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Month: March 2016

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LED Growing using PerformaLux LED Grow Lights at Local Greens

Local Greens is an urban farm based on controlled environment agriculture (CEA)  in Berkeley, CA. 

Local Greens serves commercial customers such as Whole Foods and Safeway as well as institutions, such as hospitals and schools.

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What about Fluorescent Grow Lights? See the spectral analysis here > >

What about Watts? See the comparison here > > >

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LED Grow Lights for Indoor Plants

LED Grow Lights for Growing Indoor Plants

No Ballasts – No Heat Venting

LEDs provide many advantages in efficiency and control over a traditional light source such as incandescent, florescent, high pressure sodium, metal halide and high intensity discharge lights. One of the major advantages is not just in the brightness of the LED lights or their low energy consumption, but that the actual light spectrum can now be controlled in a constructive way so that photosynthesis of plants can be optimized. By providing the exact spectrum needed for plant photosynthesis LED Grow Lights improve results. This is one of the main reasons that LED Grow Lights are becoming the preferred technology that professional growers are turning to.

No Expensive Accessories

So Ballasts, reflectors, fans, heat removal systems are expensive and add up very quickly. LED grow lights eliminate the need for these extra accessories.

Low Heat

LED Grow Lights emit a small amount of the energy they consume as heat and are safely warm-to-the-touch while operating. This means no more scorched leaves, no more excessive dehydration and better temperature control right above your plants.

Color and Photosynthesis in the Natural World

Plants use light to convert starch into energy by the process of photosynthesis. Although a fairly complex chemical process, it is not difficult to see that plants do better in some types of light and not so well in others. This is because during the phases of a plant’s growth and reproductive cycles, the plant requires a different combination of light wavelengths at different periods of the growth and reproductive cycle to develop properly. In nature this variety of wavelengths are present in the sun and surprisingly at different times of the year we get different colored sunlight. You may have noticed that in the summer that the sun looks more orange and the sky has a yellow hue compared to winter when everything looks bluer and colder. This is because our seasons are determined by the fact that our orbit around the sun is elliptical and not circular. This means we are further away from the sun at certain times of the year, dimming its intensity. In the summer the sun is higher in the sky so the sunset takes longer. It is the opposite in the winter, so the red lights associated with the sunset takes up less time and the blue sky dominates the percentage of daylight.

LED Energy Savings

You can expect to see a 50% to 70% decrease in electricity costs when you switch from HPS or MH grow lights to LED grow lights.

 Most Efficient Photosynthesis

A MH/HPS system is only 30% efficient,  2/3 of the light produced is totally wasted as heat or light that is not used in photosynthesis. LED grow lights emit very specific wavelengths of light. Plants are more readily able to convert this light into energy for vigorous vegetative growth and flowering.

Brightness and Energy Wasted as Heat

The sun has massive luminosity at all wavelengths and most of the energy is not used by a typical plant outdoors. Although indoor growers cannot recreate the brightness of the sun, they can emulate its spectral behavior to encourage successful vegetative and flowering phases. Indoor growers using conventional lighting systems often grow in stages with different bulbs. The MH/HPS systems are expensive to run as a lot of heat energy is wasted and light is emitted at wavelengths that the plants cannot use to photosynthesize, so efficiency is below 30% with conventional grow lights.

LEDs Are the Green Solution!

LED grow light systems are eco-friendly and work great with soil, aero-ponic and hydroponic systems because there is no heat problem and no associated increase in humidity to have to deal with. You will not need dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air created by the intense heat of MH/HPS lights. LED grow lights will reduce your energy demand and decrease the carbon footprint of your operation. Fluorescent tubes also have a low energy demand buth they have a short life, are not very bright in the spectra needed and are not very eco-friendly to dispose of. Any professional or hobbyist looking to install an indoor growing system should choose a LED system to get the best value and performance for their money. LED grow lights beat other grow light solutions in price, quality, safety, performance and convenience and they produce great indoor plants! With an average lifespan of 50,000 hours, LED Grow Lights will continue to pay for themselves over time

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What about High Pressure Sodium (HPS) grow lights? Learn more here > >

What about Metal Halide (MH) grow lights? Learn more here > >

What about Fluorescent Grow Lights? See the spectral analysis here > >

What about Watts? See the comparison here > > >

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LED Growlights – Energy Saving Solution

An article on how LED Grow Lights can help solve a growing energy requirement, Recently reported in the Washington Post;

The surprisingly huge energy footprint of the booming marijuana industry

Washington Post, by Chelsea Harvey February 18, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/02/18/this-could-be-a-big-problem-for-the-booming-marijuana-industry/

As legal marijuana markets continue to expand in the United States, some experts are arguing that growers have both the need and the opportunity to make their operations, well, greener. A new report, published by data analysis firm New Frontier, highlights the huge energy footprint of marijuana cultivation and outlines strategies to make production more energy efficient a transition that the authors claim is not only good for the environment, but good for business, too.

“We wanted to focus on this issue of energy use in the marijuana industry because we think it is one that is going to have very significant long-term implications,” said the new report’s lead author John Kagia director of industry analytics for the firm, which specializes in data and analytics for the cannabis industry. “Marijuana is the most energy-intensive agricultural commodity that we produce, and that’s largely because of the very high energy costs associated with its cultivation and production indoors.”

The new report draws on data from a variety of sources, including businesses within the industry, government agencies and consumer studies, and paints an alarming portrait of the industry’s extreme energy use. Most of this electricity is used to facilitate indoor cultivation, which is the focus of the new report. Historically, this growing strategy has been a way for growers to cultivate their plants discreetly, the report notes, although it also allows for more precise control over the plants’ environment. The problem is that all the controls required to maintain an indoor growing space can require huge amounts of electricity. In addition to artificial lighting, indoor cultivation also requires dehumidification, ventilation and air conditioning, all energy-intensive processes.

The report’s focus highlights a problem that deserves greater attention, according to Evan Mills, an energy efficiency consultant and staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mills served as an adviser to the new report and his independent research on the carbon footprint of cannabis production (not associated with his work at the national laboratory) is extensively cited in the paper. “State governments in California and elsewhere have begun to address the destructive impacts of unregulated outdoor cultivation, but have yet to recognize what may be even greater environmental consequences from the prodigious amounts of energy used by indoor operations,” he said in an email to The Washington Post.

While the issue may remain under-addressed in many places, though, it is starting to gain mainstream attention. Last year, for instance, a paper in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law noted the industry’s high power use and proposed that states in which marijuana use is legalized should also write policies requiring the industry to power itself with clean energy.

As an example of indoor cultivation’s intensive energy requirements, the new paper points to a report from utility company Xcel Energy, which claimed that marijuana facilities in Colorado consumed 200 million kilowatt-hours in 2014. Overall, New Frontier’s report estimates that the industry in the state paid an electricity bill of approximately $19.6 million in 2014 — notable, as he pointed out, because there were fewer than 1,200 licensed growers in the state that year.

From a financial perspective, Kagia pointed out that the historically high prices growers have charged for their products have enabled them to easily recoup the costs of such high energy use. But he suggested that the industry’s expanding legal market may soon be changing that.

“In an increasingly competitive environment, there’s a lot of downward pressure on prices, and we expect that as the environment becomes much more competitive, the ability to maintain the cost structure driven by such high energy use will be unsustainable,” Kagia said. “Currently energy accounts for approximately half of the wholesale prices of marijuana, and as those prices fall, the share of energy and the total production cost will continue to increase.”

So there’s an economic imperative to use less energy as well as an environmental one. The question is how it can be done. New Frontier’s report outlines a number of strategies on this front.

First, and most obviously, growers could switch to outdoor or greenhouse cultivation when possible. But Kagia pointed out that this isn’t an option for everybody. “There are some environments, by regulation or because of the environmental conditions, you would not be able to,” he said, noting that very cold or very hot climates would prohibit the growing of all but a few strains of marijuana. But in cases where state or municipal laws prohibit outdoor growing, the report suggests that growers begin advocating for less restrictive regulations.

However, there are certain other appeals to indoor growing, such as easier pest management, that may deter some growers from moving outdoors, even if the option is available. And it’s also important to note that outdoor cultivation, while certainly less energy-intensive, comes with its own set of environmental concerns. The large amounts of pesticides typically used to protect outdoor marijuana farms is among the biggest of these.

Fortunately, it’s possible to make indoor cultivation more energy efficient, the new report says. Installing more energy efficient lighting is one of the biggest steps. According to the report, growers have traditionally tended to rely on high intensity discharge lamps for their lighting. The report lists several more efficient alternatives, including specially designed LED lights and induction lights, which use magnets to transmit electricity.

“Over the past decade or so, great strides have been made in the lighting technologies or solutions provided by the LED companies,” Kagia said. “To date, they have still not been able to surpass the cost performance threshold offered by existing lights, but we are getting there, and we think this innovation that is happening around the lighting sector is one of the ways that this industry will be able to decouple itself from this extremely high energy use.”

The report also recommends that growers conduct energy audits and install smart meters to keep better track of where they are expending the most energy. And finally, Mills also noted that a major challenge for improving efficiency in the future will be for policymakers to get involved in the issue and “exercise foresight” when developing regulations that will affect the industry’s energy use. Addressing grow facilities in building energy codes, for example, and coming up with carbon-neutral building designs specifically for grow facilities is one forward-thinking goal he suggested.

“There is no reason that this industry should be exempt from the kinds of energy efficiency requirements or voluntary energy information and incentive programs that are otherwise so widespread,” he said by email. “Given the construction booms that have followed legalization in some states, it’s incumbent on policymakers to put energy plans in place beforehand.”

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What about High Pressure Sodium (HPS) grow lights? Learn more here > >

What about Metal Halide (MH) grow lights? Learn more here > >

What about Fluorescent Grow Lights? See the spectral analysis here > >

What about Watts? See the comparison here > > >

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Cannabis Grow Lights

Cannabis Grow Lights

WHAT ABOUT LED GROW LIGHTS?

Grow Lights and the importance of Full Spectrum Color

In Grow Lights color is king!

Color is most accurately described by a combination of Kelvin Temperature and CRI.

So K + CRI = Growth

WHAT IS THE “K” – KELVIN RATING?

The K rating is just one way of measuring the color output of a light.

The higher the Kelvin temperature gets, the bluer the light is.

K rating tells you very little about what type of light within the full spectrum is being emitted.

COLOR RENDERING INDEX – CRI

CRI is a numeric indication of a lamp’s ability to render the full color spectrum accurately.

The higher the CRI the more natural and vibrant the full spectrum of colors are.

A bulb with a CRI of 95 or higher is excellent for growing; the sun has a CRI of 100.

Yet only part of solar radiation is used by plants for photosynthesis, the blue to red part of the spectrum.

This Photosynthetically Active Radiation zone contains the wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometers. Light is measured on a scale in nanometers (radiated wavelength) from 400nm (violet) to 700nm (red).

Most people choose lighting solely based on the Kelvin temperature of a bulb.

As stated this tells you very little about what type of light within the spectrum is being emitted and at what strength.

To get the best Full Spectrum Grow Light, Blue Light and light well into the Red Spectrum, you need High K and High CRI!

What about High Pressure Sodium (HPS) cannabis grow lights? Learn more here > >

What about Metal Halide (MH) cannabis grow lights? Learn more here > >

What about Fluorescent Cannabis Grow Lights? See the spectral analysis here > >

What about Watts for Cannabis Grow Lights? See the comparison here > > >

PerformaLUX® High Output Full Spectrum LED Lights 
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192w Light – Add Red LED strips and separate driver!

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Why Buy Full Spectrum LED Lights?

Reduced Energy Consumption – Less Watts! +  Reduced Maintenance Costs! + More Light! = Savings!!

PerformaLUX® High Output Full Spectrum LED Lights bring modern technology and energy efficiency to a new level.
Converting your current light fixtures to PerformaLUX® High Output Full Spectrum LED Lights will result in substantial energy and maintenance savings and improve the quality of your light.

These super efficient and high quality LED lights provide crisp, flicker-free light to any grow, warehouse, manufacturing facility, laboratory, or other demanding location,
while saving 80% electricity compared to HPS, 75% compared to Metal Halide and Fluorescent Lights.

Easy to install and economical, these workhorses provide years of service, with TM-21 rated L70 lifetime of over 80,000 hours.

Eliminate up to 90% of your maintenance costs by not having to replaced burned out bulbs and tubes.

These lights come in a very light weight format and run on DC low voltage, with very low amps and a separate driver that converts from 120v AC.
This low voltage feature means you can run these safely with light-gauge wire and locate the driver remotely in a safe dry location

Why FULL SPECTRUM – LED Lights?

Not all white light is the same. Many of the incandescent and halogen “replacement” LED lights currently on the market use less energy but are not true replacements as the white light they emit is of relatively poor quality.

In applications where appearance is of paramount importance, light quality cannot be compromised.

High CRI (color rendering index) LED lights dramatically improve the appearance of products by allowing colors to appear clear, vivid and distinguishable all with lower energy cost!

By taking a slightly different approach and creating an innovative emission spectrum, our LED lights have achieved the highest color rendering available using the most advanced technologies, offering a true energy efficient replacement. 

WHAT IS HIGH CRI?

CRI (color rendering index) is a measure of how accurately a light source illuminates an objects true colors.

Our LED lights have CRI values of up to 98, indicating that our LED lights are able to produce full spectrum light that exceeds that of halogen or incandescent lighting, like natural daylight.

More about High CRI LED Grow Lights > >

WHAT ABOUT GROW LIGHTS?

Grow Lights and the importance of Full Spectrum Color

In Grow Lights color is king!

Color is most accurately described by a combination of Kelvin Temperature and CRI.

So K + CRI = Growth

WHAT IS THE “K” – KELVIN RATING?

The K rating is just one way of measuring the color output of a light.

The higher the Kelvin temperature gets, the bluer the light is.

K rating tells you very little about what type of light within the full spectrum is being emitted.

COLOR RENDERING INDEX – CRI

CRI is a numeric indication of a lamp’s ability to render the full color spectrum accurately.

The higher the CRI the more natural and vibrant the full spectrum of colors are.

A bulb with a CRI of 95 or higher is excellent for growing; the sun has a CRI of 100.

Yet only part of solar radiation is used by plants for photosynthesis, the blue to red part of the spectrum.

This Photosynthetically Active Radiation zone contains the wavelengths between 400 and 700 nanometers. Light is measured on a scale in nanometers (radiated wavelength) from 400nm (violet) to 700nm (red).

Most people choose lighting solely based on the Kelvin temperature of a bulb.

As stated this tells you very little about what type of light within the spectrum is being emitted and at what strength.

To get the best Full Spectrum Grow Light, Blue Light and light well into the Red Spectrum, you need High K and High CRI!

What about High Pressure Sodium (HPS) grow lights? Learn more here > >

What about Metal Halide (MH) grow lights? Learn more here > >

What about Fluorescent Grow Lights? See the spectral analysis here > >

What about Watts? See the comparison here > > >

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