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Defra unveils new route for 10,000 farm workers to come to UK

Defra has unveiled a new route for a further 10,000 farm workers to come to the UK following pressure from the industry and the UK Trade and Business Commission. The government confirmed that 8,000 fruit and vegetable pickers and 2,000 poultry workers will be given a new visa route for seasonal work. It…

Light Science Technologies launches all-in-one sensorGROW

Light Science Technologies (LST) has announced the launch of sensorGROW, an all-in-one growing intelligence tool aimed at giving indoor farmers better environmental control while saving costs and reducing waste.  Ideal for any controlled growing environment, including greenhouses, polytunnels, vertical farms,…

High-output LED replacement for legacy lighting technology

Fluence has launched RAPTR, the company’s latest high-output lighting solution built to replace 1,000-watt, high-pressure sodium fixtures and maximize energy efficiency. Greenhouse and indoor growers are increasingly seeking more efficient, higher-output lighting solutions to reduce installation,…

Are LED lamps indeed more economical than SON-T?

Greenhouse growers are increasingly using LED lighting in their greenhouses. After all, those lamps are more energy-efficient than SON-T lamps, they assume. But LED lamps also emit less heat: a grower will therefore have to heat the greenhouse more in the winter with the heating system. So how energy…

Dimmable and spectrum flexible LED fixtures offer growers maximum control over lighting installation

Dutch Powerhouse Monarch, one of the smallest top lights on the market, has been improved. The water-cooled LED fixture is now available with a 1200W driver, more efficient LED chips, and can reach a light output of up to 4020 µmol/s. In addition, the top lights are now dimmable via Oreon's LED Control…

Improving the growing with LED

The benefits of using supplemental light for the propagation and production of greenhouse ornamental, vegetable, and cannabis crops have been well documented by university researchers and commercial growers.  Michigan State University horticulture professor Erik Runkle, along with his colleague Roberto Lopez, have done a considerable…

Leo Marcelis on applying less light and different spectra to help save costs massively

LED light trials to decline costs in vertical farming

In the case of electricity, we have to look at it specifically from a sustainability point of view. In that respect, the electricity use has to be lowered drastically. Leo explains that most energy goes to LEDs and cooling. WUR has already done many studies on the influence of light on plants. But…

Signify:

Full on support for new- and experienced vertical farmers

"Since we're a lighting company, many would assume that most research is dedicated to our lights, however, we're covering the entire growth recipe. From genetics, seeds, irrigation, nutrients to light and climate. When the client doesn't have a clear plan or approach on what to grow, we can immediately…

Experimental study reveals impact of light spectrum on plant growth

A research paper on the various effects of lighting in a vertical farming environment is gaining more attention due to the current expansion of such farms. The study released by Dr. Ki-Ho, Son of the Department of Horticultural Science, and Dr. Kye Man Cho of the Department of Food Science and their…

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…

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…

Could the energy crisis power a renewable future for the indoor farming industry?

People and businesses across the UK and Europe have been watching in apprehension as energy prices continue to soar. These skyrocketing prices result from a perfect storm: rising demand from lifted Covid restrictions, reduced gas stores after a relatively windless summer, a record increase in global gas prices, and the war…

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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…

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Responses of butter leaf lettuce to mixed red and blue light with extended light/dark cycle period

To investigate the effects of extended light/dark (L/D) cycle periods (relative to the diurnal L/D cycle) on lettuce and explore the potential advantages of abnormal L/D cycles, butter leaf lettuce was grown in a plant factory with artificial light (PFAL) and exposed to mixed red (R) and blue (B) LED…

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From wireless payments to wireless lighting

“With the introduction of LED grow lights, we ended up in horticulture,” says Wim Hogenhout, sales manager at Chess. The Dutch company indeed started in 1998 when Chess – which stands for Computer, Hardware en (and) System Software – was active in the wireless control systems, specifically wireless payment…

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Vegetables move up with LEDs in Iceland

If you want to grow commercial vegetables in Iceland, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to build a naturally lit greenhouse and pump in some of the country’s ample geothermal heat. Better yet, says Andri Björn Gunnarsson, build a windowless vertical farm, and pump up the LEDs. That’s what Gunnarsson and his…

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…

SunPlus horticulture portfolio grows with the addition of deep-red

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

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…

iGrowing:

New lighting system introduced

It is now widely accepted that Vertical Farming could play a vital role in the changing face of agriculture, but will the challenges with power, capital costs, and knowledge, delay, or even stop the vertical revolution? These are the questions the team at iGrowing wrestled with as they set about ensuring that vertical farming…

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 Chris Brown, Chairman at…

Controlling fungal diseases in herb production

The herbal trend is unbroken. Whether as potted goods for the fresh kitchen, as part of the indoor herb garden, or as a special feature in the balcony box. Promote growth and aromaThe amount of potted herbs and freshly cut herbs produced in Germany is constantly increasing, as is the interest in buying…

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…


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