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[Press Release] California Lightworks earns Grow Ohio’s stamp of approval



Wed., Sep. 22, 2021

Jonathan Lockwood


California Lightworks earns Grow Ohio’s stamp of approval

MegaDrive® LED system tops HPS and other LED options

CANOGA PARK, Calif.—California Lightworks earned Columbus-based cannabis cultivator and processor Grow Ohio’s stamp of approval after they tested California Lightwork’s MegaDrive® LED technology against competitors. Grow Ohio’s dedication to quality production and their company’s strategic goals demanded that they swap out many of their metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS) grow lights for LEDs, requiring them to test out their options across manufacturers.


“California Lightworks delivers results. Grow Ohio’s stamp of approval highlights the efficacy of our MegaDrive® LED system,” said George Mekhtarian, CEO of California Lightworks. “Grow Ohio’s tests, against all the competition, show that our technology reduces costs and increases yield quality—a huge win for cultivators.”


Grow Ohio tested California Lightworks MegaDrive® LEDs by dividing an indoor room of growing tables amongst four other leading LED companies.  In doing so, Grow Ohio had a clear side-by-side comparison for every aspect of the yield. Across all aspects—from yield, to flower size to overall quality—California Lightworks’ LEDs were the clear standout; out-performing every other company. 


“I was a big proponent of the California Lightworks’ [LED system]” said Chaz DeLeon, Head of Flower Operations. “Not just because of the spectrum and the yields we got out of it, but also from a maintenance standpoint – [compared to our HIDs]; the other [LEDs]; they were very heavy. California Lightworks’ were very easy; they’re light.” 


Grow Ohio then decided to test a full room of crops under California Lightworks’ MegaDrive® technology. Compared to the rooms still outfitted with HPS lights, California Lightworks was again the clear winner, with the mass (both in terms of grams per square foot and grams per watt) and quality of the yielded crops surpassing those of the others. California Lightworks’ technology reduces fixture costs by up to 30% and installation costs by up to 80%. The benefits come at a 50% lower operating cost than traditional high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting systems. 


“Aside from a streamlined grow process, the MegaDrive® also makes indoor set-up a breeze, with the ability to chain up to 27 fixtures from a single driver,” added Mekhtarian. “Our technology leads to a great reduction in heat, and with less drivers to power, it all adds up to significant savings and energy efficiency.”


Controlling the MegaDrive® is also incredibly easy: an entire crop’s life-cycle can be programmed from a single touchscreen, and can be saved & repeated for all future crops of the same strain. Every aspect of the yield can be adjusted from this one source, which can control an unlimited amount of lights. 


According to Rob Smith, Head of Cultivation at Grow Ohio, “My main take away from this test was a 50% reduction in energy costs with no loss in yield”.




About California Lightworks


Since 2008 California Lightworks has been a pioneer in advanced technology LED lighting for horticulture. All products are designed, manufactured and supported in our Southern California factory and we stand behind every product we have ever made. From small scale home grow to large scale indoor and greenhouse applications, we offer optimal lighting solutions.


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