Horticultural LED Lighting is still very much in the experimentation phase and over the years has become a greater technological force when it comes to working with plants indoors, as Greenhouses and Farming have entered the digital age; even NASA engineers are exploring its benefits! As it continues to impact industries in huge ways, we at Hi-Line Lighting look at how we can develop our LED products to help cater for a multitude of Horticultural set-ups.
“Grow Lighting” LED strips are usually made with mixed colour chips, for example: combining 2 Blue LEDs and 1 Red LED. Plants rely on similar metrics that humans look for in an LED strip. Things like CRI (Colour Rendering Index), watts per metre and brightness are very relevant when it comes to regulating the kind light which benefits their growth cycles. Not only are LED lights incredibly efficient with regards to power consumption (many incandescent and halogen bulbs on the market, although energy efficient, can struggle when it comes to plant care), they can reliably distribute accurate amounts of light with strong beam angles under controlled conditions, with recent tests even suggesting that some foods, such as leafy greens and tomatoes, benefit overall from taste under such care.
In order for an LED Grow Light to deliver the correct amount of light to a plant, enabling it to photosynthesise and grow the best it possibly can, we are able to examine via our in-house spectral readings what kind of wavelength is needed in order for chlorophyll (the pigment which gives off a plant's lush colour) to absorb the right amount of energy from light. Because many plants have their own idiosyncrasies, the "recipe" for photosynthesis will differ and so the colour ratio - or wavelength - must be calculated accordingly.
Spectral readings for any LED strip on our website can be made available upon request. Please allow several days for a turnaround, although we will update you with this information.
We are happy to receive requests for custom LED strips and modules for large Greenhouse projects. However, it's important that you know exactly what you need in order to set up a suitable installation because while we are a proven designer and manufacturer of quality LED products, we are not experts on various types of plants and their behaviour. If you let us know exactly what kind of chips you require, the wavelength especially, and which colours need mixing, we can assess a project and let you know what's achievable.
Please note: Custom projects can come with lengthy lead times, depending on the size of the order and they will require an upfront payment of either a small percentage of the total cost, or full payment. Please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org