focus on community food production, people and jobs

In May 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, greenhouse vegetable grower AppHarvest approached commercial horticultural distributor Hort Americas with a challenging…


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