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The adoption of LED growth lighting represents a significant advancement in agricultural technology, offering substantial energy savings and enhanced plant growth. The choice and design of light fixtures, specifically those utilizing horticultural LED emitters, are critical to achieving these benefits. These fixtures are engineered to focus on wavelengths that maximize the effectiveness of photosynthetic pigments such as Chlorophyll A and B, Carotenoids, and Phytochrome Pr and Pfr. By targeting these specific wavelengths, LED lighting systems can produce up to 80% more micromoles of usable light per unit of energy consumed compared to traditional lighting methods.


Importance of Specific Wavelengths

The efficiency of photosynthesis and subsequent plant growth is highly dependent on the light spectrum provided by the grow lights. Chlorophyll A, which is most effective at absorbing light at wavelengths around 430 nm and 662 nm, and Chlorophyll B, which absorbs light best at 453 nm and 642 nm, are crucial for photosynthesis. Carotenoids, which assist in photosynthesis and protect chlorophyll from photo-damage, absorb light in the blue (400-500 nm) and green (500-600 nm) spectra.


Phytochrome pigments, which are involved in regulating plant development, respond to red (660 nm) and far-red (730 nm) light. The balance between red and far-red light influences processes such as seed germination, stem elongation, and flowering. By using LEDs that emit light in these specific wavelengths, growers can enhance these physiological processes, leading to more robust and faster-growing plants.


Enhanced Efficiency with Red and Far-Red Light

Research has shown that LED fixtures providing a spectrum rich in red light (around 660 nm) and, in some cases, supplemented with far-red light (around 730 nm), are significantly more efficient than those emitting only white light. Red light is particularly effective for driving photosynthesis, while far-red light can enhance flowering and fruiting in certain plant species. This targeted approach not only optimizes plant growth but also reduces energy consumption.


White light, while providing a broad spectrum, includes wavelengths that are less useful to plant growth, but a smaller level is often important for most crops. By focusing on the most effective wavelengths, specialized horticultural LEDs convert more electricity into usable light for plants, thus improving the photosynthetic efficiency and reducing wasted energy.


Importance of Operating Temperature

The performance and longevity of LED chips are highly influenced by their operating temperature. Excessive heat can degrade the efficiency of LEDs, reducing their light output and lifespan, and consequently driving up energy costs due to increased cooling requirements. Ensuring that LED chips run cool is paramount to maintaining their efficiency and achieving energy savings.


Advanced LED fixtures are designed with effective thermal management systems that dissipate heat away from the LEDs. This can include features such as heat sinks, active cooling systems, and optimized fixture designs that enhance airflow. By keeping the operating temperature low, these systems ensure that the LEDs maintain their high efficiency and output, translating into lower energy consumption and operational costs.



The use of LED grow lights that are specifically designed with emitters focusing on the exact wavelengths required for optimal plant growth is essential for maximizing energy savings and crop yield in greenhouse environments. In addition to shorter wavelengths, the ability to produce targeted wavelengths such as red (660 nm) and far-red (730 nm) light, which are critical for photosynthesis and plant development, allows these systems to be far more efficient than traditional lighting solutions.


Moreover, maintaining the LED chips at lower operating temperatures ensures sustained efficiency and longevity, further contributing to energy savings and cost reductions. As the technology continues to advance, the integration of precision-engineered horticultural LED lighting systems will play an increasingly vital role in sustainable and energy-efficient agricultural practices.

We think of TCO and the larger context in which light is delivered. Compared to a standard luminaire, the LED luminaire will work for up to 50,000 hours and significantly reduce light pollution and maintenance costs. An installation where you use an LED luminaire will be better equipped to withstand extremely hot and cold temperatures than a traditional luminaire would be, which makes the LED luminaire suitable for demanding applications.

Total costs means keeping energy costs low. It also means using the right spectrum. Enormous amounts of energy are wasted in greenhouses where our food is grown, because the plants get too much and the wrong kind of light. Almost all the vegetables we eat during the winter are grown in greenhouses under sodium lamps, which are quite common traditional street lighting lamps. The amount of electricity consumed in greenhouses today is approximately 160 terawatt hours, which is as much as the whole of Sweden’s electricity production, the potential with LED lighting means that you can reduce this waste but as much as 50 percent, which corresponds to ten nuclear power reactors. LED luminaires with broad spectrums developed for the plats are much better to save both energy, money and the environment.