Why LED grow lights are the ideal solution for growing tomatoes indoors
British Tomato Fortnight is the ideal showcase for the world’s most popular fruit and a reminder of its growing appeal in the CEA sector. Tomato production has increased to 182 million tons in recent years to meet increasing demand, making it one of the most important crops in the world. Demand has stepped up efforts to improve yield with greenhouse technology, but this has brought its own problems with exposure to light and shade. This is where LED grow lights come into play.
With the latest technology and design, LED grow lights can create the ideal conditions to improve tomato yield and growth, overcome challenges in the shade area, and enable intelligent control of light intensity and duration. Light Science Solutions addresses some of the benefits of LED grow lights for indoor tomato growing:
Less energy consumption
In contrast to many alternative lighting solutions for greenhouses, LED lights have very low energy consumption, which can result in significant energy savings.
Reduced heating power
LED lights also generate less heat, so they don’t require special air cooling devices like HPS lights, and they last extremely long – up to 60,000 hours and are incredibly tough. LEDs require precise energy management, but this can be done easily with intelligent technology and tools specially developed to optimize lighting control in the greenhouse. There are some solutions on the market today that can be programmed, designed, controlled and monitored with intelligent systems that can be adapted to specific greenhouse requirements. This makes the LED grow light a powerful partner for anyone who wants to increase their tomato harvest, especially in a warmer climate. Their reduced heat output limits the effects of the heat of lighting on the plants, which is one of the most important factors in controlling plant yield in a warmer climate.
Better control of the growth response
Another aspect worth considering is the fact that the right additional lighting can fundamentally change system productivity. If daylight is even reduced by 1%, this can lead to an equally large drop in crop yield.
More cost effective
LED grow lights have research and studies to prove their efficiency and performance. These studies also found that the quality of greenhouse tomatoes was not affected by the use of LED grow lights. In fact, they found that tomato fruit quality remained constant across multiple lighting options – but that LED grow lights were the most cost and energy efficient solution for indoor tomato growing.
This is where partnerships with reliable LED grow light companies are crucial. Working with a partner who equally understands the unique needs of growing tomatoes in a warmer climate and can work with you to manage light, heat, shade and timing with absolute precision is paramount. Of course, working with a trustworthy partner also means that you can rely on the quality of the LED grow lights yourself. You want lighting that is not manufactured to average standards, but lighting with guaranteed performance, guarantee and confirmed quality. These are simple things, but they can make all the difference to a long-term investment in a lighting solution that can potentially change your tomato yield.