I put a low voltage light in my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dooner, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Dooner

    Dooner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2011
    Happy Thanksgiving all!

    As I said above, I just added a low voltage deck light to the inside of my coop. Nice light. It adds enough light to the inside since the walls are white. I spliced it into the landscape lighting which already has a timer. Our sunrise is at seven and sunset around 4:30, about nine hours. Does it matter if I extend the hours at night or in the morning? I watched them last night go in at 4:30 and they roosted then.
  2. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    actually i was wondering the same thing.....mine go in to roost at the same time...(4:30pm)......i turn my light off around 7pm......i want to get a timer so the light goes on at 5am...
    they need 14 hours of light to keep laying
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011
  3. Dooner

    Dooner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2011
    Should the extrea light be in the morning, at night, or does it matter?
  4. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I think a timer to turn it on at night could be safer. You don't want to have it turn off in the pitch dark and them not find their roost, you know?
  5. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    We extended the light hours in the morning so the chickens wouldn't be trying to roost in the evening and all of a sudden...LIGHTS OUT!
  6. Dooner

    Dooner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2011
    I added four hours in the early evening and believe it or not the egg production went back up within a couple of days!
  7. Hollywood Hen

    Hollywood Hen Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2011
    I'm thinking of doing this in a couple of days...back when I only had a couple of chickens, I didn't really care if they stopped laying over the winter, but now that I have more mouths to feed, I can't afford to have them freeloading through the dark months!

    How much light do you need for it to make a difference? I'm thinking of using on 60w-equivalent CF, do I need more to light up a 4x6 coop? Also, do I need to light up the run as well, or is just the coop enough?

  8. Dooner

    Dooner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2011
    My coop is four by six as well and I only added one low voltage deck light and it lights it up nice. The inside of the coop is all white so it reflects nice.

  9. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    My hens still lay with about 12 hours of light. I have a 13w CFL in the coup that comes on at 5 am and goes off at 7:30 am. It gets dark around 5:30 pm here. Also keeps my quail laying with the same time settings.
  10. jgaepi

    jgaepi Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    davis, ca
    Good question. To add another question, is the light better white or red? If red, should it have a heating element to it? Like a brooding light? I was wondering the same thing.

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