Significant Savings for Poultry Farmers – Not Just Chicken Feed.
29 June 2016
Our everyday lives are touched by technology which marches on at a furious pace and, with the much talked about Industry 4 on the horizon, the advance is set to continue. Even in traditionally labour intensive sectors such as agriculture and farming, technology is widely employed bringing improved efficiency and increased production.
In poultry farming the advent of LED lighting has brought many changes and improvements. Chickens raised using intelligent LED lighting systems have been found to produce higher quantity and quality of eggs, develop into maturity at a faster rate and enjoy an improved standard of health as compared to chickens raised under traditional light sources.
Scientific studies have revealed that adjusting the colour of the LED lights produces certain outcomes. For example, by using red light, farmers were able to stimulate sexual activity in chickens and reduce the amount of feed necessary to produce each egg, without diminishing the size or quality of the egg. Red LED lights were able to increase egg production by up to 38 per hen while decreasing food consumption by 20 percent.
Green light promotes chicken growth at early stages of development, while blue light promotes growth later along the life cycle of the chicken.
Blue and green light improved feed conversion (the efficiency at which an animal converts animal feed into desired output such as eggs or meat) by up to 4%, and therefore reduced cost per pound of the chicken by up to 3%.
A significant advantage of LED lighting, over traditional lighting for poultry production, can be found in the composition of light itself. Visible “white” light is actually composed of a range of colours, which can be viewed by refracting light through a dispersive prism.
Incandescent lighting, the most common form used for poultry barn lighting, is without many critical portions of the full spectrum found in sunlight. For instance, an incandescent bulb produces a highly diminished amount of both greens and blues.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) produce only narrow bands of color in the red, green and blue spectrums. These narrow bands mean that a large amount of the rich color wavelengths found in sunlight are lost.
When selecting an LED lighting system attention must be paid to the harsh environment in which the lights are expected to work. Chicken droppings contain about 75% water and are high in nitrogen. As the nitrogen decomposes it gives off ammonia gas. This gas is highly corrosive and is present in varying concentrations in all poultry houses.
The housing material used for LED lighting in poultry houses, and indeed all electrical and electronic components must be able to withstand this atmosphere for extended periods of time. Polycarbonate and nickel plated aluminium housings are frequently used. Attention must also be paid to plug and socket cable connections, often a weak point and source of ingress in harsh environments.
With decades of experience in developing photoelectric sensors for harsh environments and utilising specific housing materials, Banner Engineering is fully conversant with the requirements of all industry sectors including agriculture. Today this technology is employed in their rapidly growing LED Lighting range, perfectly illustrated in the new WLS27 strip light family.
Featuring a durable aluminum internal structure and shatterproof, UV-stabilised, polycarbonate shell, WLS27 LED strip lights are ideal for harsh indoor and outdoor applications and resist exposure to high-pressure, high-temperature water, solvents, cutting oils and a broad range of chemicals. The smooth, no-crevice design enables thorough high-pressure cleansing, vital in food and beverage applications.
WLS27 LED strip lights provide brilliant, even illumination in difficult environments.
A redundant sealing method prevents water ingress to achieve IEC IP66, IP67, and IP69K ratings. These cost-effective LED light strips will provide vivid, low-power, maintenance-free illumination throughout their 50,000 hour or more lifespan. A unique feature of the range is the built-in automatic temperature protection. Above 50 °C, the light dims to manage heat and protect product lifetime.
WLS27 LED strip lights are optimal for use where laminar airflow is a requirement. To satisfy diverse applications, the WLS27 is available in eight lengths from 145 mm to 1130 mm. They are available as either stand-alone, or as cascade models that can be "daisy-chained" together for a continuous length of lighting, with a minimum of wiring.
Multiple colour illumination options, including single, dual and dimmable configurations. Colour options include cool white, warm white, red, green, blue and yellow. Dual-colour models feature two colours in one light strip, which maintains the same intensity as single-colour models.
These strip lights are an ideal general-purpose LED light for machine, enclosure, or other industrial lighting applications. Two colours in one device make them ideal for mobile vehicle, machine status, and vision lighting applications.
Poultry farmers are just one sector of the agricultural industry that are now benefitting from the latest technology with lower energy costs and increased production.
For more information, please contact:
Turck Banner Ltd
Tel: 01268 578888