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Re: lighting

Posted by meeko's mom on 1/24/06
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    Thanks so much. I've done a search on them. Can't find the
    Phillips in my area. I did find the Vita-Lite. How many
    should I use per room? And, which wattage do you suggest?

    On 1/24/06, Michael L wrote:
    > 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
    >> birds?
    > You're wise to want to improve the lighting of your bird
    > 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
    > quite pricey.
    > 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
    > 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
    > it's benefits.
    > Good luck.
    > Michael L