The history of Phytolite LED lamps for indoor cultivation
The Phytolite brand was born on 21 September 2009 from the project of a distributor of products for indoor cultivation with long experience in the use and distribution of phytostimulant lighting systems generated by the irrepressible production imagination of Andrea Sommariva, the general manager of the brand.
Phytolite’s activity was initially focused on the production of HPS (High Pressure Sodium), MH (Metal halide) and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) discharge lamps for indoor cultivation, but as soon as the first LEDs for cultivation appeared on the indoor growing market the management’s attention was immediately directed to these.
Despite the quality of the first LED systems for indoor cultivation was relatively poor at the time, and despite the false start due to the unprofessional claims of some European importers, Phytolite management immediately realized that, if properly engineered, indoor growing LEDs could really one day equal, if not exceed the old HPS technology.
These new LED lamps for indoor cultivation were immediately the object of Phytolite research and were used in small grow boxes, proving to be absolutely insufficient, but also showing a possibility of spectrum management that was unthinkable with the old technologies. The LEDs for indoor cultivation immediately showed that their limits were due to the choice of the rather poor components that at the time seemed obliged by market conditions. Nevertheless, in the vegetative phase, they were very efficient.
It was clear that something had to be done to increase the functional emissions of the flowering phase, and it was not easy. The first series of LEDs for indoor cultivation completely designed by Sommariva, namely the Phytolite NX line that used a metal case of our design without copyright, was by far the most copied in Europe.
With the name Apollo led for indoor cultivation various products were distributed, aesthetically identical to ours but which often had poor components. And all they had problems of overheating and insufficient band, with consequent defections and breakdowns. We immediately modified the LED module mounted on that line and eliminated the overheating problem. In addition to this we wanted to try adding a new band, the “Far Red”. Even these two modifications were immediately copied by all the Chinese clones, first of all the “Apollo” which gained a lot of market thanks to the aesthetics identical to that of Phytolite NX.
The Apollo LED line also copied our 5 bands in record time. After only 3 months we decided to add a band and get to the 5 bands, the Apollos were ready on the market with the same spectral characteristics. This led us to think that we were really the best and among the few who really did experiment. The Phytoled 200W was an immediate sales success.
We sold around 2500 pieces of this model in just one year. Our 5-band spectrum specific for indoor LED cultivation was finally copied by almost all LED producers for indoor cultivation, to our great satisfaction, as well as being surprising. It was clear that few companies devoted themselves to testing and measuring results, preferring instead to blindly trust us and save time and money on research. We made a lot of progress from that first line. Today all our lines are designed in Switzerland. Most of our indoor growing LEDs are assembled and tested in Europe. The use of components for the production of high quality indoor LEDs, such as CREE, OSRAM, BRIDGELUX, MEANWELL has positioned us on the high end of the indoor gardening market.
Our client knows that, by purchasing LEDs for indoor cultivation under the Phytolite brand, he has a performing, assisted and robust product, even if he chooses the most economical line. The quality of our indoor growing LEDs is also guaranteed by the free warranty up to 5 years, depending on the lines. The Clorofilla line, which uses CREE CXB 3070 (judged by us to be even better, in terms of consumption / performance of their more powerful brothers CXB 3590) is gaining one of the best positions on the indoor LED market.
CREE has demonstrated the ability to produce high quality COB with incomparable emissions. The use of Osram Oslon has also helped us to position ourselves well, and is helping our customers to obtain splendid crops. The COB of the American CREE, unfortunately quite expensive, are in our opinion the best that can be mounted today on LED systems for indoor cultivation. The components of the LEDs for indoor cultivation Phytolite:
CREE CXB 3070
CREE CXA 2520
CREE CXB 3590 (not used as lower performance ratio than CREE CXB 3070)
OSRAM OSLON SSL 80
CREE XTE 5W
MEANWELL POWER SUPPLIES
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