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In the last white paper, the concept of dynamic lighting was introduced and four key criteria that a truly dynamic solution needs to meet were identified.
The term “dynamic lighting” is becoming more common in the world  of  precision  agriculture.  The  concept  of  dynamically controlling  artificial  light  is  in  its  infancy,  and  as  such  the definition of exactly what constitutes “dynamic lighting” is not always   consistent   between   sources.   Sollum   Technologies identifies four fundamental criteria for its lighting technology to be truly dynamic
The previous white paper focused on seasonal and daily changes to light quality (i.e., spectrum) and quantity (i.e., intensity and photoperiod), which significantly impact plant growth and development. While the impact of light quantity may appear more obvious, that of light quality is more abstract due to the nanoscopic nature of light. With light quantity, we can easily discern whether light is more intense and whether the day is longer or shorter.
As climate change threatens the concept of traditional growing seasons and as communities push for more local agriculture, the idea of being able to de-seasonalize production offers increased productivity and opportunities for greenhouse growers. To fully grasp how Sollum Technologies’ solution can effectively support this transition, we must better understand how natural light changes seasonally and why this variation affects plant growth.
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  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
A Season in Review
As the first growing season with Allegro Acres comes to a close, major successes, lessons learned, and next steps are reflected upon and big picture objectives related to sustainability and climate change are discussed.
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Custom-fit lights for custom-grown veggies
For decades, the Chef’s Garden in Ohio has fostered a reputation for growing quality produce that meets the highest culinary standards. To keep up with demand from top chefs, the Chef’s Garden partners with Sollum and finds that dynamic lighting improves not only yield but crop flavour as well.
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
How we helped Allegro Acres with the science of growing quality winter peppers at scale.
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Allegro Acres Chapter 3, A Season in Review
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Lighting up the next generation of biostimulants
For companies like Ulysse Biotech, conducting robust research is the key to success. To test and develop their suite of organic biostimulants, they rely on Sollum’s smart LED lighting solution to control variables with high precision and replicate a large variety of lighting conditions.
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Allegro Acres Chapter 2: the science behind growing quality winter peppers at scale
The next chapter with Allegro Acres delves deeper into the science behind our technology and answers such questions as: How does manipulating light spectra affect growth? Why is programmability so important?
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Allegro Acres: A Canadian first in winter-produced greenhouse peppers
Sollum Technologies partners with Allegro Acres and the Harrow Research Institute to produce the first large-scale commercial greenhouse peppers during a Canadian winter.
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Sollum Technologies enables multi-crop studies
The versatility of Sollum's technology enables a vast range of study designs for multi-crop research.
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Sun in famous Chefs’ plates
Sollum’s technology increases crop productivity and produce shelf life, and even quality, in large scale greenhouse production.
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Pioneer seeking Japanese Sun
Laval, Québec, is the site of an ambitious business venture. Sollum’s fully programmable lighting solution helps Vyckie Vaillancourt recreate Japan’s sunlight cycle to grow exotic citrus trees on her family farm.
  • LED FIXTURE
  • Greenhouses
  • Cultivation
Cultivators: Destination Moon
Sollum’s programmable lighting solution was chosen for an out-of-this-world hydroponic production system. La Boîte Maraîchère, a company in Laval (Québec) repurposing storage containers for controlled agriculture and uses our dynamic and programmable lighting to drive their research as they collaborate with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA.

Dynamic Lighting allows growers to push the boundaries of energy efficiency
Introduction to Dynamic Lighting
By Sollum’s R&D Team
Photoreceptors and Red/Far-red Impacts
Seasonal Variation in Natural Light
Introduction to lighting solutions
Natural Light