Head-to-head trials fortify partnership for cannabis cultivator Oakfruitland and Fluence

Fluence fixtures outperformed competitors on yields, energy efficiency and installation ease.

by CEA inSight
Oakfruitland CEO Linzi Liu

Oakland, California-based CEA cannabis cultivator Oakfruitland gets straight to the point when selecting technology partners. The controlled-environment grower compares competitors in head-to-head trials to narrow the field and choose the best. Fluence, global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial growers from microgreens to cannabis, has cemented a partnership with the California cultivator. Fluence’s high-quality LED fixtures have outperformed other major suppliers throughout multiple evaluations in Oakfruitland trials.

Fluence lighting outperformed competitor LEDs with these results:

  • a 5% increase in Oakfruitland yields
  • a 5% reduction in energy usage — despite higher overall light levels
  • a 50% improvement in installation efficiency, especially on Pipp Horticulture vertical grow racks.

Family-owned Oakfruitland grows premium craft cannabis at scale, with strains carefully selected for terpene and cannabinoid profiles. Producing authentic craft product at multiple price points for consumers has been a key goal. Since its 2019 founding, the company has made significant investments in its cultivation strategy and quality control processes, including regularly trialing and evaluating new technology partners to ensure each growing component is fully optimized.

Fluence fixtures illuminate Oakfruitland vertical grow racks.

“We are on a mission to bring high-quality, affordable products and service to customers throughout California as we expand our footprint,” said Linzi Liu, CEO of Oakfruitland. “We rigorously test and invest in cutting-edge products like Fluence’s lighting technology to ensure we’re constantly improving our ability to deliver the best possible product to our consumers.”

Oakfruitland leverages Fluence’s SPYDR 2x, 2i and 2h fixtures, all designed to help cultivators optimize their grow for maximum yield while producing ideal crop quality. Paired with top-of-the-line HVAC and dialed-in environmental controls, Fluence’s high-intensity 2h fixtures light what Oakfruitland refers to as its “gold standard”—its highest-performing grow room. The company also deploys Fluence’s Wireless Flex Dimming and SHYFT Light Scheduler in its facility, which integrate with Oakfruitland’s existing monitoring technology to provide more control over every step of the cultivation process.

“Our partnership with Oakfruitland showcases what hundreds of leading growers have experienced: Fluence products are built to meet and exceed cultivation goals harvest after harvest,” said Steve Graves, senior vice president of strategy and product at Fluence. “Ambitious, tech-forward cultivators choose to work with Fluence because they know they can rely on our superior technology and in-house team of horticulture experts to optimize their grow and deliver unbeatable products to their customers.”

Growers who partner with Fluence also benefit from the company’s extensive research collaborations and its award-winning rebate support program.

Images courtesy of Fluence.

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