The primary purpose of electricity in a barn is to have lights. Still, unfortunately, the placement of lights has been left to the discretion of architects and electricians – not horse professionals. The results give us poor lighting and dangerous, if not just plain stupid, positioning of the fixtures and switches.
Placing a light fixture directly in the center of a stall casts a shadow all around the horse. Looking at limbs or underneath the horse becomes impossible without using a handheld light. Even if you position the horse against the stall wall with the light shining on one side, it still does not illuminate the inside of the legs or underneath the horse. The worst part is if a horse rears up, its head will become injured as it smashes the fixture. Electrocution is also possible.
On the flip side, elegant installations and natural ingress light structures are integrated nicely into ceilings off to the side. Aiming lights provide light to both sides of the horse without repositioning the horse. Having lights flush mounted into the walls of the grooming stall installed a few feet off the ground brings the light down to the level of the legs where good, well-lit examinations can occur. Again, use caution with kicking horses.
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