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Farm lighting Energy Efficiency Checklist and Tips

In this article, you’ll learn more about Farm lighting energy efficiency checklist and tips. The information can help you improve farm productivity by a good margin.

Power and lumens required for Yard lights:

Illuminating farm buildings and structures with yard light are not so much of a bad idea; in fact, it’s a great idea. Yard lights provide illuminative security to driveways just as much. Using the right kings of light entails finding the best lamp efficiency. 

To check the efficiency, the basis of what you need to be on the look-out for would be the “lumen” being generated and the power used.  

Power is calculated in watts ( i.e energy), lumen, on the other hand, calculates its intensity.

  • POWER:  using light outdoors means you have to put some things into consideration. You wouldn’t want your light to be too bright or be too dim. That is why you need to be able to calculate what power (or energy), would create what lumen (or intensity).

The too-small intensity and too great an energy would defeat the use of the light either way.

You want your lights to be bright and scare off burglars and human pests on your farm, that’s good. But you still need to be conscious of your electricity consumption rate, so its best to opt for low consumer bulbs with the higher lumen.

  • LUMENS: the intensity of every bulb varies one to another. Lumen measures the degree of how lights are given off (Brightness).  A hundred watt would give-off a range of 1500-1700 lumens. Even at this other types of bulbs differ one to another. Fluorescents, LED and solar all have their intensity at different degrees.

Knowing the Power and Lumens Needed for Outdoor lighting:

Lamp efficiency is important because this, in turn, determines what kind of lamp you need to pick before you have them installed. Lamp efficiency is the ratio of lumens generated to electric watt used.  

To calculate the lumen and energy consumption of a lamp:

  • Know the size of your yard 
  • Multiply the brightness of  your yard one-foot difference from the origin/source
  • Correct multiplication of what above gives you the number of lumens
  • Once you obtain the number of lumens, getting your watts is pretty simple.

Some simple tips that might get how much lamps you need:

  • A number of obstacles: 

The more there are, the more shadows you’d have, the size of these obstacles determines how large the lamps you’ll need and the number determines how much you’ll need. Quite basic 

  • Light distribution:  

What direction is your light facing; exits, pathways, driveways beside a wall? All of this should be taken into consideration.

  • Shadows in the background: 

How dark is the area that needs light? The direction of the sun on it and all

Recommended Power and Lumen for yards:

 Mid-range wattages lamps are best for small yards. The consumption rate of this lamp is quite sufficient, not to so much and not so little, it has a range of about 40 – 80 watts.  Good for broad locations, you can have them fixed on a wall or a post. You should not hang them adjacent to your window. Even at that rate, they might create discomfort for your eyes.

Low wattages bulb consume lesser in terms of electricity, which makes them the best choice for doorways, outdoor sitting areas, or accenting flowerbeds, they do not consume more than 40 watts. 

Once you’ve calculated your yard per square footage and you can calculate the lumen per yard. It becomes easier knowing the bulb you’ll need with regards to calculating your energy consumption.

  • Select Long-Lasting Garden Flood Lamps:

Both solar and electric lamps have their functions in illuminating your environments. Lights in your garden a sense of night beauty just as much as it helps in giving security.  Apart from security, it guides your footsteps; it helps to prevent accidents too. 

  • Electric Garden Lightings:  

Electric lightings require much space in between wiring maintenance, which is unlike the solar lightings. They can go on for years, without needing maintenance. Because they cannot be affected by cloudy or rainy days, they work just fine in all weather situations. 

Even though they but have their pros, the weather condition of your region matters, it could be a determining factor of whether to stick to electric or you could alternate between the two. 

  • Solar Garden Lightings:

Recent solar installations could be a one-man Job, very easily done. Once installed you don’t have to pay monthly for electricity charge.  Perhaps a downside to it is that you need to replace the batteries at least in 2 years. A disadvantage is that they might not function well on rainy or cloudy days.

  Lighting control using the Dusk to Dawn Approach:

In recent times this is one of the best improvements made to garden lighting. The Dusk to Dawn improvement should be fascinating enough for you. 

How Dawn to Dusk light works:

When you hear Dusk to Dawn, think “photo-sensor cells” these cells are emitted along with sunlight, and in the absence of sunlight they lit up, while in the presence of sunlight, they switch off. It would make sense to have such lamps outside your house and let them carry out why they were designed.  As long as they do not detect sunlight they light up, even on very cloudy days. These lamps are a good way to save electricity consumption.

The usefulness of dawn to dusk light:

  • It lights up your garden:  gives you a night view worthy of showing off your ornamental plants.
  • For security reasons:  it helps to ward off burglars and intruders and all kinds of pests including nocturnal insects. Some lights have motion detectors inbuilt in them.
  1. Energy and money are saved: this light on and off automatically, so there’s no excuse for forgetting to turn any light off, leading to the increased tariff in electricity bills.
  2. Control factor:  These lights can be increased or reduced to the intensity that best soothes you. 
  3. Uninterruptible light Supply:  they function with sunlight, which means you can have light as much as you need all night long. No more burnt fuse.
  4. Useful to plants:  in situations where there are shorter days than nights and plants need addition sunlight to grow better, especially when you use grow lights.

Conclusion: As of now, you should be able to decide on what type of light is needed where, how to calculate your light intensity and energy consumed. 

You should also be able to say the advantage of using electric wiring lights and solar-powered lamps.

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