Horses need light for a lot more then just vision.
Light controls the internal clock of a horse but it needs to be the right light.
Designed to enhance and maximise health, growth and performance, Equilux Performance Lighting is a completely automated, intelligent system for equines.
Covering all equine disciplines the Benefits of the Equilux System are:
– Improvement in growth and development of young stock
– Advances the season of optimum fertility
SPORTS HORSES – Eventing – Dressage – Showjumping
– Increases muscle response to exercise
– Improves daytime focus and concentration
– Extends peak performance
– Reduces microbial concentrations in stables
– Permits undisturbed night time rest
– Minimises electricity costs
BENEFITS OF EQUILUX LIGHTING
ACTIVITY – ALERT – FOCUS
More Blue in the light
Natural daylight should have a high amount of blue, short wave light.
A photoreceptor in the horse’s eye is targeted by the blue light than then stimulates the circadian control centre in the brain.
Enriched blue light boosts levels of alertness and activity helping to promote a feeling of health and well being.
Co-ordinating the seasons
Dawn an dusk should occur at regular times that gradually change to reflect our changing seasons.
As spring gives way to longer summer days, as the light begins to fade earlier on Autumn evenings and then the long winter nights drawn, the effects of the changes in light can be seen in our horses.
By regulating dawn and dusk we are able to provide stability, for example, daily feed times. This stabilises and strengthens our horses 24 hour rythms.
Dim red light or darkness is required for the nightly rise in melatonin levels that regulates the horse’s body clock.
White light at night disturbs the melatonin production and reduces rest, immune function and therefore daytime performance capabilities.
Correct lighting at night, dim red, ensures our horses rest and regenerate overnight but allows us to see for our nightly management routines.
EFFICIENT USE OF ENERGY
Using the latest in LED technology, Equilux Performance lighting functions at a fraction of the cost of traditional lighting in stables.
Intelligent – each light has its own real-time self-adjusting sensor that detects the intensity of natural light in the stable provided by doors, windows or skylights. As the natural levels of daylight change during the day, the system will continuously adjust up and down to maintain just the correct level of biologically effective light within the stable, thereby reducing energy requirements.
Electricity is measured in units called kilowatt hours (kWh). The average energy consumed by the Equilux system when run continuously for a 24 hour period is 500 W or 0.5kWh, which is significantly less than the cost of traditional stable lighting.
Average 24 hour usage costs (kWh)*
- Equilux: 0.5
- Incandescent bulb: 1.75
- Double fluorescent bulbs: 2.75
*Energy rates vary by country
For further information on the lighting system please visit equiluxlighting.com