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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: threelittlesheep on February 23, 2016, 01:48:39 pm

Title: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: threelittlesheep on February 23, 2016, 01:48:39 pm
Hi all

Having run the battery down in my vehicle last year thought I would get some lighting organised this time!

My ewes will lamb in an high, open-fronted hay barn which doesn't have electricity.  Looking at options, does anyone have experience of using something like the attached? I would have two with a spare to light an area of about 32' by 32'. Sorry not in metres, counting the hurdles on each side!

http://www.lightingever.co.uk/10w-portable-led-work-light-dw.html (http://www.lightingever.co.uk/10w-portable-led-work-light-dw.html)
Title: Re: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: Foobar on February 23, 2016, 02:20:54 pm
10m x 10m barn?  .... I would go for two of the 20W ones?


I use two 13W LED normal bulbs in a stable which is half/quarter the size of your barn.  You'll want to hoist them up too so that they flood as big an area as possible.
Title: Re: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: Hillview Farm on February 23, 2016, 02:31:09 pm
I've always had this problem with having no electricity.

We have leisure batteries for electric fencing in the summer and no real use for them in the winter and spring so we got two tractor working lights,  2nd 4m normal wire (Like extension lead) and rig it up on battery clips.

Think it cost 20 pounds in total and give the batteries something to do as they need charging monthly to keep them working and they last hours!
Title: Re: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: Buffy the eggs layer on February 23, 2016, 05:00:34 pm
No but I think its a good idea. We use a similar electric work lights on a stand for our only unlit building. These look good but they are not very expensive so I would read some reviews. If there is a more powerful , expensive one I would opt for that and as Foobar says make sure you have enough to cast the light over the whole area.
Title: Re: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: Buffy the eggs layer on February 23, 2016, 05:06:44 pm
Amazon have it for the same price pigs but one of the reviewers says it cuts out without warning after 3 hours.....?
Title: Re: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: waterbuffalofarmer on February 23, 2016, 05:11:39 pm
We bought a really strong light which lights up the whole farmyard and the whole front field when it is pitch black, so probably wouldn't be ideal for the lambing shed would it? :roflanim: Have you tried your local curry's? I have looked up what I bought on google and it looks like it is close to 200 for one, so again not idea. What was the original make which you had? The light I bought could be attached anywhere and wasn't fixed in permanently
Title: Re: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: Red on February 23, 2016, 09:13:15 pm
We use car batteries and over head lights, works a treat, but always remember to have a spare battery on hand all /charged up!
Title: Re: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: Dogwalker on February 23, 2016, 10:38:17 pm
I've just got two of the 10w ones for my shed.
One lights up 15' x 20' really brightly, I've hooked it on the post about 6'6'' up so I can still reach the on/off switch.
It does just cut out without much warning, the red light come on on the side beforehand but you have to be in a position to see it which is unlikely.  I'm pleased with them so far but only just got them.
Title: Re: Temporary lighting for lambing barn
Post by: MarthaR on February 24, 2016, 09:34:46 pm
I use the same sort of thing in my pig shed during pre-farrowing and early days. I have three I use on rotation but buy them from screwfix who do a range of them in different sizes and strengths for outdoor work. I really like them - solid enough not to break, you can angle them and you can hook them overhead.
Martha R