2018 State of the Cannabis Lighting Market

Agricultural and industry advancements have helped us discover why light is so beneficial to plant production and that its manipulation can improve plant growth and increase yields. To craft lighting plans, cannabis cultivators often ask: What should my photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) levels be? What is the ideal spectrum? Is my Daily Light Integral (DLI) timed right?

Indeed, cultivation business owners and operators have become savvier about light quality’s importance to their crops’ health, yields, and cannabinoid and terpene contents. They commonly seek evidence of a lighting product’s effectiveness before they buy—that’s according to the third-annual Cannabis Business Times’ “State of the Cannabis Lighting Market” report, where 72% of research respondents rated “scientific research supporting product development” as “important” or “very important” to lighting purchase decisions.

This year’s report offers Cannabis Business Times’ most in-depth lighting market research to date. With three years of data, trends have begun to emerge, from lighting types used (for example, more cultivators said they are using LEDs across all cannabis growth stages, compared to previous studies) to vertical farming practices (which showed an 18 percentage-point jump from 2016), and more.