Can a heat lamp be used with a dimmer?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ryan81986, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Ryan81986

    Ryan81986 In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    Pretty much what the title says, since the heat needs to be somewhat controled in a brooder can you wire up a heat lamp to a dimmer switch to allow it to not give off as much heat?

  2. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    Yes, thats the way I do mine. Just make sure the dimmer is rated for the wattage of the heat lamp.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2009
  3. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    Yes! And be careful in installing it. We ruined the first one we bought.... [​IMG]
  4. kartking22

    kartking22 Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    I usually just hang my heat lamp with a small rope and raise or lower it to get the correct heat. The dimmer switch is a good idea to cut down on electricity usage too. I normally use an old floor model brooder along with the heat lamp. The floor model brooders only turn on when it needs heat. This saves on the electric bill as well.
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I like the dimmer switch idea. It would save the trouble of swapping bulbs out in our variable Florida winters. One day it can be 85 in the day, two nights later it might be twenty degrees.

  6. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    Thats how I control the heat in my brooder. I also have a white light wired into mine so that when I need to see real well I can flip that one on or off.

    The dimmer works very well. Just make sure you get one that is rated at or above the heat lamp you are going to use.

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    Last edited: Nov 6, 2009

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