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The amazing rate of conversion to LED.

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Converting to LED?  Much of the world already has.

Goldman Sachs stated in a new report that the lightning fast adoption of LEDs in lighting is one of the fastest technology shifts in human history.

In the U.S. alone, the accelerated deployment of LED lighting is on track to save consumers and businesses $20 billion a year in electricity costs within a decade. This would lower U.S. CO2 emissions by some 100 million metric tons a year.

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In commercial and industrial lighting, LED offers substantial savings to the bottom line for existing industries and opens up new opportunities for new types of businesses never before feasible.

LED is the future of grow lighting but which LED systems are ready today?

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Many investors and entrepreneurs are looking to join the ranks of marijuana millionaires as cannabis legalization and production expands across the nation.  New cannabis growers and expanding cannabis operations now have the opportunity to build the most technically advanced grow facilities from the ground up.  Everything from feeding to pest control systems has gotten smarter.  Lighting has also evolved with ultra-efficient LED systems being accepted as the future of controlled environment agriculture applications.  But are all LED lighting systems the same?

The agriculture industry has a lot of self-inflicted confusion about LED grow lights. Established lighting companies vested in the manufacturing and selling of power-hungry, legacy HID lights will be the first to point out the problems with early LED technology. To add to the confusion, a whole new crop of LED grow light manufacturers have marketed to the cannabis industry with wild claims touting unique light spectra, unsubstantiated, irrelevant, or grossly erroneous performance metrics such as light levels and crop yields, LED quality, equivalency to legacy lighting technologies, and seemingly magical purple light powers.  Making an informed decision on LED systems shouldn’t be rocket science but it is.  So why not trust a rocket scientist or two?

Enter BIOS Lighting, a company with unique expertise in both new generation LED technology and horticultural science. The team at BIOS includes former NASA scientists that helped to develop LED lighting used for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems Research as well as on the International Space Station where plants and humans both require healthy light to survive. This technology is at the core of BIOS Icarus™ line of LED grow lights. Icarus™ fixtures provide the industry’s highest PAR output and broad white spectrum for optimal commercial crop production in both standard and vertical indoor farming applications.

The Icarus product line directly addresses the two main challenges with creating an industry-leading commercial grade fixture that the competition continues to ignore; increasing light levels and drastically improving light uniformity over the crop.  These unique design features have resulted in increased crop yields between 10 and 88% while also improving product quality.

The right LED system will also provide a significant ROI, providing all of the fixture’s components are built to last.  BIOS Icarus LED fixtures are industrial grade from the rugged hardware to the reliable electronics. Icarus fixtures are competitively priced and can provide a break-even ROI in just eight months.  Because the BIOS Icarus products are so energy efficient, they can qualify for financial incentivized energy rebates in regions that offer them for an even more attractive ROI.

Support is a huge differentiator with LED manufacturers. Because no two grow facilities are the same, even the best quality lighting systems have to be optimized to the environment and intended crop.  This means assessing the environment, configuring the best LED lighting solution, installing industrial grade fixtures, optimizing light distribution and spectrum, monitoring metrics and fine-tuning the system. This is something many LED manufacturers simply don’t have the internal expertise to do, but its where BIOS shines.

 

Grow Light Comparison:

Lamps Power, W Yield, umol/s Note
BR Grow 13.5 19.50 PAR
BR Strawberry 13.8 22.60 400-800nm
BR Farred 13.5 23.00 400-800nm
GP19 Green 3.5 2.70 300lm
T8 Grow 18 26.59 PAR
T8 Green 5 6.48 430lm

BIOS Lighting Announces Academic Partnership with Utah State University

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Collaboration with Dr. Bruce Bugbee and University Laboratory for Photobiological Research

September 12, 2016 – BIOS (Biological Innovation and Optimization Systems) has entered into an academic partnership with Bruce Bugbee, PhD, Professor in the Plants, Soils and Climate Department and Director of the Crop Physiology Laboratory at Utah State University (USU). The partnership will combine Dr.Bugbee’s world-renowned expertise and research in plant physiology and photobiology with the industry-leading LED grow lighting technology development by BIOS.

“BIOS’s collaboration with Utah State University is the perfect pairing of cutting-edge research and applied science,” says Neil Yorio, Vice President of Agricultural Lighting Research for BIOS. “Dr. Bugbee is internationally respected for his long career of groundbreaking photobiological research and discoveries.”

“During my tenure as a plant physiologist and photobiologist at NASA, I had the distinct pleasure of working with him to develop Bioregenerative Life Support Systems that will enable long duration human exploration in space.”

Dr. Bugbee’s lab is currently studying the effects of blue light on growth and development in a range of economically important crop species. His team is gearing up to look at far-red light (nearly invisible to humans) and its impact on leaf expansion rate, radiation capture and photosynthesis.

The team at BIOS will work with the USU lab to develop the research tools necessary to conduct this type of research. BIOS will use the resulting knowledge to expand their scientific approach in developing next-generation LED lighting products.

“Being a science-focused company, BIOS provides a synergistic complement to our research program,” said Dr. Bugbee. “Horticultural lighting is a wide-open field for technology development, particularly with the current interest in high yield, indoor crop production and urban farming.”

“With support from BIOS, we can advance the scientific understanding of how light can be used to alter plant growth. This knowledge can then be used to advance the design and performance of LED technology.”

Canada’s Island Garden Embraces the Future of Cannabis Production by Installing BIOS’ Icarus LED Grow Fixtures.

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As the Cannabis market continues to expand in North America, many commercial production entrepreneurs have begun stepping into the future with LED grow lighting technology.  Edwin Jewell of Canada’s Island Garden has spent a career on commercial plant production for the non-Cannabis market is one of those visionaries.

“In doing my due diligence on LED grow lighting technologies on the market, I quickly learned that there are very few professional grade products designed for commercial Cannabis production.” Says Edwin Jewell.  “The robust design and performance was impressive, and the horticultural integration expertise that BIOS brings will be very important in integrating this technology in my facility.”

BIOS approach to creating high performance fixtures is to work back from what the plant requires.  “Having extensive knowledge and understanding of these plant requirements, not just the light, but all the environmental parameters and how they depend and interact with each other is key to designing LED products,” says Neil Yorio, V.P. of Agricultural Lighting Research at BIOS.  “We have focused our efforts on taking a scientific approach, and not conforming to speculation or other anecdotal requirements and have minimized the risky design features other competitors have embraced.”

Engineered for science, BIOS (Biological Innovation and Optimization Systems) is the leader in designing and manufacturing professional grade LED technology for biological applications.  Their extensive experience with integrating LEDs in this industry is based on decades of controlled environment research for crop production at NASA.

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BIOS Icarus installation at Canada’s Island Garden on Prince Edward Island. Owner Edwin Jewell has gone all LED technology in this Cannabis production facility.

 

At Canada’s Island Garden, 55 freshly installed BIOS Icarus fixtures adorn one of the flowering rooms in this state of the art Cannabis production facilities.

At Canada’s Island Garden, 55 freshly installed BIOS Icarus fixtures adorn one of the flowering rooms in this state of the art Cannabis production facilities.

Dangers of Toxic Mercury in HPS

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Many growers don’t realize that toxic chemicals shower their plants with every HPS bulb that explodes. In its vaporized form, Mercury is at its most dangerous state.  As the public becomes more and more aware of this dirty little secret, growers will be compelled to change to healthier lighting solutions.  Today, BIOS Icarus™LED grow lights are the healthiest lights available.

 

Below are links about dangers of mercury in lamps:

http://www.iar.unicamp.br/lab/luz/ld/Arquitetural/Sa%FAde/imerc_fact_sheet_mercury_use_in_lighting.pdf

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2011/04/cfl_bulbs_the_us_epa_guideline.html

BIOS Lighting VP to Speak at Rocky Mountain Lights in Denver on Sept. 15

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Robert Soler to Discuss Biologically Focused Lighting and Its Effects on Human Health

September 7, 2016 – BIOS (Biological Innovation and Optimization Systems), a manufacturer and recognized innovator of LED lighting solutions for biological and horticultural industries, is pleased to announce that Robert Soler, VP of Human Biological Research and Technologies for BIOS, will be speaking at the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America’s Rocky Mountain Lights exhibition in Denver on September 15, 2016.

Soler’s topic for discussion will be biologically focused lighting and its effects on human health and wellness.

“Light not only affects us in a visual sense, but also biologically,” said Soler.”By using the right type of lighting, we are able to improve our overall wellbeing.”

Soler brings a wealth of knowledge with him regarding this subject. Prior to BIOS, Soler worked at Kennedy Space Center where he assisted in designing and building the first LED light for use on the International Space Station (ISS) and collaborated with scientists to use LED light for photo biological purposes in space. His years of experience as an electrical and lighting engineer have led him to become an inventor of 73 issued patents in the U.S.

Rocky Mountain Lights is a free exhibition of lighting and lighting controls at EXDO Event Center in Denver, Colorado. This one-day event will provide continuing education courses throughout from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as well as networking opportunities. For more information and to register, visit www.iesrmsdenver.org.

BIOS Lighting VP to Speak to Cannabis Sustainability Work Group

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Industry Experts Convene in Preparation for the 2016 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium to Address Environmental Issues and New Technologies for Safe, Efficient Cannabis Production

August 22, 2016 – BIOS (Biological Innovation and Optimization Systems), a manufacturer and recognized innovator of LED lighting solutions for biological and horticultural industries, today announced that BIOS co-founder and VP of Lighting Research Neil Yorio, will speak at the upcoming monthly meeting of the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group in Denver on Wednesday, August 31.

Each month, the group meets to discuss different sustainability challenges facing the cannabis industry, including water and waste management, energy efficiency and employee health and wellness. At this meeting, Yorio will discuss the integration of industrial grade LED lighting technology in commercial Cannabis production facilities with an emphasis on the benefits of energy savings, ROI, yield and product quality enhancement, and reduction or elimination of hazardous wastes compared to legacy HID lighting technology.

“There is a lot of misinformation regarding lighting floating around in the cannabis growers industry,” said Yorio. “I will present scientific based details about how the newest LED grow light systems can maximize all phases of plant growth and production while cutting operating and utility costs dramatically.”

Yorio brings extensive knowledge on the topic pulling from his 20+ years spent as a NASA plant physiologist and photobiologist at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as well of his present work as VP of Lighting Research in Agriculture where he uses his expertise in plant lighting requirements to design and offer products that are relevant to the industry of controlled environment crop production.

The August meeting of the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group will be held at Stoney’s Bar and Grill in Denver, CO from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is the second in a three-part series that is being presented in preparation for the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium in an effort to promote cannabis sustainability and to bring together government and industry.

The 2016 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium is presented by The Organic Cannabis Association at the Colorado Convention Center on October 26, 2016, which Yorio will be an invite speaker. For more information, visit www.cannabissustainability.org/.

BIOS Lighting VP to speak at LED Specifier Summit in Seattle on Sept. 22

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Robert Soler to Present Aspects of Human Centric Lighting and Circadian Impact

August 22, 2016 – BIOS (Biological Innovation and Optimization Systems), a manufacturer and recognized innovator of LED lighting solutions for biological and horticultural industries, today announced that BIOS VP Human Biological Research and Technologies Robert Soler will speak at the LED Specifier Summit in Seattle on September 22, 2016.

Soler’s topic for discussion is human centric lighting and how LED lighting offers the ability for spectrum tuning, not just color tuning. During his talk, he will present current scientific literature covering all aspects of human centric lighting application.

“There is a lot of discussion about color temperature and circadian impact,” said Soler. “I’ll introduce scientific data to shed light on the difference between the color and spectrum for optimal melanopsin sensitivity.”

Prior to BIOS, Soler worked at Kennedy Space Center where he assisted in designing and building the first LED light for use on the International Space Station (ISS) and collaborated with scientists to use LED light for photo biological purposes in space. His years of experience as an electrical and lighting engineer have led him to become an inventor of 73 issued patents in the U.S. Soler’s knowledge on the subject of human lighting makes him an excellent resource for lighting professionals at the Summit.

The LED Specifier Summit is a one-day immersion into LED lighting education and solutions taking place at the Washington Conference Center in Seattle, Washington. Geared toward specifiers of commercial, architectural and decorative LED lighting products, the Summit enables attendees to stay current on the latest LED lighting trends through seminars, panel discussions, exhibits, product demonstrations and face-to-face access to leading international lighting manufacturers.

MEDIA ALERT: Robert Soler is an expert resource on human LED lighting and available to meet with members of the press and analyst community from Sept. 21-22 in Seattle. For more information or to schedule a meeting, please contact: Olivia McDonald, (321) 259-1795, ext. 450.