Why Use Bird Lights
Take a good look at your parrot’s feathers. Do they appear dull and somewhat brittle? Does your bird seem gloomy and lethargic? Lack of proper bird lighting may be the problem. Birds that are exposed to natural outdoor light or indoor full spectrum lighting have improved feather and skin condition, a perkier attitude and healthier bones.
Our parrots are from tropical forest areas where the sun shines 12 hours a day, year round. Sun light including UVA and UVB rays are essential to your birds’ health. We’ve all heard of seasonal depression, but did you know that birds are even more sensitive to light and light conditions than people are. Bird lighting is essential for both mental and physical health. Birds’ rely on full spectrum lighting for both day to day health and seasonal hormonal regulations.
You’re probably aware of just how important light is for regulating your sleep. Your bird is no different. Light signals the brain that it is time to go to sleep and wake up. Appropriate darkness affects the quality of sleep. As a rule of thumb, our birds need 12 hours of light each day. Without adequate full spectrum light, a bird may feel fatigued, be more reactive to stress and ultimately, the immune system may be compromised. Even if you live in a climate where your bird can’t have access to natural full spectrum lighting, you can insure your birds’ health with indoor full spectrum lighting.
What are the benefits of bird lights?
Full spectrum lighting affects your birds’ mental and physical health. Most birds, including parrots, have exceptionally keen vision. Your bird is essentially color blind without full spectrum light. Parrots are capable of seeing vivid colors enabling them to navigate their environment, find food amongst leaves and twigs and perceive danger such as other birds and predators. Such keen vision supports your birds’ self-confidence about its ability to keep itself safe.
Physiologically, full spectrum light contributes to a birds’ ability to synthesize Vitamin D and in turn the proper utilization of calcium for strong and healthy bones. With already delicate bones, birds rely on lighting for healthy bones. Lighting affects behavior and seasonal hormone levels, allows our birds to get a good night’s sleep and even affects feather health.
Bird lighting also has a positive effect on your parrots glanduar system. Specifically, the Thyroid gland is in charge of most avian glandular function. But to work properly the Thyroid gland needs normal photoperiods of full spectrum light. The Hypothalamus is involved in healthy feather development and skin condition while the Pineal gland controls seasonal processes such as molting and the reproductive cycle.
While natural sunlight provides the best health benefits for birds, it isn’t always possible to provide it to our birds. Even if you place your bird cage near a window, modern windows are designed to filter out UVA and UVB rays. While natural sunlight should be part of your birds lighting regimen when it's feasible and safe for the bird, indoor full spectrum lights are an important component of keeping your bird healthy.
Select full spectrum bird lighting for the particular lamp you feel is safe to put near a bird cage.** Look for full spectrum lights that emit light in the ultra violet wavelength that replicate natural sunlight to provide all the beneficial properties of sunlight such as Compact Bird Lights. Mount or suspend full spectrum bird lights approximately 1 – 2’ above the cage over the area where your bird prefers to perch and use a timer to provide the recommend lighting needs for your particular species of bird.
**ALWAYS INSURE THAT THE ELECTRIC CORD IS PROTECTED SO THAT YOUR PARROT CAN'T CHEW IT. ELECTRICAL BURNS ARE QUITE DANGEROUS AND DEADLY. ASK YOUR HARDWARE STORE TO ASSIST YOU IN PARROT PROOFING THE ELECTRICAL CORD ON YOUR BIRD LIGHTS.