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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-27-2011, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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full spectrum light

hey guys I was thinking of getting a full spectrum light since the budgies and tiels dont get much time outside, I was just wondering of those of you that have the full spectrum how you like it, and how long you leave it on.

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During the fall/winter/early spring I leave a full spectrum light above my Amy's (G2) cage for about 10 hours a day. I have found that without it, Amy screams more, does more feather picking, etc...
Since I live in the desert SW, during the summer and early fall I don't need the light as Amy and I spend 1-3 hours each evening outside getting real sunlight.
The full spectrum lights should be changed every 6 months. Because I only use it for about 1/2 the year, I just put a new bulb in and will not have to change it until next fall.
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I don't use it for anything but reptiles I've never really used it, even for my indoor birds. I actually thought about it my self recently but not while I'm living with my grandparents

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yeah daisy Ive also been thinking about it for just a little while now

cheryl- where did u get ur light and bulb from? Im guessing Ill maybe have to order online?

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You can get them from most bird stores online I think

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I purchased my light stand and bulb from Drs Foster because the shipping was free. You can purchase the bulb at most pet stores, just make sure it says full-spectrum on it. You want your light stand to be tall enough that the light is at least 12-18" away from the top of the cage. Mine adjusts to about 7' tall, which is enough to shine straight down over my 6' cage (my light sits on the floor). You can use a shorter light stand if you have a table or something next to your birds cage.....

Oh and use a low wattage (I think mine is 23w) so that it doesn't produce to much heat.
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these links may help you

http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/why-p...-indoor-birds/

http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/safe-...trum-lighting/

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I have a feather bright light. Not sure if i am happy with the results or not. I may be crazy but it seems like when i use the light he gets more nippy and naughty. I thought that with the Parrotlet i had too. I read somewhere that it can do things to hormones and that could be why. I am on the fence. Sorry not much help!

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Jessie,
Since you are a member of the linnie forum I'm going to recommend you go on there and look up old threads on there about full spectrum lighting. There is a thread on there that explains some specs the bulbs need to have to be effective for birds, and they are different from what is effective for reptiles.

OR - actually, that thread could just be on here. At any rate, look it up on here and if its not here it is there. I haven't used it, but I really appreciated that thread when it was posted, so much so that I remember it. (Well, obviously, I only kind of remember it.)


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I use FSL for 8-10 hours a day, or less if one of my birds is laying.


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