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ASABE Publishes First of Three Horticultural LED Lighting Standards

Date: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN— The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has published the first in a three-part series of standards relating to LED radiation measurements for plant growth and development.

ANSI/ASABE S640, Quantities and Units of Electromagnetic Radiation for Plants (Photosynthetic Organisms), sets the stage with definitions and descriptions of metrics for plant growth and development. Subsequent standards will focus on measurement and testing of LED products for plant growth and performance criteria for LED systems used in horticulture.

ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access the full-text of the standard by electronic download in about six weeks. Location for the download is on the ASABE online Technical Library at Others can obtain a copy for a fee directly from the library or by contacting ASABE headquarters at

ASABE is recognized worldwide as a standards developing organization for food, agricultural, and biological systems, with more than 260 standards currently in publication. Conformance to ASABE standards is voluntary, except where required by state, provincial, or other governmental requirements, and the documents are developed by consensus in accordance with procedures approved by the American National Standards Institute. For information on this or any other ASABE standard, contact Scott Cedarquist at 269-932-7031, A current listing of all ASABE standards projects can be found on the ASABE web site at

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300, emailing or visiting


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