Lighting in Horticulture

Lighting in Horticulture

Author Steven Carruthers

Over recent years there has been a leap forward in knowledge about the beneficial effects of artificial lighting on plant growth and yields. Also, in combination with new growing techniques, there has been new developments in horticultural lamps, control gear, reflectors and light balancers.

Artificial light can be applied in horticulture in various ways to supplement daylight in a greenhouse to increase the photosynthesis, to increase the effective daylength or decrease the period of darkness (photoperiodism) as a substitute for daylight in grow rooms where plants are grown under tightly controlled environmental conditions, and as a substitute for daylight in laboratories where plants are grown for research purposes. For commercial growers, home gardeners and plant researchers, artificial lighting offers total control of the growing season, allowing crops to be grown out of season and on schedule.

This book provides a general knowledge of light and the photobiological processes that take place in plants, and the lighting technology now available to stimulate or control those growth processes. Lighting in Horticulture examines in detail those light processes and explains how to measure light. It also outlines the various conventional horticultural lamps, control gear, reflectors and light balancers that can be used to increase plant growth and yields, and includes the basics for designing a simple layout for greenhouses and grow rooms.

This booklet does not canvas Light Emitting Diode (LED) technologies, which are still evolving. Notwithstanding, the plant lighting principles remain the same.

Small format softcover – Pages 56 – Wt 120gm – Ed. 2002

ISBN 0-9586735-7-8

Price: $14.95
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