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US Advanced Poultry Lighting Demonstration a success

The Advanced Poultry Lighting Demonstratration conserves 17,000 MWh and saves growers US$1.5 million dollars annually.


Over 3 years ago a farm efficiency project between the University of Arkansas, Next Gen Illumination and Ozarks Electric Cooperative; all located in Fayetteville, Arkansas; concluded this week when the Arkansas Energy Office published the final energy savings from the Advanced Poultry Lighting Demonstration.

The Arkansas LED poultry lighting project is one of the single largest LED projects in the United States to date. This ARRA funded State Energy Project provided a 50 percent rebate on Poultry LED bulbs proven during field trials. Growers took advantage of the rebate, which totaled 1.2 million dollars, to purchase over 64,000 bulbs which will result in energy savings of nearly 18,000 MWh and US$1,533,000.00  in energy cost reduction per annum. The rebate was available to growers who were installing the lamps in Arkansas.

NextGen Illumination representative, Jerry McCormick, stated that “the success of the program was validation of our efforts over the past four years in building a program to benefit the growers and demonstrate that our bulb excels in the poultry house environment while giving the growers a significant advantage economically. The program was a great introduction to many of the state’s growers of this technology and has helped establish NextGen as an advocate of the farmer and the market leader across this industry.”

NextGen Illumination, Inc. is located in Northwest Arkansas which is the center of the state and region’s poultry industry and home to Tyson Foods, George’s and Simmons.

Source: NextGen Illumination

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    It appears that the information in the article is misleading and in some cases outright inaccurate. For instance, the energy saving stated is assuming that all of the 64,000 energy efficient lights were LEDs and that these LEDs bulbs ALL replaced 60 watt incandescent bulbs, and that the lights were on 100% of the time with zero dimming. The 60 watt incandescent bulbs are used in some some poultry houses for grow-out lights in which the energy required due to dimming is greatly reduced, much below 60 watts. If DCFL grow-out light are replaced with LED bulbs then MUCH less energy is saved. We should not be misleading the farmers with these overstated energy savings. Although, the energy saving are significant and remarkable. However, one of the major reasons for using �quality� LED Bulbs is also very long life. Without this there would not be much cost saving over DCFLs, as LED bulbs are more expensive. Yes, any good quality LED Poultry Grow-out light should last much longer that DCFLs.

    The Advanced Poultry Lighting Demonstration conducted by the University of Arkansas is the largest �Poultry LED Project� in the world and the project�s data speaks for itself. All the credit for this extremely valuable research should be rightly given to Susan Watkins and the University of Arkansas and this study does NOT validate just one LED vendor. There were 5 LED vendors being tested in the subject Poultry Lighting Demonstration. Only one will have the lowest energy consumption for grow-out lights, but there are other factors to consider such as maintenance of light output over time, and ease of cleaning that must be done for LED bulbs to properly dissipate heat. LEDs are sure to be the best lighting solution for Poultry Grow-out lights, but let�s all see the data directly from the University of Arkansas and make conclusion base upon the �facts�.

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