A model for plant lighting system selection

Daniel E. Ciolkosz, Louis D. Albright, John C. Sager, Robert W. Langhans

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A decision model is presented that compares lighting systems for a plant growth scenario and chooses the most appropriate system from a given set of possible choices. The model utilizes a Multiple Attribute Utility Theory approach, and incorporates expert input and performance simulations to calculate a utility value for each lighting system being considered. The system with the highest utility is deemed the most appropriate system. The model was applied to a greenhouse scenario, and analyses were conducted to test the model's output for validity. Parameter variation indicates that the model performed as expected. Analysis of model output indicates that differences in utility among the candidate lighting systems were sufficiently large to give confidence that the model's order of selection was valid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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