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    The basics of

    A Philips Light Recipe

    Philips Horticulture LED Solutions develops light systems to condition any crop in growth. We do not only provide mere lighting, but we provide the best possible care to increase profit for the grower, we call this custom made plan a ‘light recipe’.

    Having completed hundreds of projects, Philips has many years of experience investigating the effects of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) on a range of crops. In every project we are on the lookout for the optimum light recipe. A Philips Horticulture light recipe is an instruction based on knowledge of how to use light to grow a certain crop under certain conditions.

    Our light recipes are suitable for different segments within horticulture, e.g. vegetable production, tissue culture and young plant production, cut flowers, seedlings and nurseries. Philips Horticulture LED Solutions is offering knowledge of horticultural LED lighting around the world to you.

    A Philips light recipe is an instruction base on knowledge of how to use light to grow a certain crop under certain conditions. A light recipe indicates:

    •    Lighting aspects: light level, spectrum, required uniformity, position and time
    •    Parameters for which the recipe is valid e.g. climate conditions
    •    Expected results besides energy saving

    Some basics of Light

    Light is essential for plant growth. Natural sunlight is the cheapest source available, but for horticulture it is not always attainable in sufficient quantities. Therefore, the use of artificial light has become very common in order to increase production and quality. Plants have a completely different sensitivity to light colors than humans. Every plant has their own sensitivity for colors and intensity of light. Using the efficient light sources for plants, effective light recipes are important to obtain the optimal results in plant production.

    Light and plant growth 

    Light is the visible part of the spectrum in electromagnetic radiation. All light from every light source like the sun contains many colors, starting with a range from ultraviolet to infra-red that influences any kind of growth to plants.

    Why does a plant need light?

    Plants use light for:

    1. Photosynthesis, growth energy

    2. Plant development, flowering, morphology

    Both simultaneously take place in the plant and interact with each other.


    Added value of light for your crop


    LED can improve diverse growth parameters. These all depends on several factors, like crop, environmental circumstances, light recipe and many more. Herewith an overview of benefits we reached with Philips GreenPower LED solutions:


    • Increased production
    • Shortening of the total growth cycle
    • Better plant uniformity
    • Better space utility
    • Improved plant quality
    • Energy savings
    • Better germination rate
    • Higher multiplication factor
    • Higher survival rate in rooting
    • Improved/controlled stretching process
    • Accelerated hardening phase


    This can result in increased profit for you!

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