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Lighting Energy Self Assessment

The lighting industry has developed many new lamps types in the last 10 years that typically offer better quality light, longer lamp life and lower operating costs. The quantity and quality of lighting in an agricultural enterprise can vary greatly. Proceeding with this analysis will help you identify which technologies will help you lower your energy costs.

The Lighting Energy Self Assessment Tool is designed to estimate your current lighting energy usage based on your inputs and to suggest more efficient alternatives when appropriate. This tool incorporates all types of lighting commonly used in agricultural enterprises including incandescent, halogen, mercury vapor, compact fluorescent (CFL), T12 fluorescent, metal halide, T8 fluorescent, high pressure sodium and T5 fluorescent lamps. You will be asked to list the different types of lights you use at different locations on your farm. At the end, a detailed report will indicate your baseline energy use and suggest other more efficient technologies that will reduce your lighting costs.