Walter Parmiani is Primary Designated Engineer within the UL PDE lighting division (Principal Engineers). In this role, Walter Parmiani is an active member of the National and International IEC lighting standardization committees TC34, where he actively contributes to the preparation of both safety and performance lighting standards. Mr Parmiani is also member of the TC96 transformers and chairman at the Italian National Committee of the same committee. Finally he is UL member of the TCL OSM ETF5 test houses working group. He joined UL in 2008. His positions at UL have included lighting engineer, staff engineer and Laboratory manager of the UL lighting laboratory of Burago (MB). He has been involved in the testing and certification of lighting products since 1986 and represents a thought leader for the lighting industry and often holds technical presentations during industry and sector events. Today Mr Parmiani also supports the Business Development Managers team in the identification of new opportunities to expand and develop UL’s global lighting services portfolio to support this rapidly changing industry.
Quality Aspects and Standards in Horticultural Lighting
Both commercial and novice growers are recognizing the benefits of growing plants and vegetables using custom tuned horticultural lighting equipment. While HID lighting equipment has been, and continues to be a popular light source for the grow environment for many years, LED lighting equipment has advanced significantly and offers additional flexibility and advantages. With these advancements, LEDs are quickly making their presence known to the Horticultural grow market, making selecting the appropriate lighting increasingly complicated. Performances of this products become essential, having the right spectrum and quantity of light, at the right point in the plant lifecycle, can make a significant difference in the quality of the end product.