How Many Lumens to candle?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Runawaylobster, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Runawaylobster

    Runawaylobster Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    Redland/Homestead Fl
    I am a cave diver so I have bright LED cave lights on hand and i've been using them for candling but generally they don't work well on Marans Eggs.. They are very bright so i'm wondering if they need to be more focused?


    I started researching what kind of LED would work better and there are so many out there up to thousands of lumens, for very low prices. I'm wondering how many lumens is enough to see into these marans eggs without getting a light that is too hot?

    Had anyone researched this or knows what brightness works well?

    BTW I tried my 21watt HID but it is hot so while it lights up like daylight it isn't good for candling. i can do it but i have to be super fast..
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
  2. red golden

    red golden Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2012
    roxboro nc
    I use a mini mag led. It is 131 lumens . It works on my quail and ringneck pheasant eggs. You would have to have a very high lumen led to shine into those chocolate eggs lol. I wouldn't use a light with alot of heat though you already know this.
  3. Runawaylobster

    Runawaylobster Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    Redland/Homestead Fl
    so I now know that 131 is not enough for Marans eggs :)... thank you...

    i'm wondering how hot the 1000 lumen one really is.. i'ts an LED so shouldn't be that hot.
  4. duckin22

    duckin22 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2013
    South Carolina
    I have a coast hp7 and it says its 251 lumens and I cant really see into the olive eggs I have. Ive never tried the dark brown ones, but if i cant see in the olive i doubt it would work for the brown ones!
  5. Runawaylobster

    Runawaylobster Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2012
    Redland/Homestead Fl
    Thanks for the update... this is kind of like an auction ...... now we are up to 251
  6. JLaw

    JLaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2013
    Forestville NY
    I just bought a defiant flashlight rated at 590 lumes. This is my first time incubateing i just started chickens this year so i'm hopeing this thing will work on most eggs. I'm trying to google lumes to candle not comeing up with much though.
  7. Abundance Farm

    Abundance Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2014
    I am SO interested in this topic. I have maran eggs in my bater now and could not really see a thing except a dark blob. Even the ones I thought were bad I was unsure about and put them in with the others just in case. Surely SOMEONE has solved this problem, or maybe you just have to go with the flow. I will be following this post.
  8. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 16, 2014
    SE Michigan
    180 lumen LED works fine on a turkey egg, which is thick shelled and spotted.
  9. KYBOY

    KYBOY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    I have a 200 lumen that I use to candl with and even its so-so on marans eggs. I have a belt light(commonly called a coon hunters light) that is brighter than any car head light on high but it gets way too hot on high to candle with. I accidentally left the spotlight on bright once out hunt'n and it melted the nylon webbing on the holder.

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