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CNC Teams up with Local Company to Test New LED Light Systems

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QuantoTech and CNC install LED lights in the Baldy Hughes greenhouse

QuantoTech and CNC install LED lights in the Baldy Hughes greenhouse

Prince George, B.C. – The College of New Caledonia has teamed up with local company Quanto Tech Solutions to test new LED light systems.

Electronics instructor Oro Barton says the light systems are for use in greenhouse and plant warehouse applications with insufficient natural sunlight.

The testing is taking place at Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community and Barton says the goal “is growing plants under these lights and to help Quanto Tech quantify the advantages that exist with using the new lightning systems.”

He says the greenhouses will grow a wide range of vegetables and herbs over the winter months while at the same time giving students “experience doing real work.”

“In our experience every grower has different lighting needs,” said Alycia van der Gracht, Manager of Operations and Supply Chain at QuantoTech. “Partnering with CNC allows us to evaluate a local grower’s facilities and crops so that we can make the best lighting recommendation. CNC is also involved with deployment and provides ongoing support and evaluation as our LED lights continuously improve.”


I can’t see them being any good in the North. They produce no heat, so now they have to produce heat as well at an extra cost. Also I don’t think LED can provide the correct spectrum intensity especially when cold. Its a high cost expense without a good payback IMO.

Actually Eagle, recent advances in l.e.d. technology allow accurate replication of full spectrum lighting, with the added benefit of changing the ‘colour’ of the light at strategic times to facilitate maximum growth.
All controlled electronically, and easily modified to suit production of various crops. Systems like this are currently being tested in local commercial greenhouses producing coniferous seedlings for the forestry industry.
An even bigger benefit to these systems is that they require a fraction of the power needed to operate conventional green house lights.
Conventional lighting systems do provide heat, but only because of their inefficiency. Additional heating requirements are easily made up with the considerable savings in power consumption.

Ought to be a plus for grow ops, keep their costs down. I wonder if they are way ahead using LED.

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