coop interior lighting

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WthrLady, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red light or white?

    To extend our laying season, I want to add a light, on a timer inside the coop.

    She this be white or anti peck red?

    And how many watts? 15/25 or is a night light bulb plenty?
     
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  2. aart

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  3. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CFL works great, brightness of 60 watt at 11watt power!!!! Use enough bulbs so it is bright to you. My coop only requires 1 bulb. Some may say that you MUST have certain lumen, candela etc.

    Also CFL does not get hot... no fire risk.

    Red is for heating, white is for waking them. Use timer to add dawn lighting. Control the supplemental light amount so you can control the yield.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Tube fluorescent lighting has a flicker rate the bothers chickens........not sure if the higher flicker rate of the CFL's would bother them or not.
     
  5. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tubes on electronic ballasts flicker at the same rate as CFLs... so unless you've got really crappy ballasts, this isn't an issue (if its even true, I've never seen any research stating tubes bother chickens)
     
  6. WthrLady

    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well they bother the heck out of me! Plus cfls don't last in our severe cold outside here.
     
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    WthrLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first cfls were awful and some of the new ones i can still see flicker, but then i have an issue with lights/flash and sensitivities anyway. The new bulbs are super!
     

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