OK, here is the main reason I finally joined the site today---I am slowly losing my mind on trying to figure out the appropriate lighting system for my small coop and run. My chickens all of the sudden stopped laying eggs this week. I'm in Wisconsin so I guess with the shortening days that's not too surprising, though I admit I thought this wouldn't start until October. My house is in a valley and the coop is under some trees that haven't lost their leaves yet, so I'm wondering if the decrease light intensity might be affecting them? Anyway, as I said the coop is small and a lot of the information I am running across seems to be related to larger chicken coops (walk-ins) that would be much bigger than mine. The coop is wired, but the power will be coming from and extension cord I have read on this forum that some folks use LED rope lights but I'm confused with what color white I should try...warm, cool, clear, full spectrum? Also, I was concerned that the material used in these ropes might be harmful to the chickens (some use silicone to make them waterproof). CFLs scare me because of possible breakage and mercury, or is this a silly concern? I mean, is it common that the birds break the bulbs? Because of the size of the coop the bulb wouldn't be all that far from my hens when they roost. Also how intense should the light be in the coop (lumens)? Maybe I'm just making this more complicated than it is. Any input is appreciated.