According to Airfal, lighting plays a significant role in poultry and hog production, and has a huge impact on the performance of farms. Adequate lighting is necessary to ensure the health and growth of poultry and hogs, as the lighting needs vary according to the stages of the breeding. A well-designed, energy efficient lighting system can mean better brightness, better performance and lower energy costs.
Lighting in poultry farms
World farmers are facing a price war and must reduce their operating costs as much as possible. To meet this challenge, some farms will be forced to expand, as for example, dairy farms that will double their average size. This development implies an evolution in the technical equipment of the farms, especially the lights.
For that reason, LED lighting, which is modern and ecological, is presented as a solution that can be broken down according to the layout of each farm.
To illuminate a space as large as a building for livestock, significant savings are at stake. IN addition, maintain lighting facilities may be expansive. In this context, LED lighting, which does not require maintenance once installed, allows the farmer to focus on the day-to-day tasks inherent in his operation. Solidity is also an important criterion especially in poultry houses. The savings are measured very quickly in the short term with low power consumption.
Compared to a compact fluorescent lamp, a LED bulb has a very long life span, depending on the model, from 25,000 to 50,000 hours, ie between 6 and 12 years of use. It also has the quality not to heat and resist shocks while having high light yields with few watts consumed. Finally, the LED installations allow a variable lighting which turns out to be a real advantage in a hen house, for example, where you have to simulate a sunset.
Lighting for cattle farms
There is evidence that cattle are sensitive to light in buildings and the best results in milk production and fertility are achieved with a 16-hour light cycle of 150 to 180 lux followed by 8 hours of darkness. Indeed, the lengthening of the duration of days by means of stable lighting influences the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. By prolonging the duration of daylight in winter, melatonin production is reduced and cows are more active.
With the Farm LED light fixture, Airfal intends to limit the consumption of electrical energy. Compared to current (sodium / halogen) and fluorescent (neon) lamps, Airfal light fixtures saves up to 75% in costs. Indeed, the lifetime of the Led lamps, established at 80,000 hours and the superior production of Lumens per Watt (130 lumens / Watt) allow a lower energy loss in the form of heat.