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Winter Lighting Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MesMama, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those of you that put lighting in your coops in the winter-can you please share what you use? Thinking Christmas lights on a timer?? But would love to hear what works/doesn't work for you all [​IMG]
    Thank you!!
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Xmas lights on a timer. Have them turn on in the AM so the hens go to bed with the natural sunset
     
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  3. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much light do they need? A couple strings?
     
  4. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rope lights mounted along the top of the wall and plugged into a timer. The timer I have has a switch that allows you to switch back and forth between the timer setting and a constant on setting. I mounted the timer on the wall right inside the door. I can walk in and just flip the lights on. Comes in handy for those times when I have to check on the girls after dark.
     
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  5. numzldr

    numzldr Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 52watt cfl bulb in an old brooder lamp plugged into a timer. It comes on a little after 5am so I can see to feed them b4 work n shuts off at 8.
     
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  6. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need enough light to read by.
     
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  7. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perfect! Thanks everyone [​IMG]
     
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    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

  9. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    This topic comes up fairly often.

    I posted this for another query:

    There are a lot of opinions on supplementing light to keep the chickens laying during time period where there is less than 12-14 hours of available daylight.

    My coop gets 16 hours of light 351 days per year.
    I turn lights off for 14 days to have birds go into a controlled moult late September .

    Having had to install electricity for the thermostatically controlled water heater, I took advantage and installed a lighting system.

    My system has two timers. The first is set to turn the lights on at 5am, off at 9pm.
    Power goes on, passes through a photocell, then to a 300 lumen LED bulb, 4.8 watts, in the coop, and 2 4.8 watt LEDs for the outside run.
    I light the run because I found the birds huddled outside the coop door in the dark one 5:30am morning...
    They have access to the run 24/7, as it is as secure as the coop.

    The lights are on only when it is dark enough outside to be necessary.
    The time on very closely mimics my Summer Solstice.

    The second timer is set to go on at 8:30pm, off at 9:30pm, a diffused 200 lumen LED 4 watt bulb.
    This low light allows the birds to settle in before all lights out.

    This system costs less than $10 per year to operate.
     
  10. shmeggs

    shmeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use clear Christmas lights on timer
     

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