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SHADA BV LED Water Proof Armature

DLG-APPROVED "Resistance to ammonia"

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The approval

A test mark „DLG-APPROVED for individual criteria“ is awarded for agricultural products which have successfully fulfilled a scope-reduced usability testing conducted by DLG according to independent and recognized evaluation criteria. The test is intended to highlight particular innovations and key criteria of the test object. The test may contain criteria from the DLG test scope for overall tests, or focus on other valuedetermining characteristics and properties of the test subject. The minimum requirements, test conditions and procedures as well as the evaluation bases of the test results will be specified in consultation with an expert group of DLG. They correspond to the recognized rules of technology, as well as scientific and agricultural knowledge and requirements. The successful testing is concluded with the publication of a test report, as well as the awarding of the test mark which is valid for five years from the date of awarding.

The ammonia resistance test was performed as a laboratory test according to the patented DLG test standard. This test is intended to determine the suitability of equipment for animal living areas to withstand the impacts of animal environments. The cleaning distance test assesses the suitability for cleaning animal living areas. Other criteria were not tested. As of 2017 the luminaires will be operated in the test chamber both passively (without power supply) as well as actively according to a determined test program.

Assessment – Brief Summary

The luminaire “LED Water Proof Armature” has successfully com­pleted the DLG test for ammonia resistance. According to this result, it can be assumed that these  luminaires are resistant to the typical environmental conditions of animal living areas and that no accele­rated reduction of the product lifetime will occur. In addition, the luminaire “LED Water Proof Armature” was operated actively in the chamber for the entirety of the test. No product damage was observed here.

Table 1: Overview of results

DLG quality profileEvaluation*
Resistance to Ammonia++++

Evaluation scheme

* The DLG test framework provides the following options in its evaluation schemes:
+++ or better = meets, exceeds or clearly exceeds the specified DLG standard,
oo = meets the legal requirements for marketability,
- = failed

The Product

Description and Technical Data

The luminaire “LED Water Proof Armature” tested here is suitable for use in animal living areas.

Table 2: Technical data (according to manufacturer)

Technical data LED Water Proof Armature
Electrical connection  
Voltage AC 100-277 V
Frequency 50-60 Hz
Performance 40 W
Dimension and weight  
Diameter 70 mm
Length 1500 mm
Weight 2 kg
Additional technical data  
Number of LED modules 270 pcs
Housing material PMMA
Colour temperature 4000 K
Dimmable no (1-10V/Dali dimming optional)
Light angle 120°
Light yield 6400 lm

The Method

Resistance to ammonia

The ammonia resistance of the LED light “Patron LED tri-proof light” was determined by a laboratory test with one luminaire according to the patented DLG test standard for agricultural use. The laboratory test is designed to replicate the conditions of a usage period of about 10 years exposure to animal living areas.

The test was carried out in a climate chamber under the following climate conditions:

Test duration 1500 h
Air temperature 70 °C
Relative humidity 70  %
Ammonia concentration 750 ppm

For assessing the ammonia resistance, each luminaire was examined visually, gravimetrically and the plastic parts additionally through measurement of the hardness (Shore D) before and after the climate testing. Since 2017, luminaires have additionally been following a cycle of operation predefined by DLG (3 hours on, 1 hour off) in order to eveluate any thermal impacts caused by switch-on and -off procedures during ammonia fumigation.

In order to avoid overheating (> 70 °C), the luminaires could be operated at a reduced power level during the testing period.

Table 3: Test conditions cleaning distance

Line pressure ~150 bar
Water cold, approx. 1,000 l/h, no detergents
Nozzle type Flat spray nozzle, 25°
Exposition time 1 minute
Distance 250 mm, 200 mm, 150 mm, 100 mm, 50 mm
Ambient temperature 10°C

For all test procedures, the luminaire “LED Water Proof Armature” model no. 2400325, length 1500 mm”
has been used. After the tests, the luminaires underwent visual examination to a reference sample that was identical in construction.

The Test Results in Detail

Resistance to ammonia

Visual test

The comparative visual examination after the ammonia exposure has shown minor discolorations at the inside of the luminaire housing. There were few discolorations on the outside of the housing. The deformation at the housing kept within limits. Due to the high temperature during the DLG test the end cap of one luminaire became detached.

It cannot be ruled out that a limited ammount of ammonium compounds might enter the luminaire housing. Also in this case, no negative impact on the luminaire performance needs to be expected. The defects are rated as insignificant.

The examination of the mounting parts provided by the manufacturer didn’t show any defects.

Gravimetric test

Weight comparisions before and after the ammonia fumigation have not shown any measurable increases or decreases in weight.

Hardness test

During the hardness test (Shore D) no measurable changes were observed. All determined changes were within the measurement incertainty.

Functional test

No defects were observed. All luminaires worked well after the conducted tests.

Based on the results of these tested parameters, the luminaire is evaluated as resistant to ammonia.


The results show that the luminaire “LED Water Proof Armature” fulfills the testing requirements for ammonia resistance and thus receives the test mark DLG-Approved. It can be expected that the luminaire is resistant to ammoniacal air in barns and stables and that no accelerated reduction of the product lifetime occurs.

The luminaire “LED Water Proof Armature” was operated both passively and actively during the ammonia fumigation in the test chamber and passed both tests successfully.

Other critera have not been assessed.

Applicant and Test implementation

Manufacturer and applicant

Molenmakershoek 28
7328JK Apeldoorn
The Netherlands


Phone +31 55 5761693


Test implementation

DLG TestService GmbH, Gross-Umstadt location
The tests are conducted on behalf of DLG e.V.

DLG test framework
DLG-Approved Test “Ammonia resistance”
(current as of 07/2018)


Head of Department
Dr. Ulrich Rubenschuh

Test engineer(s)
Dipl-Ing (FH) Tommy Pfeifer *

*    Author


DLG TestService GmbH - Groß-Umstadt location • Max-Eyth-Weg 1 64823 Groß-Umstadt Germany • Tel.: +49(0)69 24 788-611 •