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Light planning

The key to understanding your greenhouse.

Visualize the light

False colour rendering is a powerful way to visualize the light levels.

Take control over your real DLI levels

Thorough light planning is one of the most important parts in knowing where to position the lights. If lightplanning done in a professional manner the manufacturer and the customer can see all the light levels on the growing areas.

Optimize uniformity

With light planning in 3D you can see were the umol/m2/s is weak or strong, you can see the uniformity of the light. A good light planning also take into account all the reflections and the incoming light from glass areas.

Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density (PPFD) is a crucial parameter in the field of horticultural lighting, providing a measure of the light intensity that plants receive. It is defined as the number of photosynthetically active photons (in the 400-700 nm range) that strike a square meter of plant surface each second. PPFD is expressed in micromoles per square meter per second (μmol/m²/s).


Defining PPFD

PPFD quantifies the light intensity in terms of the photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) that reaches the plants, offering a direct indication of the energy available for photosynthesis. This measurement is essential for growers as it helps to determine whether their plants are receiving sufficient light to support optimal growth and development.


Importance of PPFD in Light Distribution and Lamp Placement

The distribution of light within a growing area and the physical placement of lamps are critical factors that can be optimized using PPFD measurements. When designing a lighting plan, growers aim to achieve uniform light distribution across the entire cultivation space. This uniformity ensures that all plants receive consistent light levels, preventing areas of over-illumination or under-illumination which can lead to uneven growth.


Simulation of Light Plans

Using PPFD simulations, growers can visualize and plan how light will be distributed throughout the growing area. Advanced software tools allow for the modeling of different lamp placements and configurations to predict the PPFD values across the cultivation space. This helps in:


1 Optimizing Lamp Placement: Ensuring that lamps are positioned to provide the most uniform coverage.

2 Adjusting Lamp Intensity and Position: Fine-tuning the height and spacing of lamps to achieve the desired PPFD levels.

3 Minimizing Light Fluctuations: Ensuring that the PPFD is consistent across the canopy, reducing light stress on plants and promoting even growth.

By simulating PPFD, growers can make informed decisions about their lighting setup, leading to more efficient use of light and energy.


Assessing Light Fixture Performance

PPFD is an excellent metric for evaluating the performance of a light fixture in a horticultural context. When comparing different lighting solutions, looking at the PPFD values they produce can indicate how well each fixture will support plant growth. Higher and more consistent PPFD readings suggest better light penetration and distribution, which are essential for maximizing photosynthesis and plant productivity.


The Art of Correct Lighting

Achieving optimal lighting for crops involves two main principles:


1 Uniform Light Distribution:

Minimize Light Fluctuations: Ensuring that light is evenly distributed across the plant canopy is crucial. Uneven light can cause some plants to receive too much light while others receive too little, leading to inconsistent growth and reduced overall yield.

Maximize Light Coverage: Using fixtures and layouts that provide broad and even light distribution helps in covering the entire growing area effectively.

2 Maximizing Direct Light on Plants:

Reduce Light Spill: Ensuring that as much light as possible falls directly on the plants rather than being wasted on walls or walkways. This improves the efficiency of the lighting system and maximizes the energy used for photosynthesis.

Strategic Lamp Placement: Positioning lamps to direct the maximum amount of light onto the plant canopy, utilizing reflectors and light angles to focus the light where it is needed most.


PPFD is a fundamental measure for designing and assessing horticultural lighting systems. It provides critical insights into the intensity and distribution of photosynthetically active light that plants receive. By using PPFD measurements to simulate and plan light distribution, growers can optimize lamp placement and ensure uniform light coverage, leading to healthier and more productive crops.


The art of correct lighting in horticulture hinges on achieving uniform light distribution with minimal fluctuations, and maximizing the amount of light that directly reaches the plants while minimizing light spill. By focusing on these principles, growers can enhance their lighting efficiency, reduce energy costs, and ultimately improve crop yields and quality.