How Do I Place Clamp Light for Lighting Over My Bird’s Cage?

Marcia D. asks:


I wish to purchase a clamp light assembly w/light for my parrotlet’s birdcage…reason: I currently have a floor lamp with Zoomed avian bulb (expensive) and want to eliminate the floor lamp feature.


QUESTION: with clamp light. Am I laying it right on the top of the cage or hovering it inches above the cage?


How often do I need to switch out the bulb assuming it is on 12 hours a day?


Please recommend an excellent alternative to the current floor lamp feature (Zoomed light is six inches over cage) thanks…I so enjoy your helpful online newsletter over the years…cheers.


Dear Marcia


Thank you for your kind words, Mitch and I work very hard on the weekly email.


Getting the light as close to the bird as possible is the ticket for best effectiveness.


That you have a parrotlet, the bird won’t be able to damage the bulb so yes, placing it directly on top of the cage is fine.


Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb with Clamp Light & Timer


Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb

with Clamp Light & Timer


Replace all bulbs every 12 months. They may still light up, but they won’t be as effective as a new bulb.


Lighting over 2 birdcages at Windy City Parrot


The simple clamp light shown here can be used right on top of the cage.



You can remove the clamp easily.


Or clamp onto a shelf if available.


3 light over budgie cage aviary


However, if your bird likes playing on top of the cage you may want to keep the light at the 6″ height thus allowing the bird to play under it.


If you have a regular lamp fixture you can use it instead.


Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb 100 Watt (uses 23W)


This is the Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb 100 Watt (uses 23W) that can be purchased separately





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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