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Lighting Systems for Agricultural Facilities

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

ASAE  ASAE EP344.4   January  2014

Keywords: Facilities, Lighting

1 Purpose and Scope

1.1 This Engineering Practice is intended to guide those responsible for or concerned with the design of lighting installations on or within agricultural facilities.

1.2 This Engineering Practice applies to the effective performance of workers as they accomplish specific tasks requiring various levels of illuminance and it applies to lighting installations used to change the physiological or biological properties of livestock, birds, fish and plants to alter their production capabilities.

1.3 The lighting recommendations are based on information obtained from search of current literature, from people and organizations active in this field, and from field measurements of lighting requirements for difficult seeing tasks. This document is in accordance with the latest knowledge and practice of the lighting field, and conforms to all official IESNA reports. However, future progress in agriculture and lighting will undoubtedly make revisions desirable.

1.4 Lighting systems must be installed safely. In all cases, the National Electrical Code and Building Codes, plus local codes, will take precedence. This document is primarily for effective, efficient production in agriculture.

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