Dennis Visits Cultivate’16 in Columbus Ohio

Jul 19, 2016 Comments Off on Dennis Visits Cultivate’16 in Columbus Ohio by

Dennis McCarthy reports from Cultivate 16: (Submitted by Hot Rod.)   So I recently attended Cultivate’16 in Columbus Ohio, It made for an interesting experience – to a point. Seed and bulb merchants vied for attendees attention – Some of the wares were big as a boat shed while out exhibitor’s typical items dealt with […]

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Four questions for Mr. Staffan Hillberg, CEO at Heliospectra

Mar 23, 2016 Comments Off on Four questions for Mr. Staffan Hillberg, CEO at Heliospectra by

Momentum is building at Heliospectra – Four questions for Mr. Staffan Hillberg By Dennis McCarthy The presumption here is that you the reader have an interest in LED grow lights.It’s equally likely you have heard of the firm Heliospectra AB out of Sweden. I recently had an opportunity to interview the firms’ leader and CEO, […]

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Assessing LED grow lights… effectively

Oct 15, 2015 Comments Off on Assessing LED grow lights… effectively by

‘Dennis McCarthy’ reporting: Those of us reporting on the dynamic solid state lighting industry have seen big developments recently, notably how the SSL grow light segment has been expanding. This piece isn’t meant to be a stand in for a consumer’s report style story. The intent is to help those involved in LED grow light […]

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Conversation on Indoor Horticulture with Blake Lange of Philips Lighting

Apr 10, 2015 Comments Off on Conversation on Indoor Horticulture with Blake Lange of Philips Lighting

Our resident SSL expert ‘Dennis McCarthy’ speaks with Blake Lange of Philips Lighting about – Grow lights, city farming and vertical farms Who has an interest in indoor horticulture and best practices regarding the various facets of indoor agri- business. I know my colleague Blake Lange does! He is involved with the Philips Lighting’s Horticultural […]

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PCOB LED “LIGHT-ENGINES” TUNED FOR HORTICULTURE (MMJ)

Mar 21, 2015 Comments Off on PCOB LED “LIGHT-ENGINES” TUNED FOR HORTICULTURE (MMJ)

  Written by, -Nathan Kurt Hardenburg aka The Rainbow Rogue Cultivation Phenosmith PCOB (Phosphor Chip On Board) is a COB or MCOB (Multi-Chip on board) LED Light-Engine that has a specific ‘Phosphor’ layer added over it, in order to tune the spectral output aka “color-temperature” of the light more suited for plant growth. If you […]

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LumiGrow begins replacing HPS in Tomato Greenhouses

Feb 03, 2015 Comments Off on LumiGrow begins replacing HPS in Tomato Greenhouses

Novato, Calif. – February 3, 2015 – LumiGrow, Inc., the leader in greenhouse spectrum control systems, expands its relationship with Patterson Greenhouses. The Broadway, North Carolina tomato grower first installed LumiGrow Pro 325™ LED fixtures to help germinate a new crop of 2,100 seedlings in October 2014. This initial foray into the use of LEDs […]

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The End of LED Grow lights?

Jan 09, 2015 Comments Off on The End of LED Grow lights?

Not really, just in the way most people today think of LED Grow Lights. New MCOB LEDs are replacing 3 and 5 watt LED Arrays in indoor horticulture cultivation. Watching LED Technology advance is like a long ride on a bullet train, so much is happening it can be hard to keep up with some […]

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Understanding PAR in Lighting

Dec 26, 2014 No Comments

Every industry that utilizes light, has their own way of measuring the intensity, perceived color and overall output of particular lighting apparatus. In photography, foot-candles describe the intensity of light on the subject, while kelvin describes color and Lumen is a measurement of light output. For horticulturalists using artificial light, these terms are insufficient, plant […]

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Are Medical Marijuana Producers Going LED?

Dec 21, 2014 No Comments

With the rise of 100% legal  Medical marijuana growers, are many using LED Technology? Absolutely yes. Colorado growers are welcoming LED Growlights that reduce air conditioning bills and operating expenses. Others are mixing in or side lighting for extra yields.   We found a legal grower in Canada who is running some serious tests and […]

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LED Grow lights have sure come a long way in 10 years!

Aug 18, 2014 No Comments

10 years back, I was briefly “Very Excited” about LED replacing the HPS and Metal Halide in small grow ops for single patient micro cannabis farms. NASA already was growing lettuce in space under red and blue .001 watt LEDs, so growing good greens was close right? unfortunately, it would be many years before I […]

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