WEST WARWICK, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lighting Science® today announced the appointment of noted horticultural and SSL technology expert Emil Radkov as Senior Agronomist and Director of VividGro, a division of Lighting Science Group focused on advanced agricultural and horticultural LED solutions. Lighting Science’s mission is to bring life-changing products in human health, agriculture, and infrastructure to market. Their extensive technology and intellectual property portfolio includes nearly 400 LED technology patents, from biological circadian LED technology solutions to VividGro’s expanding range of products for cannabis and indoor agriculture. Radkov himself has authored over 40 technology patents on the subject of LED technology and horticultural innovation, making his addition to the company’s leadership a clear reinforcement of VividGro’s commitment to continually pushing the industry forward.
“It’s thrilling to join a company that prioritizes scientific innovation as part of their mission,” said Radkov. “It is my hope that my particular experience in driving LED grow-light technology will aid in the development of even greater products while accelerating consumer awareness of sustainable, future-conscious options in the agricultural and horticultural industries around the world.”
Radkov comes to VividGro following positions at Soraa, Dow Corning and Illumitex. An innovative expert with proven ability of creating new IP for LED technology, Radkov has set industry records for performance and light quality. His key areas of expertise include extensive knowledge of LED phosphors and encapsulants, spectral design for general and specialty lighting applications, reliability and SSL standards.
Lighting Science has long been investing in the research and development of urban agriculture, including working with NASA, Harvard University and the U.S. Scientific Research Station at the South Pole to establish indoor food production. Since launching VividGro in 2014, Lighting Science’s products have consistently been one of the most popular brands in cannabis and large-scale indoor farming production. LSG was one of the first LED companies to offer an energy efficient alternative to high pressure sodium (HPS) lighting. Their patented VividGro LED lamp is proven to increase yields by up to 20% while using 45% less energy. In addition, unlike many other LED grow solutions, VividGro differentiates itself by creating a “white light” working environment for grow house employees. These commercial LED solutions are highly adaptable to both urban and agricultural environments, including greenhouses of any scale.
The VividGro division will be led by recently-appointed President David Friedman and Radkov, and supported by a team of engineers, scientists and sales and marketing executives who all have extensive LED lighting and cannabis industry experience.
Tailored to the indoor agriculture and horticultural markets, the state-of-the-art VividGro product line delivers optimized photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) to maximize plant growth and PAR efficacy, while also providing light suitable for the human visual system and excellent color penetration. VividGro’s patented light spectrum has been proven to speed crop development and increase crop yield. In addition, unlike other LED grow lights, VividGro distinguishes itself from its industry peers by creating a “white light” working environment for grow house employees. These commercial LED solutions are highly adaptable to both urban and agricultural environments, including greenhouses of any scale. Lighting Science continues to experiment with the technology and spectrum to enhance the plant growth at different stages and has plans to launch its next generation VividGro 3 in 2017.
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Lighting Science (OTCQB:LSCG) is a global leader in innovative LED lighting solutions that designs, manufactures and brings to market advanced, intelligent products for consumer and commercial applications. We are committed to using the science of light to improve the lives and health of people and our planet by inventing breakthrough, biologically-friendly LED lamps and lighting fixtures. Lighting Science is headquartered in West Warwick, RI, with research and development facilities in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and offices in Shenzhen, China. Find out more about us and our products at www.lsgc.com and join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Lighting Science Blog.