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HEP Plasma Grow-Lights Outperform LEDs & Legacy Lamps in Scientific Trials

The testing of Ceravision’s High Efficiency Plasma (HEP) grow-lights in Rothamsted and in commercial premises has been underway now for several months. The testing compares Ceravision’s HEP grow-lights with legacy metal halide lamps and new LED systems and their impact upon the growth of wheat and other high value crops.

Ceravision’s HEP grow-lights are outperforming both the metal halide lamps and the LED systems in Embryo Development, a key performance metric in respect of plant development.

Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, England is the oldest agricultural research station in the world.  Rothamsted’s aim is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production. 

Mr Julian Franklin, Head of Horticulture and Controlled Environments at Rothamsted said that observations in the wheat crop under trial proves that the Ceravision luminaires are producing the best results compared to metal halide lamps and LEDs in respect of embryo development - one of the major factors in plant growth and plant development.

The embryo of a plant is key to its reproduction and growth.  The ‘wheat germ’ is the embryo of the wheat kernel which is separated in milling and used especially as a source of vitamins and protein in a variety of food products.

The 420W HEP lamp light quality was better and the impact of having light available in the blue / UV region within the broad spectrum is a significant factor. 

Building on this work , Ceravision has now launched its new UV420W grow-light.  This unique grow-light produces not only high intensity visible blue spectrum light but also provides increased levels of ultra violet (UV) light (UV-A, UV-B). 

Mr Stuart Stoddart, Commercial Director at Ceravision, said “This is fantastic news; and this is with our standard ‘white light’ spectrum.  We are excited about the combination of higher output and spectra tailored for plant growth and the benefits that will be delivered.  This confirmation of Ceravision’s HEP technology suggests an exciting future for Ceravision against a background of the challenges faced by mankind in operating efficient food production systems to feed more people, and the huge medicinal benefits that can be obtained from plants.”

To find out more about Ceravision® HEP plasma grow lights for horticulture please contact Deborah Leaper: deborah.leaper@ceravision.com - +44 1908 379444;  Ceravision Ltd, Sherbourne Drive, Tilbrook, Milton Keynes, England MK7 8HX.

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