Thoroughbred Lighting

Thoroughbred breeding can be improved by hastening the onset of the breeding season, whilst minimising running costs. Light intensity, photoperiod (longer day length in the winter) and spectural quality play a significant role in controlling a mare’s reproductive cycle. Increasing photoperiod during winter induces earlier mating to satisfy breeders’ demands for early foals to produce bigger yearlings in the sales ring and more mature two-year-olds on the racetrack. The cost of hastening cyclicity in mares under lights indoors during the winter months can be reduced significantly by installing a well-designed and efficient LED lighting system.

BioLumen’s AgriRay lighting range provides a tailored and economical solution to delivering real welfare benefits with reduced running costs in difficult operating conditions. High ammonia and humidity alongside variable temperatures are features of most animal production systems and this has presented real challenges to traditional lighting systems, such as fluorescents, when used with indoor and outdoor rearing enclosures. The absence of any adequate control on the intensity and quality of light delivered by current animal lighting technologies, coupled with the ongoing costs of bulb replacement, means farmers are trapped in a cycle of inefficient energy use, with no biological dividend and therefore no improvement in production. Upgrade to AgriRay LEDs and make your lighting work for you, now, and in the future.

Horses and Light

Horses have a wide almost 360 degree angle of vision, and are dichromatic, having the ability to detect colours and shades. The retina of a horse contains two types of cones, which are sensitive to short- wave blue light (peak 428 nm) and medium-long wave green-yellow light (peak 539 nm), over a wide range of intensities. Having a high number of rods, the horse is particularly adapted to seeing in the dawn and dusk periods of the day and particularly at night. Horses have monocular and binocular vision, and the special design of a horse’s eye allows it to detect motion initially at the periphery of its vision, even behind it and at long distances, and then to adjust its eyes and head to bring an object of interest into distinct and clear focus, using binocular vision when required.

Most current lighting strategies for thoroughbred breeding mares result in wasted energy and are sub-optimal for the welfare of the livestock. Inefficient technology with inadequate spectral quality and other unsuitable characteristics means that light technology currently used in most production installations needs updating. Incandescent and high- intensity discharge lamps, the only option for breeders for decades, were energy inefficient and had a short lifespan, while their lack of control could never fully meet the industry needs. Fluorescent tubes, the most widely used form of lighting in stables, are more energy efficient and cheaper and longer lasting, but, nonetheless, still waste much of their energy producing useless long-wavelength light and heat, and are very expensive to control in terms of dimming. There is also the potential of harm from mercury amalgam used in the manufacture of fluorescent lamps. If damaged in situ there is a risk of mercury contamination of animal feed and bedding.

Why Choose AgriRay LED Lighting?

The potential financial and welfare benefits of Light emitting Diode (LED) lighting are still widely ignored in housing breeding mares.

AgriRay LED Lighting is efficient in delivering light where it is needed and is easily and cost-effectively controlled. Large decreases in energy input in thoroughbred rearing facilities can be expected, potentially saving up to 70% of electricity used for lighting over five years. The long life of AgriRay LED emitters – up to 50,000 hours – helps producers save on maintenance costs of replacing fluorescent tubes, as recommended, every 8-12000 hours (to avoid the impact of degradation of the phosphors on output and spectral quality).

Uniquely, AgriRay LED lighting features a combination of different colours in a single lighting fixture, specifically targeted to improve horse welfare and comfort, and simply controlled to reproduce the optimum lighting regime for conditioning mares. AgriRay LED fixtures contain no mercury and therefore there is no risk of contamination.

For the first time,AgriRay LED lighting offers complete control over the delivery of the appropriate light intensity and spectral quality, at all times of the day and for all stages of the production cycle of the horse. The AgriRay lighting range has been developed with a unique understanding of how the right lighting choices can improve the well- being and productivity of your livestock.