Because there was already plenty of natural light in his stables, Rooijakkers needed no lighting at all. But when he started using a new barn at the end of 2017, he decided that he still wanted to start with a clean slate. And that turned out to be easier than expected. Rooijakkers: "I used to have PL lighting and I still had the fixtures of it. So I only had to have them hung again. I could then simply screw in the ionizing lamps myself. So as easy as replacing a lamp, literally! "
The farmer has now been enjoying his brand new, extra bright 100 by 16 meter barn for more than six months, in which he keeps 30,000 laying hens. Because he did not need extra light, he opted for lamps that only ionize. In this way, he can have them capture particulate matter 24 hours a day, instead of only running for 16 hours. "I like that the ionizing LED lamps can also do their job at night. Instead of light, they emit a subtle green glow in the dark. That's how I know they're doing it."
In two years' time, Rooijakkers will have the five old barns, where he previously kept 22,500 hens, demolished in order to build new barns there as well. The farmer does not yet know how exactly he will set up it and according to which concept he will keep laying hens there. He does know, however, that he will also be using ionizing stable lighting there. "I don't have any hard evidence, but I still have a strong feeling that the situation in my barn is healthier now. It also increases my job satisfaction," says the satisfied laying hen farmer.