Plasma Light Engine

Ceravision's HEP plasma grow-lights use a light engine that has the flexibility to deliver spectral outputs tailored to suit particular plants and targeted outcomes.  The UV from the UV420 is vital for quality crops.  UV can enhance a crop's appearance, nutritional values and medicinal properties, and it can help reduce greenhouse costs and aid a more organic production regime.

The ionCORE plasma light engine utilises Ceravision’s patented Quartz Radio Frequency (RF) technology and ultra-reliable magnetrons.  With a compact and versatile form factor and the ability to change the combination of materials in the discharge chamber, the light engine can create specific spectral power distributions to meet specific needs.  The small light source can be accurately and reproducibly positioned in a precisely designed optical environment to deliver as much light as possible to a target area.  

Quartz Capsule
The small quartz capsule in HEP plasma lighting and the core of Ceravision's UV grow-light

HEP Plasma Point Source Light

The plasma light point source is a single identifiable localised source 10mm diameter and 20mm length, the size of the end of a little finger.  There are three main benefits of single point source lighting:

1. Supports the design of efficient compact luminaires.
2. The light obstruction occurs over a small angle; with little change in viewing position; this means that shadows have sharp boundaries.
3. Directional strength; enables optically efficient reflectors to be designed to precisely and efficiently redirect light to achieve desired distributions eg wide grow-light reflectors suitable for large growing areas, or narrow reflectors for growing tables.

Lamp Doses Tailored to Suit Applications

Lamp doses can be accurately specified, which in horticulture and Agri-Tech applications can be crop specific.  Our scientists are able to optimise HEP’s variables of dose, spectra, power, reflector materials and optics, to deliver light that economically enhances crop production efficiencies and yields and really add value. 

This ability to design tailored spectra will help scientists 'create' plants to improve food crops and for innovative new medicines without genetic modification or chemical usage.

HEP's Light Emitting Resonator
This light emitting resonator drives the spectral output from Ceravision's new UV grow-light

The HEP plasma grow-light has a spectral output from 280 to 550 nm providing UV-B, UV-A and blue light using a patented chemical dose.  Integrated with PAR grow-lights, this UV grow-light offers technical and commercial advantages:

  • Blue light with UV-A and UV-B influence plant physiology
  • Materials can be economically tailored to create spectra for particular crops
  • Excellent illuminance so that light penetrates plant canopies
  • High lumen maintenance compared to prolong energy intake 
  • Small high intensity light source minimises luminaire shadowing
  • UV-B at 280 to 290 nm is the most efficient wavelength range to stress plants.

Further Information

Future Applications

Delivering flexible spectral outputs, Ceravision's HEP plasma lighting offers added-value and economic solutions in horticulture grow-lighting and other commercial applications.

HEP Plasma Lighting Technology

Ceravision’s HEP plasma grow-lights, with a UV spectrum providing UV-B, UV-A and blue herald a new scientific direction for horticulture lighting.

Intellectual Property

Ceravision maintains an extensive Intellectual Property (“IP”) portfolio comprising Patents, Trade Marks and Design Rights.

Featured News

Dec 2019: Mr Andrew Fuller of Bridge Farm, explains how incorporating Ceravision's UV grow-light in its industrial hemp cultivation boosted cannabinoids by 40% (see video).


Oct 2019: Ceravision presents its new horticulture UV grow-light to demonstrate the reliability and flexibility of its patented plasma lighting at the NIAB Industry Workshop on Advances in Grow-Lighting...


Sept 2019: Independent lab tests on harvested industrial hemp crop at Bridge Farm Group confirm that incorporating Ceravision's complementary UV grow-light boosted cannabinoids by 40%.