New cut rose installations with LED toplighting solutions

Philips showed how its GreenPower toplighting LED lighting solution can improve yields, quality and climate control for light-intensive cut roses and other floriculture at the International Floricultural Trade Fair (IFTF) from 4-6 November 2015.

Visitors could see Philips new GreenPower LED toplighting solution that is one-and-a-half times more efficient in converting electricity to light (up to 2.7 μmol/Joule) than other HPS systems. GreenPower LED toplighting delivers very high light output, while radiating much less heat than HPS toplighting, allowing growers to control light and temperature separately and gain more control over growing conditions.

Udo van Slooten, General Manager of Philips Horticulture LED Solutions says, “There is a growing amount of scientific evidence showing the benefits of LED toplighting for the floriculture business. This technology is particularly interesting for rose growers because their crops require some of the highest levels of light in the floriculture industry. It’s not unusual for roses to require 4,000 to 5,000 light hours in a year. Growers can use LED toplighting to save energy, steer their climate better, create more lighting hours in spring, summer and autumn and get more growth and/or quality.”

Light recipes for every plant and phase
Since different crops, flowers, and plants require different light/temperature situations (alongside other climatic conditions) for optimal growth, Philips has invented specific light recipes for specific crops to help growers further enhance their crop results. A recipe specifies the light spectrum, intensity, illumination moment, uniformity, and positioning. Using a recipe, a grower can steer specific plant characteristics, from compactness, color intensity, and branch development to flowering and more to improve results.

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