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LED for Lighting in Dairy Sheds

When it comes to the infrastructure of dairy buildings, it is so important that you have the right technology to best support an optimal environment to cultivate the highest quality yield, while adhering to all of the rules and regulations of the industry.

Installing LED lighting in a dairy building reduces energy and maintenance and provides a superior level of light that not only provides ample illumination but improves the cow’s wellbeing…and increases milk yield too!


Let’s get this out the way and then get on to the good stuff – there is an initial cost of installation. This can be quite high but with the increased milk yield, it means that it pays for itself over quite a short period.


A study at Oklahoma State University has found that switching the lights of the Dairy shed to LED lights improved milk yields by up to 10%. Half of the shed was lit with conventional lighting and the other half with LEDs – all using data from the cow’s electronic ankle bracelet – the cows under LEDs performed a lot better. Some find that LED rope lighting can be a lighting solution in certain scenarios, especially when there are long and dark areas like access tunnels that must be lit.

The uniform LED light gives good access to feeding troughs which encourages the cows to spend more time feeding, also the less harsh light means that the cows relax and stress levels drop. The light colour is also much closer to natural daylight – and researchers find that this is an important factor in improving the cow’s wellbeing.

With a high lumen output, twice that of the fluorescent strip’s, LED commercial lighting work to provide some extremely excellent illumination. The uniform light minimises shadows or dark spaces which stop or slow down cows and makes them feel unsafe and uneasy. LED lights produce no ultraviolet light and do not attract flies like other conventional lights. 

LEDs also provide a safe, and pleasant lighting setup for your employees, enabling them to work in a focused manner throughout the day. You’ll be able to easily monitor and attend to physical issues like injuries.

Reducing Energy Costs

Replacing a typical 400W sodium light with a 150W LED light, could save up to £146 per light per year in electrical costs – no need to point out the massive savings this has at scale, especially over time. With the addition of an increase in milk yield, the payback period becomes fast and lucrative.

Reducing Maintenance Costs

Land life is a huge 40,000 hours and usable for 6.85 years if used at 16 hours a day. The IP65 rating also means that it is perfectly usable for wet and dusty locations, and also operates well in cold temperatures. Along with a polycarbonate cover, there is absolutely no glass that can be broken, and the luminaries undergo massive shock as well as vibration tests during the manufacturing process.

Hopefully, his article has delineated the benefits of having an LED lighting system in your sheds – the benefits are huge and there are massive savings to be made in the long term.

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