[SpaceProgram] Fwd: Space Farmers: LEDs As Key To NASA's Permanent Lunar Life Support - Forbes

cole santos cksantos85 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 22:48:53 CEST 2012

For big area lighting plasma is more efficient than leds.

On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM, cole santos <cksantos85 at gmail.com> wrote:

> LED's are more expensive than florescents...and that is after order of
> magnitude reductions in cost over the last few years. I found some vendors
> in china for LED lights. Florescent technology requires bulb changes every
> 6 months to a year, this makes it unworkable for space, but good for earth
> testing. LED research on optimal spectrum for algae growth is an
> open research field. Another problem is the design for my algae reactors
> needs lights that are 360, but leds are about 130 deg. a bi directional
> light would cost a lot more due to custom nature of such a light, another
> option is to just stack 2 lights back to back... but now you've doubled you
> costs and lighting is more that 50% of the total cost.
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM, Jerry Isdale <isdale at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Growing in space requires light. Space stations may be able to orient
>> themselves for full time growing but Colonies on moons, etc will need some
>> power source for when their rotation takes them into night (moon night = 2
>> weeks).
>> This article talks about using LEDs powered from a small nuclear power
>> source, similar to that powering the Curiosity Rover.
>> http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2012/08/31/space-farmers-leds-as-key-to-nasas-permanent-lunar-life-support/
>>  Jerry Isdale
>> isdale at gmail.com
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