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Excellent for any insect-eating animal
Including Birds, Sugar Gliders, Hedgehogs, Chickens, and Reptiles
Birds do best when exposed to sunlight. The importance
of sunshine becomes obvious when we see them bask
in the sun in sheer delight after having been deprived
of sunshine for a period of time. Sunlight provides
birds with a natural source of Vitamin D, which is
essential for the utilization of calcium, for the health
and performance of breeding hens, and for strong
bones and male virility.
Full Spectrum lighting is beneficial to birds by mimicking a bird’s natural environment. The greatest benefit of full spectrum lighting is the natural synthesis of Vitamin D precursors allowing the animal to naturally regulate calcium uptake. Another important benefit of full spectrum lighting is the effect it has on the glandular system. The Thyroid Gland controls how and when the other glands function and for it to function properly, it needs to be stimulated by normal photoperiods of full spectrum light. The Hypothalamus is involved in proper feather development and skin. The Pineal Gland controls the cyclical process such as molting and the reproductive cycle. Birds have four color vision and the lower wavelength (UVA) adds to the fourth visual perspective. The most basic benefit of light is sight. Birds have very keen vision and use vital information regarding their environment to navigate and to locate and identify food, other birds, and predators. Correct spectrum and photoperiod of light are also critical factors in normal preening as well as the skin and feather health of birds. If a bird’s system is not stimulated through adequate environment lighting to maintain proper endocrine function, it may become lethargic and not continue normal preening behaviors. A full spectrum bulb with CRI (color rendering index) of 90 or higher contains enough UVA to achieve this. It is middle ultraviolet light (UVB) that causes Vitamin synthesis in the skin. Most professionals agree that the UVB needs to be somewhere between 290 and 310 nanometers in wavelength and color temperature of 5000 Kelvin for this to occur.
FeatherBrite full spectrum bulbs can provide these important benefits. The FeatherBrite full spectrum bulb is a compact spiral fluorescent, 15w, 5500k, 91 cri. UVA 4%, UVB .05% (UVB is between 290-310 nm in wavelength). FeatherBrite bulbs will bring out colors in your bird’s feathers that you may not have even known existed while using a standard fluorescent cage light. It has a standard screw-in base and will burn approximately 8000 hours and is guaranteed for one year.
Full spectrum lighting should be used during the brightest daytime hours. It is recommended that you use a timer so that the light goes on and off at specific times each day. Mount or suspend these lights approximately 12” to 18” above the cage to best simulate the manner in which light falls upon birds in nature. However, be sure to research your particular species regarding their specific lighting needs.
Featherbrite – Full spectrum light in a compact, spiral bulb.
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by Alan Simpson