Smart agriculture or smart farming refers to tech-driven crop production and involves the use of sensors, Internet of Things devices, drones, robotics, big data, Artificial Intelligence, and more. How does LED lighting factor in?
In the developed world, where the demand for locally-grown food is rising steadily, cultivation in soil-less and controlled environments — such as greenhouses and indoor farms — are allowing farmers to provide fresh, seasonal, and safe produce year round.
'Indoor farming’ is often used interchangeably with 'vertical farming', but it’s actually an umbrella term that covers everything from greenhouses to horizontal flood trays and vertical towers. Are LEDs worth the long-term investment for indoor farmers?
The 2nd annual Horticultural Lighting Conference visits Denver, CO next month to explore the various uses of horticultural lighting in manufacturer & grower markets. WPG Americas' LED solution providers Cree, NMB, LEDiL, Artesyn & ERP Power will attend.
Ongoing research and growing awareness among consumers about the many benefits of horticultural LED lighting is driving its popularity as a far-superior option for supplemental lighting in greenhouses and for indoor farms that rely on artificial light.
Considering the range of areas packaged LEDs and SSL products are addressing in recent times, it can be viewed as the most progressive technology that the horticultural lighting system has witnessed in decades. The innovative technology, dramatically...