- Trials at Kwekerij Verhoeven result in optimal light recipe for snack cucumbers
- Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact (TLC) enables efficient, year-round cultivation of snack cucumbers
- GrowWise control systems provides full control over the light intensity and helps to optimize the electricity management of the entire company
Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), world leader in lighting, has together with Kwekerij Verhoeven developed a light recipe especially for the cultivation of snack cucumbers, resulting in the grower having decided that it is time to make the switch to a full LED installation this autumn. Signify will deliver a Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact installation with the GrowWise control system, providing Ad Verhoeven high-quality lighting and full automated control over the growth cycle and his growing facility in Prinsenbeek, the Netherlands. The new light installation will illuminate 2,1 ha of snack cucumbers. The first phase has already been installed. The second phase will follow this autumn.
Ad Verhoeven is a true pioneer. He was the first grower to cultivate snack cucumbers years ago and was the first cucumber grower in the world to install a full LED light installation in a part of his company in 2017. “At the time, nobody had any experience with using LEDs to grow cucumbers, not even research facilities,” Verhoeven said looking back. “However, we had faith that we could grow cucumbers under LED. It turned out that snack cucumbers require a very specific light recipe to ensure full production in the darkest months.”