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The end of incandescent light bulbs?? Brooder heat!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Yard full o' rocks, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. I was just listening to a report on the radio where one of the "big box" stores is already preparing for the END of the incandescent light bulb. This report said that beginning 2012 we will no longer be able to purchase standard incandescent bulbs, but instead will have to buy the new florescent (sp), energy efficient bulbs.

    For household lighting, aside from the expense, I say no big deal.

    BUT, what are we gonna do for brooder bulbs and heat? Have any of you heard about this? Any truth?

    If so, I guess we need to begin developing an alternative plan for our brooders


  2. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    I have no doubt that you'll still be able to buy lamps that are intended to heat things.

    Though I have to admit, it's going to be obnoxious to have 250 W heat or nothing :p
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Gosh, I hope not.

    I found a 25 watt red bulb at Target yesterday. My coop for the babies doesn't have enough natural light so I add some during the day. They now have a red bulb instead of a white one.
  4. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    And because I like to research things:


    If wikipedia is correct (and I'll admit, it isn't always), your 250W and 25W bulbs are outside the reach of this legislation and will still exist. This affects only 40W to 150W bulbs (actually, the bill is written to affect bulbs by lumens, not watts and actually DOES NOT BAN incandescent bulbs, but rather sets an efficiency requirement that they can't meet). It also won't affect specialty bulbs, like colored and utility bulbs -- that includes Part II of the bill which will happen in 2020.

    I've now confirmed this at the energystar site -- they have a vested interest in getting it right since they make light bulbs of both sorts.
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  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    I already have a 10 year supply stocked (I cannot handle the eye strain of florescent bulbs). Buy a few extra every time you go into the store. They add up quick and no financial pain. The higher wattage/brighter light are the first to be phased out. You have time to get extra. Just don't wait a long time. ACE hardware consistently has the best prices for incandescent bulbs in this area.
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  6. Keri78

    Keri78 Songster

    Oct 17, 2009
    Welcome to the United States of Venezuela! Don't worry the Government knows what's best for us poor sacks that can't think or provide for ourselves!(GRRR!)[​IMG]

    PS. Notice my boys names! Our only hope is to have some strong men stand up just like our forefathers did!
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2010
  7. lavacaw

    lavacaw Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    South Central Texas
    Quote:Thanks for the heads up...think I will buy a case of 100's and a few 125's and stock them in the pantry.

  8. lighthawk

    lighthawk Songster

    Dec 4, 2009
    Gobles MI
    Started stocking up two years ago. I need a 60 watt in a brroder light to keep my well pump from freezing in winter so I put up a truckload. [​IMG]
  9. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    Also, since once I start research, I don't stop... you can still use CFLs for heat in enclosed spaces -- just go by the actual wattage instead of the "equivalent" wattage to get an idea of the heat it'll give off. They're not 100% efficient, and in an enclosed area, the visible light will also eventually become heat. Unfortunately that does still leave a gap in the 100-150W range, but there definitely exist CFL equivalents for those temps! This place has all the way up to 600W equivs -- http://www.1000bulbs.com/2-to-200-Watt-Compact-Fluorescent-Screw-In-Light-Bulbs/ I wouldn't like to look at one of those while it was on.

    Fun with physics.
  10. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Yes, lets get rid of the incandescent lights and use the new bulbs that will contaminate the earth with mercury they contain........ [​IMG]

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