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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 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 to Showcase New Icarus Vi Low Profile LED Grow Lights for Vertical Farming

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Industrial Grade LED Fixtures Deliver Superior Plant Quality and Yields; Can be Remotely Powered over CAT 5e Class II Wiring for Additional Cost Savings

June 16, 2016 – BIOS Lighting, developers of world-class LED lighting solutions, will showcase its newest BIOS Icarus™ Vi low-profile LED fixture in Booth # 68 at the Cannabis Business Summit & Expo, June 20-22. With a vertical dimension of only 1.5”, BIOS low profile fixtures can be mounted within 3’ or 4’ racking systems to deliver more uniform PAR levels over wide areas and multiple layers of production, maximizing a facility’s volumetric crop yield per cubic foot.

BIOS Icarus Vi provides the highest Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) photon efficacy in an industrial grade vertical farming fixture for higher plant quality and yields. BIOS LED fixtures with broad “white” spectrum (not purple) deliver up to 70% greater PAR photon efficacy and 50% overall system efficiency than 1000W HID. Broad white spectrum provides a more visually appealing and biologically superior light than outdated purple LED light fixtures, and allows for more precise visual assessment of crop status within indoor grow operations.

Icarus Vi fixtures can be powered through an optional remote powering system based on VoltServer’s groundbreaking Digital Electricity™ over Class II wiring. The units can be powered from a climate-controlled server room using optical fiber cables or off-the-shelf CAT 5e wiring. This approach can significantly reduce equipment and labor costs, slash energy costs associated, lower grow house temperatures—all while consuming 40% less energy needed to produce an equivalent amount of delivered PAR than 1000W HPS.

“BIOS’ new low profile fixtures can be remotely powered, easily lifted and rack mounted, and safely deployed without risk to people or plants—all with biological benefits that result in superior plant quality, higher yields, and increased cost savings,” said Sean Tegart, President and CEO of BIOS. “When paired with the optional VoltServer remote powering system using off-the-shelf CAT 5e wiring, BIOS Icarus Vi represents a ‘next-generation purple light killer’ that sets a new standard for industrial grade LED lighting.”

The American Cannabis Company (ACC) recently tested BIOS Icarus against five other leading LED grow light products. The ACC’s senior cultivation project manager noted, “It was no surprise that the BIOS Icarus fixture significantly beat out all the others in this test, and with some strains 40% more yield compared to the next best performing LED fixture… Based on the impressive results we got, we are confident that under more optimal environmental and horticultural conditions, we would have yielded [greater than] 2lbs per fixture.”

Learn more about the BIOS Icarus Family of LED Fixtures in Booth #68, June 20-22 at the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in Oakland, CA. BIOS executives and scientific staff will be on hand to discuss recent LED lighting deployments at Greenfield Alaska, Denver Relief, EnviroGrow in Connecticut, and Maine Organic Therapy—reinforcing the company’s continued growth and success in the commercial grade LED lighting market. BIOS also offers a testing program for qualified facilities, making it easy and cost effective to experience the benefits of BIOS LED lighting solutions risk free.

BIOS Icarus Vi grow light for vertical farming

 BIOS to Showcase New Icarus Vi Low Profile LED Grow Lights for Vertical Farming at the Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

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Industrial Grade LED Fixtures Deliver Superior Plant Quality and Yields; Can be Remotely Powered over CAT 5e Class II Wiring for Additional Cost Savings

June 16, 2016 – Melbourne, FL – BIOS Lighting, developers of world-class LED lighting solutions, will showcase its newest BIOS Icarus™ Vi low-profile LED fixture in Booth # 68 at the Cannabis Business Summit & Expo, June 20-22.  With a vertical dimension of only 1.5”, BIOS low profile fixtures can be mounted within 3’ or 4’ racking systems to deliver more uniform PAR levels over wide areas and multiple layers of production, maximizing a facility’s volumetric crop yield per cubic foot.

BIOS Icarus Vi provides the highest Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) photon efficacy in an industrial grade vertical farming fixture for higher plant quality and yields. BIOS LED fixtures with broad “white” spectrum (not purple) deliver up to 70% greater PAR photon efficacy and 50% overall system efficiency than 1000W HID. Broad white spectrum provides a more visually appealing and biologically superior light than outdated purple LED light fixtures and allows for more precise visual assessment of crop status within indoor grow operations.

Icarus Vi fixtures can be powered by an optional remote powering system based on VoltServer’s groundbreaking Digital Electricity over Class II wiring. The units can be powered from a climate-controlled server room using optical fiber cables or off-the-shelf CAT 5e wiring. This approach can significantly reduce equipment and labor costs, slash energy costs associated, lower grow house temperatures—all while consuming 40% less energy needed to produce an equivalent amount of delivered PAR than 1000W HPS.

“BIOS’ new low profile fixtures can be remotely powered, easily lifted and rack mounted, and safely deployed without risk to people or plants—all with biological benefits that result in superior plant quality, higher yields, and increased cost savings,” said Sean Tegart, President and CEO of BIOS. “When paired with the optional VoltServer remote powering system using off-the-shelf CAT 5e wiring, BIOS Icarus Vi represents a ‘next-generation purple light killer’ that sets a new standard for industrial grade LED lighting.”

The American Cannabis Company (ACC) recently tested BIOS Icarus against five other leading LED grow light products.  The ACC’s senior cultivation project manager noted, “It was no surprise that the BIOS Icarus fixture significantly beat out all the others in this test, and with some strains 40% more yield compared to the next best-performing LED fixture… Based on the impressive results we got, we are confident that under more optimal environmental and horticultural conditions, we would have yielded [greater than] 2lbs per fixture.”
Learn more about the BIOS Icarus Family of LED Fixtures in Booth #68, June 20-22 at the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in Oakland, CA. BIOS executives and scientific staff will be on hand to discuss recent LED lighting deployments at Greenfield Alaska, Denver Relief, EnviroGrow in Connecticut, and Maine Organic Therapy—reinforcing the company’s continued growth and success in the commercial grade LED lighting market. BIOS also offers a testing program for qualified facilities, making it easy and cost effective to experience the benefits of BIOS LED lighting solutions risk-free.

 

About BIOS Lighting

Biological Innovations and Optimization Systems, LLC (BIOS) is a recognized innovator in the biological application of LED lighting.  Through groundbreaking research and continuous technology development, BIOS LED lighting solutions are designed to improve the health and well-being of people, plants, and animals, while reducing energy use and creating a more sustainable planet.  By integrating years of biological and horticultural expertise with science first developed at NASA for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems as well as the International Space Station, and the latest advancements in LED lighting and controls, BIOS creates lighting technologies that deliver unparalleled biological and horticultural results.  The BIOS Lighting team has a collective experience of more than 50 years in lighting specific research and development, and are listed on more than 30 LED lighting technology patents.  Located in the “Space Coast” area of FL, its Melbourne headquarters are located just south of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where BIOS continues to draw-on and participate in the massive infrastructure built to support NASA’s ongoing research programs.  More information is available at www.BIOSLighting.com.

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Media Contact:  Rebecca Crisafulli; rebecca@mcbridemarketinggroup.com, 321.259.1795 ext. 441

BIOS Unveils New Low Profile LED Grow Lights for Vertical Farming at the Marijuana Business Conference in Orlando

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Grow Facilities Challenged to ‘Get Out of the Purple Haze’; Icarus Vi Broad White LED Spectrum Delivers Superior Plant Quality and Yields, and Better Visual Crop Assessment

May 5, 2016 – Orlando, FL – BIOS Lighting, developers of world-class LED lighting solutions for the biological lighting market, today announced the new Icarus™ Vi LED low-profile LED fixture for vertical farming applications. BIOS Icarus LED fixtures provide broad “white” spectrum (not purple), along with the highest Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) photon efficacy in an industrial grade fixture for higher plant quality and yields. BIOS will showcase Icarus Vi in Booth # 1010 at the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Orlando, May 9-11.  The company will also be discussing LED lighting deployments at Greenfield Alaska, Denver Relief, EnviroGrow in Connecticut, and Maine Organic Therapy.

BIOS Icarus Vi for vertical farming, provides superior PAR output through a broad white spectrum that is more effective for visual assessment of crop status than purple LED lights in the market. BIOS LED fixtures deliver up to 70% greater PAR photon efficacy and 50% more system efficiency than 1000W HID. With a vertical dimension of only 1.5”, Icarus Vi LED low profile fixtures can be mounted within 3’ or 4’ racking systems to deliver more uniform PAR levels over wide areas and multiple layers of production, maximizing crop yield per square foot. [download the spec sheet here]

Icarus Vi fixtures have an off-board LED driver and can be powered through an optional remote powering system based on VoltServer’s groundbreaking Digital Electricity over Class II wiring. This means that Iacrus Vi LED fixtures can be powered from a nearby climate-controlled server room using optical fiber cables or off-the-shelf CAT 5e wiring. This approach can significantly reduce equipment and labor costs, slash energy costs associated with expansive air conditioning, lower grow house temperatures—all while consuming 40% less energy required to produce an equivalent amount of delivered PAR than 1000W HPS.

“It is time to bring commercial crop production out of the ‘purple haze’ and into the white light, as BIOS broad white spectrum delivers the highest PAR photon efficiency along with clear cost benefits,” said Sean Tegart, President and CEO of BIOS.  “Two-thirds of LED grow light fixtures on the market use purple light, which have no benefit above broad spectrum light for plant growth and are far less effective for visual crop assessment.  Icarus Vi low profile LED fixtures outperform other LED lighting products on the market; when paired with the optional VoltServer Digital Electricity remote powering system, you’ve got a next-generation purple light killer for the cannabis market that offers immediate cost savings and realizable ROI.”

The American Cannabis Company (ACC) recently tested BIOS Icarus against five other LED grow light products.  The ACC’s senior cultivation project manager noted, “It was no surprise that the BIOS Icarus fixture significantly beat out all the others in this test, and with some strains 40% more yield compared to the next best performing LED fixture… Based on the impressive results we got, we are confident that under more optimal environmental and horticultural conditions, we could have yielded [greater than] 2lbs per fixture.”

Since recreational sales began in several U.S. states, legal sales of marijuana skyrocketed to $4.5 billion dollars last year.  Bringing thousands of industry professionals together twice a year, the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo is America’s oldest and largest national cannabis tradeshow.  With more than 200 exhibitors and an expected 3,000 industry professionals attending, the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo continues to lead the way in professional business conferences for the legal cannabis industry.

 

Members of the media, customers and attendees are invited to learn more about the BIOS Icarus Family of LED Fixtures in Booth #1010, May 9-11 in Orlando.

 

About BIOS Lighting

Biological Innovations and Optimization Systems, LLC (BIOS) is a recognized innovator in the biological application of LED lighting.  Through groundbreaking research and continuous technology development, BIOS LED lighting solutions are designed to improve the health and well-being of people, plants and animals, while reducing energy use and creating a more sustainable planet.  By integrating years of biological and horticultural expertise with science first developed at NASA for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems as well as the International Space Station, and the latest advancements in LED lighting and controls, BIOS creates lighting technologies that deliver unparalleled biological and horticultural results.  The BIOS Lighting team has a collective experience of more than 50 years in lighting specific research and development, and are listed on more than 30 LED lighting technology patents.  Located in the “Space Coast” area of FL, its Melbourne headquarters are located just south of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where BIOS continues to draw-on and participate in the massive infrastructure built to support NASA’s ongoing research programs.  More information is available at www.BIOSLighting.com.