Which light should I use for my coop in winter time?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bugeyes, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. bugeyes

    bugeyes Hatching

    Sep 13, 2011
    I saw there were red infrared heat light and the traditional light, which one should I get? thanks for all your helps...
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    You want white light that mimics the sun light, if you want to increase egg production. You want red infra-red if you want to have added heat, for some reason.

    They do two different things. What is your objective?
  3. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Another suggestion: I use black light. It comes in 40W or 75W, the right size for my compact coop.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    [​IMG] Welcome to the forum! [​IMG] Glad you joined us! [​IMG]

    Like Fred said, what is your purpose? If it is heat, many of us don't use any heat in the winter, even when it gets below zero. It depends a lot on how your coop is designed and where you are located.

    If it is for light, why do you want the light? If it is just so you can see in the dark, any light that you can see by will work. If it is on a timer to prevent molting and increase egg production in the winter, you need one bright enough so you can read a newspaper in there. It really does not need ot be very bright, but wattage and type depends on your coop size and design.

    ECBW, why do you use a black light? What purpose does that serve? Just curious.
  5. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    I use black light for heat to take the edge off on those super cold arctic nights. It is darker and comes in lower power than the red lights.

    It does cast an interesting hue in the coop. Imagine what the Leghorn looks like.
  6. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Bugeyes, You don't need any light, Unless you're going in the coop at night. Then just carry a flashlight. ECBW, Super cold arctic nights, In NewJersey???

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