The intensity and the timing
In nature, the light intensity is not static. Just think about the daily and seasonal changes. Plants have adapted to those natural situations. Too much or too little intensity will lead to stress and/or lack of productivity. The following aspects should be considered:
1. In nature, light always changes intensity gradually, which is still widely disregarded in indoor gardening.
2. Sophisticated dimming strategies can help optimize yields, shorten growth cycles and increase the overall crop quality by reducing stress.
3. Dimming strategies should always be aligned with the optimization of other environmental parameters like CO2, temperature, etc.
Implementing a dimming strategy is the easiest way to increase yields, etc. To do so, it is important to have the ability to fine-tune the intensity and to set at least 6 switch points per day. Automation will be key.