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best wattage for incubator bulb

post #1 of 9
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I put a 25W bulb in but now I am thinking a 60W might be better. I have been running my incubator over night since I built it but the temp doesnt seem too even. I think I need to move the fan. I have to go get a thermometer/hydrometer today at Walmart(it was too cold this weekend).
I am just wondering if a 60W bulb would be better or worse?

(Im already jittery and I dont even have eggs in)th

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post #2 of 9

I used a ceiling fan light that has 4 sockets.  I used 2 15w and 2 7w. 

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Tonya~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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post #3 of 9

I experimented with a few and settled on a 40 watt, it gave me the most consistent temps.

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post #4 of 9

Don't get discouraged Tiki.  It took me most of a week to get the bator dialed in.  You could up the bulb wattage but do it a little at a time.  Your temps may fluctuate a couple of degrees either way but that is okay.  You did install you ventilation holes in both sides and plug them right?  Do you have any pics?

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post #5 of 9
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thanks Tazcat, Rooster red, and Sgray- I am going to get a 40W when I step out for the therm/hyd- I dont have any pictures yet. I want to move the fan though. I placed it towards the top and I want to put it lower and right above the light bulb. As it is now(90 angle from bulb and thermostat) it is blowing air towards the thermostat : it seems like the side of the incubator that does not have light, therm and fan is much cooler than other side. I want to move the fan above the light bulb and on the same side instead of at a 90 degree angle. thanks for the encouragement.smile

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post #6 of 9

I started with a 40W, moved to a 60W and am now using a 75W.  The 75W keeps the most stable temps for my incubator.

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post #7 of 9

I changed my 25 for a 40 and it does help I also dialed the thermo close then adjusted by moving closer then further away from bulb when I got the best placement I set it semi permanent, and I only have about .7 degrees variance.

Kasi

post #8 of 9

I use a 40w in my rather small incubator. Good temps so far.

post #9 of 9
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Oh I think Im finally getting it (lightbulb moment)  Time to fine tune:)

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