With Philips LED grow lights, you get much more than just lighting. You get a Philips light recipe – tailormade instructions for lighting designed to help you achieve the best results for your specific crop and your specific conditions. With a Philips light recipe, your crops benefit from decades of knowledge and research on horticulture LED grow lights, used to cultivate diverse vegetables, fruits and floriculture crops. A light recipe is your fast track to increasing growth for every crop.
Elements of a Philips light recipe
Philips light recipes capture all the elements of lighting that steer plant growth. They are the result of hundreds of trials and projects between Philips Horticulture Lighting, growers and researchers to investigate how LED grow lights affect various crops and growing phases of plants. Today, we offer a wide array of light recipes, based on proven results for specific varieties, growth phases and cultivation set-ups. From tissue culture, propagation and seedlings to young plants, potted plants and high wire vegetables.
- Light level
The amount of light shed on a plant (in µmol/s2). Some crops like cucumbers love high light levels, while others prefer lower light levels. Our light recipe sets the optimum light levels for specific crops.
The spectrum is the range from ultraviolet to infra-red that influences plant growth. Plants are particularly sensitive to a mix of red and blue light and each light recipe specifies the color of the LED lighting.
Uniformity is how evenly the light is spread across all the crops, not just the ones in the middle. Uniform light ensures uniform plant growth and makes automatic harvesting possible.
A head of lettuce needs about 14 hours of light per day, while basil prefers 20 hours of light a day. And that may change across the season. A light recipe specifies when to turn the lighting on and off to get the best results based on your geographical location.
How LED lighting improves your crop
LED grow lights can improve many aspects of your business. This depends on your crop, environment, light recipe and other factors. Growers have achieved the following benefits with Philips GreenPower LED solutions and light recipes:
- Higher yield
- Shorter growth cycles
- Better crop quality and uniformity
- More plants in the same space
- Energy savings
- Higher germination, rooting and multiplication factor
- Improved/controlled stretching process
Philips GrowWise Control System – Custom light recipes for full flexibility and control
Philips GrowWise Control System gives you full flexibility and control over your lighting to improve your crop quality, productivity and operational efficiency. It allows you to easily create and run custom light recipes on dimmable and color controllable grow lights. This system can be seamlessly connected to your climate control or greenhouse management system to simplify operation. It is designed for a vertical farm, greenhouse or research facility to optimize your yield.
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Case study: Bejo Zaden
“We’ve actually doubled our growing hours per day. Normally our crops only flower once a year, but now with this dynamic LED lighting solution, our crops flower multiple times a year.”
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