Avante` OLED Gardener

Jul 28, 2014 No Comments

History and future of Lighting in Horticulture submitted by Dennis McCarthy   Farm museums have these tools and pieces of equipment from bygone times. Old plows and implements were part of that scene- nowadays they’re not so relevant! People involved in horticulture are seeing a slow, incremental change in one of their trusted standbys. Gas […]

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Growing Trends In LED Grow and Aquarium Lights

Jul 05, 2014 No Comments

Original article submission from SSL Guru: Dennis McCarthy UBM -SSL industry writer A trio of SSL concerns- they make interesting grow lights –     I have had a heightened interest in the grow light segment of LED lighting for many years. I’m a believer that SSL both ILEDs and OLED will be used in […]

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Can You Grow Great Medical Marijuana with LEDs?

Feb 07, 2014 No Comments

Yes , anyone can safely and easily with LED lights and standard growing techniques. This is an actual submission, with a few updated pics as well. At the time I ordered my first PowerBloom Plus 8 light, I had ordered it to replace the HPS lights I was using to flower one square meter; in […]

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The significance of light quality in cultivation

Oct 23, 2013 No Comments

Contributed by: Niko Kivioja, CEO Netled Oy Since there is a lot of discussion going on about using led lighting in plant cultivation from the point of view of energy savings compared to “old“ technology and that topic has been discussed on these forums quite thoroughly, I will now give a brief glimpse of the […]

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Horticultural Blues and Reds by Dennis McCarthy

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

 Dennis McCarthy  is an Educator , product analyst , writer and  quality maven in the solid state lighting field- and  has recently  become a SSL  horticultural  product “inventor” who has a  new item under the sun made to enhance photosynthetic flux density output numbers. We’re all witnessing the optimization of an approach with regards to […]

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How LED Horticultural Lighting could Revolutionize Vertical Farming

May 29, 2013 No Comments

Vertical farming combined with LED lighting is the potential future of urban-based food production centers. The trend of vertical farming has become increasing attractive as agricultural spaces become scarcer and further away from city centers and populations. Traditional lighting sources such as HPS, HID and florescent lighting, use enormous amounts of electricity and produce substantial […]

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Why is LED Lighting So Good for Plants?

Apr 15, 2013 5 Comments

Since the mid-1990s, LED lighting has undergone a revolution.  LEDs are increasingly more efficient, allowing for greater and greater savings, while potential use has grown immeasurably, as the fundamentals at the heart of LED technology allow for task-specific manufacture. Because our understanding of LED technology has coincided with that of plant biology, the benefits of […]

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Growing Tips with LED Lighting

Apr 15, 2013 9 Comments

As a photographer’s technical expertise deepens, so his careful balancing of aperture, shutter speed and film sensitivity grows ever more complex.  The principle can be applied to any discipline, and so it is with growing plants, only in the world of horticulture, we seek to understand and manipulate not white balance and depth of field, […]

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LED Grow Lights: Designed for Indoor Horticulture

Apr 13, 2013 6 Comments

LED grow lights are designed for indoor horticulture Metal halide and high-pressure sodium bulbs were not invented with horticulture in mind, HPS (the bright orange bulbs seen across North America)  have a large initial lumen output, but it is predominantly in the orange and yellow spectrum (less beneficial for plant growth) But my plants look […]

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Effects of LEDs on the growth of tomato transplants

Apr 10, 2013 4 Comments

  Effects of LEDs on the growth of tomato transplants Based on agricultural volume 97, number two, 2010, page 89 through 98: Institute of horticulture, Lithuanian research Center for agriculture and forestry The authors of this study chose tomato plants because they are the most widely indoor cultivated plant across the globe. The tomato plant […]

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