Hi all, I just wanted to share a simple and inexpensive lighting set up that works great for under 30 dollars. 1 Stanley digital timer. Bought 2 on eBay for 14.99 Stanley 38425 TimerMax Digislim Polarized 1-Outlet Digital Bar Timer, 2-Pack 1 9watt fluorescent bulb and 1 simple metal lamp. The timer is very simple to use and plugs into any outlet or cord. I'm fortunate to have full power in my coop wired in but an extention cord is just fine also. The nice thing about these type bulbs is that when it is cold or cooler that come on dim and get brighter as the warm up. So if you want to avoid instant bright light on turn on this is great. I'm in NW MN and the days are getting shorter. I want to keep my girls on around 15 hours of light. Presently we are down to about 13-14 hours of natural light. My coop is on the west side of the barn so morning light takes longer to get into the coop. I have my timer coming on at 4:00am and off at 8:00am. I will adjust this ( just the on time) as fall and winter progress. By late January my on time will be 2:00am or so as it will be dark and the birds will be roosting by 4:30-5:00 pm. Hope this maybe will give some other newbies like me some ideas on inexpensive lighting.