16 June 2022
- Tomato grower Looye is transitioning to a hybrid installation with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting force for all their locations
- The installation provides approximately 40% more light, resulting in higher production rates while using less energy and maintaining the same flavor
Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Increased production in winter without detracting from the flavor and quality of tomatoes. Looye Kwekers, a tomato grower from the Netherlands, is using that as a starting point to transition to LED lighting this summer. Due to the current high energy prices, it has decided to equip all greenhouses with Philips GreenPower LED immediately. Signify will install a hybrid set-up in the greenhouses, covering a total area of almost 25 hectares and providing a lot of light and significant energy savings.
Looye Kwekers greenhouses in Naaldwijk and Burgerveen are currently fully equipped with HPS lighting, helping them to achieve light levels of up to 225 µmol per square meter. The integration of LED will result in that figure being revised upwards, to over 300 µmol per square meter, depending on location. By the end of the summer, half of the lights will be replaced with LED. “This will raise the light levels in the greenhouses by 30 to 40%,” says director Annelies Looije. “We expect our production during the winter months to increase by the same amount. In summer, when there is more natural light, the difference compared to the current set-up won’t be as high.”