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2022 State of the Cannabis Lighting Market Finds Record LED Usage

Cannabis Business Times released the seventh-annual “State of the Cannabis Lighting Market” report. Results from the 2022 report demonstrate the increasing usage of LED lighting technology across all growth stages of cannabis cultivation. For the first time ever, at least 70% of study participants from commercial indoor or greenhouse operations with supplemental lighting used LEDs in cannabis propagation, vegetation and/or flowering stages. The report also demonstrates an increase in LED usage by more than 50 percentage points since the study’s first year in 2016.

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The report details the connection between lighting solutions and plant growth across all stages—propagation, vegetation and flowering. Key findings from the report include:

• 83% of participants list energy efficiency as the top benefit of using LED lighting. 

• 46% of participants considering implementing or retrofitting with LEDs cite lower power usage as the top purchasing driver.

• 53% of participants named “light intensity” the top factor driving their light purchasing decisions for flowering—up 13 percentage points from last year.

• 47% of growers cite the importance of fixture-dimming capabilities and allowing for greater lighting flexibility, up from 36% in 2021.

• Among study participants representing non-LED-powered operations, 30% plan to add LEDs for flowering within the next 12 months.

• 51% of growers are interested in exploring side, inter-canopy, subcanopy or other lighting in addition to top lighting. 

There are 19 states that have legalized adult-use cannabis, and the majority of states have legalizedmedical cannabis. The 2022 “State of the Cannabis Lighting Market” study was conducted by ReadexResearch. Participants included North American cannabis cultivators. View the full report in Cannabis Business Times’ October issue.


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