Can you use a dimmer switch on a heatlamp?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Trollkiller, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    Lake Como, Fl. 32157
    I am thinking about using a dimmer switch for my heat lamps. Does anyone know why this may be a problem?
  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    yes but make sure it is rated for the full 250 watts some aren't. This is what I ust read under the dimmer talk on the raising chicks thread. Jean
  3. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    curious why dimmer switch on heat bulb? Too much heat, just use a regular light bulb.
  4. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I use one in the brooder in my house. Each week I just dim the light a little more to reduce the heat, plus they start adjusting to having less light. By the time they go to the coop, they have no heat source and they don't freak out because they don't have any light. The dimmer switch is just easier to raising the heat lamps or changing out the light bulbs.
  5. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Songster

    Oct 26, 2008
    Lake Como, Fl. 32157
    Quote:Regular light bulb is not enough, heat lamp is too much.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Regular light bulb is not enough, heat lamp is too much.

    Have you tried a 150 or 175 or 190 watt bulb, that might be just right. Floodlight shaped, and if you look around enough you can find 'em in red.

    I believe silkiechicken (moderator) uses a dimmer on her brooder heatlamp.

  7. Do they make a dimmer switch that is NOT in the wall hardwired ?

    Do they have them that you can buy that are inline with your electric cord coming FROM the outlet wall ?

    This would be a good thing, as I could use the heat lamp or the reptile ceramic coil hear source.
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    You mean like this one I've been using for the last year?

  9. NightHeronFarm

    NightHeronFarm In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Ridgefield, WA
    Yes, you can and it is a huge help for transitioning the chicks to less artificial light and heat. Not to mention you no longer have to monkey around with constantly raising and lowering the light.

    To make life even easier you could get this:

    Dimmable (temp adjusting) Clamp Lamp:

    And pair it with this bulb...

    Nocturnal Red 150 watt Heat Bulb:

    The combo works fantastic!!! I have the light set at a fixed height and all I have to do is adjust the built in dimmer switch to adjust the temp. The Nocturnal 150 watt heat bulb has created the best sleeping conditions so far at night as it has much less visible light. No chicks partying in the wee hours of the morning. They sleep through the night, I sleep soundly, and all is well.

    For those of you living in colder climate's they also make the same lamp in a slightly larger size (10") that accommodates a 200 watt bulb.


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