Ionizing lighting receives RAV recognition
The Heavy Duty Tube (HTD) from lighting specialist Vekostar B.V. from Deventer has recently been recognized for the Ammonia Livestock Farming Regulations (RAV). It is the only lamp that, in addition to light, also reduces fine dust through ionization and can be used stand-alone.
Lamp and air washer in one
The product has been part of the range of ionizing lighting from Vekostar B.V. The purification of ammonia, dust, odors and pathogens is a technique in which the company distinguishes itself and is unique. The result is a better air climate for the poultry, but also for the farmer. The lamp delivers 180 to 204 lumen per Watt. "So it is also an extra energy-efficient lamp," says owner Aad van der Starre.
The HDT is the most recent development. “The lamp has an IP-65 inflammable polycarbonate housing. The ionizers are placed in the rear of the housing, making the product very durable and long-lasting. The polycarbonate is certified by TUV Rheinland and all lamps comply with the LM79 certification carried out by SGS. The light is made with detachable tubes or these tubes have a small interchangeable driver. This is to maximize the circular economy. "
Although the process for the RAV list for the ionizing lamp is a lengthy process, Van der Starre does have high expectations of recognition. He even states that an increase of fifty percent in the poultry is possible in the coming years. “Of course we have to be careful, but if you consider that for the average broiler house you calculate between six and seven thousand euros for new lighting, the ionization costs no more than 3000 to 3.500 euros. Particulate matter reduction is an obligation for existing and for new buildings to be built. Ultimately, the farmer will choose the most economical solution. "
According to Van der Starre, a major advantage of the HDT lighting system is that you immediately meet the mandatory reduction of thirty percent. “After measurements, Wageningen University and Research reported a reduction of 41 percent. Given the investment a high score. " Thanks to the initiative of the Gelderse Vallei, led by Jan Workamp (PTC), the measurements have been taken over the past two years and the reports have been produced. “With our HDT lighting systems in combination with ionization, we are the most economical. This makes us unique in the market. In addition to good lamps, you also buy an air washer for the stable. This system is not an end-of-pipe solution. With the 204 lumen per Watt, we are also unique. The more lumen, the cheaper the energy consumption. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency even states that we are the standard-maker. We are proud of that. Moreover, we see a technically better result in the completed stables. This is due to less viral and pathogenic pressure and cleaner air. " Thousands of lamps now hang in Dutch stables. In the meantime, Vekostar is already considering a next step. Van der Starre is now working on applying the same ionization technique in the water. This is because of the ever-deteriorating water quality. The first pilot projects are more than encouraging. Van der Starre: "Our mission is light, air and water."