You are now visiting our Global professional lighting website, visit your local website by going to the USA website

More brands from

Suggestions

    Improving crop yield
    with light

    Glenwood Valley Farms 

    British Columbia, Canada

     

    Glenwood Valley Farms is an established greenhouse grower of vegetables. Its 14.5 acre greenhouse produces long English cucumbers, mini-cucumbers, eggplants, tomatoes, and a variety of peppers. The company wanted to see if LED interlighting could improve mini-cucumber crop quality and yield.

    Harvesting the crops in the Glenwood Valley Farms greenhouse

    We’re very happy with
    the LED trial results,

    they were above expectation. I’m thinking about going for the full LED lighting system in the future.”


    - Herb Schlacht, Owner, Glenwood Valley Farms

    The right lighting

     

    The trial comprised four rows of 16 GreenPower interlighting modules, used together with the existing HPS system. These fixtures were positioned to provide light in between the plants. Previous trials with cucumbers and tomatoes have proved that this positioning can enable more efficient plant production.

     

    To fully test the LED grow lights, they were used on one group of crops, while a control groups was lit with HPS and daylight only as comparison. Two production rounds were run, with a Philips plant physiologist providing support. The LEDs were installed with an optimized light spectrum designed to keep leaves active.

     

    The trial was a success. The average increase in production was 19%, after adding only 8% extra light. This indicates that the light from LEDs was absorbed very efficiently. Visible improvements could be seen in the crops, which had faster maturing, darker fruit. Significant changes were also seen in the size and positioning of the leaves. Overall, the trial indicates that LED light can be converted more efficiently into sugar, leading to improved growth.

     

    Tests with hybrid systems have shown an increase in plant production, due to the more efficient absorption of light. This provides the farmers with better growing conditions in winter, and in summer it provides more opportunities to keep a crop under control.

    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.

    View Product

    Creating
    tastier crops

    The Team

    Glenwood Valley Farms

    Grower

    CLP

    Philips Horti LED partner

    Go to the website

     

    Related Cases

    Contact us

    Contact certified partners

     

    Philips products are sold through a global network of certified partners. Find partners in your region for information.

    Contact Philips 

     

    We are here to address all of your questions and remarks, please use our detailed form for elaborate questions.

    Subscribe to newsletter

     

    Receive our newsletter every three months to stay up to date about Philips LED lighting in horticulture.

    Join our team

     

    Interested in discovering your recipe for growth and joining our team? Take a look at our career page for more information.

    Interested?

     

    Learn more about LED lighting in horticulture by reading our latest articles and case studies.