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The right light recipe 
for tasty tomatoes

Agro Care
The Netherlands


Discover how award-winning tomato cultivator Agro Care is evolving plant cultivation with LED greenhouse lighting.
A member checking the growth of tomatoes at Agro Care

The production was
better than expected

and energy consumption is lower. A winning combination for the future of tomato cultivation"

 

- Nic Van Roosmalen, Operations Director, Agro Care

The challenge

 

The company’s search for innovation and high-quality product is reflected in its motto, “No limits, No nonsense”. Seeking to improve its growing methods, Agro Care trialled Philips LED grow lights in a hybrid system.

A staff member caring tomato leaves at Agro Care illuminated with greenhouse lighting products by Philips Lighting

The right lighting

 

Nic Van Roosmalen, operational director at Agro Care in Rilland, was already aware of the benefits of LED interlighting. Recent studies had shown that adding one micromole of LED light in the form of interlighting is 1.4 times more effective than adding one micromole of SON-T light above the crop. However, Van Roosmalen and Philips expected that a hybrid system involving both SON-T and LED can achieve much more.

 

The new system was set up with SON-T fixtures providing top-lighting, and LED technology providing interlighting to the lower parts of the plant. “The ultimate aim of the test is to achieve more efficient use of a micromole of light by the plant, resulting in increased production. We expect that these LEDs will be able to do this”, said Van Roosmalen.

 

Early reports from the tests appear positive. “The test has not quite finished yet, but we can already see that the results are very satisfying”, said Van Roosmalen. “The production was excellent, in fact considerably better than expected. And energy consumption is lower. A winning combination for the future of tomato cultivation. I’m certain that with more testing we will develop an even better light recipe customized to my specific circumstances.”

 

Thanks to the energy-efficient performance of LED plant growing lights, the new system is reducing Agro Care’s operational costs too.

Philips GreenPower LED interlighting module

Philips GreenPower LED interlighting module

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

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