According to analysis, the market demand for grow light in Europe and the United States increased steadily in 2019.
Compared with other lighting applications, the market demand in 2020 will still growing steadily. Paul Scheidt, head of product marketing at Cree, shared how their leading LED technology can help horticultural lighting applications, as well as current and future market trends.
Scheidt said horticultural lighting is a growth market for LEDs in the long run. Although the current economic development has slowed down due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, the market has experienced a certain degree of weakness in the short term. But we can fully expect that with the restart of various economies/countries around the world, the horticultural lighting market will continue to grow.
Grow Lights are a Core Expertise of Cree LED
Cree continues to expand its portfolio of higher performance and higher reliability LEDs for this application. We remain committed to this commitment. That will help us open up new project opportunities and help our clients work closely with us to achieve successful examples.
In addition, through cooperation with major grow light manufacturers, the application footprint of Cree LED grow light is all over the world. CREE’s clients continue to win successful projects worldwide, from large-scale projects in Europe to new and upcoming projects in the Americas, to specialized greenhouse operations in Asia, and more. For that, CREE is very proud and honored.
According to Scheidt, every project in the field of grow light is unique. However, like general lighting, efficiency can be the main factor.
Other factors include region, crop, customer needs, etc. As a supplier of plant lighting companies, Cree’s key is to provide customers with higher-performance products and help customers succeed. In the field of plant lighting, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But as a supplier, we need to provide our customers with the right combination of key parameters such as spectrum, efficiency, reliability, etc.
As with any lighting-related market, LEDs are emerging as an excellent replacement for existing technologies such as high-pressure sodium and metal halide lamps in horticultural lighting.
Increasing performance and improving cost are the keys to advancing LED adoption. Cree will continue to focus on improving efficiency and provide the market with key metrics such as industry-leading or efficiency. We are committed to being an LED supplier that provides excellent performance and efficiency.
Main LED Type in Cree
- High power ceramic package
- Ceramic package COB
- Metal package COB
- High power plastic package
- Medium power plastic package
No matter what type of LEDs are used in lamps to achieve better results, Cree can provide the industry-leading platform to match.
Another key advantage is that we remain demanding and focused on delivering higher LED performance to our customers, helping them to develop a more suitable spectral distribution for their application.
Agricultural and plant research centers around the world are conducting research on spectral tuning and timing, which means that different formulations have different requirements. We continue to focus on developing higher efficiency LEDs in the visible spectrum and delivering better products in the visible spectrum.
Cree XP-E Far Red and XP-G3 Photo Red and Royal Blue have set the benchmark for spectral efficiency. For a wider spectral range of white LEDs, we have options including COB, high power, and mid-power package types.
HE G Class
HE G Class
Scheidt believes that every application and every crop has its own unique needs. Due to seasonality and latitude, not all plant origins receive enough sunlight every day (DLI, daily light integral) to maximize crop yields.
Sunlight is full-spectrum and the lowest cost option for any plant growth. Where more “sunshine” is needed, adding more full-spectrum lighting is a proven strategy. But it is not always preferred for optimal energy efficiency. More full-spectrum lighting combined with other modalities such as tunable LED lighting doesn’t always affect plant nutrition, taste, or even health.
Scientific questions about spectral absorption and tuning have not yet been fully answered. Every situation is different due to differences in growing conditions and crops. Continuous optimization of the efficiency and spectral properties of LED lighting is a key research area for realizing the future of this industry.
As end-user customers gain a better understanding of the advantages LEDs can offer, we can already see a shift from traditional high-pressure gas discharge lamps (HIDs) to LED lighting. For example, the Cree XLamp XP-G3 Photo Red LED is the first LED light source to deliver twice the efficiency of conventional light sources. Since then, we have been improving our efficiency. When growers see this performance and understand the commitment we make, they understand that our innovations can be the cornerstone of their success.
This year and for many years to come, Cree will continue to improve new and existing products, set the benchmark for performance and reliability, and stay ahead of the curve. We will continue to focus on the field of horticultural lighting to help customers achieve success.