Vertical farming involves growing plants in a fully enclosed environment with 100% artificial lighting with tiered shelves of plants. The absence of sunlight makes light quality and efficiency arguably the most critical element of vertical farms. Small, discreet grow areas with a premium on space make a thin, wide form factor like those of the TotalGrow Stratum and Mult-HI ideal fits for maximized uniformity in minimal space. Strategice wiring and mounting approaches are very helpful for a clean, simple facility due to the high concentration of lights.
A default setup is 1 TotalGrow Stratum 40W light bar covering 1'x4' of grow area, approximately 6" above the plant canopy for PPFDs of 200+ µmol/m2/s. Larger plants and more optimized growth goals elevate this concentration or enable the use of TotalGrow Mult-HI light fixtures for even more cost effective light production. Contact us for recommendations specific to your application.
Organic Michigan Grown:
Basil vertical farm, 12"x12" bulb spacing
I am growing the best basil my customers have tasted faster than I thought possible under my TotalGrow Broad Grow Spectrum Lights. The TotalGrow staff have been very helpful while designing and expanding my vertical farm.
Jim Schutte, Owner
Black Pearl Gardens:
Microgreens, herbs & edible flowers, 12"x15" bulb spacing
TotalGrow™ Broad Grow Spectrum Light bulbs, or the 'magic bulbs' as I call them, have allowed me to grow extremely high quality herbs and microgreens in my basement without any sunlight at all. I have experienced a faster grow cycle with these bulbs and have none of the problems that I had with the fluorescent bulbs I used in the past. These lights have allowed me to expand my business beyond my original customers and support some larger demand customers.
Christy Kaledas, Restaurant Gardener/Garden Manager
Microgreens, 10x22" bulb spacing
Finally, an indoor garden! This past year I set up an indoor garden in my basement using TotalGrow light bulbs. I grew different microgreens and wheatgrass. Not only did I enjoy seeing the growth process, but I loved using the greens in my daily recipes. We used them in our smoothies, salads, on sandwiches and fish, and even in eggs. Delicious and healthy!
Elyse Cisler, Home Gardener
Shipping Container Aquaponics
Baby greens, 8"x12" - 12"x12" bulb spacing
Through more than 14 months of testing on a variety of baby greens in our shipping container aquaponics systems, TotalGrow lights have grown our crops at least as well as all other light sources tested with excellent efficiency and the best overall cost effectiveness.Fred Lau, Owner of Mari's Garden
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