Using LED lights to increase production in vertical farms

16 October 2020
GoodLeaf is using Philips LED lighting for its vertical farm where it grows baby greens. Source: Signify

Signify has equipped GoodLeaf Community Farms in Canada with horticulture light emitting diode (LED) lighting to increase food production, enhance flavor and improve nutritional value.

GoodLeaf grows and packs pesticide-free micro and baby greens year-round and operates a 4,000 square meter indoor vertical farm in Guelph, Ontario. The vertical farm is fully automated and equipped with LED light technology for growing indoors.

Philips Greenpower LED production modules allow GoodLeaf to shorten its production cycles and provide a controlled environment to product all year round without any lighting, temperature and pesticide worries. This also reduces waste at the same time, Signify said.

Signify has deployed LED lighting to more than 400 projects in horticultural lighting since 1995 and its Philips Greenpower LED allows companies to custom-build science-based solutions for growers providing data and plant expertise to optimize yields.

Vertical farming is where plants are grown indoors in a controlled environment without sunlight. This allows growers to propagate young plants, cultivate full head crops and grow healthier crops. Production is maximized by using LEDs to light multiple layers of crops to achieve a higher yield with a smaller footprint.

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