What light bulb for homemade incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tripledfarms, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. tripledfarms

    tripledfarms New Egg

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    I need advise on what size light bulb to put in my homemade incubator with fan. (size of a mini fridge) When I bought the incubator, I was told it ran off of 2 of the 150w lightbulbs. Well brought it home and it had readings of about 108 degrees. Ive tried different combinations of lightbulbs and can not get a number close to 100. What size light bulb or bulbs should I use? Thanks
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    Are you sure your thermometer is accurate?

    150 seems high.

    A small LG incubator uses a single 40 watt heat element.

    I prefer a metallic heat element rather than light bulbs.
     
  3. tripledfarms

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    Ive got 2 different thermometers. And there about 1 degree apart from eachother
     
  4. DwayneNLiz

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    my home made incubator has 2 - 40w bulbs
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    How does that make them accurate?

    I had 6 thermometers in mine and they were all wrong. It wasn't till I had both a Brinsea Spot Check AND a Thermoworks instant read pocket thermometer that both agreed, I realized the others were off and some were WAAY off.
     
  6. tripledfarms

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    DwayneNLiz, are the 2-40w bulbs soft white or clear bulbs? Or does it matter? Thanks
     
  7. DwayneNLiz

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    Doesn't matter so long as they are incandescent and not Teflon coated
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

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    Wattage generates the heat (and light) but the color or lack thereof matters not.

    Another reason I like a metallic heat element is that there isn't bright light in the incubator. It isn't real bright under a broody hen.
     
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  9. DwayneNLiz

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    Lol yes very true ChickenCanoe but light bulbs are very easily attainable


    And my cooler is smaller, so you may want 2 - 60w bulbs
     
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    Oh and I forgot to say welcome to BYC!!!
     

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