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I would like to know all about lighting. What kind of lighting is used for birds. What benefits does it provide for your birds? Is lighting really necessary?
 

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I use two different lights from my guys.
First I have changed most the bulbs in the house out to Daly Light bulbs. This has to do with color temperature of the lights. Daylight are around 4600K and range up to 6500K. I typically use around 5000K. Our little ones are from around the equator and evolved for a very high light environment. They see best in this temp range. The reason I did this is I noticed that Jules and Bo were bumping into things while flying. When I went to this light range they saw better for flying and seemed happier. The yellow bulbs we tend to use in our homes is in the 3000K range which make what they see more like what we see in a cave entrance. Also I am getting older and like many older people are starting to have eye issues. Once we went to this range for the birds we noticed we saw better and felt better around the house. Especially during winter.

The second light is over the cage. These are called avian lights and are both natural daylight bulbs and have UVA and UVB aspect to them. This gives them a bit of high spectrum lights that help them process some vitamins and other things. They do not need much of it and if you can take them outside to natural daylight once or twice a week then you do not need it. If not then these help. It may not be a big deal in young birds but it definitely helped with my older guys. Sun light from a window does not get you there since most windows are designed to filter out the very light spectrums we are trying to get.

Below is the bulb I use. I have it on a table lamp that goes above the cage. I keep it about 18 inches above Rio's highest perch and leave it on for about 4 hours a day.

 

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We have Philips hue lights that are adjustable and we have them set on a timer - at bedtime they dim down for sleepy time for Monty before he goes to his room, and during the day they are set at a "day light" which is much brighter and "whiter" than a regular incandescent bulb. I much prefer the bright white and Monty likes them too.
 

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I use two different lights from my guys.
First I have changed most the bulbs in the house out to Daly Light bulbs. This has to do with color temperature of the lights. Daylight are around 4600K and range up to 6500K. I typically use around 5000K. Our little ones are from around the equator and evolved for a very high light environment. They see best in this temp range. The reason I did this is I noticed that Jules and Bo were bumping into things while flying. When I went to this light range they saw better for flying and seemed happier. The yellow bulbs we tend to use in our homes is in the 3000K range which make what they see more like what we see in a cave entrance. Also I am getting older and like many older people are starting to have eye issues. Once we went to this range for the birds we noticed we saw better and felt better around the house. Especially during winter.

The second light is over the cage. These are called avian lights and are both natural daylight bulbs and have UVA and UVB aspect to them. This gives them a bit of high spectrum lights that help them process some vitamins and other things. They do not need much of it and if you can take them outside to natural daylight once or twice a week then you do not need it. If not then these help. It may not be a big deal in young birds but it definitely helped with my older guys. Sun light from a window does not get you there since most windows are designed to filter out the very light spectrums we are trying to get.

Below is the bulb I use. I have it on a table lamp that goes above the cage. I keep it about 18 inches above Rio's highest perch and leave it on for about 4 hours a day.

Whats 5000K mean?
 

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I just took Chumley to the vets and they did a gram stain and had me show him pictures of Chum's cage and what I line it with. I got scolded for keeping him up late. The vet told me it will throw his system off, its like living in the summer all the time. He told me Chumley goes to bed when the sun goes to bed or when it goes down. He said make sure he has a full spectrum light which I have a few Ott lights already. I am also an artist so the best lighting is from an ott light if I cannot work with natural light. I did notice Chumley is much happier in these lights too. He is molting big time and these lights keep him in a happy mood.
The Ott lights have the exact bulbs that Ozzie3860 posted the picture of in the above comments.
I did get a copy of Chums Gram Stain results - no clue, I imagine it has to do with a fecal sample that Chumley left on my pant leg that the vet collected!
I thought it was funny when they asked to bring in at least a teaspoon of fecal to be tested. I thought well thats going to take a few days!! LOL. Later found out the vet said over a few days to collect and store in a plastic bag.
Anyway Chums exam went very well. He is healthy and loves his Ott light.
 
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