LED Lighting for Horticulture: A Systems Perspective
Wednesday, March 01, 2017: 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The lighting source used for horticultural applications can impact the overall design and operation of a cultivation facility. LED lighting has many reputable advantages over other lighting sources, including greater control over the spectrum of light delivered to the plants, less heat gain to the cultivation space, and smaller electric utility bills for the grower. However, there are other implications of using LED lights that are frequently overlooked by the lighting designer, other consultants, and the grower, including changes in plant water uptake rate and evapotranspiration, lower water stress on the plants, and reduced loads on the HVAC system controlling the environment. This presentation will discuss these lesser known implications and how they can impact facility design and operation.