tim savas


Tree Computer Lighting

The Tree Computer is a research tool for understanding how environmental factors influence hazelnut tree fruit quality, yield, flavor, and other expressed traits of interest. Above is a time lapse of the one third-scale prototype of the chamber.

Light is an important variable for testing expression. I designed and built the Tree Computer’s lighting system. It is a COB LED-based design specified to replicate the sun’s natural spectrum at different daytimes, seasons, and geographic latitudes. The system was also liquid-cooled, so the heat from the LEDs could be pulled out of the temperature-controlled chamber.


I helped the team with the design and fabrication of our first iteration of the system in the third-scale small Tree Computer.

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