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Chicken coop LED lighting

Chicken coop LED lighting

How to decrease energy consumption while increasing income. When the LED lighting helps increase production in both quantity and quality.

April 6, 2020

Growing for years, the food market is undergoing a revolution. As customers are more and more aware of the quality of the products that make up their plates, they are also asking for better and more ethical living conditions for animals on farms.

While breeders have been using CFL and incandescent bulb technologies for years, the reality is that they were unsuitable for the task. Unlike other species, chickens require lighting with a wider light spectrum to promote better bone structure and efficient growth.

And that’s where the LED comes in. While incandescent light offers a light wave closer to that of the setting sun, the CFL will flash at a certain frequency.

As for the LED, it is stable, gives off little heat and has a light spectrum closer to that of the sun. Add to that the fact that these lamps give off a lot less heat and we have a more suitable product for breeding.

In terms of consumption, these bulbs can consume up to 80% less energy for higher efficiency, which allows substantial savings during production. But we don’t have to dig further to realize that the benefits are even greater. Since these bulbs have a lifespan of 50,000 hours, they reduce intrusions into the livestock environment caused by maintenance crews, thereby reducing the stress associated with them.

But of course the advantages do not stop there since the LED can also very easily be dimmed, ie from 0 to 100% of lighting, using a 0-10Vdc control system. These systems are very widespread today and the use of such a control signal reduces the costs associated with the automation of production since they do not use mechanical systems such as relay control panels which are very expensive during installation and maintenance.

In summary, whether for savings, energy efficiency or animal welfare, LED lighting systems are here to stay.