Red Bulbs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by J. Jamison, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. J. Jamison

    J. Jamison In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2008
    NE Arkansas
    Will a 100 watt red bulb put off as much heat as a regular 100 watt bulb?

  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I would guess so. They sell red heat bulbs also !!
  3. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    i perfer red bulbs since they do not make light and the chicks sleep at night
  4. woodward farms

    woodward farms Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    northwest indiana
    if the wattage is equal then the heat out put will be equal
    but the heat will be 1 of 2 types convection heat or infrared....

    convection: the heat the light bulb gives off heating the air around it.

    infrared: the heat given off that is directional and is sensed on surfaces and not the air. if a infrared light is pointed at a object that object will increase in temperature give off heat and heat the air around it.

    a light buld is just light buld .red , clear , frosted ect
    is made the same mainly to produce light and not heat there
    are better bulbs to use if you want heat. but if a light buld is used a aluminum reflector sholud be used to direct the heat.

    a spot or flood light is a little better idea it has a built in reflector and does a better job of directing its heat, but is still made to give off mainly light

    a heat lamp is a light buld the is designed to put off heat and light the red heat lamp we all know about puts off a great deal of infrared heat with less light so it becomes a good choice to keep warm by but a poor choice to read by...

    heat lamps also come in white or clear but its infrared heat is reduced slightly to produce a better light

    wow sorry that got long winded...
    can you tell what i do for a living...
  5. Lee

    Lee Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Marion County, IN
    That was informative. I have used the 250 watt infrared and the 100 watt red bulb that is shaped like a spotlight bulb only smaller, depending on how much heat I needed.

    Right now I have chicks a month old in a large brooder in my coop. At one end is the 250 watt infrared and the other end is the 100 watt red bulb. They have done well with that setup. has a good article on infrared bulbs and their benefits.

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