First Horticultural System Certified to UL 8800

LDS UL 8800 Horticultural System

January 28, 2022

Urbanization means that consumers live largely unaware of the process of growing farm-fresh vegetables, and yet experts predict increasing pressure on traditional agricultural models. These conditions inspired Infarm to develop the InStore SVE IFA, a sophisticated, vending-style hydroponic growing system to cultivate herbs and salad greens within grocery stores.

This high-traffic, consumer-facing setting demands the highest focus on safety, demonstrated by the recent UL certification of Infarm’s vertical farming units to UL 8800, the Standard for Horticultural Lighting Equipment and Systems. This first-ever certification of a horticultural system helps Infarm gain credibility in an emerging marketplace and UL further their mission of working for a safer world.

Developing rigorous standards for a flourishing hydroponics market 

In 2020, the hydroponics market was valued at $2.1 billion (USD) and it is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.7% by 2028. Manufacturers that take the time and resources to demonstrate the safety of their hydroponic products through certification to Underwriters Laboratories standards can help advance this industry and foster smoother market access. 

Underwriters Laboratories published UL 8800, the Standard for Horticultural Lighting Equipment and Systems, in 2018 to guide the evaluation of horticultural lighting equipment and systems across critical factors, such as photobiological impacts on human health, wiring and connection methods, performance in growing environments and more.

“Horticultural lighting is one of the fastest growing segments for the lighting industry worldwide,” noted Dr. Hans Laschefski, UL’s business development manager for the lighting industry in Europe. He identified factors such as climate change and a rapidly growing population as crucial drivers of the need for standards in this area of the lighting market. “We are proud to support Infarm with the required Safety Certificate for this new horticultural lighting system … and look forward to continuing our work to find new solutions for new horticultural technology.”

Horticultural lighting manufacturers recognize the importance of certification

Guy Galonska, Infarm’s co-founder and chief technology officer, reflected on the novel Certification, highlighting the synergy between the two companies’ philosophies. 

“Having our own high standards for quality assurance in hardware and software in place, the UL Certification proves our commitment to food and operational safety and quality, and we are proud to be the first hydroponic system worldwide certified by UL.”

Consumers, brands and retailers recognize the UL Mark and understand that certification demonstrates a commitment to safety and helps build both trust. Infarm currently has long-term agreements with major North American retailers. Soon, consumers can expect an expanded range of produce options beyond leafy greens, such as mushrooms, peppers, strawberries and tomatoes.

Learn more about horticultural lighting certification services:


Related Articles

Changing Scene

  • Case Study from Cooper Lighting: Aerospace Manufacturer

    November 29, 2023 Background Cooper Lighting’s customer is a leading aerospace manufacturer that produces the fuselage and other major components for airliners. The company’s headquarters is in Wichita, Kansas, known as the “Air Capital of the World” due to the predominance of aerospace manufacturers in the area. Challenge This aerospace manufacturer was looking to retrofit… Read More…

  • 5 Specifying Tips from Cooper Lighting: Designing Parking Lot Lighting for Healthcare Facilities

    November 29, 2023 Hospital and other healthcare facility parking lots have their own special challenges when it comes to lighting. You have emergency vehicles racing in and out. Cars frequently pulling in and out of parking spaces. A good number of pedestrians during evening hours, many of whom are older or infirm. If a healthcare… Read More…


  • Lightemotion Illuminates Viger Square – A Beacon of Rejuvenation

    November, 2, 2023 All the World’s a Stage: Lightemotion’s Personification of Inanimate Objects Infuses Life Into an Urban Public Square     Lightemotion, a global lighting design consultancy creating pathways to enhance human experiences, proudly presents its enlightenment of Square Viger, a neglected public space bridging Montreal’s contemporary downtown core with the preserved history of Old… Read More…

  • TD Garden Project Receives 2023 IES Lighting Control Innovation Award of Merit

    TD Garden Project Receives 2023 IES Lighting Control Innovation Award of Merit

    October 27, 2023 This month, LCA explore a high-impact networked lighting control solution installed at TD Garden in Boston. Lighting control design by HLB Lighting Design. Photography by Andy Caulfield and Bret Osswald. TD Garden, Boston’s legendary sports and concert venue, lacked a physical connection with fans and the surrounding neighborhood. This 1.5 million square… Read More…

New Products