Fluence, a provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, said its research collaboration with JEM Farms, a Kingsville, Ontario-based cultivation facility, to explore the effects of LED-only lighting strategies compared to high-pressure sodium (HPS). Early results from the collaboration show that crops lit by 100% LED lighting technology saw a 10% increase in yield with a simultaneous 40% reduction in energy consumption compared to the area under HPS fixtures.
Leveraging Fluence’s VYPR 3p top light—built to maximize crop growth in greenhouse and indoor settings while balancing energy efficiency and the human work environment—JEM Farms is observing how LED technology’s lower heat load enables higher light levels without driving up energy costs. The research facility’s LED-only acre is lit by Fluence’s PhysioSpec BROAD R6 spectrum, harnessing the power of white light and a spectral strategy optimized for JEM Farms’ region, cultivars and production goals.
“The JEM Farms team is already realizing the benefits of LED technology within its research environment,” said David Cohen, CEO of Fluence. “Our broad-spectrum lights are driving higher yields and boosting crop quality. Jamie and Paul J. share Fluence’s passion and interest in exploring the interaction between light and plant life. We’re eager to observe continued improvements within the research facility and work with the JEM Farms team to deliver even better crops to the Canadian market.”