Why does color light matter in Barns?

Animals see colors differently than humans do.  By understanding how a particular animal sees colors, we can produce a better quality of light for that particular species.  This can result in more desirable behaviors and enhanced productivity.
Lighting products for humans are typically categorized on a white scale.  But remember white light, particularly sunlight is made of all the colors.  Think of a prism and how it separates white light into all of its inherent colors.  If the individual colors are mixed differently, the color of the light we perceive changes.  As humans, we all have the same types of photoreceptors in our eyes and will perceive the same colors.  When an animal like a chicken or pig sees the same light, they perceive something totally different because they have an entirely different set of photoreceptors.
Chickens have a similar Green sensitivity as humans do but Blue and Red are very different.  Perceived light intensity is considerably higher for poultry then it is for humans. Poultry have a higher sensitivity to Blue and Red Light which effects their personality.
Broiler Lights – Under the Dim-to Blue™ Agrishift® LED lamps, the birds are calmer, less prone to run or jump and consequently put more feed energy into growth. This also has a positive effect on both ADG and uniformity. On-farm testing has shown immediate changes in bird behavior, better feed conversion and increased growth when Agrishift® LED lamps with Dim-to Blue™ functionality were used.
Layer Lights – Once’s Dim-to Red™ Agrishift® LED lamps have shown to enhance egg productivity. The light shortens the time to peak production, extends the peak production period and stimulates the time of lay. Put simply, red light increases the amount of eggs laid by a layer.
Swine Lights – Once Agrishift® MLS swine light provides proper lighting levels that lessen seasonal growth variations, stimulates melatonin production for proper circadian rhythms and produces a calmer animal. The lighting is also used to boost the swine immune system.
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