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.


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