Artificial lighting links and discussion

Discussion in 'Quail' started by dc3085, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. dc3085

    dc3085 Crowing

    For years I used standard halogen "flood lamps" to light chicks and on those occasions that I light layers. Recently after discussing lighting on another I started doing some more research on proper artificial lighting and wanted to share some of the links I've found along the way. I've not fully covered all of the information I will be sharing so I figured I would get the masses involved and we can all learn a little bit about proper lighting. Some of these sites will cover nearly the same information but I feel that each describes certain points in more understandable terms.

    Before reading these links it may help to understand that domestic poultry are tetrachromatic meaning they four independent channels for processing colors. Humans are trichromatic meaning we only have three channels. Essentially your birds see a whole lot more colors than you do. The light we see helps to stimulate important processes in our bodies and the same goes for poultry, except that they are especially sensitive to light and require specific light to maximize their health, growth, and production.

    Some of these links are purely informative and others are presenting research to advertise actual products. (if you can see the spectrum charts on this link pls download and post them) --> similar to previous link but contains lighting requirement estimation equations for Poultry Production 9-27-2011.pdf --->If anyone has read this let me know what you think of it --->Critical review of the above book.

    It is important to remember where chicks are concerned that LED lights produce no heat so a secondary heat source will be required.

    This is intended to be an open discussion so everyone feel free to jump in, ask questions, and give opinions.
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  2. Dragons4u

    Dragons4u Songster

    Mar 8, 2014
    I had my birds under 13 watt Ccfl, which are only 2700k color temp. I ended up switching them to some 13 watt full spectrum ccfl at 6300K color temp. They seemed much happier with that color temp. Well, till today when the roo flipped his lid and attacked everything. I don't think the light played a part in that though.
  3. HowieNZ

    HowieNZ In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2013
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    Thanks for taking the time to put this together, I only use lighting for a few hours each night during winter to stimulate egg production (to get 14 hours of light) Anyway the next time I need to buy a bulb I will check to make sure it is a "warm light" as the articles consider this the best option.
  4. dc3085

    dc3085 Crowing

    I've read somewhere but can't find any science to back, the fact that many cool lights actually contain all of the proper wavelengths of light just tend to have sharper peaks of those wavelengths. I'm not sure if there are even any negative effects to running a cool light that does contain the proper wavelengths.
  5. Dragons4u

    Dragons4u Songster

    Mar 8, 2014
    All I know is with the full spectrum at 6300k is supposed to be closer to normal sunlight, and my birds seems to play a lot more under it, which I equate to being happier. However, with them being more active they do seem to eat quite a bit more but grow slower. If that makes sense. This batch started laying much earlier under the full spectrum at 5.5 weeks. The hens under the 2700k light didn't start laying until almost 9 weeks. They came from same gene pool. Only difference in their setup was the light temperature.
    I couldn't afford to buy that many of the full spectrum ccfl when I found them.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
  6. Nadeerah

    Nadeerah In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2013
    Staten Island, NY
    Very interesting articles. I have been using these [​IMG] they are zip tied on the backs of the cages. Wired to a 12volt phone adapter that is plugged into a timer.

    Seems to work very well. Most days I get more eggs than hens. So some of them must be laying more than 1 egg a day.
  7. Sill

    Sill Songster

    Dec 30, 2013
    Tempe, AZ
    Unless some of your roos are laying? [​IMG]

    My latest batch of youngsters have started laying this week and the ones on the completely shaded patio layed before the groups out in the yard with direct sun on part of their cages. IDK why that happened. Of course their diet is the same.[​IMG]
  8. dc3085

    dc3085 Crowing

    The light wavelengths they process through their eyes so being shaded doesn't always mean they are getting less useable light than birds in direct sunlight.
  9. Great timing on this DC, and thanks for putting it all together. I am just starting to think about artificial light for my quail and how i should set it up. Since mine will be outside, I assume I should go for a somewhat weather proof model (though the light itself will be under a roof/covering of some sort of course).
  10. jaybeeson18

    jaybeeson18 In the Brooder

    Sep 24, 2014
    If y
    if your using those Christmas lights are you having anything to keep them warm?? Or just the lights?

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