Lighting for Food Security and Added Value
Light is a powerful natural biological tool that can safely manipulate plants without the perceived concerns perceived with genetic modification and chemical treatment.
We are currently undertaking research and development with international scientific institutions and commercial partners using plasma grow-lights for various plant crops and new food production systems - algae and breeding insects for high protein food stocks for animals and even human consumption! The unique spectral output from the UV420 delivers blue-light and UV-A and UV-B light and offers a means to activate stronger plant characteristics, improve outputs and enhance crop yields.
Lighting for Reptile Houses
The UV420 can also be used to provide essential UV-A and UV-B for reptiles in indoor habitats. Most reptiles need full spectrum lights in their habitats to provide them with UV-A and UV-B, neither of which is supplied by regular light bulbs. UV-B is necessary to maintain proper Vitamin D3 and calcium levels in a reptile's system. Reptiles that do not get enough UV-B do not produce sufficient Vitamin D3 resulting in chronic calcium deficiency, or hypocalcemia. This lack of calcium can cause painful diseases, such as metabolic bone disease.
While it is highly important that reptiles of all ages get sufficient UV-B exposure, it is crucial that young and juvenile reptiles get enough. Metabolic bone disease can cause irreversible deformities and can be fatal.
Lighting for Artificial Coral Growth
Natural and hybrid corals are increasingly used for bone grafts in surgery and dentistry. Environmental controls preventing the harvesting of natural coral have resulted in the rise of corals grown in controlled aquatic systems. The UV420 can deliver the blue-light, UV-A and UV-B that has been found to help promote coral growth in these aquaria.
Stadium Turf Maintenance Lighting
Ceravision’s UV420 plasma grow-light is also suitable for turf lighting where it can provide the missing spectrum to complement traditional turf grow-lighting systems. The 'blue-light', UV-A and UV-B from the UV420 can encourage root growth and photosynthesis and can assist grass recovery and growth after stadium events.
And Looking to the Future........
Building on Ceravision's strong foundation of research and development, our scientists and technicians are continuing to develop the HEP plasma lighting technology to exploit opportunities in other applications:
- UV-C Treatments for commercial non-chemical control of plant diseases to reduce losses; the protective effects of UV-C treatments, which stimulate plant defences, induces resistance against a range of pathogens pre and post-harvest.
- UV-C for germicidal irradiation in Water Sterilisation: a purely physical, chemical-free process; to efficiently reduce parasites eg cryptosporidia or giardia, which are resistant to chemical disinfectants, and to remove chlorine and chloramine species from water.
- UV-C for germicidal irradiation in Air Purification to reduce airborne-mediated microbial diseases eg influenza and tuberculosis that are major public health challenges.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss the possibilities of utilising HEP plasma lighting technology in these sectors or other applications in which you may be interested.
Light is now a value added utility in many sectors. Offering a wide spectral range and energy efficiency, Ceravision's HEP lighting technology has the flexibility to offer economic solutions in high value global markets.
HEP Plasma Lighting Technology
HEP Plasma lighting is perfect for horticulture grow-lighting, where it delivers UV-A and UV-B light; and with its flexible spectral outputs and efficiency it offers solutions across a range of applications.
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