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



Horticultural Lighting Conference USA will feature exclusive presentations by keynote speakers, interactive sessions, live interviews and a networking reception designed to facilitate information exchange and development of key business relationships.


The Impact of LED lighting on Floriculture and Greenhouse Crops
Steven Newman, Director of the Colorado State University Horticulture Center

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 toplighting. 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.


Tracking the horticultural SSL market and technology
Philip Smallwood and Maury Wright, PennWell LED & Lighting Network



Science, standards, and market transformation

Austin Gelder, lighting performance technical advisor, UL, “Standards Testing: How to read test reports/what they mean”

Irina Rasputnis, SSL technical manager, DesignLights Consortium (DLC), “Market transformation programs address horticultural lighting as the application expands”

Other topics:

  • Light recipe science advances based on individual cultivars and varying stages of the growth cycle
  • Understanding the way sunlight and circadian patterns impact plants and how software and simulation can enable similar results with LEDs.
  • Industry organizations continue to evolve horticultural metrics and the scope of standards
  • Horticultural lighting catches the attention of regulatory bodies and market transformation programs


Projects/Case studies

Christopher Sloper, author of The LED Grow book, “Using LED lighting to maximize yield in cannabis and vegetable grows”

Seoul Semiconductor, “The myriad ways that UV LEDs will impact society through horticultural lighting.”

Other topics:

  • Vertical farms promise to feed a growing population
  • Cannabis: An indoor case study — but is the future outdoors?
  • Fruiting cultivar requirements in horticultural lighting
  • How and will LED lighting come into play with field crops


Lighting technologies and advancements

Osram Opto Semiconductors, “LEDs continue to evolve to support optimal horticultural yield”

Ian Ashdown, president, SunTracker Technologies, “Capturing sun patterns, and using software to design horticultural lighting projects”

Other topics:

  • LEDs serve in primary and supplemental roles, including alongside HID fixture
  • Plants benefits from varying SPD, but how can growers economically deliver the optimum SPD
  • Fixture designs evolve both to deliver the needed spectrum but also the optimum beam distribution
  • Adding UV to the spectrum mix yields unexpected results in yield and characteristics
  • Why connected lighting makes more sense for plants than people