Cerise365 is a software for lighting design and analysis.
Greenhouses – Cerise365 uses Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) weather data from over two thousand locations worldwide. Site‐specific daylight availability is calculated based on latitude, longitude, and building orientation.
Hourly weather records provide information on solar irradiance to accurately predict growing seasons during the design phase – greenhouses can be designed and their performance analyzed before construction begins.
Vertical Farms – Cerise365 models the spectral power distribution of LED (light emitting diode) and HPS (high pressure sodium) lighting to determine the Daily Light Integral (total PAR per day). Species‐specific lighting requirements can be used to design strategies that manipulate light levels seasonally and throughout the day. Therefore, enabling greenhouses to use Cerise365 to control photoperiods, minimize crop stress, and optimize photosynthesis.
Cerise365 is a third‐party extension for Trimble SketchUp, an industry‐standard CAD modelling program widely used by architects and professional interior lighting designers. Greenhouses and vertical farms can be designed in SketchUp (or imported from AutoCAD drawings), which Cerise365 then uses to perform its lighting calculations.
Cerise365 is derived from industry standard software used by architectural lighting designers for decades. This software is designed specifically to allow these highly accurate models to be used by architecture interior lighting designers, greenhouses, and vertical farms; to quickly and accurately model spatial distributions of daylight and electric lighting at the plant canopy and for bidirectional light positions between plants (inter-lighting).
Cerise365 fully supports all forthcoming American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) plant radiation metrics with spectral radiation bands as narrow as five nanometers for precise light recipe control. Horticultural luminaire optical characteristics, including manufacturers’ radiant and quantum intensity distributions, are accurately modelled.
Cerise365 accurately models greenhouse coverings, including transparent and tinted glass and plastic, diffusion materials and retractable shades, and semi‐diffuse materials with user‐specified properties.
Site latitude and longitude
Time and date
Typical Meteorological Year weather data
~ Hourly solar irradiance
~ Hourly wind speed and direction
~ Hourly temperature
~ Hourly humidity
High‐pressure sodium (HPS)
Multicolor light‐emitting diodes (LED)
Horticultural luminaire optical characteristics
Radiant and luminous flux calculations
~ Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR)
~~ Irradiance (UV to far‐red)
Spectral power distributions (5 nm resolution)
ASABE Plant Radiation Metrics
Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density (PPFD)
Ultraviolet Photon Flux Density (PFDuv)
Far‐Red Photon Flux Density (PFDfr)
Spectral Photon Flux Density (SPFD)
Daily Light Integral