Electricity for lighting has been estimated to cost the greenhouse and indoor agriculture industry in the U.S. $1 billion annually. While lighting technology has evolved over time and become more energy efficient, it is still expensive upfront. LED lighting brings several control capabilities (dimming, spectral control), but many times these capabilities are not being fully utilized due to a lack of research-based information or lack of research on how to best implement them.
Project LAMP (Lighting Approaches to Maximize Profit) is a team of researchers that focuses on helping growers get more value out of their lighting systems. LAMP was founded by the late Professor Marc van Iersel at the University of Georgia (UGA) and is now led by Dr. Rhuanito Ferrarezi at UGA. Other team members are based at Clemson University, Colorado State University, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M, University of Minnesota, and Utah State University, and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Toledo, OH. The team combines several disciplines: horticulture, economics, agricultural and electrical engineering, computer engineering, impact assessment, and information systems, to help better understand the impacts and economics of plant lighting decisions.
Project LAMP recently updated its website, now available here. A recent e-GRO Alert highlights a few sections that may be particularly useful to the greenhouse industry, including research briefs, lighting instructional videos, and lighting calculators.
Learn more in the original e-GRO alert here.
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