Lighting

Industry consortium to explore additive manufacturing for lighting

Building upon the progress made during a recent workshop, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has formally established the Additive Manufacturing for Lighting Consortium. The consortium will help bridge the knowledge gap between the lighting and 3D printing industries…

Sam Thoman, Strawberry Fields

"Merging cannabis with the horticultural world is the big key"

The cannabis industry truly is a special sub set of horticulture. In order to be successful, it is necessary to be more than a grower. For instance, it is crucial to calculate precisely the power that a greenhouse is going to need. This is the vital lesson that Sam Thoman with Strawberry Fields learned…

Zuri Humblet, Fospan Worldwide CEO

“Growing cannabis in large-scale operations demands knowledge"

Fospan Worldwide is a Dutch-Spanish solution provider for the horticulture and specialized in the medicinal cannabis industry with many years of cannabis experience. Zuri, Fospan CEO, points out that “One of the most crucial issues in starting a horticulture business, is to look for and rely on…

Lighting: the economics of growing

From growing peppers and tomatoes to growing medicinal hemp. This is the story of Sonny, co-founder of Thrive Farms Colorado, a medicinal organic hemp company active in Norwood, Colorado. Sonny is a guy with a very sunny disposition, really passionate about his job. However, impressive is his commitment…

China: KropTek opens new production factory in Shenzhen

KropTek, an LED grow light and container farming company, held its new factory opening ceremony in Shenzhen, China on 4th April 2019. Attended by over 50 key investors, suppliers and clients, the ceremony marks a major milestone for KropTek. Kroptek Leadership Team - from left to right: Wissam Farah,…

Using LED to grow cannabis

When Highland Grow first started growing, they installed traditional high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. They quickly ran into challenges in their growing rooms. The HPS fixtures frequently caused the rooms to overheat and dry out. As a result, the plants were not producing consistently dense buds. Frank MacMaster, President of…

A Growers Climate: about diffuse light

Diffuse light is priority number one simply because there’s money to be earned with it. Growth improves under diffuse light while both greenhouse and plant temperature is lowered. According to Hugo Plaisier from Svensson, diffuse climate screens offer further advantages too. Cultivation can be lighter,…

Automation in the blooming cannabis market

Taboos against cannabis continue to go up in smoke, which has meant the rapid ascent of an entirely new industry. It’s also meant proliferation of new automated systems and machine designs for all stages of cannabis production — including growing, harvesting, processing, testing, packaging, and…

Research toolbox expanded thanks to light with diffused glass

When the lights are out, it looks like a regular grow-rack. However, inside is a specially developed type of diffuse glass, containing both LED lights and a reflecting mirror. This new equipment, the CoolGrow VF developed by MechaTronix, makes it possible to do dynamic LED research in an affordable way.…

Company adds solar to portfolio for indoor cannabis growers

SinglePoint Inc. continues to add branches to its family tree with new acquisitions and joint-venture announcements. SinglePoint first began as a full-service mobile technology provider – which remains a mainstay of the business – but has since diversified with new opportunities in several horizontal…

Lighting supplier launches advanced LED for horticulture applications

MaxLite, a manufacturer and marketer of energy-efficient lighting solutions since 1993, announces the PhotonMax Spot Light as the first in a range of high-performance LED grow lights designed to optimize crop production in greenhouses and other controlled horticulture applications. Through innovative…

Lumileds boosts efficiency and cost effectiveness of Luxeon 2835E

Lumileds introduced a new version of the Luxeon 2835E 9V LED specifically optimized for the typical drive current of retrofit lamps and downlights, 100 mA. Lamp designers will…

Light pollution map

Greenhouses light up the night sky

Many scientific datasets from satellites are in principle available for free, but that doesn't mean that they are actually accessible to the wider public. A new web application aims to change that, at least for satellite imagery of Earth at night. The app called " Radiance Light Trends " allows anyone…

six spectral channels

Osram unveils grow light system for horticulture research

Osram has developed a research luminaire to meet the growing demands of researchers at universities, private institutes and plant production in greenhouses and vertical farms. Researchers and modern agriculturists can use the LED-based plant luminaire system Phytofy RL in the lab or in climatic chambers…

Macedonia: MMJ grower expands cultivation under LED

Heliospectra has received a second order from 5 Leters DOO for additional E60 series LED grow lights as the company scales medicinal cannabis cultivation in Resen, Macedonia. The order value is SEK 1.5 million (USD $184,560). The Heliospectra E60 series with C-plate features a far-red wavelength and…

US (OH): Integrating LED to address impending MMJ demand

Fluence Bioengineering announced the deployment of Fluence horticulture lighting solutions in the Buckeye Relief indoor cannabis farm. The Ohio based cultivator is one of twelve provisional Level I state-licensed facilities preparing to rapidly address the need for medical-grade cannabis with an…

Macedonian MMJ grower invests in LED

Heliospectra announces an order from Medical 420 a medicinal cannabis cultivation facility in Macedonia. The indoor controlled environment facility is investing in…

Macedonian MMJ grower invests in Heliospectra LEDs

Heliospectra announces a new cooperation with NYSK Holdings, a state-of-the-art medicinal cannabis facility in Macedonia. The grower is partnering with Heliospectra to be able to supply patients with consistent, pharmaceutical-grade medicine for chronic diseases year-round. The investment is valued at…

US (OR): Smart Grow Systems updates MMJ grow lights

After years of research and in-the-field testing, Smart Grow Systems announced the availability of the newest member of its commercial vertical farming system, the GOLDENi LED grow light series for propagation and flower. “Smart Grow Systems’ mission is to drive out waste from commercial horticulture,”…


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