PEEP Question 4.1 encourages producers to move away from incandescent lighting toward fluorescent or LED lighting. Even if you have an older barn, it may make sense to consider this transition as payback periods can be relatively short (2-5 years). This is particularly true if you can carry forward good bulbs into your next barn (LED bulbs last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs).
In a typical layer barn, incandescent lighting will consume approximately 3,890 kWh of electricity. Comparatively, the same amount of LED lighting would consume only 896 kWh. With an estimated conversion cost of $1,405 and an annual estimated savings of $334 the payback period would be 4 years.
In 2016, approximately 20% of Alberta egg farmers still had incandescent lighting. In 2017 we have completed 149 PEEP assessments to date. While there are still some assessments to go, it appears we have made a very slight improvement on that number with 17% of farmers (26 facilities) still having incandescent lighting in the lay area. The facilities with incandescent lighting can broken down into the following age groups:
When are you considering renovating your barn next? Could transitioning in your current barn make sense in light of the payback periods?