Barn Plans - Safe, Secure, and Fast Online Ordering

Search for:
If you have found this website useful, please help us to continue providing this information...
Home

Barn Plans

Horse Farm Planning

Horse Safety

Barn Layout

Barn Construction

Arena Construction

Photo Galleries

Questions & Answers

Recommended
Resources


The Mercantile

The RoundPen

The StableHand

Useful Links

Feedback

Who We Are

Contact Us


StableWise



What type of lighting & plugs would be safest for my barn?

There are many options in regards to types of fixtures and outlets. One good method is to have everything fully weather-tight and self-contained, such as metal "jelly-jar" light fixtures in the hayloft and stalls to contain a breaking bulb (rearing horses and wayward tool handles), and weatherproof switches and plugs. This may seem like overkill, but a barn or arena is basically an outdoor environment. Hoses get tossed around while watering or washing, hands are wet coming in from riding, etc.

 Fluorescent lighting is very even and pleasant, but falling tubes pose a threat. Clear covers are obtainable from the local warehouse store, but a better solution is to have all fixtures equipped with integral covers, which also usually means the fixture is weathertight and will start quickly in cold weather. Just make sure you bring these points up with your electrician, and they will be able to find the fixture you are looking for (usually from an actual electrical supply house). Everything must be grounded, for the safety of not only yourself but of any visitors who may not be as careful as you. Outlets equipped with ground fault circuit protection, or GFCIs, would also be wise. They disconnect themselves from the power source the instant a connection between the ground and "hot" wire is detected. For that matter, having all circuits protected in this way is a good idea. Better safe than sorry.

  Utilities...

Top of page

Home | Barn Plans

Horse Farm Planning | Horse Safety | Barn Layout | Barn Construction | Arena Construction

Photo Galleries | Questions & Answers | Recommended Resources | The Mercantile

The RoundPen | The StableHand | Useful Links

Feedback | Who We Are | Contact Us



Comments? Suggestions? Please tell us!

The information contained on this site is intended for general informational and educational purposes only.
Visitors should not rely solely upon any information contained on this site for their specific or particular needs.

Privacy Statement

Copyright©2000-2005 StableWise