Urban Farming with LED Grow Lights
- Jun 25, 2019-
At its most deconstructed level, farming is a business that converts light into food calorie energy that can be consumed and utilized by humans. Plants have historically derived light from the sun, but new LED lighting technology is enabling a new generation of farmers and food engineers to construct growing facilities that. Many of these facilities are in urban locations that are relying on LED lighting to support urban farming on land that had once been dedicated to residential or commercial manufacturing operations.
Urban farming allows food to be grown in indoor greenhouses and warehouses. Unlike traditional farming that stretches along large horizontal swaths of land, urban farming can be conducted on vertical racks that include stacks of growing plots, each of which is illuminated with LED lighting systems. Those systems provide up to 100,000 continuous hours of operations with low maintenance and replacement costs and equally low energy costs. That translates into more than 10 years without any bulb replacement requirements.
More importantly, LED lighting systems can be configured and controlled to generate targeted wavelengths for maximum plant growth. Traditional farms are subject to the vagaries of temperature and lighting variations that are typical of natural environments. In contrast, LED light systems for urban farming can provide exact amounts of ideal wavelengths light without generating excessive heat that would damage plants or deprive them of moisture.