Posted by meeko's mom on 1/24/06
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
> 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