Innovative Grow Lights Now Featured in the World’s First Underground Park
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#FredMaxik–LED powerhouse Lighting
Science (OTCQB:LSCG) 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.
“Lighting Science’s groundbreaking LED indoor grow lighting positions
them as a leader in their field and the perfect collaborative partner
for the Lowline LAB,” said James Ramsey, inventor of the Lowline and
principal of Raad Studio.
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.
“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
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.
REIMAGINING URBAN SPACES: ABOUT THE LOWLINE
The Lowline Lab, which has been thriving for the past year, has sparked
conversations about new ways that cities and communities around the
world can reclaim abandoned urban spaces. By discovering how to create a
sustainable environment for a subterranean ecosystem, the Lowline is
developing new solutions for providing city dwellers with four-season
Set to open in 2021, the Lowline will be the world’s first underground
park, one New York Magazine called “the most exciting civic
project since The Highline.” The brainchild of designer James Ramsey and
Dan Barasch, the 40,000 square foot Lowline will be an underground park
where a diverse range of flora and fauna will experience natural
photosynthesis without direct access to sunlight. In addition to
creating new avenues for public space, the team hopes The Lowline will
provide new technology solutions for indoor agriculture and
sustainably-grown local food production.
The Lowline was approved by the City of New York in August, and urban
leaders around the world are waiting and watching the Lowline team
attempt to transform an abandoned historic underground trolley terminal
on the Lower East Side of New York City into a botanical garden and
cultural attraction in one of the world’s densest urban environments. In
addition to Lighting Science, The Lowline is also working in partnership
with international engineering firm Arup, architecture firm RAAD, and
renowned landscape architecture firm Matthew Nielsen and
horticulturalists John Mini Distinctive Landscapes.
About Lighting Science
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 China. Find out more
about us and our products at www.lsgc.com
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Alexandra Polier or Dustin O’Neal, 917-693-2768