The difference between LED grow light and high pressure sodium light in horticulture production

by Krystal Zheng

In meeting the growing demand for food in the future, a relatively closed production system such as the greenhouse will play an important role. In recent years, the lack of sunlight in greenhouses has attracted more and more attention. On the one hand, the light transmittance of the greenhouse is reduced due to the orientation, structure, and covering material characteristics of the greenhouse, and on the other hand, the lack of sunlight in greenhouse crops caused by climate change. , Such as continuous rainy weather in winter and early spring, frequent haze weather, etc. Insufficient sunlight directly adversely affects greenhouse crops, causing serious losses to production.

Plant fill light can effectively alleviate or solve these problems. Incandescent lights, fluorescent lights, metal halide lights, high-pressure sodium lights and emerging LED plant growth lights have been or are being used in greenhouse lighting. Among these types of light sources, high-pressure sodium lights have higher luminous efficiency, longer service life, and higher overall energy efficiency, and occupy a certain market position. However, high-pressure sodium lights have poor lighting durability and low safety (containing mercury). Problems such as not being able to illuminate at close range are also prominent. Some scholars take a positive attitude towards the problem that LED plant growth lights may overcome the insufficient performance of high-pressure sodium lights in the future. However, LEDs are expensive, supplementary light technology is difficult to match, supplementary light theory is not perfect, and the specifications of LED plant supplementary lights are chaotic, which makes users question the application of LEDs in plant supplementary light. Therefore, this article systematically summarizes the previous research results and the status quo of production and application, and provides a reference for the selection and application of light sources in greenhouse lighting.

The difference between high pressure sodium light and LED lighting

1.1 Differences in light-emitting principle and external structure

The high-pressure sodium light is composed of mercury, sodium, xenon arc tube wick, glass bulb, getter light cap, etc. from the inside to the outside. Due to the difference of its core accessory ballasts, it is divided into inductive high pressure sodium lights and electronic high pressure sodium lights. High pressure sodium lights of different powers need to use corresponding specifications of ballasts. LED is also called light-emitting diode. The core part is a wafer composed of P-type semiconductor and N-type semiconductor. There is a transition layer between P-type semiconductor and N-type semiconductor, which is called P-N junction. When the current flows from the LED anode to the cathode, the semiconductor crystal will emit light of different colors from purple to red. The intensity of the light is related to the current. According to luminous intensity and working current, it can be divided into ordinary brightness (luminous intensity <10mcd), high brightness (luminous intensity 10-100mcd) and ultra-high brightness (luminous intensity>100mcd). Its structure is mainly divided into four major blocks: the structure of the light distribution system, the structure of the heat dissipation system, the drive circuit and the mechanical/protective structure.

1.2 Differences in irradiation range and spectral range

The light-emitting angle of the high-pressure sodium light tube is 360°, and most of it must be reflected by the reflector to illuminate the designated area. The spectral energy distribution is roughly red-orange light, yellow-green light, and blue-violet light (only a small part). According to the different light distribution design of LED, its effective light-emitting angle can be roughly divided into three categories: ≤180°, 180°~300° and ≥300°. The LED light source has wavelength tunability and can emit monochromatic light with a narrow light wave, such as infrared, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, etc., which can be combined arbitrarily according to different needs.

1.3 Differences in applicable conditions and lifespan

The high-pressure sodium light is the third-generation lighting source. It has a wide range of use under conventional alternating current, high luminous efficiency, and strong penetrating ability. The maximum life span is 24000h, and the minimum can be maintained at 12000h. When the sodium light illuminates, it will be accompanied by the generation of heat, so the sodium light is a kind of heat source. In the process of use, there is also a problem of self-extinguishing. As a fourth-generation new semiconductor light source, LED adopts direct current drive, with a life span of more than 50,000 hours and low attenuation. As a cold light source, it can illuminate close to plants. Liao Ruihui compared LEDs with high-pressure sodium lights and pointed out that LEDs are safer, do not contain harmful elements, and are more environmentally friendly.

The difference between high pressure sodium light and LED lighting

Differences in the effects of high-pressure sodium lights and LED supplementary light on crops

A large number of production practices and scientific research in agricultural production have proved that artificial plants can not only increase crop yields and shorten the planting cycle, but also effectively improve crop quality. It is an important guarantee for efficient production of modern agriculture. In the process of nursery and greenhouse crop management, the use of high-pressure sodium lights and LEDs to supplement light can promote the growth and development of crops and change the yield, morphology, and physiological indicators of crops.

2.1 Yield and quality differences

The high yield and high quality of crops is the ultimate goal of planting and cultivation. LED supplementary light can improve the quality of pepper, tomato and eggplant seedlings, and the tomato single fruit quality and yield per plant under the condition of supplementary light for 10 hours have increased significantly. The yield increase effect produced by LED supplementary light is also reflected in cucumber planting. LED can improve the quality of grape fruits. Among them, the blue light supplement light treatment has the fastest fruit development, the fruit single-grain quality is higher, and the sugar content is the highest. The ultraviolet light supplementary light treatment has the largest single-grain quality at the ripe stage of the fruit. Similarly, the 70W high-pressure sodium light obviously produced an increase in the yield of strawberries per plant, with an increase of 17.9%. High-pressure sodium lights and LED supplementary light have a significant impact on the morphology of plants. The LED side fill light treatment also improves the visual fruit quality of cucumber. Adding LED on the basis of sodium light, compared with the treatment of sodium light, the color of cucumber is more vivid.

2.2 Differences in morphological indicators

The plant morphology index is an important index in the process of plant growth, especially in the production of seedlings, which determines whether the plant can grow healthily after transplantation and cultivation. Under normal circumstances, the seedlings of conifer plants grown under LEDs grow better than high-pressure sodium lights. Photoperiod 12h, optical density 50μmol/(m2·s), LED red light (630~660nm), orange light (590~610nm), blue light (450~460nm), green light (520~540nm) processing, respectively, compared with natural light [120μmol/(m2·s)] significantly increased the seedling index of'saitian' tomato seedlings. After using self-made LEDs to supplement light, Gong Ting and others also found that the plant height, stem thickness, and leaf area of pepper, tomato and eggplant seedlings increased significantly, and the LED inter-plant light supplementation made the weight per unit area of ​​the upper, middle, and lower leaves of the tomato. Both increased significantly. The greenhouse tomato variety'Maxifort' used 61±2μmol/(m2·s) high pressure sodium light, natural light, and 3 different proportions of red and blue light to supplement light in the early stage, and found that the tomato leaf area and leaf number under 95% red light + 5% blue LED It is higher than the high pressure sodium light. The effect of LED plant growth light supplementary light on the plant height, stem thickness and leaf area of ​​grafted watermelon seedlings is better than that of high-pressure sodium light treatment. These results all show that the growth status of plant leaves is higher than that of high-pressure sodium lights when the LED spectrum ratio is suitable. However, the stem elongation and leaf area of ​​rose under LED are low, and there is no significant difference in dry weight and fresh weight between several plant treatments, which is consistent with the research on pepper, tomato, geranium, petunia grown under LED treatment and high-pressure sodium light treatment. Seedlings of snapdragon have similar dry matter quality. The height, number of leaves, fresh weight and dry weight of tomato seedlings under the supplementary light of 200μmol/(m2·s) high pressure sodium light are greater than the red and blue LED plant growth light combination under the same optical density. Moreover, the fresh weight of tomato plants under alternating LED and high-pressure sodium lights is lower than that of high-pressure sodium lights alone. Under the high-pressure sodium lights, leaf transmittance and reflectance of leaves are higher, which also allows light to enter the canopy better. After a series of comparisons, it is found that the appearance of different test results is different from the design of the test method. The LED plant growth light ratio, temperature, and light density have a significant relationship.

2.3 Physiological differences

The content of chlorophyll directly affects the accumulation of photosynthetic products in leaves. Studies have shown that the gas exchange law and chlorophyll content of conifer seedlings grown under LED are higher than that of high-pressure sodium lights. The chlorophyll content of rootstock cotyledons treated with high pressure sodium light and LED supplement light for 9 to 13 days was significantly higher than that of natural light. The supplementary light of LED plant growth lights is beneficial to the accumulation of photosynthetic pigments in cabbage. In the eight growth experiments conducted by Ptushenko, the average photosynthetic pigment content (per unit leaf area) of 5 plants grown under LED supplemental light was higher than that of high-pressure sodium lights. The content of chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b of tomato seedlings with a combination of 200μmol/(m2·s) red and blue LED plant growth light is greater than that of a high-pressure sodium light under the same optical density. Carotenoids are auxiliary pigments for photosynthesis of chloroplasts. Their function is to consume excess energy in Photosystem II (PSII) and protect chlorophyll from damage by strong light. Dlugosz research has shown that using high-pressure sodium lights to fill light will increase the concentration of carotenoids and nitrates in lettuce. The soluble sugar, carotenoid and nitrogen content in the seedling leaves of pepper, tomato and eggplant under LED supplementary light all increased in varying degrees, and the transpiration rate was accelerated. Jason observed that when the plants were growing at the same time and tested with high-pressure sodium lights and LED (RB, RW) lighting, the water use efficiency of tomatoes and eustoma is higher than that of LED treatment when high-pressure sodium lights are used to fill light, and the transpiration rate is lower than that of LED treatment. There is no difference between the CO2 exchange rate and the final biomass, however, the maximum photosynthetic rate is the same under different treatments. In addition, LED(R:FR=3.09)500μmol/(m2·s) can significantly affect the flowering time and flowering rate of lentils. Both LEDs and high-pressure sodium lights can increase the content of photosynthetic pigments, and the accumulation of photosynthetic pigments in LEDs is higher than that of high-pressure sodium lights, and the transpiration rate is also higher than that of sodium lights. The special spectral ratio of LEDs can also affect the flowering of certain plants. The effect has an impact. In addition, it must be pointed out that the chlorophyll content index alone cannot positively indicate the effect of light on the photosynthetic capacity of plants, because when plants encounter a low light density environment, they will automatically adapt to weak light stress and accumulate more in the leaves. Of chlorophyll to get more light energy.

Differences in the effects of high-pressure sodium lights and LED supplementary light on crops

The difference in production costs of high-pressure sodium lights and LEDs

Compared with traditional light sources, high-pressure sodium lights and LEDs have obvious advantages. Using high-pressure sodium lights to fill light and red and blue LED plant growth lights to implement top fill light on the plant canopy, the two can achieve the same output, and the LED only needs to consume 75% of the energy. Reports have pointed out that under the condition of achieving the same energy efficiency, the initial investment cost of LEDs is 5-10 times that of high-pressure sodium lights. The high initial cost makes the cost per mole of light quantum of LEDs 2-3 times that of high-pressure sodium lights in 5 years of use. For flowerbed plants, 150W high pressure sodium lights and 14WLEDs can achieve the same effect, and 14WLEDs are more economical in comparison. In an area of 550m2, the cost of using a high-pressure sodium light alone per kilogram of cucumber is US$1.3, the cost of a sodium light plus a single-row LED plant growth light is US$1.45, and the cost of a sodium light plus 2 rows of LEDs is US$1.72, and the profit-to-cost ratio is 2.31. 2.07, 1.74. The use of LEDs in the shed requires a large number of installations, and the cost of one-time investment is relatively large. For individual vegetable farmers, the investment is difficult. Whether the cost reduction effect produced by LED power saving can fully compensate for its initial investment and subsequent financial costs during its effective life requires careful calculation and measurement.

Conclusion and Outlook

Conclusion and Outlook

Green plants absorb the most red-orange light with a wavelength of 600-700nm and blue-violet light with a wavelength of 400-500nm, and only a small amount of green light with a wavelength of 500-600nm is absorbed. Both high-pressure sodium lights and LEDs can meet the lighting needs of plants. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) used LEDs for the initial research purpose to improve energy efficiency, reduce operating and management costs, and improve the quality of cash crops. In addition, LEDs can be widely used in the production of high-quality medicinal materials, and scholars have pointed out that LED technology has great potential in improving plant growth.

High-pressure sodium lights are moderately priced and can be accepted by the majority of farmers. They have better short-term effects than LEDs. The matching light supplement technology is relatively mature and is still in large-scale use. However, high-pressure sodium lights need to be installed with ballasts and related electrical appliances, which increases their use costs. Compared with high-pressure sodium lights, LEDs have narrower spectral tunability, and are safe and reliable. LED has flexibility in the application of plant physiological test. However, in actual production, the cost is relatively high, the light attenuation is relatively large, and the service life is far from the theoretical value. In terms of crop yield, LEDs have no obvious advantages over high-pressure sodium lights. In specific use, a reasonable selection should be made according to actual conditions such as cultivation needs, application goals, investment capabilities, and cost control.

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