Technology wise, LED lights offer much higher lifetime and energy efficiency versus traditional HIS/HPS lamps traditionally used in greenhouses, as well as the possibility of increased automation to increase crop yields. illumiPure’s “illumiGrow” LED grow lights provide rapid payoff on investment as growers can strikingly reduce their high electricity costs (one of the primary cost centers for growers) and boost quality as well as productivity.
On a macro scale, the growth is fueled by changes in global climate, which drives agriculture and livestock businesses to seek and adopt technological innovations. In the long-term, growing population and urbanization – in 2050, 70% of the world population will be living in cities and most of the useful land will be in use. This pushes growing megacities to increasingly look for efficient, green and responsible food supply solutions where the food production is shifts to greenhouses and vertical growth facilities nearer to the consumers.
All illumiGrow™ products have been extensively tested with multiple plants and application scenarios. Our state-of-the-art grow-lights are economical choice when considering reliability (hrs @L85), efficiency (μmol/W) and crop yield (g/kW), appropriate for small and large farming. All illumiGrow single spectrum products are based on our patented phosphor conversion technology applying multiple semiconductor emitters in a single package.
Just as important as efficient food production is food hygiene and safety. Efficient elimination of harmful molds and bacteria is vital in the greenhouse and vertical growing market as consumers require produce that is ready-to-eat, preservative-free and with a long shelf life.
Modern food production processes require both equipment and surfaces to be de-contaminated from residue, foreign bodies, harmful fungi, viruses and bacteria. On average grey mold kills over 30% of the urban farms yields, and once present in many individual cases the mold damage is 100% of the crop. It is also estimated that approximately 20% of all vegetables produced are lost due to microbial spoilage. Contaminants do not just reduce product quality and cause spoilage but also can be life threatening in case of e.coli, salmonella, listeria, norovirus and other pathogens. CDC statistics show that lettuce and other leafy vegetables are the largest source of food-borne contamination in the U.S. About 2.2 million people get sick annually from eating contaminated leafy vegetables, which is greater than the number of illnesses caused by contaminated beef, pork, poultry and other meat combined. Traditional cleaning with water solutions is just a prerequisite to disinfection and does not guarantee decontamination and disinfection.
Our LEDs provide optimum overlap with the absorption of chlorophyll molecules to reach proven preeminent growth efficiency and crop yield. Our All-in-One LED package technology provides the full required illumination spectrum and enables lighter, highly reliable economical grow lights. Pesticidal effects based on short wavelength blue and UV radiation can be further integrated even in a single package.