Plessey sees greener pastures in horticultural lighting

April 11, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Plessey has entered a license agreement with PhytoLux for solid state horticultural growth lighting. Plessey will add new arm to its semiconductor fab operations, with a solutions global exclusive license agreement to manufacture and sell the PhytoLux horticultural lighting product; Plessey has taken on the operational, technical and commercial activities of PhytoLux, which it positions as world-class LED plant growth lighting.

Steve Edwards, founder and MD of PhytoLux, now head of the LED lighting solutions division of Plessey, said, “Plessey.... is at the forefront of the global LED lighting revolution. We are very excited to have reached this agreement and are looking forward to delivering our unique solution to the global horticultural market over the coming months and years.”

Michael LeGoff, Plessey CEO commented, “Steve and the team at PhytoLux have built an impressive record of innovation and proof of concept with the researchers and industrial growers in the UK. The horticultural market is a key growth area for solid-state lighting and is without a significant dominant player. We believe we have an opportunity to be that dominant player with the PhytoLux end product. Our GaN-on-silicon, MAGIC, technology for power LED applications is perfect for these kinds of directed lighting applications where we have very tight wavelength control. The next generation Plessey LEDs with integrated electronics and optics will further add to the intrinsic advantages of the PhytoLux range of products. We are very excited about the prospects of this deal in one of the fastest growing sectors for LED lighting.”

A recent market research report by Wintergreen Research projects that the horticultural LED lighting market is set to reach £3.6 billion by 2020.

The photograph shows PhytoLux Attis-7 LED horticultural lights in use by a commercial strawberry grower near Colchester, England for season extension.

Plessey has developed its MaGIC (Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) LED technology to cut the cost of LED lighting by using standard silicon chip manufacturing techniques; www.plesseysemiconductors.com