For use with infrared heat bulbs
. The heavy-duty vinyl clamp is a nice feature: it can help keep the lamp where you want it. Because the heat bulbs exceed 400 degrees, it's very important that you safely secure them.
But we really don't want you to buy this. Really. While these are the most popular heating device for baby chicks, we can not recommend them for chicks or coops. Here's why:
- Surface temps exceed 400 degrees.
- People and children have burned themselves
- Fires can (and do) happen. Heat lamps carry a risk of fire because coops and brooders are dusty places, and the bedding is flammable. Read about our own staffer's heat lamp-caused fire (and he wasn't the only staffer to have a fire!)
- They are not energy efficient; heat lamps cost $3-$5 per week of continuous use more to run than the alternatives.
- Light-free heat sources allow chicks to sleep at night
- Update 4/9/20: Just received this message for one of our customer service reps "I am very sad I had to take a call from a customer who lost her chicks last night due to a brooder fire. We know it's possible with those heat lamps, but it's still really sad. They had been waiting for their babies since Dec when they placed their order and they had all arrived safe otherwise."
So, what are those alternatives? These are all safer heaters. They use far less electricity and pose a far
lower risk of catching fire, reaching no more than 185 degrees. (Many
people claim there is no fire risk at all with these heaters). They are
costlier, but in the long run you will save due to your lowered
- Features insulated porcelain sockets, heavy gauge aluminum reflectors and hang-up hooks
- Sturdy clamp with vinyl coated grips hold
lamp in place
- Bulb guards that snap on the reflector to help prevent anything from touching the hot bulb surface.
- Two-conductor, polarized male plugs and a durable, 6' vinyl cord
10-1/2" reflection diameter
- Not UL Listed
- 18/2SJTW-A - 250 WATTS - 125 V