adding some light

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stone_family3, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sun up is between 7-8am and goes down about 5:30pm. Would six strands of white led Xmas lights be bright enough? I plan on adding between 3.5-4 hours of light. I need something that stays cool, won't run up the bill and can be unplugged (I will running an extension cord out there).
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It's hard to beat the mini flor (twisty bulbs) for economy. I doubt a single string of Christmas lights would draw very much more, but a mini flor is only pennies a days. The only draw 13 watts but put out 40 watts worth of light, or something like that.
     
  3. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    It's hard to beat the mini flor (twisty bulbs) for economy. I doubt a single string of Christmas lights would draw very much more, but a mini flor is only pennies a days. The only draw 13 watts but put out 40 watts worth of light, or something like that.

    X-2 on that .You could go with a few LED with std bulb base ,but they are Picey ...cva34​
     
  4. pacific23

    pacific23 Out Of The Brooder

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    What about a small solar powered light with a timer on the light?
    No power cords running across the yard .
     
  5. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    It's hard to beat the mini flor (twisty bulbs) for economy. I doubt a single string of Christmas lights would draw very much more, but a mini flor is only pennies a days. The only draw 13 watts but put out 40 watts worth of light, or something like that.

    One 40 watt bulb about 7' off the floor will provide the proper light for most coops. Mine are all about 100 sq ft, and that's the wattage I use. I am happy with the results.​
     
  6. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm trying a solar light, a Westinghouse shed light from home depot. Trouble is, it's very overcast these days, and the coop/run are surrounded by trees, so it gets minimal sunlight during the day. It seems to last about 15 minutes. [​IMG]

    The cord is too short to move the collector to a better spot, and it seems to be a proprietary cord, I doubt there is an extension available. (and if there was, the voltage drop would probably negate any gain).
     

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