March 22, 2018
The Future of LED: A Look at the Potential Effects of LED Lighting on the World of Horticulture
Many have realized that LEDs are today’s best option when it comes to lighting. But what might LED tech look like 5 years down the road? Or in 10 years? Here are just few reasons why you should invest in LED now and thank yourself later.
Increasing Popularity and Lower Costs
LEDs are now more affordable than ever. A few years ago, the price difference between CFL and LED bulbs was painfully noticeable. Today, that gap has gotten much smaller, and it will continue to shrink as demand for LEDs grow. At ProGrowTech, we are willing to discuss potential routes to pay for your LEDs.
There are multiple reasons behind LEDs exponential popularity among horticulturists. Just to give you an idea as to how popular this revolutionary lighting technology has become: LED lights only contributed to 3 percent of installations in 2014. In 2016, this percentage jumped to just over 12 percent. In 2018, we’re betting these numbers will be even higher. Additionally, LEDs were adopted into mainstream use quickly and with more success when compared to other eco-friendly technology, such as hybrid cars and solar energy. Today, LEDs offer the horticulturalist — whether you’re an individual or a full-fledged grow facility — unmatched efficiency and cutting-edge technology.
We are facing a more crowded world with less resources. There are serious concerns regarding providing enough water and food to support projected populations. That’s where LED lights play an extremely important role—providing enough light to sustain high-quality crops in indoor facilities. LED lights are able to adjust how quickly a plant grows, how it produces fruit or flower, and even encourage the development of nutrients. This adaptability makes LEDs one of the most valuable investments for anyone involved in agriculture. In addition, LED lights require less energy and run cooler than their counterparts—you’ll be saving money on both electricity and water.
It’s also important to highlight the ability to vertically rack LED lights. This means you can fit more plants into fewer square feet by taking advantage of the vertical space — perfect for the agriculturalist looking to produce a larger harvest, but has concerns about time and room. ProGrowTech lights are able to be vertically stacked to ensure your high-density crops get the lights they need.
One of the central aspects of climate change—the biggest challenge facing the next generation of agriculturalists—is unpredictable weather. This means harvests may be difficult to predict. A surprise frost and intense heat can ruin months of labor. That’s why many growers are turning to indoor facilities. Of course, one of the first things missing in an indoor grow is sunlight. LEDs are the closest replica to natural sunlight: They are able to be adjusted to mimic minute shifts in outdoor light, and replicate the full light spectrum. LEDs put the power back into the hands of the horticulturalist.
Consistent Improvement with Research
LEDs hold a ton of potential. As we mentioned above, they have steadily increased in popularity and will likely continue along that trend in the coming years. Researchers continue to diligently study the benefits of LED how and they can improve their structure to better fit crop needs.
One of the buzziest finds of the last year is the incorporation of perovskites—self-assembling nanoparticles to build the LED. It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but it’s true. These nanoparticles are increasingly being used across all industries, and have also received some attention in regard to solar cells. Using perovskites for LEDs may result in increased efficiency, durability and lower prices.
According to Physics.org, “[Researchers at Princeton] are exploring perovskites as a potential lower-cost alternative to gallium nitride (GaN) and other materials used in LED manufacturing. Lower-cost LEDs would speed up the acceptance rate of the technology, reducing energy use and environmental impacts.”
Lighting the Way
LED is the lighting technology of the future. As we grapple with some of the greatest concerns facing our society, it is imperative to invest in efficient and time-saving technology. LED technology can have an enormous impact on agriculture and has already revolutionized the way we understand and grow our plants.