What kind of light fixture?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Eggcessive, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I want to put a light on a timer in my coop to provide 12-14 hours of light for this winter. My coop is an old dark barn with a window on 1 end and a door on the other. Presently I have an overhead light fixture in the middle and 2 plug ins by the door. What kind of light fixture do you use, a shoplight or a brooder type light, so that it can be on a timer?
     
  2. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    My Xmas lights are on a timer - but it plugs into the electrical outlet. Works great! I generally set for dawn / dusk.

    I also have low energy bulbs in my home and have seen a radical decline in my electric bill. Consider low energy options - whatever type of light you choose.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Do you think a heat lamp with a small wattage bulb would be safe hanging from the ceiling? What do you all use?
     
  4. smokinjay

    smokinjay Out Of The Brooder

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    Low wattage Fluorescent is a good choice. I used a double 2 foot one because it was on hand.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I just had an electrician wire for an overhead simple light fixture and put a plug in the wall at the door. I'm not good at re-wiring for a fluorescent fixture, but I was hoping people would just describe the type of light they have on timers.
     
  6. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have rope lights on timers. Low wattage and bright enough to light the entire coop. OH and they do not get hot.
     

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