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October 17, Denver

U.S. Horticultural Lighting Conference announces speaker lineup

The Horticultural Lighting Conference, presented by LEDs Magazine and owned by PennWell Corporation, announced the speaker lineup for the second edition of the event to be held on October 17, 2017 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Connecting research and technology to end user applications, this specialized one-day conference will provide insights, lessons learned and cutting-edge information on the latest technologies and techniques impacting the advancement of the horticultural lighting market. Addressing key business challenges and how to harness the potential of the market, the conference will attract a range of high level attendees involved in commercial growing, greenhouses, floriculture, vertical farming, city/urban farming and more. A sample of featured speakers include:

Opening Keynote Speaker
Dr. Steven E. Newman, Extension Specialist and Professor, Colorado State University

Featured Speakers:
Philip Smallwood, Research Director, Strategies Unlimited
Topic: Tracking the Horticultural SSL Market and Technology

Austin Gelder, Lighting Performance Technical Advisor, UL
Topic: Speaking Plant: Language of Horticultural Metrics, Test Methods, and Standards

Christopher Sloper, Author, “The LED Grow Book”
Topic: Horticultural Lighting Defined: Cleaning Up Garden Lighting Terminology

Kurt Liepmann, Applications Engineer, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors
Topic: Horticulture LED Fundamentals

Ian Ashdown, President, Suntracker Technologies
Topic: Capturing Sun Patterns and Using Software Tools for Horticultural Lighting

Jeff Bisberg, CEO & President, Illumitex Inc
Topic: Digital Horticulture – LED lighting Delivering Value Beyond PPF and Controls

Irina Rasputnis, SSL Technical Manager, DesignLights Consortium (DLC)

“This impressive lineup of experts leading the future of this emerging sector will provide attendees with an exceptional opportunity to learn and engage with the best in the field, while sharing information, case studies and best practices critical to the growth and success of horticultural lighting. With an additional focus on connecting companies manufacturing horticultural LED products with end users, the Horticultural Lighting Conference is a must-attend for building important business relationships and establishing a presence early-on in this market,” said Ms. Christine Shaw, Event Director, Horticultural Lighting Conference.

Sponsors of the Horticultural Lighting Conference include OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, UL, Seoul Semiconductor, Cree, Everlight Americas, Bill Brown Sales Company, CSA Group, Adura LED Solutions, Allix, Artesyn Embedded Technologies, Budmaster LED, Hailux Lighting, Illumitex, Lumileds, NMB, SpecGrade LED, TSR Grow, Inventronics and Viso Systems. The conference will conclude with a Networking Reception where attendees, speakers and sponsors can interact and exchange information face-to-face.

Registration for the conference is now open, with the advance registration discount expiring on September 15. To learn more or to register, visit
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