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Safe/enclosed Light for inside coop ?

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

  1. zekii

    zekii Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Looking for some recommendations for a chicken coop light that can be hard wired to a switch.
    Needs to be enclosed.

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

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

    Jun 13, 2010
    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

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    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,

  5. cabincrazyone

    cabincrazyone Songster

    Dec 26, 2010
    NE Minnesota
    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!
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    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 Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    East Tennessee
    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 Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    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 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    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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