What are DLC listed LED Grow Lights? And why does it matter?

LED lighting for controlled environment agriculture (CEA) continues to mature as new standards and regulations are implemented across the industry. And the emergence of the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) horticulture lighting program is an important step forward.

Design Lights Consortium is a non-profit organization with a mission of advancing the adoption of energy efficient lighting. The organization historically focused on general lighting applications such as retail lighting and street lighting. But very recently DLC started accepting submissions of LED grow lights for qualification testing and inclusion in its Horticulture Lighting Qualified Products List (QPL).

For growers, buying DLC listed products provides peace-of-mind that the lights meet rigorous performance, safety and reliability standards. Further, utilities are likely to begin mandating DLC listed lights in order to qualify for energy efficiency rebates.

A few of the critical performance and reliability requirements to achieve DLC listing include:

  • Efficacy > 1.9 umol/J between 400-700nm
  • Long-term performance: Q90 > 36,000 hours photon flux maintenance
  • Driver Lifetime: > 50,000 hours
  • Warranty: > 5 years

A comprehensive overview of DLC horticulture lighting requirements is here: DLC Requirements

In addition to performance and reliability, DLC requires products to be certified by a relevant safety certification body in the United States or Canada. Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), for example, has defined UL 8800 for the review and safety certification of horticulture lighting products.

Since the horticulture program is new for DLC, there are not currently any qualified lights on the horticulture QPL. However, Thrive Agritech is already in the process of having its LED grow light fixtures qualified by DLC, and anticipates having some of the first lights listed. To learn more about DLC, visit: www.designlights.org.

Thrive Agritech Delivers 1,900 LED Grow Lights to Michigan Indoor Grow Facility

Choice Labs installs Thrive Agritech’s lights for its entire facility due to superior growth and energy savings

New York, NY (January 22, 2019) – Thrive Agritech, Inc., leader in LED horticulture lighting, announced today that it has delivered a substantial quantity of Boost LED grow lights to Choice Laboratories, a leading medical marijuana producer located in Michigan. Choice installed the lights over both vegetative and flower canopies throughout its entire grow operation.

According to Maxwell Murphy at Choice Labs, “We tested LED grow lights from all the leading suppliers last year, and we selected Thrive Agritech because we experienced the best overall plant quality and yield. The team at Thrive Agritech helped us through the utility rebate process, and we ended up getting a rebate worth tens of thousands of dollars. It was almost too good to be true!”

Thrive Agritech CEO, Brian Bennett, added, “Choice Labs experienced one of the great advantages of our technology – ease of installation. The simple end-to-end daisy-chain connections make large installations a breeze and reduces the cost and complexity of additional electrical work. I’m sure Choice will be a happy customer for years to come.”

To watch a video of the Choice Labs installation, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63K5Fai3ABc&feature=youtu.be

Thrive Agritech was founded at the Y Combinator accelerator in Silicon Valley, with a mission to enhance sustainability for controlled environment agriculture. The company’s industry leading energy efficient lighting products have already made significant reductions in the carbon footprint from older lighting technologies. All Thrive Agritech products have an optimized horticulture light spectrum, high reliability, and most importantly grow great plants.

About Thrive Agritech

Thrive Agritech is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative products for the controlled environment agriculture industry. The company’s patent-pending technologies enable unique advantages for horticultural solid-state lighting and controls. Corporate headquarters are located in New York City, U.S.A. For more information, visit www.thriveagritech.com

Thrive Agritech Dramatically Increases Production Yields for Commercial Cannabis Growers

Patent pending under canopy lighting system pays for itself in a single harvest

New York, NY (August 20, 2018) – Thrive Agritech, Inc., leader in LED horticulture lighting, announced today that it has developed and deployed a novel lighting system that increases cannabis production yield by more than 10%. The lighting system, referred to as under canopy lighting, is positioned below the canopy to stimulate photosynthesis in regions that are typically light-starved and don’t produce usable product. By adding approximately 10-12% more light below the canopy, growers can expect at least 10% increase in yield. For example, if a grower is using a 1,000W double-ended HPS top lighting solution over a 4’x4’ canopy, Thrive Agritech would add about 120W of LED lighting below the canopy to optimize production yields.

According to Michael Cooper, Director of Cultivation at NV Organic Remedies, “We installed Thrive Agritech’s under canopy lighting system and were amazed by the results. Instead of trimming away the lower branches, we were able to harvest and sell an additional 8 grams per square foot of high quality product. Increasing our yields has never been easier – under canopy lighting is a no brainer.”

Thrive Agritech CEO, Brian Bennett, added, “It’s no secret that wholesale cannabis prices are rapidly declining in many markets across North America. Our patent pending under canopy lighting solution gives growers an easy way to significantly increase profitability. In fact, the increase in profit enables our customers to pay for the under canopy lighting system after the first harvest.”

For more information about under canopy lighting, visit:  http://www.thriveagritech.com/undercanopy.

Thrive Agritech was founded at the Y Combinator accelerator in Silicon Valley, with a mission to enhance sustainability for controlled environment agriculture. The company’s industry leading energy efficient lighting products have already made significant reductions in the carbon footprint from older lighting technologies. All Thrive Agritech products have an optimized horticulture light spectrum, high reliability, and most importantly grow great plants.

About Thrive Agritech

Thrive Agritech is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative products for the controlled environment agriculture industry. The company’s patent-pending technologies enable unique advantages for horticultural solid-state lighting and controls. Corporate headquarters are located in New York City, U.S.A. Thrive Agritech’s website is: www.thriveagritech.com

Congratulations are in order for our industry!

LED Lighting cut carbon dioxide emissions by 570 million tons in 2017

We all know that LEDs are efficient and can help save energy by displacing older, less efficient lighting technologies. But how much energy is really being saved? 162 coal-fired power plants worth of energy, according to IHS Markit.

The efficiency of LEDs is essentially what makes them environmentally friendly,” comments Jamie Fox, principal analyst, lighting & LEDs group. “Therefore, LED conversion is unlike other measures, which require people to reduce consumption or make lifestyle changes.”

We think Fox is 100% right. LED lighting has the opportunity to save massive amounts of energy, not because LEDs are efficient, but because they can be BETTER at providing light and happen to be efficient.

Growers select LED lighting because the technology has a better spectrum, can provide better uniformity and ultimately can help produce amazing plants with higher yield at a lower operational cost. The rest of the world benefits from reduced contribution to climate change and improved sustainability of our food and plant production industries.

Beyond this, not accounted for in the energy and CO2 savings estimates are the longer lifespan of LEDs. There are many pollutants created by producing, shipping and disposing of lighting products. By lasting 2-5x longer than conventional lighting, many of these pollutants are avoided. Even betters, LEDs don’t include heavy metals like mercury, making them more environmentally friendly at end-of-life.

We are proud to be part of an industry that is saving hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 from entering our atmosphere. We have a long way to go as a planet, but it is a great feeling to know that the path for our industry is Win-Win, saving energy and getting better light.

Thrive Agritech LED Grow Lights Chosen by Strawberry Fields

Thrive Agritech, Inc., a technology company focused on innovations in LED horticulture lighting (“Thrive”), today announced it has received a substantial order for its LED grow lights from Strawberry Fields, a leading medical and recreational cannabis producer headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO via their distribution partner Griffin.

Thrive Agritech’s Boost LED light will be installed in all two acres of Strawberry Fields’ greenhouses over its vegetative and flowering canopies as a supplement to natural sunlight. During 2017 Strawberry Fields conducted extensive testing of the Boost LED light as a replacement for its existing 1,000W HPS lights, and experienced compelling results. According to Strawberry Fields General Manager, Sam Thoman, “We saw a more uniform canopy growth with less elongation and better node stacking. Not only did the Boost light promote better overall growth, but it used less than half the energy of our HPS solution. And in areas where we weren’t previously using supplemental lighting we doubled our yields in the winter.”

Thrive Agritech CEO, Brian Bennett, remarked, “We are thrilled to have been selected by Strawberry Fields as their grow light supplier, and I am certain they will be equally excited about the benefits they will be receiving from our technology for years to come. The Boost is an ideal supplemental light for greenhouse production, as it has the output to effectively reach the canopy and its underlying LED technology makes it exceptionally energy efficient. One of the really great attributes of the Boost light is its full white color spectrum, which not only has demonstrated superior plant growth, but is far more pleasant to work under compared to “pink” lights.”

Thrive Agritech will be shipping the Boost lights to Strawberry Fields early in the third quarter, with installation to follow shortly thereafter.

“Griffin helps growers produce consistently uniform crops all year long. For greenhouse-produced cannabis, lighting is a crucial part of the equation. Energy-efficient, waterproof Boost fixtures from Thrive Agritech were the perfect solution for Strawberry Fields. The spectrum and intensity will provide the supplemental light their crop needs, and Boost’s daisy-chain installation greatly reduces the need for electrical work. Boost is a great fit for this project.” – Peter Armando, CEA Technical Sales, Griffin

 

About Thrive Agritech
Thrive Agritech is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative products for the controlled environment agriculture industry. The company’s patent-pending technologies enable unique advantages for horticultural solid-state lighting and controls. Corporate headquarters are located in New York City. For more information, visit http://www.thriveagritech.com.

About Strawberry Fields
Strawberry Fields has served medical marijuana patients in Colorado since 2010. The company prides itself on its years of experience in producing a wide range of expertly crafted products for Colorado’s residents. Website: https://strawberryfieldscannabis.com/

About Griffin

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Tewksbury, Mass., has served the needs of growers in greenhouse and nursery production, and independent garden centers for more than 70 years. Griffin operates 16 fully stocked service centers, serving growers and retailers nationwide. The business also distributes live goods including seed, cuttings and young plants. Griffin is among the premier distributors in the U.S., with an outstanding reputation for operational excellence, high-quality products and superior customer service. For more information, please visit www.griffins.com.

Thrive Agritech Boost LED Illuminates Basil farm in West Seneca, New York

Weber Greenhouse installed supplemental LED lighting from Thrive Agritech to optimize basil production, especially in the low light periods of the year typical of upstate new york. The energy efficient full spectrum white lighting not only increases plant growth but also improves canopy consistency and plant morphology.

 

Increased basil sales result in a quick return on investment, especially considering the low operational costs of the Boost LED light bar. Installation was easy and economical, with each fixture connected end-to-end and mounted directly to the existing greenhouse truss system. Compared to other LED systems considered, ease of installation was a major benefit, especially considering each light row is operated and controlled with a single plug.

“Weber Greenhouse is a leader in advanced Controlled Environment Agriculture,” says Brian Bennett, CEO and Founder, Thrive Agritech. “We are thrilled to work with a company that represents the future of sustainable indoor plant production and support their efforts to achieve increased crop production while being environmentally sustainable.”

 

Thrive Agritech, Leading LED Horticulture Lighting Innovator, Secures $2 Million Capital Injection

Thrive Agritech, Inc., a technology company focused on leading innovations in LED horticulture lighting (“Thrive”), today announced that it has received an additional $2 million in equity capital to accelerate the development and deployment of its LED technology in controlled environment agriculture. The investment round was led by Rose Capital, a New York-based institutional investor. In conjunction with the investment round, Rose Capital has also joined Thrive’s Board of Directors.

The financing round – and new partnership with Rose Capital – follows an exceptional year for Thrive Agritech, which saw a rapidly expanding customer base with lighting installations in greenhouses, vertical farms and cannabis production facilities across North America.

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Transitioning to LED grow lighting

LED grow lighting has many advantages over high-pressure sodium, metal halide, and fluorescents – they use less energy, emit less heat, reduce water usage and have spectra that are optimized for plant growth.  Another great thing about LEDs is their reliability.  Instead of re-lamping every year, many LEDs have lifespans of 10 years or longer.  But as more growers transition to LED grow lighting, more questions and concerns arise.

 

For decades cannabis growers have been honing their grow “recipes” on their own and when the light technology “ingredient” changes so do the other variables like nutrient uptake, temperature, humidity requirements and so on.  Implementing LEDs into an already dialed in grow can be challenging so let’s look at the first step to make this a successful transition:

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How much HVAC do I need to cool LED Lights? 

We hear this question all the time, especially in the summer.

Our rule of thumb – it takes one watt of air conditioning to cool three watts of lighting.

For a more precise calculation, there are a few things that we need to know about heat

  • A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is the traditional unit for heat or heat removal
  • A ton of refrigerant is 12,000 BTUs.
  • One watt of energy is equal to 3.412 BTUs

When you turn on a light some of the energy is turned into photons and some of the energy is turned into heat. In the case of LEDs, about 40% of the energy is turned into light and 60% is turned into heat.

Unfortunately…. you need to cool all of the energy, even the energy emitted as light. (more…)

Transcend Lighting is now Thrive Agritech

Today marks the introduction of Thrive Agritech – a new brand that aligns with the exciting future of our industry and our company.

We live and breathe LEDs, however, our focus has grown to include more than lighting. This year we’ve filed our first controls and systems patents and have already spent countless research and development hours on topics ranging from software to plant health to farm communication networks. Very recently, we’ve unearthed the astonishing promise of our LED technology as an effective replacement for chemicals to fight downy mildew.

When launching Transcend Lighting our mission was simple – to make controlled environment agriculture more efficient and sustainable through advanced LED technology. To achieve this mission our amazing team has developed IP and products that are truly astounding. Every single day our products are saving millions of watts of energy!

Efficiency is still at our core but we’ve found that efficiency isn’t just about using less it’s about doing more with less. It’s about growing plants that are healthier, more vibrant, more precise and growing these plants faster and in less space. This is Thrive Agritech.

Beyond our full range of LED lighting products with the industry’s highest efficiency and longest lifespan Thrive offers unrivaled support. Our team of highly skilled applications engineers create custom lighting layouts on a daily basis and work to secure energy rebates for nearly every project in the United States. All of this free of charge.

Thrive Agritech produces UL listed and waterproof rated fixtures for every indoor and greenhouse growing environment, all with an industry leading 5-year standard warranty.

Over the last several years we have had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most advanced commercial plant product and research institutions and our entire team at Thrive Agritech is excited for what the future holds.

 

–Brian

 

Brian Bennett

Founder and CEO

Thrive Agritech