In the coming years, many growers will be adding LED grow light to their existing HPS grow light systems, creating hybrid grow light systems. There are a wide range of reasons for beginning to use a hybrid grow light system. They are often related to new cultivation and production goals, or to the possibilities and limitations that the greenhouse presents (for example higher energy costs and/or limited energy capacity).
We use these principles as the foundation for the ideal light plan with the appropriate evenness and depth. In many cases HPS fixtures can be replaced by LED fixtures, without modification to the electrical installation and ground cables. This reduces the up-front investment, with the operational costs of the LED fixtures much lower as well. We also specialise in both HPS and LED fixtures, enabling us to give broad-based advice on the most cost-effective grow light system application. For example, the addition of LED can enable other reflectors and/or interled fixtures to achieve better light distribution.
In hybrid grow light systems, Hortilux uses the HORTILED Top fixtures. The HORTILED Top fixtures were developed by Hortilux and present solutions for almost every situation. In the Top LED series you can select the highest light efficiency, the lowest up-front investment, and maximum flexibility.
When developing our HORTILED Top fixtures, we chose to distribute the grow light over multiple LED light sources. This creates better light reception for both tall-growing crops and ornamental plants, giving you the highest yield from a micromol PAR. Choosing the right reflector is also important. Often this is one with a narrow angle; this reflector also ensures better light penetration in tall-growing crops. In combination with the Hortiled Top, you can create the ideal scenario.
Growers often see the many advantages that LED grow light offers, but are also aware that the purchasing costs for LED fixtures are higher than for HPS fixtures. We’re happy to work with you to come up with options. For example, we can tailor a grow light solution to the conditions attached to a potential subsidy application. In addition, we work our with financing partners to help growers find a leasing solution for grow light. This can drastically reduce the up-front investment for your new LED or hybrid grow light system.
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