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Transparent Material Considerations for UV Optics in Horticultural Lighting Applications

Source: https://www.led-professional.com/resources-1/articles/transparent-material-considerations-for-uv-optics-in-horticultural-lighting-applications?utm_source=LED+professional+-+FREE+Information+Service&utm_campaign=fd4029a5b3-LED+professional+Newsletter+%28Lp

Date: 25-02-2020

Advancements in UV LED technology have begun changing the horticultural lighting landscape. Research is still ongoing to discover the extent of benefits and best practices of using UV light in horticulture. Using optics in tandem with UV LED light systems can help reach performance goals and optimize growing. Although there are several UV- transmitting materials available, not all are equivalent or able to meet the requirements for UV applications. Justine Galbraith, glass engineer, and Sharayah Follett, market development manager at Kopp Glass, Inc. discuss the performance considerations of various UV-transmitting materials and how application challenges are addressed by integrating optical elements.

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