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Safe lighting idea for small coops

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Right On Reds, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Right On Reds

    Right On Reds Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 13, 2009
    This time of year, with the days dark and short, I get home from work shortly after darkness has fallen. After I change and go potty, I go out to the coop to check on the girls and close them in. My coop is a small Rubbermaid type shed, three foot deep by 7.5 feet wide. For the winter it is covered and enclosed by a temporary 8 foot by 8 foot storage tent which gives the girls a dry, wind free area outside the shed and helps to keep wind and rain off the shed as well.

    To help see in the dark I had been lugging out a flashlight, but recently stumled across a rather fine discovery at my local Kohls while I was Christmas shopping. Browsing around I came across a small portable LED light that someone can hook up easily to their grill to help with night BBQ'ing. It runs on a couple of batteries and is hooked up via a clamp...... like the type found at the ends of jumper cables.

    It was less than $15 with the sale they I had going on so I picked up one for the hubby. When I brought it home and he said he didn't need it I wondered what else to use it for. Almost as an afterthought I took it out to the coop area and in but a second, clamped it up to the plastic-y rafter of the shed.

    It lit the coop rather well, and now I'm going out to a get a few more. So far the battery life has been good even in the coldest of temps. It is inexpensive enough and totally eliminates the need for electrical hookup and poses no danger of fire. This is the model I got.

    I figured I'd pass the tip along for others who have small coops and who need supplemental lighting without the worries electricity brings.

    http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/PRD~239392/Smart+BBQ+Flexible+LED+Grill+Light.jsp it does seem to be currently out of stock, but I'll take a trip to the local store anyways.

    Here we go and under $4 http://cgi.ebay.com/bbq-grill-flexible-barbecue-16-led-magnetic-clamp-light_W0QQitemZ380198041405QQcmdZViewItemQQssPageNameZRSS:B:SRCH:US:101

    another one for under $20 http://cgi.ebay.com/12-led-utility-...6QQcmdZViewItemQQssPageNameZRSS:B:SRCH:US:101
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  2. B'villechicken

    B'villechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Syracuse NY Area
    I used to race sleddogs. When caring for my Siberians, I needed both hands to work with so started to use a headlamp. That was 35 years ago and still use headlamps. The new ones are LED and are quite light. The guy I work with bought me a baseball style cap for Christmas that has a small battery and LED lights on the brim. I don't know where he got it but you might google it. Though I have electric to my coop, I usually use a headlamp or the lit hat. Great idea about the grill light.
  3. Right On Reds

    Right On Reds Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 13, 2009
    That's an interesting idea too with the lighted hat!

    I love the grill light as the neck is flexible and I can clip it virtually anywhere on the shed or the surrounding tent frame. I thought a series of lights strategically placed can also be a very useful thing.

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