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    Quote Originally Posted by Marik87 View Post
    what?? Only 4 hours a day? I was told 12 hours.. (8 to 8 og 9 to 9..)
    I run mine 12 hours a day. That's basically the same amount of natural light Greys receive in the wild. No idea where petshop people and some bulb manufactures got their information from.
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    oh.. thats good.. i suddnely got scared I did something very wrong.. I have a timer on mine.. sooo smart. wakes us both up.. and riminds us of when its night:P It also makes it easy getting him back in his cage, cuz he knows its nighttime=)
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    LOL. I know. We all fret over doing the best for our greys. I use timers as well for my birds lights. Lest we space out when busy and forget.
    Within all of us is a varying amount of space lint and star dust, the residue from our creation. Most are too busy to notice it, and it is stronger in some than others. It is strongest in those of us who fly and is responsible for an unconscious, subtle desire to slip into some wings and try for the elusive boundaries of our origin. ~K.O. Eckland, "Footprints On Clouds"

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    yeah! Im so scared of doing something wrong.. haha..
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    Curious about this too. I leave mine on for eight hours. Sounds like I need to bump it up to 12
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    HI, is this the same thing as full spectrum lighting,thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by monicamonica View Post
    HI, is this the same thing as full spectrum lighting,thanks
    Yes it is.
    UVB ----Ultra Violet Bulb----Full Spectrum Lighting. There's other different bulbs (strengths, rays, heat)of the same type. Most of those others have to do with reptiles such as snakes, eguanas, certain frogs. We only discuss the ones that have to do with birds. All of these bulbs are usually purchased at pet shops or online. Dan will tell you more if you want.Full Spectrum Lighting provides the rays of light that normally come from the sun but for the last 25 years or so, house glass window, car window( actually, just about all glass) is filtered so those rays don't contain the full spectrum of light. Natural sun rays are beneficial to birds. Hope this helps.
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    I have another question, I just put the lamp back up, but Babalu is out of his cage most of the day... He likes to sit on too of the cage most of the time. So is it useless? Also his cage is by a window, I know the window blocks the good stuff, but the natural light is so bright you can't tell the light is on, does that affect it?
    Oh, and I forgot the distance it's suppose to be from the highest perch... Is it 18"?
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    Read the directions that came with the bulb, from what I've read online it varies from bulb to bulb. The one I use says 18-24" during the burn in period (don't remember how long that is) then 12-18" after burn in period. The rays from the light are still effective even if you can't see the light itself. If your window is treated with UV protection (I think that is the right term) like mine are, your bird won't get any helpful rays through it.

    I know what you mean about the bird moving around and wondering if the light does that much good. I'd say some is better than none, so my policy is to leave the light on and assume he gets at least some benefit!
    Karen (a/k/a "Jamie" in Timberland)

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