too much heat !

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by flitter, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. flitter

    flitter Songster

    My 250 W heat lamp bulbs are producing too much heat. I have been trying to locate some smaller watt bulbs that will fit in my lamps. Does anyone have a source for smaller red heat bulbs? Or does anyone know if the bulbs sold for reptile heat will fit the standard brooder lamp?
     
  2. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Songster

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    Just use regular bulbs and not red ones, what kind of lamp are you using? I just use a clamp lamp from hardware store with 60watt bulb and move lamp higher or lower to regulate heat
     
  3. pack8088

    pack8088 In the Brooder

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    The reptile bulbs will fit a standard brooder base and work fine most are black bulbs however im sure they make different colors ebay has a huge selection of types.
     
  4. flitter

    flitter Songster

    My chicks got kind of wild at night with a plain bulb... they picked at each other and even drew blood... so I went back to red. I can't raise the lamp any higher it's in the roof eaves. 250 W is just too much (probably more expensive than I need, too). I have two brooder "cabins' going (250 w each) and a third one by next week. Thanks for brain storming with me.
     
  5. JackE

    JackE Crowing

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    I've used 250W bulbs for my brooder. All you have to do, like Lori posted, is RAISE the lamp/bulb higher to get the temp you want. I had mine almost 3ft off the brooder's floor.
    Jack
     
  6. flitter

    flitter Songster

    Pack8088... thanks... it's nice to hear... i have an order ready to go on eBay but wasn't sure if they would fit. thanks!
     
  7. Jakoda

    Jakoda Songster

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    Petsmart has reptile red heat lamps of all sizes.. I was testing out 'lights', and found the 250 gets way to hot as well. I just got a 150 at petsmart and that seems to be just about right.

    Actually I bought a brinsea eco glow 20 chick brooder, but am finding that only gets up to 80 degrees and I'm thinking that is to low, I am getting chicks tomorrow or wed, and I'm thinking for the price of the brinsea I will be sending it back because the heat is just to low for 3 day old chicks.:(
     
  8. flitter

    flitter Songster

    I didn't realize that the Brisea light was that low! It looks like a neat set up. I've ordered the other bulbs and since we are in the midst of a cold snap. 60 degrees... I can manage .
     
  9. toofarout

    toofarout Chirping

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    There are also ceramic (infrared?) heat lamps that put out *no* visible light. The wattage varies depending on the bulb. I got a 60 watt and a 100 watt from PetCo in the reptile section. They fit into the fixtures normally used for the red heat lamps.
     
  10. flitter

    flitter Songster

    I have never heard of ceramic lights... I wonder if they would last longer. The bubs I've bought rarely make it through two batches (2 x 6 weeks). They are supposed to last much longer than that. I'll see if I can find a ceramic and give it a try, too.
     

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