Earlier this year Philips introduced the Philips GreenPower toplighting LED intended for the floriculture industry.
The LED system enables higher yields, greater quality and lower costs than other lighting solutions available on the market as it is 50% more efficient in converting electricity to light.
Soon enough, Green Power became very popular among flower growers and gained a solid reputation.
Last week, Philips announced that three major cut rose producers from Belgium and The Netherlands have installed GreenPower toplighting and are using its light recipes to obtain significant improvements.
“There is a growing amount of scientific evidence showing the benefits of LED toplighting for the floriculture business,” said Udo van Slooten, General Manager of Philips Horticulture LED Solutions.
“This technology is particularly interesting for rose growers because their crops require some of the highest levels of light in the floriculture industry. It’s not unusual for roses to require 4,000 to 5,000 light hours in a year. Growers can use LED toplighting to save energy, steer their climate better, create more lighting hours in spring, summer and autumn and get more growth and/or quality.
According to the news release, cut rose growers using Philips GreenPower toplighting include: Belgian commercial rose growers Wimceco BVBA and Scheers Rose Nursery, and Porta Nova, the biggest grower of Red Naomi roses in the world based in the Netherlands.
“With LED toplighting, I can switch on my LED separately so less heat is produced, meaning we don’t have to vent off excess heat and can leave the windows closed longer,” Wim Scheers, owner of Scheers Nursery said.
“Keeping air inside reduces my costs, and also helps me maintain a better balance because I’m not constantly having to add extra CO² to compensate for what’s going out the window. I will be able to light my plants for more hours without raising the crop temperature and retain more CO² which will increase my crop growth and thereby increase my quality or yields.”