Lighting Science® Founder Announces LED Installation at New York City’s Lowline Lab

LED powerhouse Lighting Science today announces an exciting collaboration with the Manhattan-based Lowline Lab, a precursor and testing ground for The Lowline, the world’s first underground park. Lighting Science has developed custom LED grow lighting for The Lowline, which is roughly the size of a football field.
 
Each Lighting Science panel installed at the Lowline Lab features three spectrums: one that provides soft-white light, one that mimics daylight, and one that includes Lighting Science's patented VividGro(TM) LED indoor grow light spectrum technology. (Photo: Business Wire)
 
 
HOW TO GROW PLANTS UNDERGROUND
 
Fueled by their shared passion for pushing the boundaries of design and technology, Lighting Science worked with the Lowline Lab last year to develop, donate and install 24 adjustable LED lights into the 1000-square-foot aluminum canopy suspended above the earthy installation at the Lowline Lab.
 
Each hexagonal panel is roughly 2 feet in diameter and features three settings: one that provides soft-white light, one that mimics daylight, and one that includes Lighting Science’s patented VividGro™ LED indoor grow light spectrum technology.
 
Tailored to the indoor agriculture and horticultural markets, VividGro’s patented light spectrum has been proven to increase plant yields by up to 30 percent, increase the nutritional density of crops by approximately 10-12 percent and decrease energy consumption by up to 45 percent or more.
 
Lighting Science worked to develop and install 24 adjustable LED lighting solutions into the Lowline canopy at the lab. (Photo: Business Wire)

“It’s wonderful getting involved with a group of passionate people to do something new and of great value,” said Fred Maxik, founder and chief technology officer of Lighting Science and inventor of VividGro.
 
“Our job, fitting light into novel forms and functions, complements their amazing vision of bringing closed urban environments to vivid life with light.”
 
Teeming with more than 3500 plants, the 1,000-square-foot Lab installation also uses experimental technology that harnesses the power of natural sunlight through funnel-like solar installations that magnify and direct beams of sunlight to the underground plant life.
 
By combining the power of VividGro LED panels and the Lowline Lab’s “Remote Skylight” technology, co-founders James Ramsey and Dan Barasch found that even on the darkest winter day, they were able to achieve the right light intensity, duration and spectrum necessary for a wide range of flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables to thrive.
 
“You know you’re onto something when you can grow pineapples and tomatoes during a New York winter underground,” said Ramsey.
 
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