Yeah I did read that somewhere but the picture on the box shows it attached to the side of the cage which is why i thought id askGeneral rules (only what i've read) the light should be directly above them to avoid it shinning directly into their eyes, also most have a recommended distance, something like 12" as the UV/UVB drops off quite quickly, im sure depending on what one you have (make/model) the info/packet will give you this distance.
Time wise most replicate the natural daylight hours as far as i know.
This is only my understanding and other will likely know more.
some info.Its the Arcadia mini uvb kit
Awesome, thanks! Darn there goes my tanning plans ill set it up above the cage and see if i can get some of that shower pipesome info.
"These lamps are not ‘tanning lamps’ and direct exposure to human skin should not be allowed. Birds should not be forced to sit more closely than 6” between the birds head and the lamp. Birds should be able to move freely around the cage and to be able to ‘self-regulate’ their exposure between optimum light levels and shade. They may climb closer than the advised distance stipulated on the product, but this will only be for a few seconds and they will only be exposed to a level of UV or ‘UV Index’ similar to midday daylight at this distance. There is very little risk to birds exploring their cages in a normal fashion."
"Bird lamps should always be placed directly over the bird’s cage and never fitted to the side, at eye level or at an angle. Please follow the fitting instructions properly to be certain that your bird is receiving optimum exposure."
if you'd like to read it all its here
Full-spectrum + UV-B lamps produce and project light that contains Ultraviolet down into the living space of a bird. This energy should be thought of as ‘essential’ as it both allows a bird to see correctly within the extended range of colours allowed for by the addition of the 4th ocular cell...www.arcadiabird.com
Also an easy way to cover wires is to use a stainless shower pipe like this, take plug off, feed it through, job done.
I agree that the Arcadia website is extremely contradictory! Their statements on the website clearly say NOT to put the lamp on the side of the cage, yet the image on the exact same article have it on the side! Pure muppetry.All the pictures of the light in use show it stuck to side of the cage at the top which is very confusing considering it says it should be directly above, it came with very little instructions
Yeah, the light seems like a good light for what i require but there was barely any instruction and all of the images provided show it attached to the side. The screws provided as well are too small to hold the plastic bits for mounting it on something so i had to just use whatever screws i had lying around. Ive screwed it onto the shelf for the time being and i just need to see about tidying up the wires. My parrotlets dont really chew things but im just going to unplug it when they are out for now as they always just sit up in my curtains or play on their tree standI agree that the Arcadia website is extremely contradictory! Their statements on the website clearly say NOT to put the lamp on the side of the cage, yet the image on the exact same article have it on the side! Pure muppetry.
Yeah i just ordered a new natural wood perch but Im also planning on making some too as they love the willow toy i made them. My parents live in a country estate so plenty of pollution free wood! Next time I'm visiting ill be sure to take some back for perches Those orange perches in the cage arent good but ive just got them in until my new one arrives which should be tomorrow@Tonifrax My little ones have a UV light but due to the type of cage they are in it has to be on the side, I only leave it on 2 - 6 hours daily at the most, as long as the room is light and they have an escape place.
All I would recommend is getting some natural perches, not bought but from a pollution free place, middle of a wood? Clean it up and pop in the cage, with the bark, they love to remove bark.