electricity in coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jakoda, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Jakoda

    Jakoda Songster

    Apr 12, 2012
    Old Lyme CT
    I am having electricity installed in my barn/coop..I know there is a type of light bulb to stay away from, teflon coated I think..I searched around, but can't seem to find what type of light bulbs that are "safe"...So asking the experts,,what type/brand of light bulbs am I looking for? and staying away from??

    (this isn't going to be a source of constant light, just light when I need to go in there at nite).
  2. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
  3. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

    Jan 23, 2013
    Pocono Mtns
    My Coop
    JackE is spot on. You want to stay away from any exposed bulb because of the dust in a chicken coop which can ignite if it gets hot enough. Besides dust, you don't want your bulb exposed to moisture or breaking. It's best to hardwire your coop; extension cord connections can also ignite from a buildup of dust.
  4. Jakoda

    Jakoda Songster

    Apr 12, 2012
    Old Lyme CT
    I won't be using any extension cords. The light will only be in use when I am going in and out at nite, it will never be left on if I am not in the coop itself..
  5. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    There's a post on this topic here:


    And another with a link:


    Hope this helps you. Personally, I've got an exterior motion-sensored fixture mounted on the side of the barn which gleams into the windows of the coop. It's enough light so I can see and count heads at end of day - and being outside on another structure, I have no worries about Teflon coated bulbs.

    I did mount an exterior electric box inside the coop to allow for a Brinsea Ecoglow to run when needed as a brooder. The exterior electric box is covered with a plastic housing which keeps most of the dust and all the debris out. As for spiders? Well, they seem drawn to the current!

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