Plessey, a leading developer of award-winning LED technologies and manufacturer of solid-state lighting products, announces it is running horticultural lighting trials with four of the Netherlands’ leading growers: Villa Gerbera (growing a crop of gerbera), Gebr. Koot BV (tomatoes), Together2Grow (alstroemeria), and Slijkerman Kalanchoe (kalanchoe).
The trials are being overseen by Maarten Klein, Plessey’s Head Agronomist. Before joining Plessey, Maarten spent seven years as Research Director of the Improvement Centre at Delphy in the Netherlands. Maarten Klein said, “The trials are examining the impact on growth rates, crop yield and plant quality of Plessey’s high-performance LED lighting when added to crops that are already grown under traditional high pressure sodium lighting. Installing Plessey LED grow lights alongside existing high-pressure sodium grow lights is considered the most efficient way to add extra light into a crop whilst minimising energy usage and additional heat load within the glasshouse growing environment.”
Jonathan Barton, Plessey’s Director for Grow Lights, commented: “Many growers are convinced that if they can find additional light source, which is low in energy and adds little extra heat to their glasshouse, they will be able to deliver greater yields. The trials we are conducting are confirming to top Dutch growers that our LED technology can bring them significant benefits. The trials will continue to run through to the early summer of 2017 and we will be revealing early indications of impact on yields before then.”
Plessey’s horticultural LED grow light technology provides a variety of light spectrums that are able to enhance the yield, quality and consistency of many different crop species.
Plessey has recently announced their high power Hyperion 1000 and Hyperion 1600 LED units developed to specifically deliver greater returns for commercial growers through increased productivity while achieving a 40% energy saving compared to equivalent 600W and 1000W sodium grow lights.
For a given installation, Hyperion units can be used to directly replace 600W and 1000W traditional grow lights delivering photon fluxes of 1000μmol/s and 1600μmol/s respectively. The Hyperion units can be installed on the existing greenhouse trellis. Plessey’s Hyperion grow lights provide the best light distribution with the lowest level of shading when compared to all other LED grow light solutions.
Plessey is a leading expert in the manufacture of semiconductor products used in sensing, measurement and controls applications, and is now at the forefront of the solid state lighting revolution. Its MaGIC™ (Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) LED technology has won numerous awards for its innovation and ability to cut the cost of LED lighting by using standard silicon manufacturing techniques. By using its understanding of electronics and expertise in micro-electronic product design and manufacture, Plessey is radically enhancing the human experience with micro-electronics solutions such that people achieve more than they thought possible.
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