Light is a key environmental factor that influences and directs physiological processes in all animals. In domestic boars, research has shown that there is seasonality in sperm production related to the light in the animal’s environment. Light exposure mediates the level of melatonin secretion, which ultimately affects the quality and quantity of the boar’s reproductive products. AgriShift® advanced LED lighting with Dim-to-Red® technology allows the AgriShift® MLS lamp to dim with standard AC dimmers to fully red light output that pigs perceive as darkness. This allows sunrise and sunset capability to reduce the stress of sudden changes in light. It also provides service light (red color) that allows workers to have continual access to the facility after hours without disturbing or interrupting the sleep cycles of the pigs.
Switching from incandescent lighting to LED lighting with dimming can save from 85 to 95% of your lighting electricity costs. ONCE® products have a robust design that is made specifically for harsh agricultural environments. They are suitable for use in wet locations (required by National Electric Code Article 47) are IP-66 rated for pressure washing, and stand up to the corrosive vapors from animal excrement as well as excessive dust accumulation. This is to prevent electrical shock hazard, reduce the risk of fire, and prolong the life of the equipment.
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