Vertically Urban is a horticultural lighting specialist of LED lighting solutions. We design and manufacture our products in the United Kingdom with the highest photon yielding LEDs available. We offer solutions for Top Lighting, Inter Lighting and Vertical farming. We only work with quality suppliers of electronic components and as a result deliver some of the highest yields in PPF on the market. Our R&D division are experts at designing luminaries and electronics. Our mission is to deliver efficient lighting solutions that are easy to install and setup. We work in hand with our grower partners to deliver metrics that stand up to the requirement for either flexible tuneable solutions or to a recipe. We deliver bespoke solutions to meet your crop needs. We have a range of LED products to suit a variety of needs from leafy greens, micro greens, tomatoes, lettuce. cucumber and others grows. We also offer solutions for medicinal cannabis growers as our spectrum driven solutions provide a perfect footprint into indoor growing requirements
A low-profile linear horticultural LED grow light ideal for vertical farming installations. This product is rated to IP68 and uses the latest in PU resin encapsulation technology. A robust linear extrusion
with sealed end caps for installation allow ease of
install. Can be linked together.
A high-power horticultural LED grow light ideal for mid to highbay farming installations. This product is rated to IP66 and uses the latest in LED technology. A robust linear extrusion with rear mounting brackets or suspension kit for ease of install. A remote PSU can be mounted externally to the grow room or in situ.
An elegant aluminium based LED track light designed to illuminate internal grow walls. Designed for track fixing and is suitable to replace halogen fittings. This luminaire is ideal for indoor grow spaces that still require a white light grow spectrum.
Our factory uses the latest in robotic PU resin depositing machines, SMT pick and place machines for electronics build, laser cutting, 3D printing and design software. We have in house integrating spheres to provide us with the latest LED results of spectra and light outputs. At the press of a button and can provide instant test result when required. Our knowledge of heat sink designs comes from our engineers experience in the sector. We have years of experience designing and developing products for harsh environments and have gained extensive knowledge of heat extraction techniques and electronics design. We have engineers that have a proven track record in designing products designed for harsh environments. Our team also consists of software and firmware designers capable of designing and coding for both web interface, tablet applications and IC (integrated circuit) for electronic components. Some of these electronics can be imbedded into the controllers to allow the wireless or Bluetooth mesh controllers to switch and control lights remotely.
A SERIES OF FAQ'S
WHAT IS FULL SPECTRUM
Our enhanced full spectrum LED grow lights use a blend of Blue and far-red LEDs to provide a highly efficient solution for horticultural applications. The light intensity distribution has been calibrated to provide optimal light absorption through a stable, homogenized source, reducing ‘hot spots’ which can occur in other lighting products. Some generations of LED grow lights used a mixture of white and photo-red LEDs to target chlorophyll absorption peaks. While these solutions worked adequately they can miss out on an important spectra for quality plant growth, lacked penetration through dense canopies for some crops.
The advancement of LED technology has allowed us to design high powered LED grow light with passive convection cooling. This fan-less design means no moving parts are required for cooling, our system is extremely robust, offers an enhanced lifespan and operates with significantly reduced noise output.
MODULAR LINEAR APPROACH
The efficiency of our LED emitter technology is developing at a rate of around 6% per year, leading to the release of an updated product every five years. We wanted to deliver an LED grow light that could be easily upgraded by the user to future proof the unit, allowing it to be adapted to developments in technology. Using smart pressure seals has eliminated the need for potting, adhesives or pastes in the manufacturing of our System, ensuring that the simple and safe electrical connections are accessible for future updates. The drivers like the LED modules are also easily Upgradeable/interchangeable via IP66 rated easy connectors and multiple mounting options.
WHY USE OPTICS
Our Systems features newly developed optical technology. Progressing from the lens series developed in our range, we sought to develop a solution that could achieve the same homogeneous distribution but in a single optical stage as opposed to the multiple lenses. The resulting optics have a transmission efficiency of 93% and provide a stable homogeneous distribution, reducing hot spots in the beam angle. These developments in technology allow for a significant increase in the PAR (Photosynthetic Active Radiation) absorption by plants and improved plant quality and health.
WHAT IS PAR
PAR refers to the spectral range of radiation that is utilized by plants to drive photosynthesis. This range is 400-700nm (nanometers) however recent research suggests that plants utilize light outside this range causing many companies to use an extended PAR range of 380-780nm. When grow lights are advertised as “full spectrum”, it means they emit wavelengths from the entire PAR range. PAR is not a measurement itself but is something one measures. The amount of PAR that reaches your crops from your grow light is what you want to know before investing.
WHAT IS PPF
PPF is a way of quantifying PAR, it measures the total number of photons in the 400-700nm range a light source emits per second and is measured in micromoles per second ( mol/s). PPF is measured using a piece of equipment called an integrating sphere and is usually tested by a third party due to the high cost of integrating spheres. Knowing the PPF allows you to find out how efficient a light is. For example, how many photons in the PAR range are emitted per unit of energy the light draws. This is done by dividing the PPF by the wattage of the light to get a value for PPF efficiency measured in mol/joule (since watts are measured in joules per second) and the higher the value, the better the efficiency.
PPF and efficiency are important metrics that you should know before buying a grow light. A light may look impressive with a high wattage but this does not always equate to better growth. You could end up throwing money away on an expensive lighting system and all the power it consumes for results that could be achieved with a less powerful but more efficient system that costs less.
WHAT IS PPFD
PPFD (Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density) PPFD is the total number of photons in the PAR range that hit a square meter per second from a light source measured in mol/m2s (alternatively written mol m-2 s-1).
It determines the amount of PAR light reaching the crop canopy from a light source by using a quantum sensor that measures PPFD such as the Apogee SQ-520. These sensors measure the amount of PAR light reaching at a certain point each second and uses this reading to approximate for a square meter. This approximation works well for a fully homogenous light source like sunlight however for artificial lights, many readings should be taken over a square meter to get an accurate average PPFD measurement as results will be at a maximum directly under the light then will decrease as the sensor is moved away. Of course, these sensors can be costly to consumers, so companies often do their own tests on their lights and produce a PPFD map which may only capture the highpoint of the output directly under the light source. A PPFD map is a grid that shows the PPFD value measured at multiple points over a certain surface area at a specified distance from the light source. For example, a company may hang their light 60cm (24’’) from a 90cm x 90cm (36’’x 36’’) surface area and take 100 measurements (10cm apart). These maps can be useful when buying a grow light however they can also be misleading as it is very easy to fabricate good results, by only measuring over a small area directly underneath the light or measuring in a reflective environment. There is no standard for producing PPFD maps, they are not the best way to compare the light output of grow lights. All of these properties noted above reflect the measure and influence of red and blue light in the multiple stages of the cannabis growth cycle. We use the precise number of micromoles ( mol) at each stage, throughout the growing process.
WHAT IS DLI (DAILY LIGHT INTEGRAL)
DLI is the number of photons in PAR range that are delivered to a square meter over the course of a day. It is often calculated by measuring the PPFD throughout the day then using the following data to estimate the DLI. This is an important metric to know as different types of plants require varied DLI for optimum growth. Growers in greenhouses often calculate the DLI they receive from the sun ( which varies due to many factors including, latitude, seasons, weather conditions and greenhouse transmission efficiency) so that they can provide the correct amount of DLI from their grow lights to meet their crops needs. Indoor growers, however, rely solely on grow lights to provide the required DLI, which is why the lights are placed much closer to the canopy than they are in a greenhouse. It’s worth noting that some plant species require a certain length of darkness over a day to trigger stages such as vegetative growth and flowering.
WHAT IS YPF (YIELD PHOTON FLUX)
Yield photon flux is another way of quantifying PAR. It differs from PPF in that PPF weights all wavelengths equally, whereas YPF is weighed to reflect how photons absorbed by plants yield different amounts of photosynthesis depending on their wavelength (350-750nm).
WHAT IS PHOTO MORPHOGENESIS
Photo morphogenesis is plant development that is triggered by light, such as seed germination, seedling development and flowering in photoperiod crops. This development triggers photoreceptors in the plant that respond to absorbing certain wavelengths of light. Typically plants contain phytochromes, which are photoreceptors that respond to red and far-red light, and cryptochromes that respond to blue light.
Our light uses the correct mix of red and blue light to make the process of photo morphogenesis required at the various stages of growth in cannabis. By using our switching system, we can accurately set the optimal mix of blue and red to maximize growth and flowering.
WHAT ARE MICROMOLES
Photons in color are measured in Micromoles. Blue photons are a short wavelength and red are a long wavelength. Plants are only interested in the number of photons to bind molecules of CO2 for photosynthesis. Our balance of micromoles per watt in the red and blue and the mix, optomize the correct growth rate required in cannabis at all stages required to make the best flowering plant possible.
Using our efficient photon extraction optic, we can make the spread of light as even as possible to give maximum coverage across the growing area.