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Summer 2010
LRC Develops LED Scheme for AeroFarms' Plant Environment

Banning incadescent bulbsThrough a variety of services, the LRC’s Lighting Technology Greenhouse program helps foster the commercialization of sustainable lighting technologies. One recent example would be a project with AeroFarms, a company that provides aeroponic growing systems that grow produce without soil and without sun in a pesticide-free environment.

The LRC worked with AeroFarms to execute the development and construction of a novel aeroponic growing system for leafy greens that uses LEDs and is designed to control spectral bands, intensity and duration of light exposure. According to AeroFarms, controlling these elements can impact the amount and quality of leafy greens produced.

AeroFarms systems are designed to transform food production into a more sustainable, efficient, and safe process by enabling profitable, commercial-scale vertical farming in urban centers. AeroFarms is based in Ithaca, NY. More information about AeroFarms and this project can be found at and in the AeroFarms press release.

The Lighting Technology Greenhouse promotes the growth and success of lighting-related businesses by acting as an interface for businesses to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and the commercialization of new lighting products and services that enhance sustainability and provide societal benefit. Learn more about the Lighting Technology Greenhouse.

About the Lighting Research Center

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting. The LRC offers the world's premier graduate education in lighting, including one- and two-year master's programs and a Ph.D. program. Since 1988 the LRC has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. The LRC also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers, and other lighting professionals. Visit

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