On 1/24/06, Meeko's mom wrote:
> Bird room does not have much natural lighting. Can someone
> please tell me what kind of lighting I should get for my
You're wise to want to improve the lighting of your bird room
since it's not lit well naturally.
What is known to be good lighting for birds is know as full
spectrum lighting. This is usually a fluorescent-type light.
There are several manufacturers of this type of lighting and
several are sold expressively for pets and birds. They can
be found in pet and animal supply stores. They tend to be
You can also find these lamps at home imporvement and
hardware stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, etc.
Phillips makes a bulb called "Natural Sunshine," and GE make
another but the name escapes me at the moment. They are
reasonlably priced and some in various lengths depending upon
what type of fixturing you would want to use. This type of
lighting needs to be kept close to the cages as distance
causes the beneficial rays to be not as effective.
You don't want to use plant or aquarium bulbs as these are
not the same as full spectrum lighting.
Also, even though the lamp may not burn out, they need to be
replaced roughly evry 6 months to a year depending upon how
long they are on each day as they lose their strength.
I've included a link for you to read more about lighting and