There is a revolution happening in horticulture. It’s a change that will fundamentally alter how we grow plants – and it’s all down to lighting. Thanks to the unique properties of LED lighting and major advances in our understanding of plants, we now have exciting possibilities to tune the light to improve yield, customize the plant characteristics and maintain plant health.
Being able to control the entire spectrum of light brings innumerable benefits to the growing industry. The ability to precisely control light enables growers to create conditions that are most conducive to growing plants ranging from acacia to zinnia, including legal cannabis for the now-flourishing medicinal and recreational market.
Costs of electricity is the number one expense facing producers and often matches or exceed total lease costs per month during production. Artificial lighting, dehumidification, ventilation, air conditioning, and irrigation control systems all require immense amounts of electricity, leading some growers to investigate energy-efficiency options such as using LEDs instead of traditional fluorescent or high-pressure sodium (HPS) luminaires.