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Safe/enclosed Light for inside coop ?

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Looking for some recommendations for a chicken coop light that can be hard wired to a switch.
Needs to be enclosed.

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post #2 of 12

Buy a cheap aluminum brooder light, and fashion an enclosure out of wire mesh.

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post #3 of 12

If you're at all electrically-minded, go to Home Depot or Lowes and look around. We found quite a few options and ended up going with three individual bulbs hanging from the rafters on ceramic bases - they're all wired in together to a switch by the door. Cheap, easy, and provides great light for the coop. Home Depot had the same lights with enclosure covers too.

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post #4 of 12

One good safe style is the "jelly jar" fixture where there is a jelly-jar-shaped glass cover that fits over the bulb. You can get gasketed versions that are moisture- and dust-proof (meant for barn/outdoor use). The glass thingie that goes over the bulb is thick enough that it is highly unlikely that a flying chicken (or broom tongue) whomping into it will break it, too.

Be careful if instead you make a wire cage to protect the bulb, as this ends up as a major "dust catcher" and can become a fire hazard if not kept reasonably clean.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat

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I agree! Those barn fixtures are the clear rig. The ones I bought have a heavy gauge wire guard outside the glass "jar". I mounted them in my outer lumber shed, and I've whacked them a time or two when pulling a board off the shelf with no harm done. There's no way poultry can be injured on them.
And they were cheep cheep cheep!


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Originally Posted by patandchickens 

One good safe style is the "jelly jar" fixture where there is a jelly-jar-shaped glass cover that fits over the bulb. You can get gasketed versions that are moisture- and dust-proof (meant for barn/outdoor use). The glass thingie that goes over the bulb is thick enough that it is highly unlikely that a flying chicken (or broom tongue) whomping into it will break it, too.

Be careful if instead you make a wire cage to protect the bulb, as this ends up as a major "dust catcher" and can become a fire hazard if not kept reasonably clean.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat


I'm gonna add a light to my coop, Not for heat or added day light just for convenience. I forgot about these lights.Thanks 7L

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post #7 of 12

The fixtures I use in my barn and my husband put in my hen house has the jar covering but also had a metal cage that screwed over that....they are really a good idea in any out building when you don't know what will be flying where!!! And they are very easy to clean!

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Breeding Silkies, SG Silkies, Crele Crested Polish & Ameracuana. Wonderful DH & 2 sons! 2 TN Walkers and 6 cats. Searching for good quality Araucana eggs.    "If you love life, never take it for granted!"

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post #8 of 12

My ceramic heat emitter bulb is installed into a hard-wired socket over the roost. Works on a switch although I leave it on 24/7 in the wintertime here in MN. I put an LED light in the socket in the summer for going out after dark and to keep dust out of the socket.

Don't know what recommendations you're looking for... I used an exterior grade socket with a ceramic base (about $7 at Home Depot) since I planned to put a heat lamp in it. Don't use anything metal or plastic if you're going to use a heat bulb -- it will melt. It doesn't have a cover, though. I would imagine that adding an aluminum dish and cage wouldn't be difficult. I haven't found it necessary.

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i have one of those 18" fluorescent light fixutres that are made to be put under a kitchen cabinet in my coop

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Im a guy that has 1 Light Brown Leghorn Rooster, 1 RIR Light Brown leghorn cross Roo, 9 Hens, a RIR, Black Star, Australorp, 1 Easter Eggers, 2 Cochin mix Banties, White Bearded Silkie, and what looks like a Cuckoo Marans mix hen as pets. and 3 mix breed hens
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