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  1. 1. A project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology 1-800-346-9140 • www.attra.ncat.orgEnergy-Efficient Lightingfor the FarmBy Leif Kindberg Energy-efficient lighting options present farmers with new opportunities to reduce electricity costs andNCAT Farm Energy help manage farms sustainably. Cost-effective energy-efficient lighting can be used to improve produc-Specialist tivity and safety, and reduce operating costs. This publication provides an overview of energy-efficient© 2010 NCAT lighting technology and explains how to select lighting options that are appropriate for the farm.ContentsIntroduction ......................1Light Quantity ..................1Light Quality .....................2Focus on Efficiency .........3Fixtures ...............................4Ballasts ................................4Lamps ..................................4Daylighting ........................7Energy ConservingControls...............................7LightingGreenhouses .....................7Lighting forAlternative PoultryProduction .........................8 Efficient lighting can help reduce farm energy costs. Photo by Andy Pressman.Dairy Lighting ...................9Lighting Disposal ............9 This publication will introduce you to energy-Summary ............................9 Introduction efficient lighting technologies, and terms used byReferences .......................11 Lighting is an essential part of most farms. Even the lighting industry, and help you select optionsResources .........................11 so, most farms do not use it as an opportunity that meet your farm’s lighting requirements. The to reduce energy costs. Energy-efficient lighting term lamp is interchanged with the term lightFunding for the development may offer inexpensive opportunities for farms to bulb throughout this publication.of this publication was providedby the USDA Risk Management reduce energy costs and improve productivity.Agency. Energy-efficient lighting technologies are avail- Light Quantity able in many sizes and types, including linear Measuring the light level (also thought of as bright- fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps ness or quantity of light) is helpful to determine (CFL), induction lighting, pulse-start metal the type of lamp you need. Light output is mea-The National SustainableAgriculture Information Service, halide lamps, high- and low-pressure sodium sured in different ways. It might be measured inATTRA (, vapor lamps, light-emitting diodes (LED), the units of light leaving the lamp (lumens), or itwas developed and is managedby the National Center for daylighting tubes, and skylights. These long- might be measured by the amount of light fallingAppropriate Technology (NCAT).The project is funded through life technologies can reduce costs in two ways: on a surface (foot-candles). Foot-candles are thea cooperative agreement with common method of measuring light quantity inthe United States Department lower fi xed costs through fewer replacements agricultural operations.of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Visit the and lower operating costs through lower energyNCAT website ( consumption. Electronic ballasts, lighting The foot-candle (fc) is the light level at the work-sarc_current.php) formore information on controls, and proper reflectors further improve ing surface and is defined as the amount of illu-our other sustainableagriculture and the efficiency, quantity, and quality of light mination from a candle falling on a surfaceenergy projects. used on the farm. at a distance of one foot. Outside on a bright
  2. 2. sunny day in midsummer, the light level will be around 8,000 fc. Inside, a brightly lit desk-top 12000K 6 surface will be about 100 fc. A dimly lit street 7000K 6500 - 7500K Overcast Sky at night may be at one fc or less. This is what 5500K Midday light meters measure, and it is equivalent to one 4000K 5000 - 6500K Natural or Daylight lumen per square foot. 4100K Moonlight Lumen fl ux is the quantity of light that leaves 3000K the lamp, and is measured in lumens (lm). All 3500 - 4100K Cool White, Bright White lamps are rated in lumens and may be rated 2700 - 3000K Warm White, Soft White in both initial and mean lumens. The mean lumens of a lamp provide the average rated 1850 - 2000K Candlelight 2000K output over the lamp’s rated life. The initial and mean lumens may be used to compare Color temperature is a scale of color one lamp with another. The lumen output of a (not brightness) rated in Kelvin. lamp is printed on the package of most lamps Related ATTRA publications and will be discussed further.Farm Energy The light loss factor (LLF) is the measure of a Light quality is generally measured by colorCalculators: lamp’s lumen output near the end of its use- temperature and color rendering index (CRI).Tools for Saving ful life in comparison to the lumen output pro- Color temperature (also called correlated colorMoney on the Farm vided by the manufacturer. Lamps decrease in temperature, CCT) is measured in degrees output because lamp and ballast components Kelvin (K). A higher color temperature num-Efficient Agricultural degrade over time due to normal operation and ber indicates that a lamp will emit a more blueBuildings:An Overview environmental factors such as dust buildup. or cooler light, and a lower color temperature LLF may be measured and presented in many number indicates that a lamp will emit a moreSolar Greenhouses ways. It is important to remember that lamps orange/red or warmer light. This is sometimesComparing may need to be selected for a higher-than- confusing, but just remember that a higher colorEnergy Use in needed light level or replaced before they burn temperature is more like sunlight. Most man-Conventional and out to take into account light loss as the lamp ufacturers provide a color description on theOrganic Cropping and its components age. packaging such as “warm white” or “cool blue.”Systems A cool, white light might have a color temper- Average rated life, usually determined under lab-Poultry House oratory conditions, is the point at which some ature of 3,500 degrees Kelvin or above, and aManagement for percentage of the initially installed lamps have warm, yellow lamp might have a color tempera-Alternative Production burned out. The operating conditions that affect ture of less than 3000 degrees Kelvin.Dairy Farm Energy the average rated life lamp include ambient tem- Color rendering index (CRI) is a measurement ofEfficiency perature, humidity, dust, power surges, and how a light source will reproduce colors of vari- switching the lamp on and off. Light output and ous objects in comparison with sunlight. Some light quality (discussed next) change over time tasks on the farm, such as produce sorting, for almost all lamps. Therefore, considerations require light that makes colors appear as they such as color shifting, lumen depreciation, and would in sunlight. Be aware that CRI is mea- loss in luminous efficacy (an industry term for sured at any given lamp’s color temperature and efficiency) may reduce average rated life and is therefore more difficult to use as a comparison should be taken into account. between lamps with different color temperatures. CRI is measured on a scale of 0 to 100. The larger Light Quality the CRI value, the closer the lamp renders a color the same as sunlight. A value of 0 means that col- Understanding light quality (also thought of as ors all look the same under the lamp. brightness or light color) is important for farms that are using light to manage the photo-period Although lamp output or quantity of light is and activity of livestock. A balance among ani- important, light quality characteristics like mal health, comfort, and productivity should be color temperature and CRI also affect your per- considered. (ATTRA offers a variety of publica- ception of light quantity and comfort. Both of tions on sustainable livestock production. Visit these characteristics should be considered when for more information.) replacing a lamp.Page 2 ATTRA Energy-Ef f icient Lighting for the Farm
  3. 3. Focus on Ef f iciency or less in applications where the lights are oper- ated eight hours a day or more. (ASABE, 2005)Energy efficiency in lighting is referred to as effi-cacy and is measured in lumens per watt (lm/w). Determining lamp efficiency can be accom-Efficacy is somewhat like measuring miles per plished in a several ways. To determine thegallon. The more lumens you can get from a luminous efficacy (lumens per watt), look at thewatt of power, the more efficient the lamp and package and divide the number of lumens bythe more you will likely save on your electricity the wattage. For example, a 23-watt (W) com-bill. Efficacy is the ratio of light output from a pact fluorescent lamp produces about 70 lumenslamp to the electricity it uses. per watt (70 lm/W) for a total of about 1,600 lumens, where watts is the rate of electric powerThere are two major cost-efficiency consid- required to operate at peak output. For compari-erations: the cost of operating the lamp and son, a 100-watt incandescent light lamp mightthe cost of replacing the lamp. In most cases, produce only 10 lumens per watt, making it sig-replacing an existing lamp with one which has nificantly less efficient in comparison to a com-a higher luminous efficacy and longer average pact fluorescent lamp. Another quick way ofrated life will reduce operating costs and may choosing an efficient lamp is to find lamps withalso reduce replacement costs. Energy-efficient the light output (lumens) you need, and thenlighting will typically pay for itself in two years choose the lamp that uses the fewest watts.Table 1: Energy cost comparisonCompare the energy cost savings of different lamps by determining the amount of energy the lighting system will consume. Con-sider the example of operating 10 CFL vs. 10 incandescent lamps for 7 days/week, 14 hours/day, and for 40 weeks per year. Todetermine the energy consumption of this or any lighting system, multiply input wattage (W) by time (hours of operation duringa year). To help choose which lamps to install, calculate the annual operating costs.Adjust the operating hours or lamp wattage so this example matches your lighting needs. Type of Lamp CFL Type of Lamp Incandescent Input Wattage 24 W Input Wattage 100 W Lumen Output 1,380 lm Lumen Output 1,026 lm Efficacy 57.5 LPW 1,380 lm ÷ 24 W Efficacy 10.26 LPW 1,026 lm ÷ 100 W 7 days/week x 14 hours/ 7 days/week x 14 hours/day Operating Hours 3,920 h Operating Hours 3,920 h day x 40 weeks/year x 40 weeks/year Energy Use 94,080 Wh 24W x 3,920 hrs/year Energy Use 392,000 Wh 100W x 3,920 hrs/year 94,080 watt-hours 392,000 watt-hours Energy Use 94.08 kWh (Wh) ÷ 1,000 = 94.08 Energy Use 392 kWh (Wh) ÷ 1,000 = 392 kilowatt-hours (kWh) kilowatt-hours (kWh) Utility Charge/ Utility Charge/ $0.0928 $0.0928 kWh kWh 94.08kWh x $0.0928/ Energy Cost/Year $8.73 Energy Cost/Year $36.38 392kWh x $0.0928/kWh kWh Lamp Cost $3.95 Lamp Cost $0.48 Annual Operating Annual Operating $87.30 # of lamps x $8.73 $363.80 # of lamps x $36.38 Costs CostsOther lighting considerations not included in this example may be relevant to your application. Developed from manufacturer literatureand ATTRA Page 3
  4. 4. lamp, a rated wattage different from that listed You may wish to use the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Energy Self with the lamp should be considered. This new Assessment tool rated wattage will be published by the ballast conservation/default.aspx for lighting to help manufacturer. In general, ballasts for fluores- you choose energy-efficient lighting. cent lamps are either magnetic or electronic. Electronic ballasts are more efficient and now considered to be the industry standard. Fixtures Fixtures generally consist of a frame, lamp sock- Lamps ets, and lamp(s) but may also include a ballast, Energy-efficient lamps are available in many dif- reflector, diff user, or other hardware. Lamp fi x- ferent shapes and sizes, with a broad selection tures are very important to the quantity and of light color temperatures, lumen outputs, and quality of light provided as well as efficiency and color rendering qualities. Lamp replacement is safety. The number and placement of fi xtures generally “do-it-yourself” on the farm, but bal- should be carefully matched to the application last and fixture replacement requires experience for the best efficiency. Fewer fixtures with higher with AC electrical. wattage lamps will produce greater variation in light. More fi xtures with lower wattage lamps Incandescent will provide greater uniformity in the light. Incandescent lamps are the least expensive and Reflectors and reflector geometry help trap less most commonly available lamps. Incandes- light in the fi xture and push more light out of cent lamps create light by resistance to the flow the fi xture, improving light quantity. A lamp of electricity through fi nely coiled wires that fixture with a reflector, for example, directs become hot enough to glow. However, they are more of the light to the area where it is required, also the least efficient. About 90 percent of the and in some cases allows lower wattage lamps to energy used by an incandescent lamp becomes be used. It is not uncommon in the typical yard heat, and only 10 percent becomes light. (Hiatt, light for 30 percent of light to be wasted due to 2008) Incandescent lamps generally have a very inefficient fi xtures that may let light go up or short average-rated life. Their short life and poor out from the lamp. (Sanford, 2004a) Similarly, use of energy make them inefficient and some- diff users can be used on many types of lamps to times costly to operate. distribute light horizontally. Agricultural fi xtures should be resistant to cor- Tungsten-halogen rosion, moisture, and dust. For a lamp in a wet Tungsten-halogen (or just halogen) lamps are a location, a sealed polycarbonate or other gas- type of high-pressure incandescent lamp that is keted and weatherproof enclosure should be more energy-efficient than a regular incandes- installed. The enclosure should be approved for cent lamp. Halogen lamps operate at very high use with the lamp, especially CFL lamps, to pre- temperatures and use less energy by recycling vent fire hazards and premature lamp failure. heat to keep the fi lament hot with less elec- tricity. Halogen lamps can be used with many Ballasts dimmers and do not take any time to warm up. The purpose of a ballast is to provide the voltage (ASABE, 2005) Read the instructions carefully necessary to initiate lighting in gas-discharge before handling halogen lamps. and some other lamps. Lamps that require a bal- last for start-up include high- and low-pressure Compact Fluorescent (CFL) sodium, fluorescent, induction, mercury-vapor, CFLs last up to 10 times longer and may use 75 and metal halide lamps. percent less energy than the common incandescent Ballasts function by heating electrodes with lamp. (U.S. Department of Energy, 2006) CFLs low voltage or in some cases supplying very may have a single spiral tube, multiple tubes, or high voltage to start the lamp. Once the lamp tubes covered to look similar to an incandescent is started, the ballast controls the voltage to the light. Regular CFLs have a hot cathode (electrode) lamp to sustain the light discharge. Because made of tungsten wire that is coated with barium ballasts increase or decrease the voltage to the carbonate. The cathode emits electrons that passPage 4 ATTRA Energy-Ef f icient Lighting for the Farm
  5. 5. through a mercury vapor and generate light.A tube with a larger surface area will generallyemit more light. Most CFLs will not operatebelow 0 degrees Fahrenheit and require about aminute to reach full output. CFLs make a goodreplacement for many farm applications.Another type of compact fluorescent lamp, coldcathode fluorescent light (CCFL), is widely usedin the poultry industry. Cold cathode lamps oper-ate in the same way as regular CFLs but last two to Two T-12 linear fluorescent lamps with a single pinthree times longer, are compatible with many types contact. Photo by Leif Kindberg.of dimmers, start at lower temperatures than regularCFLs, and can be turned on and off without sig- and ballast, the T-8 fluorescent lamp providesnificantly shortening the lamp life. (Tabler, 2009) about 15 percent more lumens per watt, and the ballasts are 40 percent more efficient. (Sanford,The unheated cathode of a CCFL requires more 2004) Both T-8 and T-12 lamps can be usedenergy to release the electrons. As a result, cold in sealed fi xtures needed in most farm applica-cathodes are slightly less energy-efficient than a T tions. Most magnetic ballasts used with T-12 he T-8regular CFL. They are also more expensive than lamps will no longer be manufactured after Julymost other CFLs. The long life of these lamps lamps are 1, 2010. They can be replaced with higher effi-will potentially off set the higher initial cost, the most ciency electronic ballasts or with more efficientespecially when replacing incandescent lamps. fixtures and lamps like the T-8. energy-efficientCold cathode and regular CFL lamps are directreplacements for incandescent lamps with the High-output versions of linear fluorescent lamps option (usually 75same medium screw base. will start in temperatures as low as -20 degrees to 98 lm/W) Fahrenheit but are less efficient than regular lin- commonly used inLinear Fluorescent ear fluorescent lamps. These lamps use a double farm applications. recessed contact instead of the traditional bi-pinLinear fluorescent lighting is commonly used or single pin contact used with standard shops, barns, and other covered spaces. The High-output lamps use a special ballast as well.most common designations for linear fluores- Ambient temperatures affect fluorescent lamps.cent lighting include T-5, T-6, T-8, T-10, T-12 The minimum starting temperature for standardand T-17. The T indicates the shape of the lamp fluorescent lamps is 50 F. (ASABE, 2005) Hightube, and the corresponding number indicates output lamps are generally not required unlessthe tube diameter in eighths of an inch. A T-8 the lamp will experience recurring starting tem-lamp is tubular and 8/8” (1 inch) in diameter. peratures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or below.The T-8 lamps are the most energy-efficient Although T-5 lamps are even more efficient thanoption (usually 75 to 98 lm/W) commonly used T-12 and T-8 lamps, they also produce morein farm applications. Compared to a T-12 lamp heat than larger-diameter lamps and cannot be used in sealed fixtures. Sealed and weatherproof fi xtures are necessary in many areas with live- stock, moisture, or dust. For these reasons, T-5 lamps are generally not recommended for agri- cultural applications. Lamps and ballasts should be upgraded together. Fixtures that are the same length can be con- verted from a T-12 lamp to a more efficient T-8 lamp with a new ballast and lamps. The sockets for T-12 and T-8 lamps are usually either a sin- gle pin or medium bi-pin and must be matched with the lamp. The double recessed contactsA T-8 linear fluorescent lamp with medium bi-pin used by high-output lamps must be replacedcontacts. Photo by Leif Kindberg. when converting to more efficient T-8 ATTRA Page 5
  6. 6. Induction The typical 175-watt mercury vapor yard light Induction lighting is a type of fluorescent light uses about 200 watts when the ballast losses are that does not have electrodes or fi laments like included. This amounts to 876 kWh of electric- other types of lamps. Induction lighting works ity per year or $78 per year cost at $0.085/kWh. well in hot and cold environments with mini- If the MV lamp fixture is replaced with a mal loss of light output and is less sensitive to 70-watt high pressure sodium fixture with a heat than other types of lighting. Induction full cutoff reflector, the operating cost would be reduced to $39 per year. The cost of the lamps use a ballast, a coupling device to gener- fixture is estimated at $80–$100 for a 2.5- to ate a magnetic field, and a special type of lamp 3.2-year payback. globe. The mercury in the globe is excited by the Source: Sanford, Scott. Energy-Efficient magnetic field and emits light. Agricultural Lighting Induction lamps are very efficient (usually 50 to 90 lm/W) and may have a rated life of 100,000 hours or more. They switch on almost instantly High- and Low-Pressure Sodium and do not need to cool down before re-strik- Vapor (HPSV & LPSV) ing, unlike many other light systems. Induction High-pressure sodium vapor lamps are moreW hen lighting costs more than most other lighting sys- efficient (usually 50 to 140 lm/W) than metal tems and may work well in areas where chang- turned halide lamps. They emit a yellow-orange light ing burned-out lamps is difficult or expensive. off, and have a low CRI, making them less desir- (U.S. Department of Energy, 2006) able for areas where color recognition is needed.pulse-start metal HPSVs are often used for street and securityhalide lamps may Metal Halide lighting where color quality is less important.take up to five Metal halide, high-pressure sodium vapor, and They may also work well for side sheds, lightingminutes to restart mercury vapor lamps are all considered high pathways between buildings, and general out-because they must intensity discharge (HID) lamps. These lamps door lighting needs. HPSVs perform well at cold are not suited for applications where light is temperatures (21 degrees Fahrenheit and below).first cool down. needed only for short durations due to their (ASABE, 2005) long warm-up time. These lamps do not burn Low-pressure sodium lamps (LPSV) may be out the same way other lamps do. Most HID slightly more efficient than HPSVs (usually 60 lamps should be replaced when they begin to to 150 lm/W). Their color rendering qualities fade (metal halide and mercury vapor) or when are lower than HPSVs. LPSVs may work where they continually shut off and re-strike while the very dim lighting is required such as in secu- power is still on. rity lighting, road lighting and other indoor/ The pulse-start metal halide (PSMH) is a high- outdoor applications. efficiency (usually 60 to 80 lm/W) metal halide lamp and fi xture. Metal halide lamps are avail- Mercury Vapor (MV) able in pulse-start and a standard version. The Mercury vapor lamps emit a greenish-bluish pulse-start system can extend lamp life by half light similar to daylight and are commonly used over the standard metal halide lamp and provide as security lights. MV lamps have low color-ren- about eight percent more lumens per watt than dering properties and the lowest efficiency of a standard HID. (Sanford, 2004) Pulse-start any of the HID lamps (usually 25 to 60 lm/W). metal halide lamps use a different type of bal- In addition, mercury vapor lamps create an last and are not interchangeable with standard environmental risk due to the mercury gas they metal halide lamps. PSMHs start, warm up, and contain. High-pressure sodium vapor lamps are restart faster than other HIDs. These lamps are more efficient than mercury vapor lamps but not recommended for places where instant-on require a different ballast. is needed because they may take one to three minutes to warm up and emit full light. When turned off, pulse-start metal halide lamps may Light Emitting Diode (LED) take up to five minutes to restart because they LEDs are energy-efficient lamps commonly must first cool down. used in home electronics, road signs, accentPage 6 ATTRA Energy-Ef f icient Lighting for the Farm
  7. 7. lights, and spotlights. The popularity of LEDs Daylighting applications where these panels mayis growing, and new lamps are available that work well include shops, garages, and outbuild-are designed specifically for agriculture appli- ings. Panels can be integrated into existing sheetcations. LEDs operate by transferring electrons metal roofing.between two different materials inside the lamp.In the first material, free electrons are released Energy Conserving Controlsand move to the second material. As the elec- There is a variety of energy saving controls avail-trons move to the second material, they give off able that can reduce lighting costs and increasephotons. These photons are reflected using the productivity and safety. These include motionoptical components of the LED lamp. sensors, timers, photo sensors, and half-nightThe electronics in LEDs make them suscepti- lighting photo controllers.ble to moisture, heat, and dirt, all of which can Motion sensors are designed to detect motioncause color-shifting and shortened life. LEDs from just a few feet or up to 100 feet or more.should be carefully selected if used where they They can be used with regular incandescent,will be exposed to moisture or very dirty condi- halogen, and some CFL lamps. Most motiontions. LEDs are still expensive but may work well detectors are not designed to work with otherin locations where electricity costs are high, where types of high efficiency lamps. Motion sensorslamps operate for long periods of time, or where provide on-demand lighting for security anda specific type of task is matched with the LED work areas and eliminate lighting of unoccupiedoptical components. LEDs are currently being areas. Check and adjust the motion sensor tofield tested in Arkansas for conventional poultry avoid unintentional triggering by livestock.brood and feed lighting, with promising results. Timers allow you to control the exact time lamps come on and shut off. Manual timers can be pur-Daylighting chased very inexpensively and often installed inDaylighting uses windows, light tubes, or sky- existing switch boxes. Timers are especially usefullights to direct sunlight inside a building. Day- for areas occupied for short periods of time, suchlighting is well suited for work areas such as open as feed rooms, entryways, and sheds. Electronicfeedlots, sheds, and other areas where work is and digital timers are more expensive and pro-conducted during the day. For barns, shops, and vide multiple on and off points throughout therooms with activity only during the day, a well- day or week. These timers are common in poul-designed and efficient lighting system can rely on try houses, greenhouses, and other applicationsdaylighting and use electric lamps as backup. where lighting is closely managed.South-facing windows and skylights let more Photo sensors are commonly used with securitywinter sunlight into a work area and can reduce lights in a yard. Many photo sensors turn on atheating costs. Properly shading south-facing dusk and off at dawn. Sometimes, security andwindows will let in less sunlight during the sum- other lighting are not needed from early morn-mer and also help reduce cooling costs. Day- ing to before dawn. Half-night sensors measurelighting can be most efficiently integrated dur- the length of every night and switch the lighting new construction. off halfway. Using half-night photo sensors will reduce your security light electricity bill by half.Light tubes are becoming a common daylight- They can be purchased from most any local elec-ing method in a range of applications such as trical supplier.windowless rooms. Light tubes are tubular sky-lights that operate by collecting light, usually For more on energy conserving controls, visitin a clear dome on the roof, and reflecting the University of Wisconsin’s Biological Systemscollected sunlight through the tube to an inte- Engineering Web site at space. Light tubes work well in applications lighting_OL.html.where windows and traditional skylights maynot work well and where light is needed mostly Lighting Greenhousesduring the day. Greenhouse lighting is usually designed to con-Clear or colored roofing panels made of PVC trol flowering and fruiting (called photoperiodor polycarbonate can be used for daylighting. or day length) or increase photosynthesis ATTRA Page 7
  8. 8. plants. Photoperiod lighting is usually measured in hour or minute intervals and is adjusted for plant type. Lighting to increase photosynthetic activity is normally measured in photosynthet- ically active radiation (PAR) instead of foot- candles. PAR is defined as the number of micro- moles of photons that reach one square meter each second. Supplemental lighting to enhance photosynthesis activity is usually in the range of 40 to 80 PAR. (Fisher and Donnelly, 2001) Lighting systems for greenhouses often use a combination of high-pressure sodium vapor (HPSV) and metal halide (MH) lamps. The MH Winter laying hens in a hoophouse. Photo courtesy of contributes light in the blue-violet range and the Jericho Settlers’ Farm. HPS contributes light in the yellow-orange range of the light spectrum. (Sanford, 2004) Linear flu- that blue light wavelengths help calm birds; red orescent lamps are also used in greenhouses when wavelengths may be used to help reduce feather broad light distribution is required. picking; blue-green wavelengths help maintainS upplemental growth; and orange-red wavelength helps main- lighting is Improvement of natural light transmission helps tain reproduction. plant growth and reduces lighting costs. The necessary for type of greenhouse cover, dust on the cover, and The light intensity for layers should be enoughpullets to maintain shaded areas created by ballasts, fi xtures, and to read a newspaper by and will vary with theproduction during other suspended objects all affect transmission poultry breed. Generally, “warm” wavelengthlate fall and winter of natural light. (Fisher and Donnelly, 2001) lamps of less than 3,000K in the red-orangeas days shorten. Lighting systems in greenhouses are complex. spectrum are best for small flocks with outdoor Use a professional lighting contractor to map access. The day length should never be extended lighting uniformity, select the best fi xtures and past 16 hours or the longest day of the year. determine fi xture placement for larger projects Solar photovoltaic lighting provides a simple solu- if possible. If designing a small system your- tion to maintaining egg production during shorter self, purchase a light meter, start with fewer fix- days. Solar lighting systems basically consist of tures, and add fixtures until your needs are fully a solar module, a deep-cycle battery, a charge met. More information on greenhouses and controller, a 12V programmable timer, and an greenhouse lighting is available in the ATTRA efficient DC lighting fixture with lamp. Energy- publication Solar Greenhouses. efficient LED lamps work very well with solar modules. All of the components to build a Lighting for Alternative basic low-voltage solar lighting system can be Poultry Production purchased online for less than $300 or as a kit. Supplemental lighting is normally used by alter- To conserve energy and keep poultry healthy, native egg producers to maintain productivity, use timers to switch lights on and off. Program- and sometimes for alternative broiler production mable timers must be 12V when used in con- in northern climates. Small layer flocks housed junction with a 12V solar lighting system. There during late spring through mid-summer with are 12V timers available online as well as sche- daily access to the outdoors do not require sup- matics to convert a household programmable plemental light. Supplemental lighting is neces- thermostat to a 12V timer. Timers also ensure sary for pullets to maintain production during that birds receive a uniform number of light late fall and winter as days shorten. hours each day. Set timers to light in the morn- Poultry are very sensitive to three aspects of ing instead of the evening to give birds a natural light: intensity of light (measured in foot- dusk and allow them to roost. Check timers at candles), wavelength (measured in color temper- least once a week, and clean lamps if dust builds ature), and day length (duration of light period). up. Lamps should be free of obstructions that Research by Michael Darre and others has found cause shadows on the floor.Page 8 ATTRA Energy-Ef f icient Lighting for the Farm
  9. 9. and utility rooms. The second category includes 10 - 300 lighting for holding areas, feeding areas, ani- Watts mal sorting and observation and general cleanup. 12 These areas and tasks require high to moderate Volt Timer light quality and quantity. Finally, low to moder- Fuse ate light quality and quantity is adequate for gen- Charge eral lighting for livestock resting areas, passageway Controller lighting, general room lighting and indoor and outdoor security lighting. Lamps and fixtures used in dairy lighting include fluorescent, metal halide, and high-pressure sodium. More on dairy lighting Two to Five is available in the ATTRA publication Dairy Farm Battery Bank 2 - 23 Watt Lamps Energy Efficiency. 25-3500 Watt Hrs.The basic outline of a DC solar lighting system forsmall alternative poultry production. Do-it-yourselfsolar lighting systems can be installed in movablepoultry housing in the South for about $300 for a two2-watt LED lamp system or $1,300 for five 23-wattlamps in larger, permanent houses in northern stateswith fewer sun hours.Baby chicks require additional light in theirfirst 72 hours to help them find food and water.A low watt “warm” lamp is recommended forevery 200 square feet of floor space. (Hawes) Thehigh heat from incandescent lamps may double Lighting may be a significant portion of dairy energyas a brood light and heat source, although it may costs. Photo by Andy more energy-efficient (and cost-effective) touse a separate heat source and a solar lighting Lighting Disposalsystem. More information on poultry lighting Most lamps should never be thrown in the trash oris available in the ATTRA publication Poultry disposed of in burn barrels. Use recycling programsHouse Management for Alternative Production. – especially for fluorescent, mercury vapor, metal halide, and other HID lamps that may containDairy Lighting mercury and other hazards. Lamp recycling cen-Appropriate lighting can improve productivity ters can be found by zip code at safety on a dairy farm. On average, lightingrepresents 17 percent of total dairy farm electrical Summaryenergy use. (Peterson, 2008) Optimal lighting con- Conserving energy with lighting may involveditions may increase milk productivity and con- simple solutions like switching lights off, install-serve energy. Factors that contribute to increased ing a timer, or replacing incandescent lampsmilk production include the type of light, the with compact f luorescents, replacing T-12amount of light provided per watt, the tempera- flourescent lamps with more efficient T-8 fluo-ture of the work area, the height of the ceilings and rescent lamps, or upgrading to induction, LED,the length of the lighting period. or daylighting. Efficient lamps and controls canLighting requirements on a dairy farm can be save money in many farm applications. The ini-divided into three categories. The first category tial investment should be compared to the costis visually intensive task lighting, which requires savings, and lighting improvements should fullythe highest light quality and quantity (Ludington meet the farm’s lighting needs. Some farms willet al., 2004). Areas that benefit from this type of require consultation with a professional, butlighting include milking parlors; equipment wash- many other projects can be “do-it-yourself.” Useing, equipment maintenance and repair areas; the tools in the Resources section to help youoffices; maternity and veterinary treatment areas; choose the correct lighting option for your ATTRA Page 9
  10. 10. Table 2: Lamp comparison. Adapted from ASABE, ASAE EP344.3; Sanford, 2004; Auburn University, University of Arkansas, U.S. Department of Energy and manufacturer literature. Average Minimum Lumens/ Instant On Lamp Type Rated Color CRI CCT (K) Ballast Start Temp. Application watt (min.) Life (hrs)* (oF)** Standard 750 – 98 – 2,700 – 5 – 30 White Yes No Below 0 Indoor/outdoor Incandescent 4,000 100 2,850 Tungsten 2,000 – 98 – 2,750 – 12 – 25 White Yes No Below 0 Indoor/outdoor Halogen 6,000 100 3,200 Yes but Indoor/outdoor, Compact 6,000 – 65 – 2,700 – warms up poultry houses, 50 – 80 White Yes 50 Fluorescent 12,000 95 6,500 to full storage room and output general lighting Cold Cathode Indoor/outdoor, 18,000 – Bluish to 82 – 2,200 – Compact 41 – 49 Yes Internal -10 poultry, and general 25,000 White 84 4,500 Fluorescent lighting Indoor, milking T-12 6,500 – 52 – 3,000 – parlor, milk room, 75 – 98 White Yes Yes 50 Fluorescent 20,000 95 6,500 storage rooms and bay areas Indoor, milking T-12 High Out- 6,500 – 70 – 4,100 – parlor, milk room, put 75 – 98 White Yes Yes -20 20,000 95 6,500 storage rooms and Fluorescent bay areas General area lighting T-8 7,500 – 52 – 3,000 – 75 – 98 White Yes Yes 0 of all kinds and low Fluorescent 20,000 95 5,000 bay areas Indoor, milking T-8 High 6,500 – 70 – 3,500 – -20 parlor, milk room, Output 75 – 98 White Yes Yes 20,000 95 4,100 storage rooms and Fluorescent bay areas 60,000 – 80 – 2,700 – Where maintenance Induction 50 – 90 White Yes Yes -40 100,000 90 6,500 costs are high Quartz Pulse- Indoor/outdoor 5,000 – 65 – 2,900 – Start Metal 60 – 80 Bluish No (1 – 3) Yes Below 0 including high bay 20,000 75 4,200 Halide and greenhouses Ceramic Pulse- Indoor/outdoor 85 – 2,900 – Start Metal 60 – 80 20,000 Bluish No (1 – 3) Yes Below 0 including high bay 94 4,200 Halide and greenhouses Indoor/outdoor, High- 15,000 – Yellow- 20 – 1,900 – poultry, livestock Pressure 50 – 140 No (3 – 5) Yes Below 0 24,000 Orange 80 2,200 holding areas and Sodium Vapor greenhouses Low Pressure 12,000 – 1,700 – No Yes Indoor/outdoor, 60 – 150 Yellow -44 Below 0 Sodium 18,000 1,800 (7 – 15) general and security 16,000 – 3,200 – No Mercury Vapor 25 – 60 Bluish 50 Yes Outdoor 24,000 7,000 (1 – 15) Indoor/outdoor Light Emitting 35,000 – 80 – 2,700 – 4 – 150 White Yes “Driver” NA where color identifi- Diode 50,000 90 10,000 cation is importantAll data and information are based upon a survey of literature and do not necessarily represent all available lamps.*Average rated life may vary depending on the lamp being switched on and off and the operating environment.** Minimum start temperatures may vary depending on the lamp and ballast combination.Page 10 ATTRA Energy-Ef f icient Lighting for the Farm
  11. 11. References ResourcesAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Equipment Suppliers(ASABE). Lighting Systems for Agricultural Facilities. FarmTekStandard EP344.3. January 2005. 1440 Field of Dreams WayDarre, Michael. Light and Lighting for Poultry. Dyersville, IA 52040University of Connecticut. Last accessed February 2010. Toll-free: www.farmtek.comFisher, Paul and Caroline Donnelly. Evaluating Supplemen- www.growerssupply.comtal Light for Your Greenhouse. Department of Horticulture, Sells many types of lamps and lighting equipment for poultry, greenhouses and the farm.Clemson University. May 2001. Last accessed April 2010. Real Goods Solar, Inc. 833 W. South Boulder Rd.Hawes, Robert. Lighting for Small-Scale Flocks. University Louisville, CO 80027of Main Cooperative Extension. Maine Poultry Facts. Toll-free: 1-800-919-2400Bulletin #2227. Last accessed February 2010. Sells many types of solar lighting components and kits.Hiatt, Richard. 2008. Agricultural Lighting. Presentation Backwoods Solarat the Farm Energy Audit Training for Field Advisors 1589 Rapid Lightning Creek Rd.workshop. Augusta, ME. January. Sandpoint, ID Lighting Guides. Last accessed April Phone: 208-263-42902010. Sells 12-volt DC timers and other solar lightingLudington, David, Eric Johnson, James Kowalski, Anne components for do-it-yourself solar poultry lighting.Magem and Richard Peterson. 2004. Dairy Farm EnergyEfficiency Guide. Ithaca, NY: DLTech, Inc. Rooster Booster Poultry Lighting Selmech Supplies LtdNatural Resources Conservation Service. Energy Self 19 Norton Enterprise ParkAssessment. Churchfieldsdefault_lighting.aspx Salisbury WiltshirePeterson, Richard. 2008. Energy Management for Dairy SP2 7YSFarms. Presentation at the Farm Energy Audit Training for Phone: 01722 413440Field Advisors workshop. Augusta, ME. January., Scott. 2004. Energy Conservation in Agriculture: Sells lighting equipment for poultry.Energy Efficiency Agricultural Lighting. University of ACF GreenhousesWisconsin - Cooperative Extension Publication (A3784-14). 380 Greenhouse DriveMadison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin. Buffalo Junction, VA 24529Tabler, Tom. 2009. Energy-Efficient Lighting. Presentation Toll-free: 1-888-888-9050at the Southeast Asian American Farmers Association www.littlegreenhouse.commeeting. Clarksville, Arkansas. October. Provides resources on greenhouse lighting design and sells equipment for do-it-yourself projects.U.S. Energy Information Administration. VoluntaryReporting of Greenhouse Gases Program. Last accessed EnviroCept Greenhouses & SupplyApril 2010. P.O. BOX 914 Benton City, WA 99320U.S. Department of Energy. Energy Savers. Last accessed Toll-free: 1-888-326-8634April 2010. Sells greenhouse lighting equipment for large commercial and do-it-yourself projects.U.S. Department of Energy. EnergySTAR. Lighting.2006. Last access June 2010. Visit ATTRA’s Directory of Energy Alternatives (www.cfm?c=business.EPA_BUM_CH6_Lighting for a state-by-state directory of ATTRA Page 11
  12. 12. energy installers and consultants, or call ATTRA EnergySTARat 1-800-346-9140. Provides guidance on selecting energy-efficient lampsTools and Websites and fixtures. EnergySTAR LightingLighting Self Assessment Tool CH6_Lightinglighting.aspx Discusses lighting application considerations and The Lighting Energy Self Assessment Tool available from the general lighting. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is designed to EnSave estimate your current lighting energy use based on your inputs and to suggest more efficient alternatives. This commercial site off ers technical papers on efficient lighting and other farm energy topics.Energy Savers – Lighting and Daylighting Rural Electricity Resource www.rerc.orgcfm/mytopic=11970 National clearinghouse and technical support provider on The Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Savers energy efficiency with an emphasis on rural applications. website provides information and resources on energy- efficient lighting and daylighting. Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Wisconsin-based program providing information, and financial incentives to help implement energy-efficient This commercial site provides a large list of lighting design and renewable energy projects. Agricultural and Rural formulas and other useful lighting tools. Business Programs provides information on energy efficiency for agricultural producers.Center for Ecological Technology Biological Systems Organization provides publications and links on energy- A University of Wisconsin – Madison resource that provides efficient and renewable energy technologies. guidance on lighting and other farm energy topics. Energy-Ef f icient Lighting for the Farm By Leif Kindberg NCAT Farm Energy Specialist © 2010 NCAT Holly Michels, Editor Amy Smith, Production This publication is available on the Web at: or IP369 Slot 368 Version 083110Page 12 ATTRA