Plessey launches new high-power grow-light range

Hyperion has been developed to replace traditional high-pressure sodium grow lights, according to the company.

LED-based grow lighting: a viable proposition for all commercially grown plant varieties
LED-based grow lighting: a viable proposition for all commercially grown plant varieties

Plessey is using the January IPM Essen exhibition as a launchpad for a new high-power grow-light range that the manufacturer reckons could completely replace sodium alternatives.

Hyperion is the first LED grow light specifically designed to work alongside and eventually replace traditional high-pressure sodium grow lights.

Director for grow lights Jonathan Barton said the technology had a "proven" record of growing a wide variety of crops in different controlled environments.

"Hyperion will make LED-based grow lighting a viable proposition for all commercially grown plant varieties," he said.

Plessey will be exhibit the kit for the first time at IPM Essen from 24-27 January at Messe Essen Germany.

"We will show prototypes at Essen and expect to be production ready by spring 2017, which is when the lights should be available in the UK. Prices are being finalised.

"There will be a family of lights, with the first outputting around 1,000 micromoles, equivalent to a 600W sodium grow light. The energy savings will be around 40% verses high-pressure sodium."

Barton said the specification was "the most efficient of any grow light out there", prompting Plessey to describe the technology as a "new generation" of grow light.

"This is a hybrid light, which can be used alongside sodium lights. The benefit is they can give better yields and quality without overloading your heating system."

Barton added the grow lights were developed through a close working with universities, research organisations and commercial growers. These include Dutch cut-flower grower Villa Gerbera.

Plessey’s LED products feature proven plant response, no cooling fan, high efficiency and energy savings over all other lighting solutions.

"In the past five years the industry has worked very hard to prove efficacy of LED lights on crops and that is now accepted by most people.

"But there is still a lot to do on in some areas such as cost effectiveness and commercial viability for growers on supplementing existing lights or replacing them altogether."


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