Are Lighting Companies Responding to Grower Needs?

Are Lighting Companies Responding to Grower Needs?

The best way to understand and adapt to the evolving greenhouse production methods for lighting systems and component suppliers is to work straight with their farmers. With that in mind, we reached several leading producers and asked them how they can respond to these challenges through innovation and the top lighting challenges they face.

What are the main concerns that you hear about the lighting needs of producers and how does your firm help them deal with these concerns?

ActiveGrow: A balance of the right light, water, nutrients, CO2 and other environmental influencing plant production is performed in horticultural environments. ActiveGrow: As far as lighting is concerned, changes to lower temperature LEDs from harsh HPS lamps will impact the use of water as less evaporation occurs. The intake of nutrients will also have an impact as the water containing these nutrients feeds the plant more slowly. For an end-user to know what to do and the learning curve to be minimised, we have to be clear as to how lighting can affect any aspect of a growing operation. When all is dialled in, LEDs will make the system globally more sustainable.

Fluence Biotechnology: This can reconstruct something that you have been listening to for the last year or so, but it is still a hot topic in the lighting industry to understand and understand the change from traditional lighting technology to LED. The yield, uniformity and quality advantages of large-speed lights are becoming increasingly apparent from growers so that the spectrums are not as broad as they were. But many farmers still realise that transition technology is not so crucial as it understands the changes in the environment that the transition entails: change in the ambient air temperature, the surface temperature of the leaf, steam pressure deficit, etc.

Heliospectra: North America greenhouse farmers recognise the need for additional lighting between October and May to keep their year-round yields and highest product quality consistent. In additional lighting, even in the highlighted regions, for example, Arizona and Texas, growers can often control higher retail prices for tomatoes, green leafy plants and other speciality plants in winter. Intelligent lighting controls also continue to advance the industry to automate schedules and production with more connectivity of greenhouse technologies and building system integrations. Growers are now recognised as the viable and proven solution for traditional HPS lighting adjustable spectrum LEDs to speed up harvests and balance energy efficiency and efficiency with crop performance.

Illumitex: Confusion and concern about lighting options–what are the best and why are the benefits and disadvantages of HPS vs LED. To make the best choice for the farmers, Illumitex can help you sift through alternatives. We offer a risk-free trial program that gives a particular environment, facility and growth to enable growers to check their performance and learn firsthand the advantages of LEDs.

LumiGrow: The cost of the farmers assessing lighting needs is a continuous concern. There have also been incorrect reports as to how light spectrum affects crop growth, which LumiGrow attempts, supported by scientific evidence, to overcome with reliable data. However, many lighting firms today have no idea how light affects crop growth, and uninformed messages can be dispersed.

Signify: Our primary focus is on the value of light as a solution that grows and the importance of light measurement (just like other crops are measured). Some ornamental farmers still believe that their greenhouse plants are sufficiently lighted with natural sunlight or that their HPS lights provide the extra light to grow their plants. In other words, if the lights activate or if the fittings bring light out, then everything is okay. We want farmers to know that LED lighting controls the grower and predictability comes with control. LED lighting controls the intensity of light, luminous time and light spectrum for cultivating crop growth to maximise natural light. LED highlights also radiate considerably less heat than HPS, the traditional source of additional illumination. This means that farmers can control the lighting and temperature individually to achieve unparalleled plant lighting levels and to gain control over growing conditions. Signify's only application is the extensive knowledge and support provided by plant specialists, account managers and applications engineers in our Philips brand horticultural light solutions.

What are the latest innovations in this category that you have developed? In terms of continuous product development research, what is your company doing?

Active Grow: We want it to be more comfortable for producers to move more sustainably, so for end users who need not necessarily buy entirely new equipment, we developed the LED horticultural replacement lights to start saving energy. Lighting should always be a factor in horticultural environments. The focus of our product development research is to build on the benefits of reliability and functionality for producers. During technological changes, we continue to develop products to reduce the use of energy, carbon and HVAC, water and physical space for entire plant operations to improve production, quality, appearance and taste.

Fluence: The energy efficiency of our LEDs is continued throughout our team to train and cooperate closely with farmers to make sure that they adapt their environment to take this advantage of them. What I mean here is that, instead of releasing that energy like heat, our lights are aimed to efficiently turn every electron into a light photon. Further work is being done on an optimal light spectrum to generate more plant biomass and to improve certain qualities of the plant, such as colour, anthocyanin, and so on.

Heliospectra: Heliospectra collaborated with the growers to improve the greenhouse operations and business performance of HelioCORE LED lighting controls and introduce a new illuminated bar series which provides light spectrum variants.

Illumitex: Illumitex's increasing innovation aims at lowering the initial costs of LEDs, improving efficiency and efficiency and increasing photon output to satisfy or exceed the light sources currently in use. Our industry-led development and engineering teams are continually researching, testing and using the latest technology, sourcing the best components, and verifying every design and finishing material, providing the best possible solutions. Since 2005, we have done that.

LumiGrow: LumiGrow recently released its TopLight fixture and smartPAR fixture. We are also about to release our BarLight house, designed for multi-tier cultivation. We will also continue to develop leading strategies and information for research in the industry to inform producers of the best practices for horticultural LED cultivation.

Significant: We have been testing, studying and sharing knowledge with the global horticultural industry for the effects of LEDs on the horticulture industry for over 12 years. We started off with high-wired food crops and then moved to ornamental products. The high output version of Philips Toplighting was introduced at cultivate'18 last year with delivery of up to 800 micronutrients. This highlight is useful for crops requiring a high degree of light, such as roses, gerbera and biofuels. To ensure our product development process and pipelines are ready for the challenges posed by growers across a variety of food, ornamental and speciality crops, we continue to build on our Research Network and partnerships.