31 Aug Improve Health With The Equilume Stable Lighting System
Equilume’s Stable Lighting is the newest innovation in lighting technology and provides biologically effective light in a system that replicates the benefits of nature’s environmental lighting for the stabled horse. When installed, this science-backed lighting system immediately acts to influence health, performance and welfare by naturally strengthening the horse’s circadian rhythms.
A key proven component is the blue-enriched daytime light that best mimics the spectrum of natural daylight boosting metabolism, alertness, appetite and reducing the growth of bacteria and fungi in the horse’s environment. The light provides a cleaner environment that contributes to improved respiratory health and accelerated wound healing.
A second unique component of the Equilume Stable Lighting System is that the lights dim to red at night. As we frequently interact with horses during darkness hours, it is often necessary to turn on lights to see at night. White light at night is a major cause of reduced health and welfare to humans and horses as it disrupts an animal’s circadian rhythms. The immune system functions optimally when an animal is permitted adequate rest and recovery at night and when levels of the hormone melatonin are high. This is better promoted under low levels of red light and also allows adequate visibility for staff to carry out routine tasks after dark. A third component is the gradual dim up at dawn and dim down at dusk, allowing horses to experience a gradual change in light intensity similar to the natural environment, keeping stress levels low.
The Equilume Stable Lighting system replicates the seasonal changes in day length but with a specially customised programme for horses that extends the duration of peak performance and ensures that horses have the optimum exposure to daytime light even in the dark winter months. Equilume’s LED technology functions at a fraction of the cost of traditional stable lighting, greatly minimising energy costs. The system’s ability to naturally enhance a horse’s health and strengthen the immune system will also result in less intervention from your vet further reducing management costs.