New Light bulbs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Blue CopperHen, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Blue CopperHen

    Blue CopperHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is anyone else frustrated by not being able to buy a normal light bulb? I tend to use household 100 to 200 watt bulbs in my brooders and I just had to actually buy a 250 watt brooder lamp for my chicks. I prefer the 200"s because the 250"s just tend to be TOO hot. ( I keep my brooders in a spare bedroom.) I agree that we should conserve energy, but geeze!
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes I am. I use the 100's in my brooders.
     
  3. Blue CopperHen

    Blue CopperHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to go to three stores and couldn't find anything. I had to go to TSC and buy regular brooder bulbs.
     
  4. Blue CopperHen

    Blue CopperHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also feel that the 100"s are less of a fire hazard than the 250"s.
     
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    In the interest of cutting electricity usage, the government bans 100w bulbs and makes you run 250w bulbs instead? Not really that surprising given the extreme lack of common sense shown by politicians everywhere -- still it is frustrating.

    I think that the 250w bulbs could be put on a dimmer switch to let you regulate the temp. I think the use of dimmers makes incandescent bulbs last longer too, but I'm not an expert on that.
     
  6. Chickens R Us

    Chickens R Us Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a 100w red reptile bulb. You can get them at most pet stores.
     
  7. Blue CopperHen

    Blue CopperHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2! It just doesn't make much sense, does it? I don't have the mechanic skills to put a dimmer switch on. lol
     
  8. Blue CopperHen

    Blue CopperHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea, thank you.
     
  9. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    There are models you plug in, like for a tabletop lamp. Kind of like a timer, but dims the light instead.
     
  10. Blue CopperHen

    Blue CopperHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting! I will have to look for those.
     

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