LEDs bring improved early flowering for strawberry crop

Belgian strawberry grower Alain Lutz has successfully switched from incandescent to LED lamps to promote flowering in his 10ha glasshouse unit near Antwerp.

A grower of early varieties, Lutz uses Philips GreenPower LED flowering lamps at the red and far-red end of the spectrum to ensure good stem elongation, as well as white light, which workers and the passing public are said to prefer.

Philips claims that its LEDs "can equal the cyclic incandescent lamps and produce a comparable or better result".

Lutz conceded that LEDs were more expensive, but said: "That is compensated by the improved results and the lower energy consumption." Philips claims energy savings of 82-85 per cent over incandescent lamps.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Horticulture Week Top UK FRUIT PRODUCERS

See our exclusive RANKING of UK Fruit Producers by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here


See our exclusive RANKING of UK Salad Growers by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS.

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon