how to put light bulb on my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by beszchick, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. beszchick

    beszchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a timer light but dont have idea how to use it a have tried all day long but still dont know how to use look at the pic

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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ummm..... read the directions?
    With those, the little tabs that go all around are pushed out toward the rim or in towards the center for on or off.
    You turn part of it to match the current hour of day.

    Looks like it has several other functions that I am not familiar with.
     
  3. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, you have a 7 day pin time clock timer. Easy once you know how.

    Watch this video, it is for a 24 hour timer, but the functions are similar.



    Hope it helps.


    Forgot to add, the 6 12 18 are military or 6am 12pm 6pm...

    Each pin represents 2 hours, the days are given in 3 languages, middle is English abbreviations.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ahhhh.....a weekly rather than daily...missed that big time.
    Wouldn't like it for ramping up/down in 2 hours increments.
     
  5. beszchick

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    Ronp thank you very much got it but should i provide 14 hours of light or more ?
     
  6. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    14 hours should be fine.

    If you are starting now, you need gradual adjustments, hard to do with this timer (2 hour increments.)

    I would start with 12, wait two weeks, go with 14 and stay there.

    Here is what I do:

    There are a lot of opinions on supplementing light to keep the chickens laying during time period where there is less than 12-14 hours of available daylight.

    My coop gets 16 hours of light 351 days per year.
    I turn lights off for 14 days to have birds go into a controlled molt late September .

    Having had to install electricity for the thermostatically controlled water heater, I took advantage and installed a lighting system.

    My system has two timers. The first is set to turn the lights on at 5am, off at 9pm.
    Power goes on, passes through a photocell, then to a 300 lumen LED bulb, 4.8 watts, in the coop, and 2 4.8 watt LEDs for the outside run.
    I light the run because I found the birds huddled outside the coop door in the dark one 5:30am morning...
    They have access to the run 24/7, as it is as secure as the coop.

    The lights are on only when it is dark enough outside to be necessary.
    The time on very closely mimics my Summer Solstice.

    The second timer is set to go on at 8:30pm, off at 9:30pm, a diffused 200 lumen LED 4 watt bulb.
    This low light allows the birds to settle in before all lights out.
     

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