"A custom light optic provides extra-wide, uniform light dispersion over the grow area"

GE Current, a Daintree company, has launched the Arize Factor Multilayer (ML) Series, the latest addition to its lineup of horticulture fixtures for indoor farms and greenhouses. "Assembled in the USA, the Arize Factor packages improved optics and optimized light spectrums to become an industry-leading,…

The ABC of PAR, PPF and PPFD

There is a myriad of factors for growers to take onboard when building a greenhouse or grow area. Firstly, there’s plant lifecycles and grow light positioning. Then, there’s heat and light spectrum, not to mention space and market. Little wonder taking on such a challenge can feel rather overwhelming, to start off with at…

Porpora Lighting

'Colombia’s agriculture sector is accelerating'

“Despite the problematic land-use, agriculture is one of the main engines moving Colombian economy,” says Hugo Rojas Sotelo, co-founder of Porpora Lighting. “The national political conflict, illegal economies and poor state presence make armed groups take control of some rural areas, causing…

How LEDs increase the yield of beneficial compounds in herbal plants

Malaysia is among the most biologically diverse countries in the world, home to dense jungles with remarkable plant species, including herbal varieties that flourish in its tropical climate. The chemical compounds in these plants have many uses and benefits, including in healthcare and cosmetics. At Monash…

Recipe for success: perfecting plant performance

Often seen as the holy grail of vertical farming, creating the perfect plant recipe has baffled growers in their quest to achieve optimal crop yield while controlling costs. Now, there just may be the solution available.   Light Science Technologies (LST) established itself as a start-up just two years ago, and…

"I still don't know if I can trust the spectrum"

Theo on journey of discovery in own high-tech greenhouse in back garden

There is a house in Holland and a greenhouse in Wognum. A high-tech greenhouse, in the middle of the houses. It is a special project by technician Theo van Lieshout. After his retirement he started building and now, together with his wife, he eats from his own greenhouse three times a week. The…

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Growing herbs in space with "regular LEDs"

The project within the ISS' Japanese-run Kibo Laboratory is examining how herbs grow in microgravity. Like all ISS horticultural projects, the idea is to better understand how to cultivate crops in space to support humans on longer and farther expeditions, such as to Mars. The various projects are…

Viparspectra

"LED grow lights with high performance and less energy consumption"

ViparSpectra XS1000 led grow light is coming to the market in March 2021. XS1000 is ViparSpectra's newest QB-style led grow light. Featuring in Samsung LM301B diodes, mean well driver, and advanced heat dissipation function, ViparSpectra XS1000 improves plants yields up to a max of 2.9g/watt. It has high…

WUR researches light energy-effiency for vertical farms

Only once the power bill drops and profits climb can large-scale vertical farming be considered. Therefore, the Netherlands-based Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is…

Study on how blue and red LED supplements impact flavor volatives in hydroponically grown basil

The use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in commercial greenhouse production is rapidly increasing because of technological advancements, increased spectral control, and…

"Three ways to maximize a vertical farm's potential"

Population growth and urbanization are forcing global food production to a crossroads. Overall, migration to high-density areas increases access to health care, higher-paying jobs, education, and other socio-economic opportunities. It also places more strain on existing infrastructure and demand for…

Vitabeam launches new LED bar

Vitabeam produced their first LED light bar, which emits a cocktail of light wavelengths called VQe (Vitabeam Quantum energy). VQe stimulates photosynthesis, increasing growth, nutrient uptake, and yield in plants, and delaying cell senescence in harvested produce to prolong freshness. Also, VQe actively kills bacteria and…

Study on pulsed LED-lighting as an alternative energy savings technique for vertical farms

Different strategies are reported in the literature for energy saving in Closed Plant Production Systems (CPPS). However, not reliable evidences about energy consumption with…

Mother

'A grow light to enjoy a lifetime'

“We saw that many light suppliers are focusing on crop-specific technology. We wanted to take a different approach and have developed an overall high-performing light recipe that can be used to grow any crop at any stage. This makes our product accessible for any grower," Dries Bovijn, co-founder of…

The visible wavelength range and its impact on plant growth

There has been significant research into how the different light spectrums influence the growth and health of plants and this has, according to studies, intensified as grow lights and artificial lighting solutions have gained ground and use case. Light is one of the most important, if not the most…

Heliospectra partners with Carleton College

"LED lighting controls are a game changer for the next generation of growers"

Heliospectra has partnered with Carleton College, a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, United States, to upgrade the campus greenhouse facilities. Carleton College installed Heliospectra’s Elixia adjustable spectrum horticulture lighting and the helioCore light control system to…

TSRgrow introduces Lighting as a Platform

TSRgrow has announced Lighting as a Platform (LaaP), a technology that delivers results to indoor growers, while reducing up-front and long-term operating costs. "Lighting as a Platform (LaaP) brings together TSRgrow's solutions for commercial horticulture growing into one digital platform: Centralized…

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What vertical grow light exist for indoor farming?

If the indoor place you want to grow your plants doesn’t have access to natural light, using vertical grow light is the solution. Suppose you require additional lighting for the growth of your plants. This usually happens during the winter seasons, where vertical grow lights can be used as another light…

Shining some light on the in's and out's of indurstrial indoor farming light set-ups

When supplementing light in a greenhouse, there are several aspects that need to be considered when developing a plan and implementing grow lighting setups in the facility. Supplemental lighting for greenhouses becomes more and more important in the seasons where there isn't a lot of five light like in…

"Growers eager to start using LED"

LED is hot and definitely no longer a thing of the future. This has become evident from, among other things, a survey by Hortilux among growers. Interest levels in LED appears to be very, very high. At the same time, some questions and challenges remain, too. Hortilux has noticed a strong surge in the…

About PAR, PPF, and PPFD

If you have been researching LED horticulture lighting systems for your plant growth facility, you have likely been bombarded with a variety of metrics that lighting manufacturers use to market their products. Some terms and acronyms you are likely to see include: watts, lumens, LUX, foot candles, PAR, PPF, PPFD, and photon…

Plug-and-play lighting system allows growers to identify targeted light conditions

Horticultural lighting is no longer simply a matter of lights being on or off, but about everything in between as growers seek to maximize yield and product quality through improved lighting conditions. According to Ryan Hunt, cofounder of Grow Ray and technical advisor at Candidus, the horticultural…

Light bar to grow healthy plants

Vitabeam produced their first LED light bar, which emits a combination of light wavelengths called VQe (Vitabeam Quantum energy). The wavelengths are all safe for human exposure and have properties…

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Study on the effect of red & blue rich LEDs vs fluorescent light on Lollo Rosso Lettuce

The challenges of feeding an increasing population, an increasingly urban population and within an increasingly challenging global environment have focused ideas on new ways…


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