Fruiting plants, such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, can often make use of some the highest light intensities with yield increases nearly equal to light intensity increases in many cases (1% more light = 1% more yield). Large plant sizes make light distribution more critical in favor of diffuse light sources like TotalGrow lights.
Especially for northern climates, light intensities up to 200 µmol*m-2*s-1 for 18 hours per day can be worth providing for fruiting crops like tomatoes. This can be provided either purely by HI-Top 530s, or in combination with high pressure sodium light fixtures to balance the upfront cost savings of HPS with the long term savings and higher quality spectrum of TotalGrow lights. For large plants, the blend of these light spectra becomes a practical option. Lower intensity TotalGrow light bars can be used for intracanopy lighting if desired as well. Contact us for more information and recommendations specific to your application.
Tomato production, overhead/interplant lighting
Our TotalGrow™ light fixtures have made it possible for us to grow larger, healthier tomatoes in significantly less time.
David Allen, Business Manager
West Virginia University:
Tomatoes and other crops - Light source testing
All plants we have tested (petunia, basil, and tomato) looked healthier under your TotalGrow™ lighting and used far less energy than the competing light sources.
Youyoun Moon, Ph.D., Professor of Horticulture
Miller Family Farm:
HPS + TotalGrow hybrid lighting, one pair per 10x10 space
We have installed TotalGrow light fixtures for both indoor and greenhouse grow areas with tremendous crop quality, growth rate and power saving results. In our tomato house, the TotalGrow lights are balancing out HPS light fixtures to create a better light spectrum and distribution pattern with reduce power needs. In our barn, their full spectrum and efficiency allow us to grow excellent leafy greens year-round.
Robert Miller, General Manager
Adams Greenhouse & Produce, LLC:
Tomatoes, peppers, greens, bedding plants
The lights are fantastic!!! We have seen a great improvement by having the lights. The plants are so much farther ahead of schedule than we had anticipated. They are growing great and we have not had a problem with them. The plants are not stretching for light and have thick stems and are growing nice and straight.
Kenny Adams, Owner
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