Industry members are invited to attend a July 28 meeting to discuss horticultural lighting standards for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), facilitated by Michigan State University (MSU).
The two-hour roundtable discussion will take place during the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The objectives of the meeting are to develop a consensus of whether new standards should be developed for lighting when used for horticultural applications, and if so, what metrics are of most importance and how they should be approached.
The meeting is open to anyone who registers for the ASHS meeting. Conference registration is required. The meeting will be held on Monday, July 28 from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the conference site, the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla.
Lighting efficiency standards are usually based on luminous flux, which is based on the eye’s sensitivity to light. Blue and red light, which are commonly used in LEDs for horticultural applications, have a relatively low luminous output. In other words, these lights appear relatively dim; however, from a photosynthetic perspective, their efficiencies are often relatively high.
Changing the energy efficiency standards to ones more appropriate for plants could have positive implications on utility rebates, grants and loans for energy efficiency improvements.
Two separate sessions may also be of interest the following day: a four-hour colloquium on light quality and a two-hour workshop on commercial application of LEDs. For more information or to provide input in advance of the meeting, eMail the facilitator of the meeting, Dr. Erik Runkle of Michigan State University, [email protected]