I used lamps at first but tried the MHP with last spring's batch. I wouldn't use a lamp again unless I had a huge number of chicks. Like 50+. For most of us, an electric hen makes much more sense. It uses a fraction of the energy and you won't overheat the brooder (a common problem for folks brooding small batches in relatively small spaces). ETA: I had looked at the EcoGlow but it requires a 50F minimum temperature and I brood outdoors in late winter/early spring when it might drop into the teens or soar into the 80s. The MHP can handle all of that.