Welcome to LEDs Magazine’s Horticultural Lighting + Tech newsletter for Nov. 6, 2023. While we have been observing a slowdown in the adoption of LED-based horticultural lighting and supporting controls systems for some time, there are pockets of activity demonstrating that both the lighting industry and the growers recognize the value of technology-driven agriculture and the return on investment. Although Signify, ams Osram, and Cree LED have seen softness in horticultural component and finished lighting product sales, Fluence continues to collaborate with key players in controlled environment agriculture, leading to new data on light recipes that optimize nutrient and flavor components in food crops. Moreover, climate resilience advocacy firm Resource Innovation Institute continues to pursue best practices by partnering with leading CEA operators, industry organizations, and governmental representatives to build a consensus framework for evaluating modern farming practices and develop standardized methods for measurement of the environmental benefits and impacts of CEA.
Perhaps the adoption of horticultural LED systems has slowed in the interim, but their potential remains ripe for a future focused on decarbonization, net-zero objectives, and integration of efficient operational technologies with cleaner energy systems.
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