Safe/enclosed Light for inside coop ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by zekii, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking for some recommendations for a chicken coop light that can be hard wired to a switch.
    Needs to be enclosed.
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Buy a cheap aluminum brooder light, and fashion an enclosure out of wire mesh.
     
  3. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

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    If you're at all electrically-minded, go to Home Depot or Lowes and look around. We found quite a few options and ended up going with three individual bulbs hanging from the rafters on ceramic bases - they're all wired in together to a switch by the door. Cheap, easy, and provides great light for the coop. Home Depot had the same lights with enclosure covers too.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    One good safe style is the "jelly jar" fixture where there is a jelly-jar-shaped glass cover that fits over the bulb. You can get gasketed versions that are moisture- and dust-proof (meant for barn/outdoor use). The glass thingie that goes over the bulb is thick enough that it is highly unlikely that a flying chicken (or broom [​IMG]) whomping into it will break it, too.

    Be careful if instead you make a wire cage to protect the bulb, as this ends up as a major "dust catcher" and can become a fire hazard if not kept reasonably clean.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. cabincrazyone

    cabincrazyone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree! Those barn fixtures are the clear rig. The ones I bought have a heavy gauge wire guard outside the glass "jar". I mounted them in my outer lumber shed, and I've whacked them a time or two when pulling a board off the shelf with no harm done. There's no way poultry can be injured on them.
    And they were cheep cheep cheep!
     
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  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm gonna add a light to my coop, Not for heat or added day light just for convenience. I forgot about these lights.Thanks 7L
     
  7. TNBarnQueen

    TNBarnQueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The fixtures I use in my barn and my husband put in my hen house has the jar covering but also had a metal cage that screwed over that....they are really a good idea in any out building when you don't know what will be flying where!!! And they are very easy to clean!
     
  8. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ceramic heat emitter bulb is installed into a hard-wired socket over the roost. Works on a switch although I leave it on 24/7 in the wintertime here in MN. I put an LED light in the socket in the summer for going out after dark and to keep dust out of the socket.

    Don't know what recommendations you're looking for... I used an exterior grade socket with a ceramic base (about $7 at Home Depot) since I planned to put a heat lamp in it. Don't use anything metal or plastic if you're going to use a heat bulb -- it will melt. It doesn't have a cover, though. I would imagine that adding an aluminum dish and cage wouldn't be difficult. I haven't found it necessary.

    Hope this helps - cc
     
  9. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    i have one of those 18" fluorescent light fixutres that are made to be put under a kitchen cabinet in my coop
     

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