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Old 05-17-2016, 07:33 PM
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:48 PM
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Re: Lighting Information For Birds

I've never kept up with exactly when. He is ending a molt now. I've had him a year and half now. Most of the time when I see postings here saying people's birds are molting . BB is also . SO I don't think the light affects that. Though I have been wrong before lol
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Re: Lighting Information For Birds

Well this is all clear as mud. What we on this board would love from you PhD types is a light type ( brand and model would be best), fixture type, and distance from cage top that will be best for our loved companions.
Yes, Mark, natural sunlight in given quantities would be best, but some of us live in cold areas, where it's still not warm enough to take our birds out for 10 minutes, let alone 1/2 hour a day. Do this and we will all have the lights installed within a week. Right now I have a coiled fluorescent light claiming to be full spectrun, for reptiles, over salty cage, and it's on 12 hours a day, about 3 feet over his cage. So please, Dr. Photobioavianexert, some practical , real advice for us non technical folks. Please? With calcium on top? Or vitamin D on top?
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It still leaves them not knowing what to do for their situation. Don't leave us like that , thanks.
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Re: Lighting Information For Birds

The full spectrum 4' tubes that can be purchased at most Big Box Stores in the Great White North are as good as any and likely better than the shorter units since the 4' tubes is where the sales volumes are. They function well with any 4' fixture. The product is designed for use in typical office building settings where they are commonly ceiling mounted with a nominal distance of eight to ten feet above floor level. The product was never designed to provide specific health benefits, but to provide a 'natural' light color. This was believed to be a benefit to office workers that are exposed to a non-natural light color during the day. The office workers are believed to provide a more productive work day when exposed to full spectrum light source. Also, in those offices where color selection is important, there is a reported edge to using full spectrum lighting.

There are questionable studies as to what health benefits, if any, are provided. The only study with limited merit targeted Humans that suffered (mild Depression) from the effects of minimum exposure to natural Sun light during Winter months in 'some' parts of the Great White North. From that study came the 3' distance, which was based on the available room in the test lab and not as a result of specific findings. The test was based, once again, around Humans and more specific to office workers, hence 8 - 10 hours per day. The findings: The test subjects 'felt better' when exposed to Full Spectrum Light. The same results can be obtained when the subjects are placed in a room (much like a Sun room) where as a result of a high number of large windows, the exposure to filtered Sun Light is near that of being outside for a like period of time.

NOTE: Full Spectrum Light tubes have a very specific life. Commonly 36 months. However, their effectiveness begin fading as soon as 18 months. Non-name brand versions can begin fading as soon as 6 months.
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Re: Lighting Information For Birds

I have been using a full spectrum bulb I bought on prettyparrot.com FULL SPECTRUM LIGHTING . My pionus is doing well with it. I am in need of another bulb since my original broke. I'm wondering if anyone knows if the following is a good replacement: Philips 100W Equivalent Daylight Deluxe T2 Twister CFL Light Bulb (4-Pack) (E*)-433557 - The Home Depot

I could re-purchase the original one, but looking at cost, it seems the one at HD is 5x cheaper (they come in a 4 pack). Can anyone verify that this product is similar/safe?

Thanks!
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