Oct 01, 14
Whether you have a teeny coop in the city or a larger barn for your birds of beauty, lighting is vital to the health and vigor of your poultry. Small amounts of lighting during brooding or excessive lighting during growth season may result in financial or production loss for owners. Controlling lumens, temperature and color temperature are essential for chickens. This means that without the proper lighting, chickens may produce fewer eggs or fail to gain weight in a timely manner. Poultry perceive light differently than we do. For instance, where we see a yellowish or white glow from a bulb, poultry perceive the light as red because of their intense sensitivity to UV rays. Incidentally, this red light has a longer wavelength which enters the skull and skin of the chickens, prompting them to lay eggs. In the past, incandescent lamps were often used for poultry lighting, but these traditional lights are now fading due to their short lifespans, increased heat, and higher energy costs. To ensure the health and productivity of your poultry, let’s break down a few alternative lighting options you may want to consider for your broiler house.
Sep 29, 14
As we race through summer and into fall, it’s not a bad idea to prepare for the coming winter. Last winter, many cities across the US saw substantial snowfall and freezing temperatures. Doubtless, many of you also noticed the formation of ice dams on your roofs and in your rain gutters. On their own, an ice dam isn’t damaging, but any degradation in your roof can lead to leaks and water damage inside your home. It’s a shame since one way to prevent this is a simple replacement of your downlights. Surprised? Let’s take a look at ice dams and how your current lights might be the cause.
Sep 01, 14
The simplest way to show depth is by placing one object behind another object to show space between them. When you place light behind an object, you gain depth and a combination of beautiful shadows with a warm glow that highlights the object for stunning displays or haunting beauty. However, not every design uses – nor should use – the same lighting techniques and principles as every other. So let’s take a look at 4 places to use backlighting that aren’t Instagram pictures.
Aug 04, 14
Setting up the right task lighting can be maddening. Whether you just need to eliminate shadows on your workbench, reduce eyestrain at your desk, or get just the right colors for an art studio, you’ll find different light and setting requirements for each situation. This is the lighting we use for working on our passions and hobbies, but without proper lighting it’s easier to make mistakes and harder to see the fine details we want to put into our work. Sometimes it’s the little things, like a minor flaw or a small improvement that can make a huge difference in how we feel about a finished task. Here’s a quick guide to setting up LED task lighting so you can upgrade to a more cost-effective bulb without losing the quality you’re used to.
May 26, 14
For most people, the main motivation for making the transition from incandescent to LED light bulbs is the promise that they will save money on their electricity bill. But for some, the most important thing about LEDs is that they produce the same amount of light as incandescents while conserving valuable energy. Either way, when giving your home an LED lighting makeover, it can be easy to get carried away with the idea that LEDs use less power and may cause you to add more lights than you need. To keep you from defeating the purpose of installing LEDs in the first place, there are a few things you can do to make sure your upgrade stays energy-efficient.