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Agrilamp Offers Broiler Lighting Solutions

1 July 2013, at 4:08pm

GLOBAL - After a fantastic show in Bangkok, followed by Dubai and Italy, Agrilamp is setting the pace for its competitors, especially where the European '20 lux for Broilers' rule is concerned and the issues it is causing for some poultry producers.

The 20-lux rule travels fast too; already it is rearing its ugly head in distant countries from the Middle and Far East to Australasia.

Agrilamp’s in-depth knowledge of mapping light into buildings and production equipment, from cages to aviary systems, is now really beginning to pay off in the broiler sector. Additionally, Agrilamp offers up additional advantages in crop performance as well, advantages that are being kept under wraps by two major producers in the UK.

For one customer who is keeping his good news close to his chest, the energy only just to reach the 20 lux required was simply crazy. In a broiler barn 100 metres long and 22 metes wide fitted with fluorescent lighting, additional lighting which would use up to 13.4KW would have been required. With all of his significantly large farms now converted to the Agrilamp LED Broiler Lamps, now each barn only uses 450-600 watts while easily achieving well over the required 20 lux, and is even capable of reaching over 50 lux with a maximum consumption of only 1.8kw. It is difficult to keep this kind of good news quiet and the neighbours have theirs already on order.

Another UK producer currently using the 9-watt Agrilamp has been a stalwart supporter of multi-coloured fluorescent lights in the past. He is now reporting consistently better results but will he tell us how much better? Not on your life! Needless to say, he has placed an order to replace all of his existing lighting including a barn just recently installed with new fluorescent lighting.

All this good news travels fast and after presenting the technology and the supporting data to the Australians and New Zealanders last month, business is brisk down under with one of the largest shed-builders. Even giant producer, Tyson, had good news in China.

For old-style wooden barns with queen posts, Agrilamp has a brand new 11-watt bulb to fit into its already established AG adaptor range. Providing up to 36 lux on the floor, this is a breakthrough for farmers in a difficult position trying to upgrade old style buildings.

In the past, Agrilamp has established itself as a pioneer in poultry lighting. Its knowledge base grows ever greater, and a new dimmer with 5,000 dimming points has been launched. Driven by the standard 0-10 volt dc signal from your main control computer, it not only provides the smoothest dimming ever seen, it also uses technology from the world of Formula One Racing. The so-called 'Symmetry Dimmer Controller' monitors the power supply 50 to 60 times a minute, and should the power supply fall below standards the dimmer will ignore the power faults up to a point and continue with normal operations. If the power supply becomes totally unstable, the dimmer will light up and tell you.

Having won the highly commended product at the Dubai Show with its new plug and play systems for poultry, Agrilamp is now about to launch the largest university-based lighting study ever seen in agriculture. The study will cover the already successful Agrilamp Crop Lamp and the Agrilamp Hog lamp range, new ventures into lighting for Fish, as well as continuing its research into all forms of poultry lighting.

‘Watch this space’ may seem like an old cliché but a new and top secret lighting system is also on the way at the end of the year.