Finding the right LED (light emitting diode) lighting system for the greenhouse is no small venture, not to mention it requires a substantial investment of time and money. One of the challenges growers often face is sorting through the number of products on the market. It’s hard enough to choose from several good lighting options, and even more challenging to separate the good products from the bad ones. Add in the pressure of making a sound investment, and you have all the makings of a nerve-wracking situation.
Greenhouse Grower asked lighting manufacturers for their top three tips to help growers choose the LED lighting solution that is the best fit for their operation. Here is what they had to say.
A 3-Step Approach To Selecting LED Lighting (SimuLight)
By: Tushar Patel, Director of Market Development
It is not easy to select a product based on specifications alone for lighting projects, some upfront planning is required to get best results. Using a structured process helps growers find the right product and company to provide the lighting. Try this three-step approach:
1. Project Definition: Because there are many options on the market, it is important for growers to focus in on the best solution. This starts with a description of the current situation and desired outcomes. The current situation would include a brief description of the current greenhouse, crops grown, current lighting (if any), available electricity (voltage, amps), and any specific requirements for the installation. The desired outcomes could include increased production, ROI, reliability, or energy savings.
2. Preliminary Research: A grower can then look at the offerings from several companies and narrow down the selection to a few potential candidates. Then they can discuss the project and get proposals from several companies.
3. Trial: After reviewing the proposals, the grower should select one or two potential products and arrange for a trial. Once trials are complete, then the purchase and installation can be planned accordingly.
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