Lighting

GE Current expands horticulture distribution network to support indoor growers across Eurasia

GE Current, a Daintree company, has signed three new distribution partnership agreements with Agro Top Garden, Helle-Tech Oy and Vitro HTS to make its full Lucalox HPS and Arize LED portfolio available to more greenhouse growers across Europe and Asia. The deals inked will provide growers focusing on…

What is the difference between Red/Blue vs. broad spectrum LEDs

Growers generally have two options when it comes to horticultural LED spectrums – “full spectrum” or “broad-spectrum”, which appears white light; and “red/blue spectrum”, which can appear as purple or pink light.    The red/blue spectrum LED luminaires are often referred to as narrow band spectrum lights – because the…

Bioradiance

It's a kind of magic: using a wand to improve your yield

Every grower strives to improve the yield and quality of their crop. Since the cannabis industry is still very young compared to more traditional horticulture, it is not easy to find the magic secret to achieve the best crop. Yet, it is not necessary to be a wizard to cast a spell of yield improvement on…

How much energy can LEDs really save in greenhouses?

When switching to LEDs, your electricity bill will lower and your heating bill will increase. Sounds fair, and most growers are completely aware of this. But by how much? That's often unclear, even when the LEDs have already been installed. "Since electricity is measured in kwH and gas is measured in…

Ridder introduces RLD 15 FR O light-diffusing summer screen

The launch of the new RLD 15 FR O light-diffusing summer screen fabric means another addition to Ridder’s fast-growing portfolio of screen fabrics. RLD 15 FR O screen fabric is light-diffusing and has been specifically developed to protect crops against excessively bright light on sunny days. Ridder has…

Hortiled Top Summit &Vertex

"The ideal grow light solution for your business and cultivation goals"

Hortilux introduces the Hortiled Top Summit and Hortiled Top Vertex: two new types of LED grow light, ideal for every situation. Growers have a wide range of different business and cultivation goals, meaning that every grow light solution is unique. LED grow light is increasingly used in existing…

Three-fold increase in LED usage across cultivation stages in fifth annual "State of the Cannabis Lighting Market"

Fluence by OSRAM (Fluence), a leading global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and agriculture production, today released findings from the fifth annual “State of the Cannabis Lighting Market” report produced in partnership with Cannabis Business Times, whose…

Philips

Increase yields for your medicinal cannabis crop by up to 40% with LED

As medical cannabis becomes legalized in more regions around the world, this represents an exciting new market for growers. But how do you get the best results when growing this crop in a greenhouse under LED lighting? Signify Plant Specialist Sabrina Carvalho has carried out several trials with research…

Reproducing sunlight in controlled laboratory environments

Plants and more generally, photosynthetic organisms need light to live. Exposed to artificial light, plants implement adaptation processes. All these adaptation strategies are studied in agronomic research and plant biology laboratories, in particular at CEA Cadarache, within the Institut de Biosciences…

Bios Lighting

The importance of light controllability for plant growth

One of the most critical challenges—whether for greenhouse managers or for horticulture aficionados—is to provide plants with enough photoperiodic sunlight for effective photosynthesis, so that they can grow optimally regardless of the geographical location and climate. Winter months even in supposedly…

Patrick Casteleyn, MechaTronix:

"Our 1000Watt LED grow light is a true 'sustainable' investment"

Switching to LED lighting is a big, expensive decision. It's, however, worth the investment, according to MechaTronix's Patrick Casteleyn. "Investing in LED lighting is a sustainable choice," he explains. "It contributes enormously to reducing growers' environmental footprint, certainly in the long run."…

Buffalo Skull Ranch: from cattle to cannabis

Buffalo Skull Ranch is a 3rd generation farm located in Southeast Kentucky, dedicated to cultivating the highest quality hemp in small batches. While the farm’s roots are in cattle, they recently expanded into hemp production two years ago, and 2020 was their first full year of greenhouse production. The…

Signify

Higher, better quality yield with intercanopy lighting in medical cannabis cultivation

Cannabis is a light-loving crop. Light levels up to 1000 mmol/m2/s in indoor facilities are fairly common. However, with the use of grow lights at the top of the greenhouse or indoors, that light is only accessible at the highest part of the crop because of the density of the leaves of the plant.…

Comparing LEDs and HPS lighting for cannabis

In recent years, light-emitting diodes, or LEDs for short, have carved out their place in the cannabis lighting world — and given rise to a lot of questions. Can LEDs produce the same high-quality flower as high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps? Will they save you money? And what are the drawbacks of LEDs…

RF Agriculture

Prepping grow light systems for winter

With Fall underway and Winter right around the corner, commercial and industrial growers that utilize either HPS grow lights, MH grow lights, LED grow lights, or any other type of grow light system for that matter, should know that it is about time to inspect, maintain, replace, and/or repair all grow…

GrowFlux Dimmer

Fifty light fixtures, controllable in the palm of your hand

When controlling light levels in a greenhouse, is there better way than simply turning the lights on when clouds roll in and off when sunlight returns? GrowFlux, a…

US (CO): Native Roots chooses Thrive Agritech lights to be installed in Denver-based facility

Thrive Agritech has received orders from Native Roots Cannabis Co. for more than 1,500 of its high-performance LED light fixtures. Thrive Agritech's Infinity 2.0 LED lights were installed in multi-tier vegetative cannabis racks throughout Native Roots' Denver facility. Native Roots is one of Colorado's…

Pure Harvest

US (CO): Initial testing of solar-powered cannabis cultivation light fixture

Pure Harvest Corporate is conducting research and development of its solar-powered cannabis cultivation light fixture at a licensed marijuana cultivation facility located in Denver, Colorado. This research and development is designed to prove the efficacy of its proprietary lighting technology for…

SunTracker Technologies

Improved Daily Light Integrals with satellite data

From its introduction forty years ago, the Daily Light Integral (DLI) metric has become an important tool for determining monthly daylight availability for crops and estimating supplemental electric lighting requirements for greenhouses. DLI charts for the continental United States have been available…

Key points for choosing grow lights for greenhouses

As the number of horticulture light brands on the market increases, the difficulty for growers in choosing the right product also increases. As lighting represents an important investment in the entire project, what are the key points that decision-makers need to pay attention to? Making an informed…

Fluence launches Vypr 3x and Vypr Duo 3x2

"Growers now have a solution to leverage year-round crop production"

Fluence expanded its top light solutions and launched the Vypr 3x and Vypr Duo 3x2. The latest Vypr series additions feature Fluence’s diversified PhysioSpec spectra and efficacies up to 3.7 µmol/J. “This addition to the Fluence Vypr Series is just one example of how we are creating advanced solutions to…

Proposal would add three new product categories to the DLC Horticultural Lighting Program effective July 1, 2021

DesignLights Consortium seeks comments on draft updates to horticultural lighting technical requirements

In response to member and stakeholder input, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) released draft Technical Requirements for LED-based Horticultural Lighting: Version 2.1,…

GrowFlux and XtraLight partner on IoT controls for horticultural lighting

GrowFlux has recently partnered with Houston, TX based horticultural lighting manufacturer XtraLight to offer wireless IoT controls alongside XtraLight PowerGrove LED Grow Lights. The relationship expands XtraLight’s horticultural lighting solutions to encompass intelligent lighting controls and allows…

"Easily add LED fixtures to your HPS grow light system"

In the coming years, many growers will be adding LED grow light to their existing HPS grow light systems, creating hybrid grow light systems. There are a wide range of reasons for beginning to use a hybrid grow light system. They are often related to new cultivation and production goals, or to the…

C-LED

Mattia Accorsi, PhD, Senior Biologist at C-LED

"Growing cannabis with the most performing technologies increases the profitability"

Since its inception, the cannabis industry has been characterized by the technologically advanced cultivation methodologies used to grow the best crop in the most profitable way. That’s why it does not come as a surprise that many companies are putting a lot of manhours into R&D, to find the most…

RII

webinar, October 29

Liquid-cooled LED lighting workshop

RII partners with LDL, DLC, ASABE & three manufacturer members to host a liquid-cooled LED lighting workshop. Register now for the upcoming workshop on 10/29 at 1pm ET on liquid-cooled LED lighting technology to learn how utilities and the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry are evolving…

Hortilux

In high-wire cultivation, it's important that the light penetrates deep into the crop

Many growers who invest in LED lighting opt for wide-beam LED fixtures with a high light output. In this way, they aim to achieve optimal light distribution at the top of the crop and to limit investment costs. In high-wire crops, however, it is particularly important that the light penetrates deep into…


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