Ceravision Limited, inventor of a new scientific approach to horticulture lighting, announced the results of trials undertaken over the last six months with a group of horticulture businesses.
Results from independently conducted trials with Bridge Farm Group on licenced industrial hemp have demonstrated an increase in yield and potency of 40% compared to other lighting solutions. Trials elsewhere on salad crops have also revealed benefits - faster growth, fewer pesticides and less waste.
Exploiting its innovative plasma light technology, Ceravision's new and patented approach to horticultural lighting is based on the ability to produce unique light spectra with very high levels of UV-A and UV-B.
This UV spectral range is crucial for indoor cultivation. UV can benefit plants as it enhances the production of the secondary metabolites that act as ‘sunscreens' and boost aroma, flavonoids, terpenes, colour, nutritional and medicinal values. UV can also improve defences against insect and virus attacks and accelerated pollination.
Ceravision's plasma UV420 grow-light is designed to complement traditional PAR grow-lights. With a spectrum concentrated from 280 to 550nm, it delivers the UV-A and UV-B not transmitted through greenhouse glass and not available from traditional PAR lights.
Barry Preston, Chief Scientist of Ceravision said: "We are delighted that the proprietary tailored light spectrum of our newly developed UV420 boosts yield, flavour and quality for a range of crops and has the potential to transform horticulture productivity."
Andrew Fuller, Technical Director of Bridge Farm Group said: "We have tested Ceravision's new grow-light in the cultivation of industrial hemp and found it to deliver significant benefits compared to other lighting technologies in boosting yield and cannabinoid content. I believe that Ceravision lighting technology and expertise offers a ground-breaking step forward in horticulture lighting."
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