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Another step towards 

year-round production

Le Jardin de Rabelais,
Avoine, France


Pascal Delahaye explains: “We don’t need more tomatoes in summer, but we do in winter. For us, artificial lighting is a step on the path towards year-round uniform production.” The grower opted for one of the latest developments in artificial lighting: LED interlighting.
Le Jardin de Rabelais, Matthieu Serrault

LED lighting 
is clearly the future 

it allows us to achieve the very best quality and efficiency.”

 

- Pascal Delahaye and Matthieu Serrault, Owners

Customer challenge


Innovators at heart, Delahaye and Serrault are always looking to improve the yield and taste of their specialty tomato crops. For many years they used an HPS lighting installation to extend their growing season. Delahaye: “We don’t need more tomatoes in summer. Our challenge is to grow more tomatoes in the winter with the exact same looks and great taste as summer-grown tomatoes”.
Le Jardin de Rabelais kas

The right lighting 

 

Le Jardin de Rabelais deliberately targets the higher-end segment of the market. For its nursery, Delahaye grows the Piccolo variety, which has a superb taste but is not easy to grow.


Remarkably, the installer performed the entire operation in a greenhouse covering an area of 16,000 m2 that still had crops growing in it. “In fact we never have a break from producing, since we want to serve the market all year round,” explains Delahaye. In addition, the LED interlighting system can be hoisted, which was thought up by Horti LED partner Certhon and means that the interlighting can ‘grow along’ with the crop.

 

“With the LED lighting we have reduced our energy costs by 40%, which fits our goal of minimizing our environmental footprint as much as possible.” says Serrault. “For our particular climate and crop, LED lighting is clearly the future. It allows us to achieve the very best quality and efficiency.”

Philips GreenPower LED interlighting

Philips GreenPower LED interlighting

 

The interlighting module is a bi-directional lighting module for interlighting in between tall plants e.g. tomatoes.

 

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The flowering lamp is the alternative for extending day length for plants that are sensitive to the photoperiod.
Philips GreenPower LED toplighting

Philips GreenPower LED toplighting

 

Philips GreenPower LED toplighting opens up new opportunities for greenhouse growers to drive growth of bedding plants, perennial plants, potted plants as well as high-wire tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, and leafy greens, lettuces and herbs. An energy-efficient supplemental grow light solution for commercial greenhouse growers.

 

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The flowering lamp is the alternative for extending day length for plants that are sensitive to the photoperiod.

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