In recent years, profound advancements have been made in the science and technology of lighting for plants. Research and commercial validation over the past 10 years have shown that plant morphology, yields, flavor, nutrition, color, and overall quality can be controlled using light’s characteristics. Namely, the quantity, spectral composition, and the duration of light can have a huge impact on the plant’s properties throughout its growth stages.
Still, there’s a tremendous movement in the industry with regard to new technologies, the rise in medicinal crop cultivation, the changing climate, the increase in demand for niche ‘superfoods’, heightened consumer awareness of the health benefits, supply chain costs, and pressure to ensure sustainable and ‘greener’ and also ‘local’ horticultural practices.
More so now than ever before, lighting (and its technological developments) is a crucial variable in today’s horticultural industry. With the rise in IoT and smart lighting in every other lighting sector in the world, LumiGrow, Inc., the leader in smart horticultural lighting has brought IoT to horticultural lighting, and has made several advances to increase production and quality to meet a growing demand. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, the company empowers growers and scientists with the ability to improve plant growth, boost crop yields, and achieve cost-saving operational efficiencies.
Empowering Growth through Connectivity
Established in 2007, LumiGrow was the first horticultural LED lighting company that emerged to offer cloud-based smart lighting and adjustable spectrum LEDs to the market. More than a decade later, their technology still remains novel and revolutionary. LumiGrow has led the industry’s understanding of how plants interact with light, while providing the industry’s most robust LED lighting solution.
The horticultural lighting industry today is filled with conflicting information and very rigid control over growth. LumiGrow offers the industry’s best research and support to break through the noise and help the growers gain better control over their crop production.
Industry Leading Research with Proven Results
Lumigrow’s has always been known for exceptional quality and customer service. In a quest to incorporate the cornerstones of integrity, innovation, quality and flexibility into every product, the company constantly improves upon their reputation of delivering world-class service and leading edge lighting solutions that their customers look out for.
LumiGrow offers adjustable LED hardware, controllable through the smartPAR™ wireless control system and cloud-based software, as well as their newly released smartPAR™ Light Sensor Module. By creating lighting schedules for changes in light photoperiod, spectrum, and intensity, growers can use LumiGrow smart horticultural lighting to direct crop growth, boost yields, improve crop quality, and elicit beneficial crop characteristics such as color, flavor, morphology, and nutrition. When integrating with their newest smartPAR™ Light Sensor Module, smartPAR™ can further measure ambient sunlight and adjust your LumiGrow LED fixtures automatically to meet your desired Daily Light Integral goals day after day, regardless of the environmental conditions. Through smartPAR™ software, growers are walked through the smartPAR™ Light Sensor Wizard that leverages the latest in spectral science research to recommend a Daily Light Integral goal for their growers’ specific crop-type.
The company’s proactive approach, with proven technology and commercially-validated results will support the growing greenhouse and controlled environment agriculture market, filling a need that will serve a purpose beyond illumination as this horticultural lighting industry unfolds.
Leaders Cultivating a Community of Innovation
Shami Patel serves as the Chief Executive Officer at LumiGrow, Inc. He has a vast experience of over 18 years as a senior executive and investor in high growth private and public companies. Prior to joining LumiGrow, he was a partner at Pacific View Ventures and Clean Pacific Ventures, both of the early stage venture capital firms focused on clean resources investments in energy, agriculture and water. His operational experience includes serving as the COO of Alesco Financial (NYSE: AFN), CFO of TRM Corp (NASDQ: TRMM) and as the CEO of iATMglobal.net (Acquired by NCR Corp). Shami has also served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards like Fintech Acquisition Corp (NASDQ: FNTC), Golden Pacific Bancorp and Duke University Law School.
Shami completed a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Mathematics from Trinity University in 1991. He received both his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Duke University and Duke University School of Law with honors in 1997.
Under his guidance, LumiGrow’s customers are ensured professional-grade LED lighting for robust crop growth and significant energy-savings, industry-leading plant science support, and a smart lighting system that empowers growers with increased control over their crops by using light as a precise growth variable.
Foresight to Develop the Most Innovative and Efficient Solutions
LumiGrow has the largest horticultural LED install-base in the United States, with installations in over 30 countries. Their customers include top global agribusinesses, many of the world’s top 100 produce and flower growers, enterprise cannabis cultivators, leading universities, and the USDA. The industry can expect LumiGrow to continue innovating upon their smart lighting solution, and develop the world’s understanding of plants interaction through light with the help of their commercial and research institution partnerships.