All About LED Lighting Systems in Poultry Industry
The poultry market is recognized as one of the most important industries globally due to its involvement in world food security and its leading role in international markets. On the other hand, light is an important aspect of poultry production. When poultry has a proper day-night cycle, they develop a proper circadian rhythm. This normal cycle is important for poultry as it drives factors such as immune function, growth rate, and reproductive hormones. Therefore, in most house systems, artificial light is used to maximize the production of pullets, layers, and breeders.
Traditionally, incandescent or fluorescent lamps provide the required light level for poultry houses. In recent years, light-emitting diode (LED) technology has become quite popular due to its associated energy-efficiency properties and cost savings. However, LED lighting systems also present some problems and challenges. For example, significant voltage drop issues arise when using low voltage solutions such as 48Vdc.
This article will mainly discuss LED lighting systems, the effects of voltage drop issues, and Hontech-wins’s solutions. Let's begin!
Overview of LED Lighting Systems for the Poultry Industry
LEDs are a type of solid-state lighting because they emit light from solid-state semiconductor chips or diodes. This feature sets them apart from other lighting technologies because LEDs do not generate light from filaments or exciting gases in vacuum tubes.
LED poultry lighting systems can promote the growth of poultry and animals such as pigs, cattle, and sheep. It can promote the absorption of vitamin D, increase calcium, enhance immunity, promote growth, and shorten poultry's growth and maturity period by about 15 days. LED poultry lighting systems can also increase the egg production of poultry by about 25%, the milk production of cattle and sheep by about 15%, and vitamin D content in milk.
There are many benefits to choosing LED lighting for your poultry business:
1. Provide a full spectrum of light;
2. In general, LED is the most efficient light bulb and is measured in lumens per watt;
3. Since LEDs do not emit infrared radiation (heat), they can be made of water- and shatter-resistant non-glass materials;
4. It is usually made of non-toxic materials;
5. It can be designed to focus light on the desired area;
6. The color spectrum of light can be adjusted according to the phosphor used;
7. Easier to dim than CFL bulbs;
8. Dimming can extend the life of the bulb;
9. Long service life – 16 hours per day (50,000 – 60,000 hours) up to 10 years;
10. The peak light intensity is reached quickly after starting up;
11. Ideal for areas where lights are frequently turned on and off;
12. Efficient in cold weather with no change in performance;
The Most Common Lighting Solution for Poultry Industry
In general, farms use a 48Vdc solution due to safety and technical issues with 230V dimmers. On the other hand, while this solution is safe, it also has many drawbacks. For example, if the power supply is broken, the lights cannot be turned on, and a backup power supply is required. As a result, this affects poultry production and increases the overall budget. In addition, voltage drop problems can occur for breeder houses longer than 80 meters. Under these circumstances, the power supply can only be installed in the middle of the breeder house, which is inconvenient to operate.
How Can Voltage Drop Affect An LED Lighting System and Poultry Production?
Voltage drop is the amount of voltage loss that occurs in the whole or part of a circuit due to impedance. The importance of voltage drop for LED-based lighting is that LEDs require a minimum amount of current to light properly. Less than the minimum current can cause the LED to flicker, operate less brightly, or change color. The result is a significant change in the color or brightness of the LEDs at one end compared to the other end.
Light levels (intensity or illuminance) and duration of light (photoperiod) are critical for the development and function of the reproductive system and growth. It is a powerful exogenous factor that controls many physiological and behavioral processes. For example, intensity affects cannibalism and aggression and feed and water intake. On the other hand, photoperiod affects reproductive and spawning cycles, total feed intake, and growth rate.
Therefore, the uneven lighting caused by voltage drop will affect the poultry production and quality. For breeder houses, for example, uneven lighting systems can affect the quality of the next generation of chicks.
No Voltage Drop Lighting Solution from Hontech-wins
To solve this problem, Hontech-wins successfully developed the world's first 48Vdc No-voltage Drop Dimming Poultry Lighting System after in-depth research and high-standard testing. Our solution provides consistent and uniform lighting, no flicker, dimmable light, and perfectly solves the voltage drop problem. The following are the main features and benefits of our solutions:
l Constant voltage driver (in line with Class I and II LED lights);
l Universal AC Input / Full Voltage Range;
l Active power factor correction design, high efficiency, and excellent performance;
l DC48V no voltage drop dimming driver;
l Optional 48Vdc/54Vdc output voltage;
l Patented digital dimming solution;
l More accurate and softer;
l Natural heat dissipation, long service life;
l DIN rail for easy installation;
Why choose Hontech-wins for Your Business
Since 2009, Hontech-wins has been committed to providing the best lighting systems for poultry. Our poultry lighting systems are developed based on research on the physiological characteristics of chickens and field visits to customer farms around the world. Additionally, the team of engineers has 16 years of experience providing solutions to poultry needs.
Our products are exported overseas, and we currently have agents in more than 26 countries worldwide. Contact us if you are looking for a professional and reliable poultry business supplier!