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I have always loved nature. Growing up in a rural area in Brazil, plants have become a big part of my life.

I became a qualified Biologist at the age of 21 and then moved to the US where I could work and continue my studies. I then had the opportunity to take a course in Golf Course Management, learning more about turf was a big game changer in my professional career.

For the past ten years I have then been involved in the Turf Industry. I have taken several educational courses in this area, worked with field research and finished a Master’s Degree in Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University.

As a Business Development Assistant at Bernhard, I am now able to mix my knowledge in plants with my passion for marketing through this blog.

What is a Lighting Rig?

Posted on October 04, 2018 at 9:00 AM

A lighting rig is an equipment developed to provide PAR light to grow plants. It has been adapted to indoors and outdoors use. Greenhouses and stadiums have been taking advantage of this technology for years, and now, after a good amount of research and decades of experience, our partner MLR have created a lighting rig specific for golf courses.

In general, lighting rigs are metal structures holding smart lamps that vary in wattage according to the need of the treated area.

Easy to use and to move, lighting rigs for the turf market can help promoting grass growth, recover wear areas and improve the quality of grass by solving shade problems.

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What is it used for?

It is used to treat turf areas that are suffering the effects of lack of light.

When grass does not receive enough energy for photosynthesis, it will present thinner leaves, elongation of the blade, depletion of carbohydrate reserves and even the roots will be affected through depth reduction. Consequently, you will see an overall unhealth and unappealing grass that suffers more from damage from wear and is more susceptible to diseases.

A lighting rig works as a substitute of natural light, providing to the plant enough energy for its own maintenance.

How do I know it will work in my pitch/green?

If you notice that certain area is lacking grass coverage, or if the plant looks thin and weak and it is in an environment surrounded by trees, bleachers, fences or other obstacles that may be filtering or impeding the grass to receive full sunlight, then chances are that you are facing a shade problem. As we know, because of the architecture of stadiums and the regulations in golf courses, it is hard to remove such obstacles. A lighting rig would be your best solution.

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How to use a lighting rig?

If you have decided that it is time to solve your shading problems and to keep your grass to its healthiest but still unsure on how to use a lighting rig, know that one of our agronomists will assess the shade issue and help you create the best movement regime for that specific need. Also, our partnership with STRI allows you to contract the HemiView, which is a full shade analysis service.

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Want to know more?

Go here to read more about our range of mobile lighting rigs.