Program 2017 – Horticulture Lighting Conference 2017
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October 17, 2017 | Denver Marriott City Center | Denver, CO | USA

Program 2017

Full Program

  • Tuesday 17 October 2017
    • 7:30 am

      Welcome Coffee

    • 8:35 am


    • 8:45 am

      Welcome and Introduction

    • 9:00 am

      Tracking the Horticultural SSL Market and Technology

      Speakers: Phillip Smallwood
      Philip Smallwood is the Research Director for the LEDs and Lighting Group at Strategies Unlimited, where he oversees the creation and completion of the group’s market research reports and is the author of several of the groups worldwide lighting reports. He has been invited to speak at several lighting and LED events in the US and Europe and was quoted in several international periodicals, including The Economist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining Strategies Unlimited, he was the lead lighting analyst at IHS and author of the 2011 and 2012 Lighting reports. He conducted extensive research on the global lamp and luminaire markets with a particular interest in the effect LEDs are having on incumbent technologies.
    • 9:30 am

      The Impact of LED lighting on Floriculture and Greenhouse Crops

      Speakers: Steven E. Newman
      Steven Newman is an extension specialist and professor with Colorado State University Extension. Dr. Newman is also the Director of the CSU Horticulture Center, a new research and teaching greenhouse on the CSU campus completed in early 2016 complete with state of the art LED top lighting. Dr. Newman received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, Master of Science from the University of Nebraska and Bachelor’s degree from Montana State University. He has worked in the greenhouse and nursery industry as a university professional since 1985 and has been at CSU since 1994.
    • 10:00 am


    • 10:25 am

      Session 1: Science, Standards, and Market Transformation

    • 10:30 am

      Speaking Plant: Language of Horticultural Metrics, Test Methods, and Standards

      Speakers: Austin Gelder
      Photometric terms like Lumens, CRI and CCT have no place in plant growth lighting, because plants don’t have eyes. In order to adequately describe the lighting needs of plants and objectively compare performance of horticultural lighting products, a whole new vocabulary is needed, and has little in common with those from traditional lighting. This session will cover applicable metrics (such as PAR, UV, IR, µmol/J, and DLI), standards, and test methods for horticultural lighting, considerations for testing, and what is upcoming and in development for horticultural lighting.
    • 11:00 am

      Irina Rasputnis, SSL Technical Manager, DesignLights Consortium (DLC)

      Speakers: Irina Rasputnis
      Irina Rasputnis assists with the management of the DesignLights Consortium Qualified Product List, a NEEP project which lists high quality commercial LED lighting products based on strict energy efficiency qualification specifications. Irina holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northeastern University and is pursuing an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.
    • 11:30 am

      Speaker to be announced

    • 12:00 pm


    • 12:55 pm

      Session 2: Projects/Case Studies

    • 1:00 pm

      The Myriad Ways That UV LEDs Will Impact Society Through Horticultural Lighting – Seoul Semiconductor

      Speaker to be announced
    • 1:30 pm

      Speaker to be announced

    • 2:00 pm

      Horticultural Lighting Defined: Cleaning Up Garden Lighting Terminology

      Speakers: Christopher Sloper
      The author of “The LED Grow Book,” sets the record straight on how to accurately describe garden lighting so that growers, designers and grow light engineers can all get onto the same “wavelength” regarding the output and performance of grow lights. It seems that nearly everyone is using incorrect lighting terminology, or misusing correct terms – all the way up to the multi-national companies that manufacture LED chipsets and major research institutions. These garden lighting terminology gaffes create confusion in the market and make comparing the capabilities of grow lights difficult. The speaker will draw on his experience as a longtime indoor gardening entrepreneur and his rigorous training in analytical chemistry to explain proper lighting terminology in layman’s terms. This information will arm growers to understand, evaluate and select garden lighting products appropriate for their crop’s requirements.
    • 2:30 pm


    • 2:55 pm

      Session 3: Lighting Technologies and Advancements

    • 3:00 pm

      Horticulture LED Fundamentals

      Speakers: Kurt Liepmann
      It is well known that LED technology can offer numerous benefits over traditional lighting sources for horticulture lighting applications. In order to fully utilize these advantages, it is important to understand the various performance characteristics of LEDs. This presentation will take a deeper dive into each of these characteristics including, LED binning and characterization, typical photon flux and efficacy ranges, and performance curves for the various wavelength/color offerings typically used in horticulture applications. Kurt Liepmann
    • 3:30 pm

      Capturing Sun Patterns and Using Software Tools for Horticultural Lighting

      Speakers: Ian Ashdown
      Horticultural lighting poses unique problems for professional lighting designers. Simply put, today’s lighting design software is ill-suited to the task of designing lighting systems for greenhouses and vertical farms. One problem is that existing photometric data formats are based on photopic lumens and human observers. Plants respond to the spectral power distributions (SPDs) of light sources very differently. But the problem runs deeper. Efficient algorithms to perform necessary daylighting calculations, including bidirectional transmittance distribution functions (BTDFs) for diffusing materials, have only recently been developed. This presentation will describe how software tools can be used in horticulture, for instance to model spectral irradiance at the plant canopy, with a spectral range of 280 nm to 800 nm. Moreover the talk will describe how intracanopy lighting design may require modeling three-dimensional light distributions within the crop rather than just at the crop canopy.
    • 4:00 pm

      Digital Horticulture – LED lighting Delivering Value Beyond PPF and Controls

      Speakers: Jeff Bisberg
      LED and digital technologies have been improving at exponential rates for decades. These improvements have enabled Digital to break the boundaries of traditional computer devices and infuse new Digital capabilities into everything from bike locks, to coffee cups, to light fixtures. Illumitex is using these digital technologies to go beyond lighting, beyond controls, to create an analytic platform that leverages the unique physical location of lighting to deliver actionable information that helps growers make faster decisions to improve the outcomes of their grows, at scale. Illumitex is delivering this in an open and secure platform where the grower owns the data and can choose who sees and consumes that data. Illumitex will qualify partners that can process the data, with permissions from the growers, to add a wide range of capabilities. The first suite of solutions is the Illumitex Digital Scout™.
    • 4:30 pm