When it comes to greenhouse cultivation, every detail matters. Just as careful consideration is given to water, nutrients, and growing media, don't overlook the impact of natural light – a vital input for your thriving crops.

The Role of Light in Greenhouse Cultivation

The success of your crops is influenced by various elements. Yet, amidst the considerations of water, nutrients, and climate control, one factor often shines brighter than the rest: light. Think of light as the lifeblood of your greenhouse, a powerful input that fuels growth and vitality. Understanding and optimizing the light your plants receive can significantly impact their growth. From photosynthesis to flowering, the quality and quantity of light are critical for achieving optimal yields.

Maximizing Light Transmission for Optimal Results

The key to harnessing light's potential lies in the choice of glazing material. Optimal glazing should provide exceptional light transmission, ensuring that your plants receive the highest possible light intensity through the covering. This translates to enhanced productivity. Furthermore, efficient glazing can significantly reduce the need for supplemental lighting, thus leading to energy savings.

Acrylic Glazing, the Superior Glazing Material

Using acrylic in greenhouse glazing offers numerous advantages, including longevity and high light transmission. At the heart of acrylic's advantages lies the PMMA (Polymethyl Methacrylate) molecule, known for its innate resistance against the degrading effects of energetic UV photons. Within the first five to seven years, polycarbonate and polyethylene become susceptible to yellowing and strength loss due to UV exposure – while acrylic remains resilient over decades.

UV Resilience and Light Purity

The same long-lasting PMMA molecule that protects against UV degradation also delivers excellent optical clarity. This optical clarity is pivotal in maximizing light transmission to plants within the greenhouse. This means that when you opt for acrylic glazing, your plants receive a purer, unobstructed spectrum of natural light, creating an environment that supports optimal growth.

Light transmission comparison

For example, ACRYLITE® Alltop multi-skin acrylic, transmits an impressive 89% of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR), a 25% increase as compared to competitive 16mm polycarbonate*, a clear testament to acrylic's potential in boosting productivity.* (see details at bottom of the page)

Engineered to Maximize Light

Acrylic provides exceptional light transmission capabilities, particularly when compared to polycarbonate and polyethylene; ACRYLITE® Alltop multi-skin acrylic expands on these benefits.

ACRYLITE® Alltop offers an additional advantage with its NO-DRIP coating on all sides of the sheet (including the interior channels) which prevents condensation droplets from forming on both interior and exterior surfaces. This unique feature maximizes the amount of light that reaches your plants, ensuring optimal growth conditions. The water-dispersing layer causes condensation, dust and debris to flow off as a continuous self-cleaning film, resulting in the highest possible light transmission. It also eliminates uncontrolled dripping, which can lead to crop damage and disease.

ACRYLITE® Alltop multi-skin sheets stand out due to their inherent strength, surpassing conventional multi-walled glazing options. Its robust walls and ribs result in a sturdier sheet, increasing structural integrity. This engineered design not only supports high load capacities but also allows for extended span distances, reducing the need for additional light-obstructing structural elements.

Warranty

To back this product up, we offer a 10-year light transmission and 30-year non-yellowing warranties, further showcasing our commitment to durability and performance.

Conclusion

When it comes to selecting the right glazing material for greenhouse covers, the choice isn't just about aesthetics; it's a strategic decision that can significantly impact plant health, productivity, and the longevity of your greenhouse. The right glazing will enable you to harness the power of light and maximize the efficiency of your greenhouse.

Unlock the potential of ACRYLITE® acrylic for your greenhouse needs. Experience unmatched benefits, from exceptional light transmission resistance to condensation, energy savings, and more. Maximize your crop yield and profitability with ACRYLITE®.
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(*The competitive data was derived from measurements taken from real-world competitive samples acquired from the open market. While we believe the data presented here is accurate and provides a general representation of product performance, it is advisable to conduct your own testing to confirm values in your specific application.)