As well shed lighting is essential to the performance of the dairy

  • As well shed lighting is essential to the performance of the dairy
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    Good lighting is one of the main requirements for effective farm work, said Barry Caslin, speaking on energy in agriculture event recently.
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Good lighting is one of the main requirements for effective farm work, said Barry Caslin, speaking on energy in agriculture event recently.

Studies show that increased levels of lighting can improve lactation and growth performance in dairy cattle, said the Advisor to the Committee.

Lighting is also expensive to provide and perform, so the choice of the most appropriate side of the layout and reference equipment is important, he explained.

Natural light can make a huge contribution to dairy buildings, both in cubicle housing and for parlours – he said, adding that the transparent wall sections is also useful. He also noted, dirty fittings can reduce output, 50pcs and pure light so needs less reinforcement.

Even with the best natural lighting resource, artificial light must be used to guarantee light in all conditions, time of day and time of year, he explained, adding that this can be costly and to provide maximum natural light in the first place.

Lighting design is important, ‘ said Barry. He said to consider the way lighting is used in everyday life where is the right place for switches and lights in a position where they can be easily cleaned and where the bulb can be easily changed? He also said that the hardware in most cases should be water proof and dust.

He also recommended to replace the tungsten bulb, fluorescent. For 8000 hours of use, the cost of using fluorescent lighting will be less than half of tungsten filament lighting, he explained.

Replace 38 mm fluorescent lamps with a diameter of 26mm tubes, which use 8% less electricity, said Barry. In 236 mm tubes also cost slightly less and can be used as a direct replacement for existing lamps in most start switch lamps with the modification, he said.

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The high ceiling of the room, high pressure sodium (son) often prefer fluorescent lighting. With higher power, it requires less reinforcement, and the result is a more economical installation.

Instead of relying on manual switching, it is possible to install automatic lighting controls, such as passive infrared (pir) or castles of the time, Barry said.

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