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Transcend Lighting

The world's most energy efficient grow light.


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The pot industry is being cannibalized by startups
August 23, 2015
The Guild is the incumbent in the market, but a new 500 Startups-backed startup, Love, Nancy, is growing first by selling only Hemp products, which are legal to ship in all 50 states. But, startups aren't stopping at delivery. Two new Y-Combinator backed companies are tackling the cannabis industry by going after its business, not the product. First, Serica is tackling one major problems for the medical cannabis industry: payments. It’s still a cash-based industry and these aren’t transactions people want on their credit cards, nor are banks willing to have a medical cannabis company on their bottom line.
YC-Backed Transcend Launches An Extra Efficient LED Light For Indoor Farmers - TECHCRUNCH
July 23, 2015
Trancend’s bulbs differ from typical LED lights because they only use blue light. The company has developed a wavelength conversion system that uses phosphorous to convert blue photons, which are the most efficient type of photon, into any other color photon. “Phosphors have been around for a long time,” says Bennett. “What we do differently is we have phosphors specifically tuned to photosynthesis, whereas everyone else tunes them to humans so that lights seem brighter.” By switching to Transcend’s lights, farmers have been able to reduce their energy consumption by up to 70 percent, Bennett tells me. Believe it or not, marijuana is not the only plant grown indoors or hydroponically. Bennett says that half of Transcend’s early customers are marijuana growers, but the other half include lettuce, tomato and pepper farmers primarily on the East Coast. As drought conditions worsen, indoor farming presents an appealing alternative for some farmers because growing hydroponically only requires 10 percent of the water consumed by outdoor farming, according to Bennett. And by growing indoors, farmers can control the whole environment — the temperature, the humidity, the CO2 levels, the light levels — which means they can grow year-round.
YC-Backed Transcend Launches An Extra Efficient LED Light For Indoor Farmers
July 8, 2015
Founder Brian Bennett, an optical engineer by training, invented the first Transcend prototype after his father challenged him to build some LED lights for the family farm in upstate New York. When the lights he designed were successful, Bennett entered a business plan competition at Columbia, won some money to continue developing the idea, and was accepted into Y Combinator’s Spring 2015 class.
See our Article in Maximum Yield Magazine!
April 1, 2015
We are excited to be featured in this months magazine. The article gives a great overview of the economics of lighting for indoor agriculture. Let us know what you think!
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