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September 29, 2011

Will Incandescent Heat Lamps For Brooding Be Banned, Too?

I am sure you have read that many incandescent lamps have been banned.   But I am also sure many of you use heat lamps for brooding your young birds.  Were incandescent heat lamps banned, too?

In December 2007 the federal government enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act  which requires all general-purpose light bulbs that produce 310–2600 lumens of light (a typical 100 watt incandescent light bulb puts out 1150 lumens) to be 30% more energy efficient starting in 2012. The efficiency standards will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014.  As current incandescent light bulbs cannot meet these efficiency standards, they will no longer be sold.

However, light bulbs outside of this range are exempt from the restrictions. Also exempt are several classes of specialty lamps, including appliance lamps, rough service bulbs, 3-way, colored lamps, stage lighting, plant lights.... AND HEAT LAMPS.  There are much more efficient bulbs that can replace the standard incandescent bulb - but there is nothing currently available to replace incandescent heat lamps.

So, don't worry, you will still be able to purchase standard heat lamps for brooding your ducklings and goslings (and chicks, keets and poults) - at least until a more energy efficient alternative is available.  


  1. I personally am stocking up as heat lamps are way to hot for my small batch brooder boxes

  2. Size and shape can also be varied, with some bulbs being designed to mimic candles, while others are intended to fit into unique or small spaces, so they require an unusual shape and attached socket to connect with a source of electrical current.