Initially, non-LED lighting solutions were widely used as the main light source for indoor cultivation. However, their high levels of heat emission and energy consumption proved to be a major disadvantage. In order to apply the best possible LED lighting solutions for the propagation and production of fruit, vegetables and flowering plants in the plant factory set-up. With LED lighting it is possible to fine-tune the growth light – i.e. the spectral output – so that the optimum light recipe can be applied at every stage of a crop’s growth. This capability, together with effective heat management and energy efficiency, opens up tremendous opportunities for the development of a plant factory. The first test set-up with lettuce shows a marked improvement in the quality of the lettuce - more robust plants and better root formation.
IEDA is already very pleased with the low energy consumption of the LED production modules and their incredible performance in terms of heat management.