UV lighting

Kendra

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We are putting florescent lighting in the bird room, now I have found the Bird lamp but am unsure what these would fit it into, would a standard holder be OK please?
 

DizzyBlue

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Bulbs and which one fitted into which holder did my head in the other year :BangHead: ended up doing a bit of an experiment https://theparrotclub.co.uk/community/index.php?threads/avian-bulbs.33837/#post-441139

Somewhere on here is what Bob did with his double cages tube wise and we fitted a mesh surround to ensure that cables and bulb were bird safe will try and find it and post you the link as well as one of our members who did a rather brilliant way of protecting the cables using a metal shower hose fitment!
 

Michael Reynolds

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I use to have a ceiling strip light in my old place and found an avian tube that fitted it but I had to change the starter (solenoid) as well
 

Scott199

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This is one area of not even thought about yet.

Is uv/ special lighting a requirement for all parrots, if so what type and any set distance they need to be away ?
 

Michael Reynolds

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Each type of lamp and fitting should have its own instructions on distance but you must leave space for your bird to get away from the light.
 

Scott199

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Each type of lamp and fitting should have its own instructions on distance but you must leave space for your bird to get away from the light.
So they do definitely need one then ? Do you leave them on constant or simulate daylight hours ?

Do you have them outside the cage throwing uv gently over the cage or more like a reptile, to one side, in the cage so they can choose to sit under it ?
 

Kendra

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We have plenty of lights, lamps etc, what I am aiming at is a main room light to be a UV/daylight florescent general lighting. I have found the Avian bulbs, 4', but no holders. One would have thought if they make the bulbs they would have holders?
 

DizzyBlue

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You need a T8 fluorescent strip light @Kendra not a standard fitment. T8 are anti-flicker you can buy them at most DIy stores or you can use one of the fish T8 tube light controller which will give you the ability to plug them in where you want them instead of hard wiring them in. This one of the ones I mean https://www.swelluk.com/arcadia-ultraseal-light-controllers/ obviously don't use the light for fish purchase a strip light for birds

@Scott199 the correct requirements for UVA/UVB lighting for your bird can be found in this thread https://theparrotclub.co.uk/community/index.php?threads/confusion-avian-uv-lighting-how-long.26118/page-2#post-417736 taken from the Arcadia website recommending 8 to 10 hours per day and have specific distance settings. Mine are on all day every day as its not just for the ability to absorb calcium by using the D3 that is emitted from the bulb but also to ensure they can see properly they see in different wavelength than humans do so a standard lightbulb won't help them see clearly.
 
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