PIONEERING A UNIQUE ENGINEERING APPROACH TO LED PLANT GROW LIGHTS
CASE STUDIES | Research Establishment - Various plants
The PhytoLux solution
LED Grow Lamp
Attis-7 and Attis-6 low energy LED Growth Lights with controlled light emission
Number of Lamps
6 initially rising to 96
Light output
285 µMol/s from <206W
Configuration
Sited 1m above plants
Results Summary
Plant response
Comparable to SON-T; Lighting: An improved understanding of the performance characteristics of the Attis units was achieved.
Plant growth
Positive results were achieved in relation to plant height, stem width, leaf width, number of leaves, number of nodes, number of flowers/fruit and fresh and dry weights.
Lighting
As a result of the early trials a number of design changes were actioned in order to improve the overall performance of the Attis units.
Estimated power saving
In excess of 60%.
Rothamsted reduce glasshouse lighting cost by more than 60%
Trial Facts
Grower/Researcher: Rothamsted Research
Location: Harpenden
Facilties: Glasshouse
Crop: Various
Control: Equivalent SON-T
Duration: 2011 - 2013
Objective: To reduce glasshouse energy consumption by at least 50%
Background
Between 2011 and 2013 Rothamsted Research undertook a number of trials with PhytoLux LED lights on a wide variety of plant species including; lettuce, tomatoes, radish, lillies, peppers, chinese cabbage, rice, wheat, barley, cotton, arabidopsis, maize. These trials were carried out to measure the response of plants to LED lighting when used as a supplemental top light in glasshouses. Lights come on when ambient light falls below a pre-defined level.
Trial objective and measures
During these extensive trials, numerous results were measured including plant height, stem width, leaf width, number of leaves, number of nodes, number of flowers/fruit and fresh and dry weights. The performance of PhytoLux units was compared against the SON-T growth light, traditionally used by commercial growers.
Trial implementation
During the 18 month period multiple trials were carried out at different intervals, with insights from each trial resulting in small, but important, design changes.
Results - Plant response
Throughout the trials plant response was comparable with, in some cases better than, the SON-T ‘Control'.
Results - Energy cost
Trials have also reviewed operational processes and policies to highlight the energy savings possible with PhytoLux units. Rothamsted Research has initiated a programme to replace SON-T with PhytoLux lights targeting to reduce total electricity consumption within its glasshouses by 50%.
Other key insights
Summary
Rothamsted has been a major contributor to the trial and development stage of the Attis range and we are very grateful for their valuable insights which have helped us considerably in our objective to build an LED growth light that will provide a commercially viable option for growers to extend their season into the winter months.
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PIONEERING A FRESH APPROACH TO LED PLANT GROW LIGHTS