At Dalton, we know how significant small differences can be. Poultry lighting may seem low on the list of priorities, but keeping your chickens and turkeys happy while inside is vital for maintaining their overall health - a factor that can have a considerable bearing on their growth, productivity and your bottom line.
Types of Poultry Lighting Products
Poultry LED Lighting
LED lighting is the current industry standard. They allow for a greater spread, meaning fewer dark spots, and can be easily dimmed and altered. Our 48 volt link-light poultry-specific system is one of our most popular products. It can be installed by the customer thanks to it’s plug and play connectors, and with a simple connection into the main control panel by a qualified electrician your good to go!
The link-light has a 6 lane control system where individual lanes can be timed and dimmed.
Incandescent lighting has long been the standard for small to medium poultry farms. They tend to provide a powerful, almost blinding light that doesn't have the same characteristics as the sun - striking a happy medium.
Fluorescent lighting is again a well-used method falling slowly out of fashion. Fluorescent Lighting constantly flickers and can affect production in laying houses and in broilers. Fluorescent tubes are now extremely expensive, so swapping to LED will soon pay for itself as they are very reliable.
Light metres are a vital component on any poultry farm. They accurately tell you the light levels at bird height. Dalton also have the DOL10 LUX sensor which can be wired in to the lighting control to keep even light distribution when windows or pop holes are open.
What is the best lighting for a chicken shed?
LED is generally the best option for lighting in a chicken shed. Incandescent lights offer an easily maintainable option, even in dusty environments, but fail to provide the same overall conditions as LED. Plus, they offer lower costs in the long run, durability, and non-toxicity.
Why is poultry lighting so important?
Light intensity and duration play a massive role in poultry well-being and reproduction. When light is too intense, it can cause aggression or even cannibalism, while not long enough can badly affect laying patterns and feed conversion.
What is the correct lighting program for laying hens?
A lighting program should last at least 14 hours, with light-controlled houses requiring roughly 15 to 30 lux (1.5 to 3.0-foot candles), while open-sided houses need between 30 and 40 lux (3 to 4-foot candles) in open-sided houses.
Is LED light good for poultry?
LED lighting is an excellent choice for poultry lighting. They usually have a better spread, meaning fewer dark spots and lower levels of bird stress, and contain little to no radiation levels. Ensure your light and dimmer are set to appropriate levels.
How many hours a day do chickens need light?
According to the RSPCA Standards 2017 for Laying hens, the lighting system in the hen house must provide in each period of 24 hours:
a) a minimum period of 8 hours continuous light, by the provision of either artificial light or access to daylight
b) a minimum period of 6 hours continuous darkness in every 24 hour cycle, except when the natural darkness period is shorter.
And for Broilers..
In each 24 hour period, chickens must be provided with:
a) a minimum period of 8 hours continuous light
b) a minimum period of 6 hours and a maximum of 12 hours continuous darkness, except:
i. for birds up to a maximum of 7 days of age and 3 days prior to slaughter, when the minimum period of continuous darkness must be at least 2 hours
ii. where natural light is provided and the natural period of darkness is shorter than 6 hours.
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