How bright does my light need to be?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wsdareme, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA
    I have added a 25w bulb to the coop on a timer to make sure the girls get about 14 hours of light. But is a 25w bulb bright enough? [​IMG] I wanted them to be comfortable enough to roost, so not too bright, while at the same time I want to make sure they get enough light to keep laying all winter. (Note: Keep them laying once they START laying! LOL!!). [​IMG]

    Anybody have experience with this that can give me some advice?? [​IMG]

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I have a 40 watt bulb.

    It goes on at 6AM and off at 8PM
  3. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA
    I just have mine come on at 6pm (which I'll change as it gets dark earlier) and go off at 10pm. I didn't want to have a light on all day in the coop since there's no need for it during daylight hours. I just don't know if a 25w bulb is bright enough to "trick" the hens into thinking it's still daylight. They come in and roost when it gets dark outside anyway. I was hoping to use a low wattage bulb to save money, but I'll put in a higher wattage if needed.
  4. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I read many years ago when I started with chickens, that you need a 40 watt bulb for an 8 by 8 coop. Don't know what others think, but it has worked for me for 17 years.
  5. wsdareme

    wsdareme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA
    Okay, I'll change mine to a 40w bulb. Thanks for the input!!
  6. TheChickenProject

    TheChickenProject Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2010
    I use a 75 watt energy saving bulb. I think it only uses 15 watts of power. Right now, it goes off at 8:30pm. I have it hanging in the run right outside a window in the coop. ( 4 x 10 foot run)
    My only concern is to see how the bulb works in the winter. I know the older ballast type bulbs did not work well when cold.
  7. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
    West Michigan
    My husband bought a couple LED tube lights that didn't work out in my kitchen fixture. They give as much light as a 40 watt bulb in daylight spectrum but they're cool to the touch and use about 10 watts. They're encased in a plastic tube so they can't break. He ordered them from an eBay seller. I'll hang the LED tube inside the roof peak. My coop's about 6'x8'x5' and about 4' off the ground on stilts.

    The stupid timer will probably take more energy to run than the LED tube!

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