GSTS fixtures are nearly 100 times more efficient than a common air-cooled lighting system.
The Physics of Light
Generating Light is Expensive
Creating the ideal light and environmental conditions to grow plants and vegetables indoors is a scientific endeavor that calls on multiple fields of study.
When designing our grow system, we looked at the indoor growing market from the top down. Our team assessed the current market drivers, the technical challenges growers face and growing market trends.
We also focused our attention on the greatest physical and monetary challenges facing the industry, specifically the cost of light and environmental control.
Our vigilant and comprehensive research allowed us to create several new patents and products to propel the next generation of indoor agriculture technology.
Our holistic system is the most energy efficient and complete grow system on the market.
The combination of unique liquid-cooled LED lights, an innovative cooling/dehumidification system and our proprietary control software allows the grower to customize, monitor and optimize their indoor grow process.
Our system integrates advanced cooling technology with revolutionary light design. The lights in our systems amplify energy savings and significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
The power of our grow solution is tied to our systems elements. Each one directly relating to the other (just like a natural ecosystem), including lighting, environmental control and monitoring–all coming together to deliver unmatched system performance.
GSTS has the only in-line, water-cooled, programmable lighting system available with shadowless technology.
Maximize light uniformity and canopy penetration within the growth area utilizing GSTS’s shadowless technology. This is the same technology used in the medical theater, (advance surgical lighting). Our engineering team has adapted this lighting technique for the indoor grow industry with a remarkably positive impact on plant yield and quality.
By employing four independent light bars strategically spaced in a single fixture the photons are refracted off one another thus penetrating deep in the plants canopy this allows them to have a more robust yield and a shorter grow cycle.
In regards to our decision to move forward with GS Thermal, it has been a long road of many meetings, tours and analysis of current facilities in operation. Our consultant and head grower have spent an astronomical amount of time analyzing GS Thermal to an array of other LED lights and HPS. It really came down to GS Thermal and Illumitex but at the end of the day, it was not even close on the decision to move forward with GS Thermal because of their design of the light and system in place. Our biggest challenge was obviously the cost but more importantly the PAR value at the lower section. Our consultant has been through almost 50 growing facilities and is working with all of them across the country and we have certainly put him through the ringer in regards to making the right decision here. I can tell you he is more Bullish on GS Thermal now than when we first met him, after doing all these studies.
Our mantra from day 1 has been to:
- Be the lowest cost producer
- Have the best quality product
- Have the best customer service
In our quest for making a decision on lights, our team as a whole feel that GS Thermal fit that mold on the growing side. We understand they may be a bit more costly upfront but from a return on investment compared to all the others it was bar none.
I just wanted to shed the light on where our decision came from and the amount of time and energy it took to make that decision. The last piece of the puzzle now lies in your hands to be able to go LED.
Again I really appreciate your help here in holding our especially my hand through this process and working with the team as well. I really can’t say enough about your responsiveness and helpfulness. I am hoping I have everything you need here and apologize if I have missed anything on the attached.
If we don’t speak have a great weekend and I am sure we will be in touch soon and please let me know if there is something else I need to do to help expedite on our end.
- Close Plant Grouping dense crop/plants per fixture
- Significant reduction in building HVAC
- Significant reduction in building electrical infrastructure needs
The GSTS1000/GSTS60: the most efficient grow light on the market today.
In addition to the liquid cooled loop’s ability to remove 90% of the total heat from the grow environment, the use of liquid-cooled lights also increases the efficiency of the LEDs themselves.
Light is electromagnetic radiation, its waves propagate through space at a singular speed with varying wavelengths and intensities.
The wavelengths of light in the human “Visual Spectrum” range from about 400-700nm in length.
*nm = nanometers
For example: When an object looks blue it means all the wavelengths were absorbed by the material accept the blue wavelength giving the material the look of the color blue. The same thing happens with the majority of plants giving them a green color to the human eye.
Blue/Violet light around 400 and Red around 700. Light from the sun – white light – is a combination of all the colors in the spectrum and wavelengths outside of our visual spectrum like infrared and ultraviolet light.
The Lumen spectrum was conceived to indicate how bright a light appears to the human eye. The human eye reacts and is most sensitive to green/yellow light in the 500nm-600nm wavelength rage in the middle of the visual light spectrum.
Plants do not react to light the same way humans do. They use the same white light from the sun to grow in a chemical process called photosynthesis.
The Photosynthetic Active Radiation [PAR] spectrum lies between 330nm and 800nm which is much larger/wider than the Visual Spectrum humans utilize (there are more wavelength in it).
Plants utilize different wavelengths during their growth cycle i.e. in their early vegetative stage they thrive on the blue wavelength spectrum (330 nm and then as they mature and enter in the flowering state they draw from red wave spectrums (660 nm to 800nm).
Photosynthesis takes place when certain photo active catalysts react with CO2 and sunlight [called chlorophyll A, chlorophyll B, Beta Carotene, Chlorophyll F, Phytochrome PR and Phytochrome PFR]
Together with water, nutrients, energy from the sunlight, and CO2 photosynthesis converts nutrients to glucose to feed and grow the plant.
Question: So why are Plants green?
A Plants are green because they reflect all the green light being shown on them ie. they really don’t use it! They mostly absorb blue and red light while the green and yellow light in the middle of the spectrum is reflected back and that is what makes plants green to the human eye.
McCree Curve for agricultural growth designed by Dr. Keith McCree of Texas A&M school of Agriculture in the “Soils and Crop Sciences department” and a physicist by education designed a crop-specific spectrum based upon the specific wavelengths of the photosynthetic active radiation that reacted with catalysts such as Chlorophyll A, B, C, and Beta Carotene ect. that would grow the healthiest crops the fastest and most efficiently back in the 1970s.
- The effectiveness of the light of an indoor grow system a plants ability to grow is not measured by the Lumen Spectrum, but is measured by the amount of PAR [those wavelengths on the McCree curve that we know makes plants grow] light that comes into contact with the leaves of a given plant.In addition, each one of the photosynthesis sub processes occurs in different phases of the plant’s life cycle: germination, vegetative, flowering and blooming cycles all require a specific color/wavelength of light for photosynthesis to take place.GS Thermal has chosen to incorporate the most effective wavelengths for optimized photosynthetic growth in each of our lighting systems.