Horticultural lighting has recently seen rapid growth, especially as horticultural LED and LED grow lighting systems have become more mainstream. New products regularly released in the LED industry, and an increasing number of urban farmers—and individuals able to farm from less traditional or less fertile locations—join the market every day. As such, the focus of the industry is shifting. Horticultural LED systems no longer need to simply function, but must be able to tailor and fine-tune lighting recipes to grow plants more efficiently.
Plants need nutrients, air, water and the right temperature to grow. LED grow lighting helps achieve these growing conditions, but with less energy and better overall yield than traditional grow lighting systems. This is because LED lighting can be dimmed, tuned and tailored to fit the specific needs of different crops.
GRE Alpha boasts a wide range of powering and lighting control solutions for horticultural and grow lighting applications. Lighting environments require stability and often must operate at elevated temperatures—temperatures that are ideal for plant growth conditions. GRE Alpha’s LED powering solutions provide a robust and flexible power platform for powering horticultural LED, and lighting control models can be further added for color tuning applications.
The horticultural lighting solutions provided by GRE Alpha offer universal input (90-305 VAC), 60W to 300W multi-channel output options, 60 degrees Celsius/140 degrees Fahrenheit operating temperature without de-rating, IP65 splash-proof and moisture-proof design, user-adjustable output current and voltage, high efficiency design to maximize photosynthetic photon flux (PPF) and available color tuning module upgrade. The products are also UL/cUL Class 2 listed, PSE and CB registered, and fit well in grow lighting, horticultural LED and constant voltage (CV) and constant current (CC) applications.
One such product in the GRE Alpha horticultural lighting suite is the easy-install XLD Series—the industry’s first and only UL Listed LED driver that supports both CC and CV mode operation and can work with a wide range of temperatures. The XLD Series features universal AC input, integral wiring compartments for reduced installation costs, user-adjustable output voltage and current, 1-10V dimming options with the SLD Smart Dim series dimming module, up to 92 percent efficiency, active power factor correction (PF > 0.9), heavy duty design to withstand harsh environments up to four combinable output channels, and built-in SCP, OTP, OVP and OCP protection. It is CCC and PSE certified, making it suitable for use in Japan and China. The XLD Series’ patented housing design not only saves money and time related to installation costs, but also simplifies wiring and allows for addition of accessories such as surge protection and GRE Alpha dimming modules for tuning lighting recipes. These attributes make the XLD Series an optimal element of an horticultural LED lighting system.
Similarly, GRE Alpha’s SL-DIMTW Tunable White Dimming Module is a CV tunable white LED dimming module that boasts 0/1-10V control signal acceptance, smooth dynamic color temperature shifts of 2000K to 8000K, and a plug-and-play design that, depending on application situation, can create eye-catching, color temperature-changing effects without color distortion. With customized dimming curves that allow for lighting recipe adjustments and ease of control by using a simple PWM dimmer of a 01-10V dimmer, the Tunable White dimming module is a pioneer in the LED market, opening up ease of upgrade and options for color tuning applications that improve dynamics of light—elements that are important to integrating a product into an LED grow lighting system.
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