Illuminate the way forward for hashish rising with Fohse LED lights

The legalization of cannabis sparked a green wave in five other states in the 2020 elections. Virginia, New York, and New Mexico also joined the movement that year, passing new laws to legalize adult cannabis. As legalization continues to expand in the US, investment in growth assets to meet consumer demand in new and mature markets is likely to continue in the future. And while much of that investment will go into proven cannabis cultivation practices, many companies are using the latest technology to take production to new levels.

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One such company is Fohse of Las Vegas, a manufacturer of high-performance LED grow lights specifically designed for the cannabis industry. The company was founded after Ben Arnet and Brett Stevens, now President and CEO of Fohse, lost a $ 750,000 cannabis crop on a jointly invested grow. The facility’s HVAC system failed due to the intense heat given off by high pressure sodium (HPS) devices, and within two days the high temperatures had killed all of the facilities.

Around the same time, Arnet and Stevens were approached by longtime friend Alex Gerard, a bio-engineer from a horticultural family who had developed an advanced and efficient LED grow light. After investing millions in research and experimenting with dozens of prototypes in test cultures, Fohse developed a full line of lighting solutions for growing cannabis, including the flagship A3i, a 1500 watt fixture that Arnet says is the pinnacle of LED grow light design.

“There is nothing else you can do to make a more powerful and efficient LED light fixture for horticulture out there,” Arnet told Cannabis Now. “Otherwise it will be too heavy or too big. It was essentially the last thing we did for indoor horticulture. “

Set a different course

Arnet says that when early iterations of LED grow lights caught the attention of cannabis growers, many found the high cost of the initial investment and modest yields to be deal breakers. As a result, most manufacturers have done everything they can to cut costs by using cheaper components, but the cheaper lights still couldn’t cut them down at harvest time. Fohse took a different tactic and invested a lot to produce the best lights. At the same time, he provided exceptional customer service to support them.

“People will pay for better, people will pay for more, people will pay for performance,” says Arnet. “We spent more money designing, manufacturing and building our devices to ensure they had the highest IP ratings, guarantees, performance, performance and efficiency. It costs a little more upfront, but as the yields increase, they will pay off in a crop or two. While everyone was running downstairs, Fohse did exactly the opposite. “

The grove growing areaEarly in bloom under a row of A3i LED lights from Fohse grow.

Growers using the Fohse A3i can cut energy costs while increasing cannabinoid and terpene levels. The increased growth rate triggered by the brightness of the A3i, which can deliver more photons than natural sunlight over a 12 hour period, has even allowed some growers to get an additional crop from each grow space each year.

A3i in action

The Fohse A3i also has other advantages over conventional attachments. Mike Howard, the Grove’s cultivation director in Las Vegas, says the HPS lights used in the company’s growing operation heated the facility and triggered the HVAC system to the point where maintaining adequate humidity to promote maximum yields was impossible.

“We left weight on the table with each harvest under HPS,” he said.

Alex GonzalezThe Grove Cultivation Team Member, Alex Gonzalez.

With the help of the Fohse team, Howard equipped a growth room in The Grove with A3i spotlights to test the new technology. The autumn / winter 2020 harvest results show that the A3i delivered 27 percent more light (measured by PPFD or photosynthetic photon flux density) than the facility’s HPS lamps. This resulted in a 65 percent increase in dry crop weight. Energy consumption for lighting was also reduced by 16 percent, with additional savings achieved by reducing the use of HVAC systems.

Give the sun a run for its money

In the past, sun-grown cannabis from California’s Emerald Triangle was considered a benchmark for quality. But Howard says the top-notch flowers are now grown almost entirely indoors, where the grower has much more control over factors like watering, fertilization, and carbon dioxide levels.

“When you’re outdoors, these parameters are a little harder to control,” said Howard.

Arnet agrees that sophisticated indoor grow facilities will continue to grow the highest quality cannabis flower for retail sale in pharmacies. But that does not mean that there is no place for high-quality, sun-grown flowers.

“We will see weeds in the open air and in the greenhouse flow more towards food and extracts. I think there will always be a market for artisanal cannabis, growers who just want to grow on living soil and entirely organically grown, ”he predicts. “You will hear and see how all of this comes to the fore in the next five to ten years.”

The future of growing cannabis

The increased level of control that advanced indoor operations provide leads Howard to believe that the future of commercial cannabis growing lies in high-tech facilities that use advanced grow lights like the A3i. As research into genetics and cultivation methods with traits such as cannabinoid and terpene levels continues to set new standards, pharmaceutical-grade grow facilities will be at the forefront of the cannabis industry. Howard believes that facilities that operate HPS and other High Intensity Discharge Devices (HID) – especially in climates like Nevada – will fall by the wayside.

“The future is with electricity, and I think electricity comes with LEDs just because they don’t have that radiant heat,” he said. “If I see HPS lights after the next five years, I would be extremely surprised, and that goes for all HID lights. It will just be interesting to see how these fade out. “

Cannabis gridCrop at The Grove peeks through the second grid layer.

According to Arnet, the future of indoor cannabis growing is a moving goal, also because commercial production has only really been legalized in the last decade. As growers learn more about the plant and more device manufacturers create cannabis-specific products, it remains to be seen what lies ahead. When legalization began, two pounds of dried cannabis per light was virtually unknown.

“Then it was three pounds a light, now it’s four,” said Arnet. “We have people doing 7.9 to 8 pounds a light,” he exclaimed, speaking with the strength of Fohse’s A3i.

Wherever the future of indoor cannabis growing leads, it is certain that Fohse will pave the way.

“I don’t know where the blanket is going,” continued Arnet. “I don’t know where it could go, but I think it will only get more efficient and that means bigger, better plants.”

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