STUDY: BROILER GROWERS CAN CUT LIGHTING COSTS 85 PERCENT
AUBURN, Ala. -- Broiler growers looking for ways to trim production costs could cut as much as 85 percent off lighting costs by selecting the right bulbs, according to a study conducted by the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University.
While broiler house lighting typically accounts for only 15-25 percent of the grower's total annual electric bill, depending on type and location, it is still a significant cost, according to the latest issue of the center's Poultry Engineering, Economics & Management newsletter.
Recent developments in light bulb technology now make it possible to replace standard or longer-life incandescent bulbs with new energy efficient bulbs which are more cost effective. High-pressure sodium vapor lights have a very high initial cost and do not provide good light uniformity. Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs typically produce a cone-shaped, non-uniform light pattern, are very expensive, and also may require some detailed electrical work to be undertaken, but they may become more affordable over time.
At the present time, Cold Cathode (CC) and Compact Flourescent (CFL) bulbs seem to offer broiler growers the best opportunity to achieve energy-efficient, uniform lighting in a cost-effective manner. Widespread replacement of incandescent bulbs with CC/CFL bulb combinations is occurring across the Broiler Belt. When done correctly, a CC/CFL combination can result in reducing a broiler grower's lighting cost by as much as 85 percent.
For more about energy efficient lighting for broiler houses and other cost-saving tips, visit www.poultryhouse.com.
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