How Do I Improve My Bird’s Lighting?

Ling Writes:


Hi, I want to improve my Bird’s lighting, which is currently 2 screw-in compact full-spectrum bulbs.


I like the look and description of the Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb with Clamp Light & Timer.


A couple of questions….can I hang it from the ceiling over her cage?


Does it need an additional fixture to do so? In your pictures, it looks like the light is sitting on top of the cage, but my bird’s cage (umbrella Cockatoo) has a dome top, and she also climbs on top of it.



If you want to take things to the next level here are some real
custom lighting I installed over 2 flat top birdcages ~ video


Do you consider this the best option for lighting?


Greetings Ling


For our application having the CFL lighting on top of the cage is safe because budgies are benign little birds.


That said a U2 is anything but benign.


playtop birdcage lighting


In the installation above, the light is hung from the ceiling and a second from a perch over the cage so the actual fixture sits above the top of the cage.


For your purposes, I would hang it from the ceiling with a swag hook so it was just high enough over the cage to not allow beak contact.


I do consider it the best option for lighting but more importantly, it needs to be attached to a timer so that the lights go on and off every 12 hours with no respect for daylight savings time.


3 light over budgie cage aviaryAlternate method

Hope that helps


Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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