Horticultural Lighting Design

SunTracker Technologies is currently developing lighting design software specifically for greenhouses, polytunnels, and vertical farms. This software is based on SunTracker’s Cerise365™ and GreenHouseDesigner™ architectural and roadway lighting design software, which has a current user base of an estimated 20,000 professional lighting designers worldwide.

Horticultural lighting design for vertical farms is straightforward, and can be modelled well, using existing architectural lighting design software. Horticultural lighting design for greenhouses and polytunnels, on the other hand, is almost impossible. The challenges include predicting daylight availability, which is influenced by geographic location, time-of-year, and weather conditions1; in addition to the structure of the greenhouse or polytunnel, it’s orientation, and covering materials.