CFLs in coop . . . safe?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frankenchick, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    I know CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, so if they break it's a major mess, but are they safe for the coop? Mine would be a "daylight" 60-watt that would be mounted up near the ceiling of the coop. I know severe cold makes them take longer to brighten, but is there any other problem I should know about?

    What about having one on a timer? Is that okay?
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2009
  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Well, we have one in a shed outside & "takes longer to brighten" doesn't even begin to describe it!
    Sometimes it just stays gray... never really lights up. I wish it were a 'regular' light.
    I wouldn't put one in a coop - seems too much hassle to me. With all the dust and feathers, I prefer a nice small 35 watt that I can cover with a cheap Mason jar.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by