Advantages of Advanced Energy's GROWINSIGHT™
- Fully integrated with Advanced Energy’s Remote Driver Distribution
- Modbus RTU Digital Control
- Create lighting schedules for any type of LED lighting system
- Cloud control and monitoring, local controller manages schedule execution
- Access lighting schedule information from anywhere
- Set alerts using text messages or email
- Monitor grow room sensors – CO2, Humidity, Temperature, PAR
- Camera integration
Advanced Energy assures the reliability of the LCM series through careful component selection, automated production processes, sophisticated circuit design and a digital control loop.
Horticultural LED Lighting Power Solutions Animated Explainer
5 20, 2021
The traditional way of powering horticultural LED lighting is to have an individual power supply, often called an LED driver, on each light fixture. But this is not efficient. LED drivers generate a lot of heat. Each light gives off heat and the LED driver adds more heat to the grow area. With the added heat, air conditioners that cool the grow room are bigger and more expensive than they need to be, adding to the grower’s energy costs. Add in the complexity of individual control systems on each fixture with the additional cabling required and the result is higher installation costs. So, Advanced Energy developed a new approach, which is to use a centralized power supply outside of the grow area. This eliminates the need for individual drivers and the power and heat they create is extracted from the grow area and moved to the electrical cabinet. The power supplies therefore no longer need to be ingress protection or IP rated. The heat generated can be exhausted to the outdoors or, in cooler climates or wintertime, crops such as cucumbers and tomatoes may need additional heat within the grow area, so the heat can be redirected inside. Helping to reduce the need for additional heaters in the winter. This approach also results in fewer temperature fluctuations, and more stable humidity and CO2 levels. Advanced Energy’s iHP or Intelligent High Power system is a centralized remote power supply designed for horticultural lighting systems. The iHP power system is not tied to any particular light fixture or system. It can be used with any LED grow light and deliver all the same benefits. The iHP power system can also be controlled remotely using an optional connection module and cloud-based management tool. This can eliminate the need for additional lighting controllers, which are often based on PLCs or industrial computers, removing the associated control wiring and installation requirements. This programmability enables more crop cycles and different crops. Customers use the iHP system in new indoor growing installations. Greenhouse managers looking to retrofit LED fixtures to replace legacy HPS lamps also find success with this solution. Advanced Energy customers have saved up to 35% of their capital costs using this approach, and save around 20% of their operating costs every year. Helping them to significantly reduce their carbon footprint.