Precision agriculture has made it possible for farmers to work in the fields at night. Some see this as a way to get more done, while others prefer the flexibility of working at day or night. Either way, farmers need some additional lighting even when using automation and precision technology.
LED lighting (light-emitting diode) is a good choice because the light it produces is similar to natural sunlight, and it is considered a highly efficient form of lighting because it lasts a long time.
Germantown, WI-based agricultural lighting manufacturer J.W. Speaker advocates use of LED lighting for several reasons:
Superior visibility: The most significant advantage that LED headlights have over traditional headlights is the visibility they provide. LED headlights produce a crisp, clean, bright white light that effectively turns night into day.
Extreme durability: LEDs use solid-state construction, meaning that there are no breakable bulbs, fragile filaments, or sensitive electrodes such as those found in incandescent, halogen or HID lighting. For this reason, LEDs are a good choice for the rugged and variable terrain found on farms.
Unmatched longevity: Another advantage that LEDs have over traditional headlights is their superior lifespan. One LED headlight will outlive 300-plus incandescent headlights, 50-plus halogen headlights or 20-plus HID headlights.
Fatigue prevention: Studies show that our body’s internal clock (called the circadian rhythm) is linked to the cycle of night and day. More specifically, our brains interpret the color temperature of light we’re exposed to and then tell the body whether we should be alert or at rest. Traditional headlights have a color temperature that closely resembles sunset, the time of day that our brain tells the body to prepare for sleep. LED headlights, on the other hand, closely mimic the characteristics of a high-noon sun, when the body is most awake.
Another reasons farmers choose to work at night is that the temperature is usually cooler, a significant factor considering the record-breaking heat that is plaguing much of the United States recently.
For more information on J.W. Speaker’s products, check out the online catalogue at http://www.jwspeaker.com.
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