In 2014, Walters Gardens was one of the first growers in North America to install and test Philips toplighting over several of their perennial cultivars. Expansion continued in 2019 and again in 2020, illuminating the greenhouse space with different crop varieties, including hostas. “Because of how well the first installation went, we did not have to think about what to purchase for our next two consecutive installations. It was easy to make the choice and continue expanding with Philips LED toplighting compact.”
For each project, Walters Gardens and Signify collaborated to create precise, custom-designed light recipes. A complete light recipe accounts for factors unique to each grower and incorporates light level, spectrum, uniformity, and timing to prescribe a detailed lighting strategy.
In early season, the toplighting compact was used to start Delphinium, Dianthus, and Alcea. Then mid-season, Walters Gardens moved nearly four million hostas to the TLC lit area. When asked about cost saving benefits, Phillips said, “our estimated ROI is 3.5 years.