Introducing the AviLighting™ Egg Candler

After a year of research & development, AHPharma is nearing the completion of the AviLighting™ Egg Candler!  Developed specifically to meet requirements set forth by real experts at USDA AMS, this egg candling unit will be the first of its kind.

Egg Candle

What is a Egg Candling?

In the United States, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is responsible for the management of egg grading.  Egg grading consists of human graders who inspect 1 of every 75 cases of eggs by hand using a candling light to validate egg grades and ensure compliance.  Graders physically inspect an egg by holding it up to an egg candler light to illuminate the inside of the egg.  This allows for visual inspection to determine if the egg is cracked or contains other imperfections such as blood spots.

The Problem… and the Solution.

Current egg candling technology leaves much to be desired.  First and foremost, the current market leaders employ old light sources (incandescent or halogen bulbs) which run hot and burn out quickly.  Not only does this create a hot environment in which the professional grader must work, it also means increased down time when a bulb needs to be replaced.

There are currently a several LED candling devices on the market, however, these lack many of the features preferred and/or required by professional egg graders.  For example, one key feature required in a modern egg grading booth is a ‘case light’ (light that points downward and illuminates a case of eggs) – the AviLighting™ Egg Candler will be the first LED candling unit to offer this option.  Additionally, most LED candlers on the market are either made for stationary candling or mobile candling – meaning that a professional grader or operation must buy at least two different units.  The AviLighting™ Egg Candler however is both a stationary unit and a mobile unit.  By simply changing out a back plate, the AviLighting™ Egg Candler can be mounted to a shelf, bench, wall, or included stand that breaks down without tools for easy travel & assembly/dis-assembly.  Additionally, the AviLighting™ Egg Candler bundle includes a portable Lithium Ion battery pack that has an approximate 8 hour capacity at full brightness.

Price Point:

Last, and perhaps most importantly, the AviLighting™ Egg Candler is reasonably priced.  At $219.96 for the entire bundle (LED fixture, shelf mount, mobile stand, battery pack, and power supply with ‘Y’ splitter for simultaneous charge-and-use), this product is over $65 less expensive than other leading LED egg candlers on the market… not to mention an included 5 year warranty on the LED fixture and a lifetime warranty on all metal parts.

Where to buy?

If you’re interested in obtaining an AviLighting™ Egg Candler, contact us at sales@avilighting.com to complete your pre-order.  Product will be available starting in April of 2016 with a full release the following month.

EggCandlerRendering

For more information visit www.avilighting.com/product/egg-candler

Still using incandescent bulbs? You could save $3,400 a year with AviLighting!

We recently installed AviLighting in a house that was using 100W incandescent bulbs.  Check out the simple calculations below to see how we are saving a local Delmarva grower >$34,000 over the next 10 years.  Think about it this way… AviLighting comes with a 5 year warranty out of the box.  That means if you’re switching from incandescent lighting similar to what is described below, you will have saved >$17,000 before your stock warranty even expires… and with our Money Back Guarantee, what do you have to lose?

AviLighting Energy Savings

Existing 100W Incandescent

380’ House * 2 Lines of Lights = 760’ / 20’ Spacing = 38 Lights * 100W each = 3800W per House

3800W / 1000W per kW = 3.8kW * 24hr = 91.2kW per day * $.12 per kW = $10.94 per day

New AviLighting System

380’ House * 2 Lines of Lights = 760’ / 8’ Spacing = 95 Lights * 4.8W each = 456W per House

16 Sections of Water Lights * 6W per section = 96W per House

456W for Feed Lights + 96W for Water Lights = 552W per House Total

552W / 1000W per kW = .552kW * 24hr = 13.25kW per day * $.12 per kW = $1.59 per day

Comparison

Incandescent –

$10.94 per day

$328.20 per month

$3,993.10 per year

AviLighting –

$1.59 per day

$47.70 per month

$580.35 per year

Savings –

$9.35 per day

$280.50 per month

$3,412.75 per year

Approximate AviLighting Cost –

$1,791.25 | Feeder Lights

$1,000 | Water Lights

$231 | Control Pan Lights

$305 | Controllers

$457 | Drivers

$499 | Wiring

$4,283.25 | TOTAL

Payback

$4,283.25 cost of AviLighting / $3,412.75 savings per year = 15 month payback

Bottom-line

Save $17,063.75 before your AviLighting Warranty expires

OR

Purchase a $750 extended 10 year warranty and save $34,127.50 per house

PSA 2015 Abstract

AHPharma Energy Systems, Inc. will be attending the Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.  Below is a copy of our abstract which will be presented by Mike Barnas during the meeting.

AviLighting Abstract

Effect of AviLighting Feeder Lights, Water Lights, & intermittent lighting on antibiotic-free broiler progeny & pullets 0-21 day live performance when reared on litter bedding at time of housing to 3 weeks of age. M. Barnas1, M. Roberts1, J. L. McNaughton1. 1AHPharma, Inc. Salisbury, MD.

Previous studies have shown that regardless of light source, <6% of broiler chickens & breeder pullets are actively drinking during the first 24h post placement, thus, reducing early body weight (BW) gain & BW uniformity (BWU). Due to accelerated growth rates, 7-21d BW & early mortality (M) have a large impact on overall bird performance. Three trials were conducted to determine if bird attraction to nipples influences 24h water consumption (WC) & M in weaker-flocks. Two 15m (50’) x 10m (32’) 750-bird rooms with fresh pine-shaving litter bedding were used: Chamber #1a: AviLighting™ Water Lights (AWL, 0.5W LEDs between nipples) with feed trays underneath, and AviLighting™ Feeder Lights (AFL, 4.8W LEDs that sit atop feeders); Chamber #2b: standard ceiling LEDs (SCL, 6W A-19 type). Images on avilighting.com.

In all three trials, either combined or individual light sources over weakly-hatched & antibiotic-free birds, AWL & AFL presented a stronger bird attraction to light plus feeding/drinking behavior due to contrasting light intensity (deltafc >10 between light & dark area). Initial 24h use of AWL proved the historical null hypothesis that chicks are attracted to deltafc >10fc & that both water & feed underneath AWL are essential. Intermittent lighting (toggling each 4h between AWL & AFL on 3-4d) resulted in birds migrating from water to feed within 30min. After 4d, AFL attracted birds to the feed & water areas for the next 2d, before the birds spread throughout the house. WC significantly (P<0.05) increased when AWL was employed, as compared to SCL group. No differences were found in 0-21d F:G, or 21d litter moisture (all <27%). Due to increased WC with the use of AWL+AFLa, significant (P<0.05) improvements vs. SCLb in 0-7d were: BW (166ga vs. 158gb), mortality (<1.2%a vs. 3.7%b) & BWU (9.96%a vs. 11.13%b CV). The same statistical trend was found in 21d live performance data.

Key Words: AviLighting, LED, Intermittent Lighting, Feeder & Water Light, Water Consumption

 Accompanying Video

AviLighting Program

SUGGESTED BROODING LIGHTING REGIME

Equipment Employed:

  • AviLighting™ Feeder Light (over feed auger lines)
  • AviLighting™ Water Light (underneath water lines, 4’ apart)
  • Feed trays or strips of paper (used underneath east AviLighting™ Water Lights)                                                                
Day of age 1, 2, 9  Ceiling House Lights 10  AviLighting™ Feeder Light 3,4  AviLighting™ Water Light 3 Light Intensity (bird head height) 8
Placement-2 days (initial 48-hr) OFF OFF ON (24-hr) >15 fc (Waterer)
3-4 days (49-hr to 4-days) OFF ON(4hr alternating5) ON(4hr alternating5) >15 fc (Feeder)>15 fc (Waterer)
5-7 days OFF ON (24-hr) OFF 4-5 fc (Waterer)
8-14 days OFF ON (24-hr) OFF >3 fc (Waterer)
15-21 days OFF ON (24-hr) OFF >2 fc (Waterer)
22 days to 7-days prior to market (BLUE lights may be substituted for DARK periods).6 OFF ON (15-20 of 24 hours daily).7 OFF >0.10 fc Waterer (acceptable range = 0.10 to 1 fc)
7-days prior to harvest.6 ON (if available) ON (24-hr) ON (24-hr) 4-5 fc (Waterer)

1Lighting regime should be changed in early am (prior to 9 am) to avoid daily 24-hr diurnal disruption.

2 Where possible within the controller restraints, light intensity should be changed over a 6-hr period.

3 Feeder and Water Lights should be placed outside of direct infrared heat transmission.

4 The 2nd feeder line lights will be turned on, with same light intensity requirements, after birds are moved from brooding to growout areas (or are roaming to a point, that other feeder lights are essential, for the birds to find the feeders and watering areas).

5 AviLighting Feeder Lights and Water Lights should alternate 4-hr each 24-hr daily for two days.

6 BLUE lights may be substituted for DARK periods.

7 COMPLETE DARKNESS or COMPLETE BLUE lights may be shown 4-9 hours daily, schedule to be set by the Poultry Integrator Technical Team.

8 Lighting dimming schedule suggestion is to dim over at minimum a 6-hr period.

9 BOTH feed (both underneath waters in trays or on paper and in normal pan auger feeding system) and water will be offered.

10 Ceiling lights are suggested to be employed (only as an option) 7-days prior to harvest, which might only increase feed consumption and additional movement toward feeders and waterers.

 

AviLighting Water Lights

Previous research trials have taught us that only 5% of birds are drinking during the first 24 hours.  This number truly surprised us and caused us to develop a product in order to remedy the issue.  Dr. James McNaughton developed a lighting program to explain how to use AviLighting Feeder Lights in conjunction with AviLighting Water Lights to achieve greater live performance (link below).  Stay tuned for our latest video summarizing the findings of our Water Light trial that is currently underway.  This video will be up before the end of the week (2/27/15).

AviLighting Program