Sow Comfort

Pig production can be improved by optimising the welfare needs of the animal while minimising running costs. Lighting intensity and spectral quality play a significant role in control of a pig’s reproductive cycle and its overall growth and performance. The cost of production can be reduced through installation of 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.

Pigs and Light

Pigs have a wide 310 degree angle of vision, and are dichromatic, having the ability to detect colours and shades. The retina of a pig contains two types of cones, which are sensitive to blue and green-yellow light. This is suited to the pig’s natural habitat where light filters through the leaves of a typical mature woodland canopy, filtering out the shortest and longest wavelengths at the extreme blue and red ends of the spectrum. Under these natural conditions pigs are ‘crepuscular’ in behaviour, being active only in the lower light levels of early morning and late evening. Pigs’ eyes are adapted to seeing best in these low light conditions, sensitive in the cooler spectral range of 415 -580 nm where blue, green and yellow wavelengths predominate.

Most current lighting strategies in pig farming waste energy and are sub-optimal for the welfare of the livestock. Inefficient technology with inadequate spectral quality and other unsuitable characteristics means that the light technology currently used in most production installations needs updating. Incandescent and high-intensity discharge lamps, the only option for pig farmers for decades, were energy inefficient and had a short lifespan, while their lack of control could never fully meet industry needs. fluorescent tubes, the most widely used form of lighting in pig units, are more energy efficient, cheaper and longer lasting, but, nonetheless still waste much of their energy on producing useless long wavelength light and heat, and they 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 food and bedding.

Why Choose AgriRay LED Lighting

The potential financial and production benefits of Light emitting Diode (LED) lighting are still widely ignored in pig farming.

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 pig 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 of – up to 50,000 hours – helps producers save on the 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 the pig’s welfare and simply controlled to reproduce the subdued lighting conditions of the pig’s preferred wild habitat. Reproduction, behaviour and feeding are all improved when these ‘natural’ conditions can be emulated in the rearing environment. Inappropriate lighting levels can result in tail biting, weight loss and eye damage. AgriRay LED fixtures contain no mercury and therefore there is no risk of contamination to feed or product.

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 pig. 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.