Sep 7, 2018
Get Enlightened on CEA LightingBy Tim Hodson

Are you interested in controlled environment agriculture (CEA)? Are you currently (or are you considering) growing vegetable crops in your greenhouses? Are you looking for the right greenhouse lighting solutions to help grow those vegetable crops?

If you are, then you will want to check out GPN’s latest webinar on CEA lighting that will take place in October.

That is when Neil Mattson, associate professor at Cornell University, will lead a free, one-hour webinar on “Lighting Decisions for CEA — Turning Photos into Dollars.”

The webinar will take place on Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. EDT. The webinar is sponsored by Nexus Corp. and Griffin Greenhouse Supplies.

While lighting can be among the most expensive greenhouse costs, supplemental lights can lead to higher yield and crop quality helping you to make more money. Lighting requirements for common vegetable crops and sizing your lighting system for a given application will be covered.

During the webinar, Mattson will present examples of upfront cost and operating cost comparing LEDs to traditional HID fixtures. He also will discuss how the way you control lights (time clock, light threshold, daily light integral targets) can substantially impact crop quality and cost of lighting.

In addition to his teaching, research and extension work at Cornell, Mattson is the director of the university’s Controlled Environment Agriculture group and also one of the principals of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium. The consortium is working to develop advanced greenhouse lighting and control systems that are tailored to the needs of specific greenhouse and indoors cultivated crops.

GLASE’s work extends to all areas of the CEA lighting environment, integrating advances in LED light engineering, carbon dioxide enrichment, and lighting control systems.

If you are looking to be enlightened on CEA lighting, then click here to register for the webinar.

— Tim


Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]



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