Need the ABC's of ceramic heat/light... Ack!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Buns, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Buns

    Buns Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2010
    Quitman, Texas
    I need some clarification as to some things regarding heat, please. I read that it is necessary to have ceramic base, either in a mounted fixture or clamp type light, if I'm planning to use ceramic fixture, so I get that.

    Then I surf around and find some bulbs, which are colored. I notice that the bulbs only go up to 60 watts though. Then I read that ceramic light fixtures emit more heat than a comparable "normal" bulb of same wattage. So how do I know how much wattage I need? Is there a conversion scale available? Also, the bulbs that I found are here I'm not even sure what makes them ceramic, they look like a normal bulb to me.

    Also, I assume the ceramic heat emitters produce NO light whereas those shown at the link given provide a tinted light? Is there a specific benefit to one or the other? The bulbs are significantly less expensive, that's for sure.

    I'm still confused as heck as to what exactly I need to get. [​IMG]

    Ooh, guess I should say what I'm planning on using them for. I have two commercially made brooders for little bitty guys, plus chicks that I keep in open top Wal-Mart type plastic tubs with a red heat lamp over them until they feather out.

    Thanks for any help!!
  2. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think the bulbs on your link are just colored opaque light bulbs. I've used a 250 watt red heat bulb and a 250 watt ceramic heat emitter and to my mind the ceramic is a slightly gentler heat or lesser heat than the red bulb but I haven't tested them side by side. I like the ceramic for additional safety and darkness but when it was super cold I used the red heat bulb. I use a Premier 1 heat lamp and it is safer than the aluminun.
  3. outlawfarmer

    outlawfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    New Hampshire
    I believe the salesman told me the red coated bulbs r better for ducks etc as the wont pop if splashed with water
  4. DPC poultry

    DPC poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2010
    Mt. washington Ky
    I use a "heat lamp" from my local Feeders Supply it works great for my chickens and quail but i wouldn't use over a 60 watt bulb in them
  5. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    A 60 watt bulb isn't enough, I use a 250 watt heat lamp, but lord kows how much electricity that uses. The wole red bulb thing is supposed to calm them and reduce cannibalism. Its a fairly new thing.

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