June 5, 2023
- 40% less power consumption for lighting, vastly improved energy efficiency
- Larger flowers and heavier stems with equivalent production level
Eindhoven, The Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, has assisted Topline Gerbera nursery in its transition from HPS to full LED. After its first season, grower Rino Mans is calling it a wise move. The Philips GreenPower LED toplighting force installation delivers more light with considerably less energy consumption, and can be used longer on an annual basis. “The flower quality is excellent, and the production can probably even be increased a bit,” he says enthusiastically.
Mans has been following developments in LED lighting for gerbera for several years. Last year he decided it was time to take the first step. “Energy prices were rising, and it was clear that we couldn’t operate optimally with the HPS installation and the two CHPs. By this point, research has shown that you can grow gerberas well under full LED, if you control the greenhouse climate slightly differently. We were already prepared for that, so it was mainly a matter of fine-tuning.”