Greenhouse lighting: Are LEDs right for you?

Have you been thinking about installing LED lights in your greenhouse or growing area, but are confused by all the lighting jargon and unsure where to begin?

The Michigan State University Extension floriculture team is pleased to offer a free horticultural lighting workshop, Are LEDs right for you?, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This workshop is designed to help greenhouse owners and growers of all skill levels determine the most appropriate lighting technology for their operation.

The quality and intensity of horticultural lighting is a critical factor for producing high-quality crops in controlled environments. While conventional options such as high-pressure sodium lamps have a proven track record, LED fixtures present an intriguing combination of efficacy, lamp longevity and the ability to apply multiple wavelength combinations. Over the past nine years, MSU has conducted a wide-variety of LED lighting research on young plants, annuals, perennials, potted crops, microgreens, vegetable transplants and herbs. This workshop covers conventional and LED greenhouse lighting and features  Erik Runkle and Roberto Lopez from the MSU Department of Horticulture—nationally-recognized experts in lighting applications for greenhouses, indoor farms, and other controlled environments.

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