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    The highest light output LED lighting in pink tomato cultivation in Poland

    • Market leader Signify supplies The VegaPOL Kociszewski greenhouse with full LED lighting installation
    • Full LED installation combining Philips GreenPowerLED toplighting with LED interlighting with a light level of 260 µmol/s/m2
    • The installation has the highest light output LED lighting in pink tomato cultivation in Poland

     

    Warsaw, Poland – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the global leader in lighting solutions, has installed Philips GreenPower LED toplighting and Philips GreenPower LED interlighting in another greenhouse in Poland, this time to help grow pink tomatoes. The Piotr Kociszewski greenhouse, part of the VegaPOL producer group, has a 6-hectare greenhouse complex, of which about 2 ha is now equipped with an LED lighting system offering up to 260 µmol/s/m2. It is the first large-scale greenhouse pink tomato cultivation project with such a powerful lighting system not only in Poland, but in the entire Central Europe.

    Man holding tomatoes

    Innovative solutions for sustainable development

     

    The VegaPOL-Kociszewski greenhouse uses a full LED lighting solution with a combined output up to 260 µmol/s/m2. This high output allows for intensive tomato cultivation in the winter period regardless of the availability of natural light. This project follows the latest global trends of maximizing the amount of light per square meter of cultivation. The typical light output in greenhouses in this region is around 200 µmol/s/m2, but in Poland the actual output of the lighting installations is often less—or even much less—than that.

     

    The Piotr Kociszewski greenhouse was established in 1998, and Piotr Kociszewski now continues the family greenhouse tradition. He focuses on fully ecological pink tomato cultivation, which has now been made possible thanks to the innovative technologies such as LED lighting and diffused glass, supporting the goals of sustainable development in agriculture.

     

    "The large-scale full LED project in our greenhouse was a success. Signify’s horticulture specialists helped us with their extensive knowledge on tomato cultivation under artificial lighting.


    This was very important to us, especially since our system was to be the first large-scale greenhouse full LED lighting installation in Poland, with such a high light output. Our mission is to only use cultivation methods in which the vegetables we sell are healthy, free from chemical contamination, and produced in the most sustainable way," - says Piotr Kociszewski, owner of the Piotr Kociszewski greenhouse.

     

    "Consumers today are more and more conscious of the sustainability of tomato farming, and this aspect is gaining real commercial value for greenhouses growing tomatoes under LED lighting. We are glad that following the first micro-tests, Mr. Piotr Kociszewski decided to go for a large-scale LED solution in 2019, and this season almost doubled the acreage of the LED installation to a total area of about 2 ha," ‑ says Maciej Król, Horti LED Business Development Manager CEE at Signify.

    Tomato field

    Growing year-round in Polish conditions

     

    In Poland, year-round tomato cultivation is possible only with the use of artificial lighting in greenhouses. The most common solutions used are HPS lamps, which are not very energy efficient. The alternative solution are modern greenhouse technologies based on LED lighting. These solutions allow for electricity savings of up to 50% compared to HPS, making them much more environmentally friendly. The LED grow lights also emit much less heat than the HPS units, so the greenhouse does not overheat, thereby optimizing the climate inside. It is the most environmentally friendly method of year-round tomato production available today.

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2020 sales of EUR 6.5 billion, we have approximately 38,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for four consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

    For further information, please contact:

     

    Global Marcom Manager Horticulture at Signify

    Daniela Damoiseaux

    Tel: +31 6 31 65 29 69

    E-mail: daniela.damoiseaux@signify.com

    www.philips.com/horti

     

    Spokesperson for Signify in Poland

    Dorota Sławińska
    Tel: +48 605 342 517
    E-mail: dorota.slawinska@signify.com

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