Sustainable agriculture is becoming ever more important in a world dealing with a changing climate and resource constraints. Greenhouses with advanced technology play an important role in sustainable crop cultivation, especially LED horticultural lamps. These special lights complement natural light without the heat of traditional lights, helping to improve crop growth all year round. To make sure these LEDs can deliver on this objective, CSA Group offers tailored testing solutions for LED horticultural lamps.
CSA Group has been involved in the design, prototyping, and testing of LED horticultural lighting and LED horticultural lamp testing since 2008. Whether it is designing a lighting product from a concept, refining a prototype design, or testing and measuring the photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) values of a finished product, we’ve been there and have the experience to help you with our unique LED Horticultural Lamp Testing services.
- Full testing for Photosynthetically Active Radiation output
- Evaluation of Yield Photon Flux (YPF). YPF is photon flux weighted by the McCree quantum yield spectrum
High humidity, high temperature, water spray, and airborne contaminates, like fertilizers, can all affect the performance of horticultural lights. CSA Group can help ensure your horticultural lights will withstand the demanding greenhouse and indoor farming environments seen in today’s agriculture.
There are a variety of standards which can evaluate the performance of lighting products used in horticultural environments.
- IEC 600598-1, IP65 or similar
- ANSI/UL 1598, Clause 13.4.8, Clause 18.1 can be used to test dialectic voltage breakdown as well
To understand the eye safety of your fixtures, their photobiological safety should be evaluated and tested to:
- Evaluation to ANSI/IESNA RP-27, Recommended Practice for Photobiological Safety for Lamps
- Evaluation to IEC 62471 (CIE S009)
- Evaluation to IEC 60825-1
Greenhouses often have elevated ambient temperatures and a corrosive environment. Additional testing may be needed to the following standards:
- ANSI/UL 1598A Clause 4.1.d or 4.2.b may be required depending on the use case for your horticultural light
- Testing to ANSI/UL 1598 Clause 12.4.2 at a temperature above 25°C
Our SpectralSuite3 LED metrology software supports PAR and can be used to determine how much of the photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) and Yield Photon Flux (YPF) is present in an existing lighting design.
Other CSA LED Testing & Measurement services available
- Photometric and Lumen Maintenance Testing – LM-79 and LM-80 Luminaire Testing
- Phosphor & Fluorescence Testing
- LED Horticultural Lamp Testing
- CEC Title 24 Joint Appendix 8 (JA8)
- Eye Safety (ANSI/IESNA RP-27)
- Unified Glare Rating
- Flat Panel Display Testing
- High-Irradiance Stress Testing
- ETΦ LED Characterization (Electrical-Thermal-Optical)
- Angular Distribution Characterization
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