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Lighting for Poultry, Beware the Buyer

by 5m Editor
2 July 2012, at 8:12am

GLOBAL - Over the next few weeks you will become more and more aware that the 60w and 40w incandescent light bulbs are disappearing from supermarket shelves and more and more concern is being shown over the issues of the Mercury contained in CFL’s being used in the food production chain, it’s simply very toxic.

Over the past 5 years Agrilamp, has been working to ensure that you have a product that was developed expressly for use in the Poultry Environment, be it for Layers or Broilers in a barn with queen posts or open span, multi tier or slats and so on. Studying the research performed by countless Poultry Scientist over the past twenty years or more and presently further advancing the research in conjunction with a number of universities around the world, we have achieved our initial goal. To provide a range of Poultry Lighting products that for the first time were built for purpose.

To compliment this, Glo Lighting has used the latest technological software applications to identify the very best installation layouts to deliver an even and controllable intensity of light to meet the highest standards of energy efficiency, bird performance and welfare anywhere in the world today.

Of course there would be a time when some competition would be seen in the market and this would be a healthy thing for any new technology as this shows that the market is growing and that the solutions are being taken seriously.

However buyer beware! Recently Glo Lighting has been asked to visit several farms that have had lighting solutions installed using LED’s as an alternative to Fluorescent Tubes and CFL’s, one even used the basis of a design it had put together for the customer but then they were offered a cheap solution.

The following picture shows the poor results:

An Led Tube simply does not provide and output of light that will work in a standard fluorescent tube housing in a poultry house (it might be OK for an office). They might fit and they will give off a lot of light, but the housing and the lens optics are not designed for this type of light source. Apart from the black and white patches seen here on the floor, the areas that are lit have wavy lines where the lens of the housing separates the rows of LED’s in the tube.

Prototypes of LED tubes for poultry use were built some years ago and it found that a simple retrofit solution was not a simple task and at present Glo Lighting does not sell an LED tube for poultry production use. They simply don’t work as well. The company just knows you would not be happy with the results.

In another building a cheap domestic LED had been installed which put a bright spot of light on the floor not what the farmer expected when he was told it’s just the same as Agrilamp. Glo Lighting installed several Agrilamp next to it and achieved an even distribution of light, just what the doctor ordered.

Please remember that the vast majority of Light bulbs of any kind are tested on the basis that their average use will be 3.5 hours per day. Agrilamp is tested on a twenty-four hour average usage, because that’s what you do with them and Glo Lighting offers a proper guarantee to support that.

While these farmers may have in the short term saved a few pounds they ultimately will have to pay for the labour to pick up the floor eggs. Of course the company will do everything we can to help them to solve the problem quickly.

Agrilamp distributors around the world are supported by the provision of training and software to avoid these problems and use only the highest standards of measurement that are tested independently to ensure the very best solutions for you.

If in doubt email Glo Lighting and they will provide you with free advice so that you can choose wisely. info@agrilamp.com