Innovative Turf Care for a Sustainable Future
Innovative Turf Care for a Sustainable Future

energy efficiency stogger LED vs HPS SON-T

In turf lighting practice the distribution of assimilation light within the grass growlight market is one of the most discussed issues. Since lighting costs, and thus energy, do not seem to stop increasing, an efficient use of assimilation light is of considerable importance for fieldmanagers. Many suppliers still use HPS SON-T. We focus at applying Mechatronix LED grow lights. Why did we made this decision?
Stogger LED HPS SON-T
Morphologic faster rooting and stronger vegetative growth Turf morphology not steerable by spectrum
Higher light level possible, shorter treatment Higher light level not possible, because of tipburn
Early season light treatment start possible Limited initial investment
Initial investment payback period < 3 years Energy intensive. Requires industrial main connection & feed lines
Energy efficient. Limited main connection necessary 35% light efficiency
70% light efficiency Energy efficiency of 2.1 µmol/J
Energy efficiency of 3.5 µmol/J Replace lamps every 3 years, maintenance required
10 years warranty, maintenance free Less effective optics; more uneven light distribution resulting in "grass growth spots"
World-class optics; even light distribution for homogeneic growth End of life technology
State-of-the-art technology; allows to profit from new developments Static lighting: on/off
Dynamic lighting: soft start/stop, like the sun Creates a lot of heat: high inefficiency and risk of tipburn
Creates low heat. If heat is needed, burning gas is > 2x cheaper

Why not use HPS SON-T?

While the efficiency and technology of HPS SON-T grow lights has stabilized over years, the efficiency of LED grow lights moves up every year. Just a few years ago we could still discuss if LED grow lights would offer a major advantage over the well-known and proven, but very limited lifetime technology of HPS SON-T lamps.

Today it is clear that the future of turf assimilation lighting has completely turned in the direction of LED technology. The most important cost driver of any grass grow solution is energy efficiency. Due to it's proven track-record, the only way to go is a LED powered solution. The cost savings make sure that within 2 years a LED system is cheaper than SON-T. 
Mechatronix CoolStack
In turf lighting practice the distribution of assimilation light within the grass growlight market is one of the most discussed issues. Since lighting costs, and thus energy, do not seem to stop increasing, an efficient use of assimilation light is of considerable importance for fieldmanagers. Many suppliers still use HPS SON-T. We focus at applying Mechatronix LED grow lights. Why did we made this decision?

10 year LED warranty

We designed our Booster's with more than just another LED grow light. We used the Mechatronix Coolstack®, with a market leading efficacy up to 3.6µmol/J, as it is a state-of-the-art grow light platform with an unprecedented level of technology and vision in it. As an example, we equip our Booster's with the first sustainable LED grow light on the market. With a 10 year warranty and LED life time of 75.000 lighting hours this stand equivalent to 20 years of use at a yearly rate of 3.600 hours of deployment. Of course in that time the technology and efficiency of LED grow lights will drastically change and improve, and your energy cost is one of the major aspects.
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Therefore, the CoolStack® is designed in such a way that the LED grow light engines can be replaced and updated over time.
Did you know that the LED engines only count for 35% of the total cost of a grow light, and that the expectations are that this percentage will further decline over time when the LEDs become cheaper?
So why would you throw away 100% of a LED lamp after your warranty period when you want to upgrade to the next level of market efficiency in grow lights while you could do that with just a small part of the cost?
This is how we contribute, not only in your current investment, but also securing your durable future!

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Are you looking to ensure grass growth and recovery throughout the year, while maintaining a consistently strong and healthy turf pitch?

We can help you reach your goals through our innovative turf care systems and data driven approach. With our innovative approach, we aim to become your reliable and innovation partner in providing a diverse range of turf care and growlight solutions.

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info@stadiumgrowlight.com

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