Light Years Ahead - the Future of LED Growing

It’s a known fact. A plant depends on sunlight for photosynthesis and proper growth. Greenhouse growers, however, have gotten around the need for constant sun by installing high pressure sodium and fluorescent bulbs in their operations. In some regions, supplemental light is no longer an option, but a necessity in today’s market to maximize daily light integral (the amount light received in a specific area in a day’s period) on shorter days.

And now, growers are turning to yet another alternative: Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. Science shows that with LEDs, growers won’t sacrifice light intensity. Plus, they may actually control how a plant grows and in some instances, enable it to grow quicker through adjustments in spectrum.

LEDs aren’t new, but they’re on the rise, with LED grow light module markets forecast to reach $1.8 billion by 2021 (the module markets earned $395 million in 2014), according to a 2015...

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