There are many different work areas in agricultural facilities with different lighting requirements.
Stables for dairy cows, cattle, pigs, horses etc., equipment halls, hay, straw and grain stores, barns, cooling and storage rooms, common rooms, washing, showering and changing rooms etc.
Traffic zones, parking spaces, entrances and exits, loading and unloading points, vehicle washing areas, silos, etc.
Ammonia - the special challenge
The reliable, efficient and species-appropriate illumination of stables is a particular challenge. LED luminaires for this application not only have to withstand mechanical loads and intensive cleaning processes with high-pressure cleaners, but also chemical loads, especially ammonia.
Depending on the concentration, ambient temperature and exposure time, significant decreases in luminous flux, significantly shortened lifetimes and damage up to total failure are possible. LED and ECG must therefore be reliably protected. Our special LED light fittings for areas contaminated with ammonia take this fully into account. Of course, tested and confirmed by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) test mark.
In addition, SCHUCH supports the InnoLED_4_Livestock research project as an exclusive industrial partner with its innovative LED lights for agriculture and livestock farming and is thus committed to increasing animal welfare.
The research project “InnoLED_4_Livestock - Increase in animal welfare through innovative lighting technology” was launched in 2017 as part of the innovation funding from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
After ten months of operation and the usual switching cycles, the LED luminaires with dustproof housing (IP65) and standard LEDs showed an average decrease in luminous flux of 5%. The LED luminaires with the same housing, but LEDs with increased ammonia resistance showed no significant changes in luminous flux. These "LW" versions of the dust-/ waterproof light fitting series are specially designed for the use in livestock farming.
These and other findings from various lighting simulations and measurements will be incorporated into a lighting concept for optimal pig and dairy farming at the end of the research project.
Further information can be found in the brochure „Die Innovationsförderung des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft - Förderverfahren, Themenfelder und Beispiele aus der Praxis der Innovationsförderung“ (only in German).
Good stable lighting - more yield
Light not only controls the biorhythm of humans but also of animals. Good, species-appropriate barn lighting promotes the well-being and health of the animals and has a positive effect on their performance.
For dairy farming, this means higher milk yields. Because good, uniform lighting without light/dark zones, for example between the barn, paths and milking parlour, increases the daily milk yield, especially in the dark season.
In pig farming, optimal lighting leads to better visual perception of the animals and thus ensures a significantly lower level of stress and aggression. The animals are more balanced, the meat is better and the yields are higher.
Poultry needs light that is as flicker-free as possible. Infinitely dimmable light with a low flicker index is therefore indispensable for species-appropriate poultry farming. It has a calming effect and reduces cannibalism and death rates. Good lighting promotes in addition the hens' willingness to lay eggs and the growth of fattening poultry and thus increases the yield.
Ammonia-resistant light fittings of our LW-series:
Which light fitting is the right one?
Selection table for the lighting of stables in livestock farming
In addition to basic requirements such as adequate impact resistance and resistance to harmful gases, lighting in livestock farming must also meet the special housing conditions and requirements for animal welfare. So which light fitting is the right one for which application?
light fitting series
cattle / cows
poultry 1) 2)
|LUXANO 2 LW||✔||✔||-|
|LUXANO 2 ER DIMD||-||✔||✔|
|PRIMO XR LW||✔||(✔)||-|
|PRIMO XR LW DIMD||✔||(✔)||✔|
|DUEVO ER DIMD||-||✔||-|
|DUEVO LW DIMD||✔||(✔)||-|
1) According to the animal welfare and livestock keeping regulation, dimmable versions are required.
2) Since light fittings in poultry houses often have to withstand increased cleaning and disinfection requirements, the PRIMO XR LW DIMD is the best choice.
Extreme conditions often prevail such as very high ammonia load, high humidity, higher temperatures (piglet rearing). The additional intensive cleaning processes with high pressure / steam jet cleaners require extremely robust luminaires. If you want to be on the safe side, opt for the absolutely gas-tight, IPX9K-tested PRIMO XR LW or, for mounting heights over 6m, for the DUEVO LW.
- cattle / cows
Their eyes adapt the light much more slowly than the human eye. Large differences in brightness and abrupt changes in light level frighten and unsettle the animals. Therefore, dimmable versions and a high level of uniformity of lighting are advantageous. The ammonia load is rather low and intensive cleaning processes are rare. Our LUXANO LW and DUEVO ER are the right choice.
Horses also react unsettled and startled to abrupt changes in light level. Therefore, the use of dimmable lights is recommended.
According to the Animal Welfare and Farm Animal Husbandry Ordinance, artificial light in poultry must be "flicker-free", as the animals are very sensitive to flickering light. Many LED light fittings are unsuitable for such areas because of their high residual ripple or pulse width modulation (PWM) used for dimming. Quite in contrast, our dimmable LW luminaires have very low residual ripple and are flicker-free! Dimmable lights also allow the use of different lighting programmes to control the dark and twilight phase in the day / night rhythm.