Philips Horticulture LED Solutions launched a new, 25% more efficient
GreenPower LED production module. The module is for multilayer plant and indoor
crop growth applications. Philips says that the new solution is especially
beneficial for the propagating young plants and for vertical city farms.
Philips claims that the new GreenPower LED module provides significantly more
control and offers improved and uniform crop quality and energy savings of up
to 75 per cent compared to fluorescent lighting. The company also notes that
the energy-efficient LEDs give off less heat and create a more uniform light
distribution, making the module perfect for air-conditioned environments.
Consuming just 23 W, the GreenPower production module produces the same 50
micromol output as its 32-watt-consuming predecessor. Additionally, Philips
says it reduces energy costs by up to 75 per cent compared to fluorescent
lamps. The company has developed several spectral versions of the GreenPower
LED production module. The different colors versions of the modules meet
different growing requirements.
Growers can specify the best ‘light recipe’ for any given plant
or crop. Or can experiment to create their own. Light recipes include dedicated
combinations of intensity, spectrum, lighting initiation, uniformity and
positioning. These light recipes make it possible to enhance certain plant
traits including compactness, color intensity and branch development to produce
an optimal crop yield and quality.
Many full-scale commercial applications have successfully employed the
GreenPower LED production module, including leafy plants in Japan, lettuce
plant propagation in the Netherlands, and multiple crops in the USA. Use of the
LED modules in these commercial applications has reportedly resulted in
significant increases in yield and quality. The GreenPower LED production
module can be used to supplement natural daylight, as a new installation, or as
a replacement for fluorescent lamps. Thanks to its significantly lower heat
radiation, it can also be used in greenhouses and in air-conditioned
environments, which are not suited to conventional lighting.