Switching to Philips LED lighting an easy decision

Switching to Philips LED lighting an easy decision

Eindhoven, the Netherlands - High electricity prices, insufficient natural lighting during winter and year-round demand from retailers led Den Haan Greenhouses to switch to LED lighting. After collaborating closely with the team from Philips horticulture LED solutions, Den Haan chose Philips GreenPower LED lighting for both their tomato and cucumber cultivation.

Den Haan Greenhouses from Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, Canada has recently installed state-of the art LED grow lights from Philips horticulture LED solutions for their 3-ha cultivation area. Den Haan chose a full LED solution consisting of Philips GreenPower LED interlighting and toplighting linear for the company's tomato crop. For their long English cucumber crop, Den Haan installed Philips GreenPower LED toplighting linear. Insufficient natural light levels during winter months, and meeting year-round demands from retail customers like Loblaws, Sobeys and Costco for locally grown fresh produce, presented Den Haan with a challenge and an opportunity. So too did high electricity prices, which made the switch to LED lighting a "no-brainer", according to CEO Luke den Haan.

Maintaining a high quality year-round, while keeping energy consumption at a reasonable level, has been the company's ambition since its inception. Den Haan and his team began discussing the option of incorporating LEDs into their production strategy several years ago, but it was not until a visit to the Netherlands that he began to see the true potential. In 2019, after working closely with the Philips horticulture LED solutions team, and Rudy Ouwersloot of Paul Boers, a certified Philips horticulture LED partner, Den Haan decided to move forward with an investment in LED lighting. He chose best-in-class grow lighting, Philips GreenPower LEDs, to pair with Priva climate control and Svensson screening.

According to Den Haan, growing under Philips LED lighting has "exceeded his expectations". "Seeing the quality in the middle of the winter, it really opened my eyes to the possibilities of winter production with Philips technology," he says. After installing LEDs, Den Haan saw improvements in every aspect of his tomato and cucumber cultivation. Production increased by as much as 40%. Moreover, not only did the LEDs make sense from a production perspective, but data and projection numbers provided by Philips made the company's lenders more than happy. Plus, Den Haan was able to show exceeding production targets. "When you have a happy banker, you have a happy grower," he says.

For more information, visit Philips horticulture solutions webpages here.

Source: HortiBiz


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