Monday, April 4, 2016

04/04/2016: Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting systems for early stage aquaculture
First published in International Aquafeed, January/February 2016  

Over recent times we have noticed an increasing amount of media coverage and industry chatter regarding the role of light in aquaculture. Most of this has been in relation to the use of low-energy technology to reduce costs, and in this area almost all the talk is about LED.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology has proven itself in almost every environment where artificial lighting is deployed, and the various agricultural sectors involved in intensive food production are no exception.

Fixture longevity and significant reductions in energy consumption have seen LEDs becoming increasingly common. Less widely publicised, however, is the notion that emerging lighting technology may offer the aquaculture industry more than simply a way to reduce operating costs….

Commercial horticulture has long recognised the critical role of light in influencing product quality and yield. Growers and their suppliers moved quickly to adapt LED technology to deliver the precise spectral and intensity values needed to dramatically improve production outcomes, effectively “doubling up” any cost-reduction benefits that the new technology brought.

Now, a UK-based company has developed a lighting system to deliver the same benefits to fish farmers. Tropical Marine Centre (TMC) is best known in aquaculture circles as “TMC Commercial” for their recirculation filtration systems, which are widely used by hatcheries around the world.

Over the last seven years, they have also been developing LED lighting systems for aquatic applications, and extensive research and multiple trials have led to the launch of a new commercial lighting brand - BioLumen Lighting Solutions.

We spoke to Gyles Westcott, part of the lighting development team at TMC, to get more information about the range.

Read the full article in International Aquafeed HERE

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