We invest time and money for research behind all phases of plant growth from root development and vegetation to flowering and blooming. We have researched how these phases of development occur in natural sunlight and which light-bands or spectrums promote the best growth. This information helped us to engineer our products to create the perfect blend of color spectrums to optimize your plant’s production of chemical energy. It’s the science behind Lush Lighting that makes our lights not only the best LEDs but the best grow lights on the market!
What You Trust Your Lighting Company to Know
- How your plants are absorbing light photons
- Which pigments are absorbing photons
- How your plant is transferring energy
- Which blend of light correctly fuels plant growth
- What not to give plants to prevent doing harm
What Makes Plants Grow
Photosynthesis is a process in which light energy is captured and converted into chemical energy by colored compounds such as chloroplasts. This chemical energy is ultimately stored in sugars and other organic compounds and used by plants to grow. Lush Lighting LED fixtures are designed to boost the entire photosynthetic process. Chlorophyll production will increase and energy will transfer more efficiently compared to other lighting products. This is done by providing your xanthophyll’s and carotenes with essential photons to maintain a high level of biosynthetic reactions and cellular divisions.
P680 represents the chlorophyll cell that can absorb light up to 680nm. This part of chlorophyll is responsible for converting highly energetic photons into protons to charge electrons. Absorbing highly energetic photons converts into highly energetic electrons! These highly energetic electrons fuel photosynthesis more efficiently. While waiting for the proteins to receive these electrons, the P680 cell will release additional electrons into the adjacent water channel. Highly energetic electrons will increase penetration by traveling a great distance in order to provide energy to where your plants need it.
Yz represents the phycobilin proteins that absorb light. These proteins are responsible for controlling highly energetic electrons. Think of them as an organic harvester or conduit for energy. Positioning an electron at the binding site where chlorophyll will use it to split a water molecule is not an easy task. Yz requires its own fuel in order to do this. Yz is also absorbing photons and converting them into protons and electrons.
In nature, Yz’s proton will be used to control P680’s electron because it’s 50% more electrically charged. In the absence of those highly energetic electrons, these phycobilin proteins can pass their low energetic electron to the chlorophyll binding site instead. This is how Lush Lighting uses HPS, MH and CFL technologies to grow plants using yellow, orange and light blue color spectrums!
There are other uses for this protein. In the absence of any light, Yz can absorb electrons directly out of the adjacent water channel and pass them to the chlorophyll binding site. This is what increases penetration, prevents stretching in plants and creates density within your crop. Properly fueling photosynthesis is a priority for everyone serious about growing large quantities of the highest quality produce.
Chlorophyll, the most abundant plant pigment, is most efficient in capturing red and blue light. Accessory pigments such as carotenes, xanthophylls and phycobilin proteins are harvesting the other colors. Nothing is absorbing green, which offers proof that these pigments are dependent on the voltage of light.
Have you ever wondered how some plants can grow 20′ in a single season when it would take a tree 10 years? This is due to some plants converting light energy into chemical energy more efficiently than others. Properly fueling plant growth creates a profound difference, something you have to see for yourself. Chloroplasts are organelles found in plant cells and other eukaryotic organisms that conduct photosynthesis and other chemical reactions. Chloroplasts capture the sun’s energy and store it in molecules ATP and NADPH. Plants use this energy to make organic molecules from CO2 and capture hydrogen from water.
Carotenes Contribute to Photosynthesis
Carotenes contribute to photosynthesis by transmitting the light energy they absorb into chlorophyll. Xanthophylls are yellow pigments that form one of the two major divisions of the carotenoid group. Their molecular structure is similar to carotenes but xanthophylls contain oxygen atoms (carotenes are strictly hydrocarbons). Typically, carotenes are more orange in color than xanthophylls. Leaves are highly concentrated with xanthophylls where they modulate light energy and even serve as a non-photochemical quenching agent when needed.
Phycobilin proteins are accessory pigments that reside in between the main chlorophyll cell and the light absorbing pigment part of chlorophyll. These outer parts of chlorophyll and the phycobilin proteins create a dimer that works together, and completely independent, from the main chlorophyll cell.
Most plants do not require this harvester in the middle. Plants that have persevered through time, and can grow 20’ in a single season, are loaded with these proteins! These proteins are what give them the ability to grow so quickly. They are responsible for controlling the electrons so that they can be placed right at the binding site where chlorophyll needs it for photosynthesis. The increase in the strength of plants under Lush LEDs occurs almost immediately. Within hours you will see stronger plants and, as time passes, the increased rate of cellular divisions really begins to show!
Phycocyanin and Phycoerythrin are the most prevalent phycobilin proteins. The ratio of these proteins varies among the many plant species and the concentration levels of these proteins change from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage. Phycobilin proteins are water soluble so they cannot exist within the membrane but aggregate to form clusters that attach to the membrane cell called Phycobilisomes.
Being outside of the membrane wall, and residing in water instead, gives these proteins the ability to utilize the conductivity of H2O to move energy around. This is a huge advantage over normal plant life. These accessory pigments all aid chlorophyll, each performing a different function. And, when cranking on all cylinders, operates naturally as if under genuine sunlight. This is the Lush Difference. Each phycobilin protein has a specific absorption and fluorescence emission in the visible range of light. This is how with special cameras some plants can be seen by satellites as omitting a slightly orange-yellow glow. The benefits of properly fueling phycocyanin for plant growth have been covered up about as much as the medical benefits of phycocyanin.
Why Choose Lush Lighting
We highly recommend that you trust Lush Lighting to grow better plants and research this protein for your personal health. It could save the life of someone you know. Depending on the crop you’re growing, your leaves could be full of this incredible phycocyanin protein and you didn’t even know it!