Difference between $9.99 Tractor supply heat lamp vs amazon.com $12+?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Wink, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Wink

    Wink Songster

    Aug 24, 2010
    I am price comparing heat lamps for the brooder.... Is there a real difference between your basic $9.99 tractor supply heat lamp (10.5 reflector clamp light) vs any of the more expensive amazon.com lights? Right now, TS has them on sale for $8!!

    I guess the only difference I can think of, there isn't that criss cross bulb protector thing on the TS version? I'm not using the clamp, but probably a chain for suspension....

    I'm not trying to burn down my house, I'm assuming the TS ones are pretty basic, but I'm planning on 16 or so bantams.... Just didn't see the need to purchase a more expensive version if the TS would happily suffice?
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Just make sure whichever you buy has a ceramic base, and is rated for your bulb. Many use a 250 bulb, and many lamps are rated at only 150 or so... If they're both equitable in those two ways, then I'd go for the lesser $$. As I recall, TS was quite a bit cheaper than MANY equitable lamps when I was shopping around.
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    They are all pretty much the same, plus or minus the "cage" that goes over them... They have them for like 9 bucks at walmart, or 30 bucks at the petstore... they are all the same, just trying to get more money out of you by saying it's "for pets"... What REALLY matters is the bulb that goes inside them. [​IMG]
  4. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    as long as it is secure and the birds cant fly into the the TSC light is great that is what I use with no problems
  5. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    $2.01 Sorry![​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Wink

    Wink Songster

    Aug 24, 2010
    Sweet! The TS one was rated for the 250 bulb, and I'm mounting it above the chicken wire so the chicks won't haphazardly fly into the bulb and burst into flames! Yay $8!!!

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