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Last Post 26-06-2014 12:35 PM by  Ty (ACO Leicestershire)
Lighting for a bird room
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23-06-2014 12:41 PM

    Hi. The former lounge has, bit by bit, been turning into a Bird Room.  I've now got permission from she who needs to be obeyed, AKA Mrs Johnson, to put up swings and branches hanging from the ceiling. 

    I have a compact UV bulb dangling from a ceiling pendant (I know the birds get no direct medical benefits because its too far away from the birds but I hope they get some improved UV vision from it).  The branches and swings may well bring them into closer contact with it.  I don't want them to be tempted to start swinging from the pendant so I wanted to have it mounted in a flush light fitting.  But the light fitting can't have any glass as that will abosrb a lot of the UV light. Does anyone know of a flush ceiling mounted compact UV bulb holder.  I didn't really want to go to strip lamps but it maybe the only option.

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    23-06-2014 4:36 PM
    Spotlights? Not sure if there are suitable bulbs ...
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    23-06-2014 9:18 PM
    Downlighters? I don't know if there are any suitable bulbs either but I'll ask the Prince of Darkness, AKA my hubby who was an electrician in a previous existence!
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    24-06-2014 8:18 AM
    Possibly a question to put to Arcadia?
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    24-06-2014 9:48 AM
    Only other way around it that I can think of is to use only a couple of inches of hanging cable. That way there's no possibility of birds sitting on top of the light and having a chew...
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    25-06-2014 10:30 AM
    Where I had hanging cables I used to get some of the smallest trunking you could get (about 1.5cms square) and just cut it to length and clip around the cable. Sure it didn't look quite right but it was safe for the birds and we soon got used to it!
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    25-06-2014 2:34 PM
    You can get armoured cable, which is designed for gardens, and is strong enough so that a fork or spade won't go through it. It's expensive but would be worth it if you have exposed cables.
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    25-06-2014 2:42 PM
    Actually, as David says, I'd have a word with Arcadia. Their sales manager was really helpful when we had issues with their LED lighting for a marine fishtank and you might find that some of the fluorescent strip lighting that they supply for reptiles etc might be usable in an overhead fitting. Just a thought!
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    26-06-2014 12:35 PM
    Thanks for the advice everyone. I did read that UV has to be the right balance (UVA / UVB) for birds and is different to those required by reptiles and fish. After an exhaustive search I've given up and gone with a ceiling mounted Arcadia strip lamp. Parts are now on order. The biggest I could get and a reflector so hopefully they will appreciate being able to make more use of their ability to see in a '4th primary colour'.
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