What Wattage?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BlueCamas, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm making myself an incubator and I was wondering what wattage of light bulb should I use? Is 40 or 60 ok? Help!
     
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    This is an incubator I built. It is very simple. I use a 15 watt bulb and it works great. I also added a fan to it.

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  3. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a trial and error thing .There are so many factors.There is size of inc./how well insulated/heat loss/ heat gain/fan puts out heat/turner puts out heat/room temp/thermostat quality /mass and the list goes on.With all that in the picture Try something maybe 60w if it out of control ,too hot or too cool go up or down a size or two.And sometimes useing 2 30w bulbs instead of 1 60w could be the answer.Last but not least when you make a change let it run hours overnight if possible to stabalize then write down your finding and if you need to go up as size do it and let it stabalize.Then you may find moveing the fan solves it or moveing lite can too.Hope this helps.cva34
     

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