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Avian Lighting for Three Parrots

I'm looking at using these lights in a room that will be specifically for my 3 parrots. I just purchased an old farmhouse and am completely renovating the whole thing so I have the option of any lighting fixtures that I want. Right now I was going to add 4 recessed cans into the room, but I'm not sure what to do as far as running the lights all day. Usually, the birds get up around 7 am and go to be around 20:30. Is that too long for them to be in your daylight bulb? I use a full spectrum now, but I don't think it's the quality that yours are. I do have it on a timer to go on at 9:30 and off at 14:30, and the room just has regular bulbs for the rest of the hours of the day. The one thing I am interested in is being able to control the lights if I'm not home, either with an app or on a timer. Is this something that can be done with your bulbs? 

We are happy to confirm that many of our customers with avian lighting use these BR30 lights as constant daylight illumination for their feathered friends, and have not reported any ill effects or issues to us. Further, we are happy to offer a 3-year warranty policy on these items. If they encounter any malfunctions within that period, please let us know and we will gladly provide you with new warranty replacements.

​That being said, if you have any species-specific concerns, we would recommend contacting a local bird rescue non-profit, as those organizations typically have many resources and informed help available. 

If the BR30 lights are connected to a dimmer circuit, they may be compatible with systems such as Lutron Caseta. That being said, in our experience, we have found that the Caseta system best works with smart bulbs containing wifi chips for control, which our products, unfortunately, do not contain. A timer connected to the circuit could work well, though we do not have any specific models that we could recommend. 

Would you be able to tell me how many again lights would be sufficient for an 11x13 space (7’ ceilings)? I was originally planning for 4 cans in the room, but now I’m thinking of doing 6, having three of the BR30 avian bulbs and then 3 of the other bulbs so the birds don’t have simulated daylight too long. 

Based on the lumen estimation calculator and the dimensions you provided, my recommendation would be to have 10 or more lights to ensure adequate brightness.

​6 lamps would provide around 30 footcandles, which is less than the typical illumination level of office spaces and commercial spaces.

What's the difference between the two full-spectrum avian bulbs you carry?

What is the difference between the two full-spectrum avian bulbs you carry? What fixtures do I use with them? Prefer a bendable floor lamp. 

We can confirm that while the Avian A19 bulb offers flicker-free output, the Avian BR30 bulb is dimmable.

​Beyond this difference, the BR30 bulbs are most commonly used in canned or recessed lighting fixtures that have a narrower beam angle than standard A19 bulbs. Further, both will utilize the same standard socket and will offer full spectrum output with a high CRI of 95+.

While we do not sell fixtures for standard lights, we can confirm that our A19 and BR30 bulbs will fit within the standard E26 base. It might be helpful to know that this E26 base is used in most common light fixtures such as lamps and floor lighting.  

LED Bulbs for Avian Lighting

We are a large wildlife rehabilitation organization. We have several large indoor rehab rooms that we house many species from songbirds to doves to raptors. I would like to know if you have tubes vs. bulbs.

We are happy to confirm that we have several avian products available in our catalog, such as the Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds and the Avian Full Spectrum E26 A19 LED Bulb for Birds. 

Though not specifically marketed for avian installations, we also have the 6500K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Lights available which utilize the same full spectrum high CRI LED technology. 

​While our T8 LED Tube Lights are compatible with some ballasts used within fluorescent fixtures, it might be helpful to know that the ballast bypass process illustrated within the user guide can be used to make any T8 fixture compatible. As an alternative, you may also be interested in our LED Ready T8 Fixtures, which would not require any rewiring for compatibility. 

UV LED Lights for Butterfly Exhibit

We have a tropical butterfly garden at our institution and we try our best to mimic their natural habitat. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the building design and current lighting system and our weather, we lack the proper UV levels that the butterflies are used to. Butterflies use UV light to find flowers, so if we don’t have any they are not able to find the flowers which is what we are observing. We are interested in adding some UV light to the exhibit to help the butterflies find the flowers. I am interested specifically interested in the 365 nm band for the butterflies.

Do you have any products that you think may work to add some UV light to the exhibit?

Based on the details provided, we would likely recommend the 365nm realUV™ LED Flood Lights, which do not require any accessories for installation and operate using a DC power cable. That said, the output of this product can not be dimmed or adjusted as the below product is capable. 

If you would prefer to dim or adjust the output of the ultraviolet light source, we would alternatively recommend the 365nm realUV™ LED Strip Lights, which can be paired with either wall dimmers or in-line dimmers such as the FilmGrade™ Flicker-Free LED Dimmer. These products also require a 12V power supply which is sold separately. 

Both product pages feature UV Irradiance Patterns, which we hope are helpful for charting the microwaves per square centimeter output that your installation would receive (μW/cm2) using either of the aforementioned products. 

Avian Full Spectrum LED Lighting Fixture Dimension

We are designing an Aviary for a hospital. Can you send me the spec with the dimension for this fixture? Where can we buy this from? Can this light be on a dimmer?

We have attached the product specification sheets for the Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds as well as the Avian Full Spectrum E26 A19 LED Bulb for Birds below, which contain the product measurements. 

Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds

Avian Full Spectrum E26 A19 LED Bulb for Birds

As we do not have retail partnerships domestically or internationally, we can confirm that our products are exclusively sold through the storefront on our website. 

As a final note, while the Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds is compatible with dimmers, the Avian Full Spectrum E26 A19 LED Bulb for Bird is unfortunately not compatible. 

Dimmable Aviary Lights

I am wondering if any of your aviary lights are dimmable. My birds are in a medium-sized bedroom. The 4 lights in the ceiling are on a dimmer switch. Any suggestions would be helpful. 

Based on the details provided, we would recommend the Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds. Though the dimensions of the BR30 bulbs are larger than the standard A19 bulbs, these products are compatible with dimmers whereas our non-filament A19 bulbs are not. 

Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds

Do these work in a recessed lighting fixture? 

We can confirm that our BR30 lightbulbs are rated for recessed lighting fixtures. 

I have an aviary with 3 recessed cans in the ceiling. Would 3 of these bulbs create too much light? These fixtures are currently on a dimmable timer. 

As a starting point, it might be helpful to compare the lumen output of our lights against the output of the lightbulbs currently installed in the recessed ceiling fixtures. 

As each of our Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds provide 800 lumens (60W equivalent), three units would provide a total of 2400 lumens. So long as this lumen output does not greatly exceed the lights currently installed, we would not expect there to be issued with glare or over-illumination. 

​You may also be interested in trying our Lumen Estimation Calculator, which provides a lumen target based on the dimensions of an installation area. This tool will also provide recommendations for item quantities to meet the lumen targets, as well. 

LED Lighting for Birds

I was hoping to order LED lights for birds that are not individual light bulbs but either strips or tube lights. Do you have anything like that for birds? 

While not specifically marketed for birds, we are happy to confirm that the same LED technology found within our avian A19 and BR30 lightbulbs can also be found in our T8 LED Tube Lights and LED Strip Light products. 

As such, you may be interested in our 4000K and 6500K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Lights, which are designed to be compatible with our newly launched LED Ready T8 Fixtures. 

For an LED Strip Light option, we might recommend either the 4000K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ LED Strip Lights for Commercial & Retail or the 6500K FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights in 12V or 24V. These lights can be mounted within channels, paired with in-wall dimmers, and powered with DC power supplies or in-wall power supplies

Indoor Lights for Dog Kennels Breeding Lighting

Which products would be beneficial for a dog's health regarding vit D, heat cycles and fertility, and the general health of a dog who gets outside for maybe a half hour at breakfast time and then again at supper? Would the avian bird light bulbs be correct or something else? I understand that they are part of the Absolute series which in a different area on your website indicates that only linear modules and flexible strips are available in that collection. Did I misunderstand?

As we unfortunately do not have expertise regarding kennels or breeding, we might recommend reaching out to local veterinarians or pet experts for feedback regarding the role that lighting has on indoor kennel spaces. 

That being said, we can confirm that the ABSOLUTE SERIES™ line of products is comprised of the ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Linear Module and the ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Flexible Strip. Both of these products offer identical 99 CRI light output, which is virtually indistinguishable from daylight. 

How do they compare to the Absolute light bulb (6500 E 26 A19) ( and also a dimmable version) in the avian section? or are they not available? Does the Absolute series stimulate the effects that being out in the sun would, such as vit D production?

We understand that you are looking for a lighting solution that maximizes vitamin D production in miniature schnauzers. Unfortunately we do not have any data on this and as such, cannot provide you with a specific and definitive recommendation.

On the other hand, the shop light fixtures you purchased have a 95 CRI rating, which indicates that the spectral output of the light is extremely similar to natural daylight. Additionally the 4200 lumen light output will ensure that sufficient brightness is available for your kennel space.

​While our ABSOLUTE SERIES LED strip lights do offer a 99 CRI rating, these LED strip lights are generally not suitable for indoor residential spaces and are unlikely to reach the level of light intensity needed for your needs.

36" LED Tube Light for Birds

I’m looking for a 36" tube LED that has 5000K to 5700K with a CRI of 90+ at 12 volts if possible.

While we do not have any 36” tube lights available, you might alternatively be interested in our LED Ready T8 Fixtures, which are compatible with our 5000K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Lights.

For a different option that would not require an additional fixture, we would recommend our 5000K NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixtures. These products can be easily mounted to surfaces, offer a high CRI of 95+, and would only require access to a wall outlet for power. 

Do you have a 12V LED bulbs for RV installation?

We are traveling. Do you have bulbs in 12 volts for my RV so my bird to get sunlight on the road?

Unfortunately, our retrofit bulbs are all designed for AC 120 volts (line voltage) and are not compatible with RV systems. However, we do have several LED strip light products which operate at DC 12 volts and may be a great fit for your daylight needs.

​Below are two LED strip light products that offer 99 CRI and 95 CRI, respectively:

For LED strip lights, the only difficulty would be needing to perform an electrical install, rather than a simple screw-in lamp installation. Below is an installation diagram for a typical residential setup (120 volts AC) but for an RV installation the power supply can be ignored as the system provides DC 12 volts directly.

Ceiling Mount Lights Bird Room Lighting

We are in the process of building a new 18'X23' interior bird room for our sanctuary, and I am looking for ceiling mount lighting that is appropriate for our parrot flock. After researching your site, I am looking to purchase four (4) LED Ready T8 tube fixtures, and eight (8) Centric Daylight 6500k flicker-free bulbs - and I want to be sure what I am purchasing is compatible with my needs. 

Based on our Lumen Estimation Calculator, we have received a recommendation of 14,336 lumens for the 18’ x 23’ space, which can be accomplished with eight units of our 6500K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Lights. As each T8 LED Tube Light provides 1800 lumens, it would appear that the item quantities listed in your email can provide sufficient illumination to your bird room. 

What is the UV-A and UV-B output of the BR30 LED Bulb for Birds?

What is the UBA and UVB output of this bulb? Also, do you have a fluorescent tube that has similar specifications? My application is strictly for my pet parrots. 

We can confirm that the Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds product does not emit any UV-A or UV-B output. If UV-A and UV-B output is required for your aviary installation, we would likely recommend checking with local avian experts for product recommendations. 

The closest T8 match in our catalog would be the 6500K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Lights, which offer a high CRI and be used with our newly launched LED-Ready T8 LED Tube Light Fixture. As can be noted within the product photometric report, this product also does not emit UV-A or UV-B output. 

T8 LED Tube for Avian Lighting

I am trying to install full spectrum lighting for my Aviaries. I want to have LED tube lighting if possible.

While not specifically marketed for aviary installations, we would likely recommend our 6500K CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Lights, as they utilize the same technology and color temperature as our Avian Full Spectrum Lighting.

These products are also designed to be compatible with our newly launched LED-Ready T8 Fixtures, as well as fixtures using either compatible or incompatible ballasts.

Will the prismatic wrap on the fixture allow the full spectrum to come through? Or should I go with the one with the reflector?

While we can confirm that there is a slight reduction in light transmission through the prismatic lens (~10%), there would not be any change to the spectrum of light that passes through the prismatic lens. 

What kind of fixture should I use for the Avian bulbs?

What kind of fixture should I use for the Avian bulbs? I have a Quaker Parrot that I did not realize was not getting enough sun because of our awesomely made UV-blocking windows.

We, unfortunately, do not have any specific fixture recommendations, but virtually all fixtures with an E26 base should be compatible and work fine for the application.

​Please do note, however, that our lamps do not emit UV radiation, so our product may not be a great fit if UV radiation is needed.

Does your 6500K NorthLux T5 LED Linear Light Fixture be used for Avian Lighting?

Is this full spectrum and usable for bird ages or aviary?

​Our ​NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixture does emit full spectrum light (no ultraviolet radiation, however) and can be used for avian applications. With the magnetic mounts and simple installation, this should be a great fit for your needs!

Do you have a wall-mount T8 LED Tube Light for Bird Aviary?

I need assistance in selecting a light for my bird aviary. I want to use a led tube light that I can mount above each of my 8 individual cages. I am looking for 95+ CRI with 5000k. A bulb and fixture that fits these requirements are your NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixture. Would this light work for this application? Also, can multiple cable connectors be purchased and joined together to create a chain? (I would need about 36" between each light. I would have 4 lights on the top row and 4 lights across the bottom row. 

Based on the details provided, it does appear that the 6500K NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixtures would be a great fit for your bird aviary installation. 

These fixtures can be directly connected in series and can be connected using the included daisy-chain cords as well. It might also be helpful to know that these products are available in both 2 ft and 4 ft versions, as can be seen on the product page. 

While we have not tested installations using a series of connected daisy-chain cables, it might be helpful to know that longer third-party C8 cables available from other marketplaces are likely compatible as an alternative option. 

Can I install a dimmer control for Avian Full Spectrum A19 LED Bulb?

Can I install programmable dimmer control for Avian Full Spectrum E26 A19 LED Bulb for Birds? Will it affect the function of the light bulb or will it damage the bulb? I would like to simulate the actual slow sunrise and slow sunset patterns for my bird cage. 

Unfortunately, we can confirm that the Avian Full Spectrum E26 A19 LED Bulb is not compatible with dimmers. As such, utilizing the lightbulb with a dimmer could potentially cause performance issues. 

That said, you might also be interested in our dimmable Avian Full Spectrum E26 BR30 LED Bulb for Birds, though we would encourage you to ensure that the input voltage of 120 V AC, 50-60 Hz is compatible with your local voltage standards. 

Do you have a 48-inch bulb for standard 4-ft LED fixtures?

Do you make a 48-inch bulb that I can use in standard four-foot LED fixtures for my birds? 

Based on the details provided, we would recommend our 6500K NorthLux™ 95 CRI T8 LED Tube for Art & Studio, which is designed to fit F32T8 4-ft (48 inches) fluorescent lamps. 

For reference, the 6500K option is the same color temperature as found in our Avian line of products. Additionally, it might be helpful to ensure that the T8 fixtures to be utilized are compatible. 

Though many older units utilized ballasts that are not compatible with the power requirements of LED products, those fixtures can be adjusted to accommodate our products through 'ballast bypass'. Instructions for this process can be found in the below installation guide. 

T8 LED Tube Light Installation Guide

Lighting Options for Photography and Reptile Habitat Needs

I'm currently researching lighting options for a home addition that's currently in process at our primary residence. This is essentially a shop that's 30x20, but CRI and overall brightness are critical. I'm a breeder of high-end Leopard geckos (reptiles), and accurate photography (color representation) is an absolute must. I can only assume that I should be targeting a CRI of 90 or higher. With my photography, I tend to err more on the side of daylight or cooler about Kelvin and have a strong distaste for what I would consider 'warm' lighting.

We are happy to confirm that we have several products available which could be a great match for your photography and reptile habitat needs. Further, we can also confirm that the vast majority of our products offer a CRI higher than 95. 

As a starting point, you may find value in our Lumen Estimation Calculator tool. By inputting the dimensions of the room including ceiling height, as well as selecting the primary use of the room, the tool can suggest a total lumen output and suggest the number of products required to meet the illumination goal. 

In the interim, we might recommend the NorthLux line of products, which are designed with photography and capture in mind. You may also be interested in our 99 CRI Absolute Series products, which offer D50 and D65 light that is virtually indistinguishable from full daylight. 

Why your recommended Avian Lights do not include at least UV-A wavelengths?

Great info on your website. To make use of any calcium my birds ingest, they need Vitamin D, which I assumed they were getting from full spectrum Ott lights. With the shift to LEDs, I'm wondering why your recommended avian lights do not include at least UVA wavelengths. Do avian zoos purchase some type of combo of lights so that the UV spectrum is included? 

We can confirm that our single-color LED products do not offer ultraviolet output, though we do also sell the realUV™ LED Strip Lights. In installations such as reptile and avian habitats where the UV-A and UV-B are beneficial for the animals, some of our customers prefer to utilize a supplemental bulb that can offer them ultraviolet output.

Unfortunately, we are not aware of the exact product make or model that these customers use to supply those wavelengths.

Full Spectrum Lighting for Horse Stall

I’m looking for a Full Spectrum UV lighting system for my horse's stall during the fall/winter - he gets depressed and irritable. Is this something you can help me with/offer?

Our various CENTRIC DAYLIGHT products would be a great fit for general full spectrum applications, including animal husbandry applications. Our lamps do not, however, include any UV radiation, so if that is a firm requirement, we would recommend finding a supplemental light source that includes the UV portion of the spectrum.

​Below is a link to our most popular full spectrum bulb which uses a standard E26 medium base and might be a great starting point:

Avian Full Spectrum Light with UV-A & UV-B

What would be the most optimal setup regarding my situation and needs? I have a background as a lighting designer and have experience in LED fixtures and concepts with implementing UVA and UVB but using HO Fluorescents to create the output or affective properties. At that rate, it’s a product that requires special care and consideration. 

With that said, based on the current market availability, would you say your line of lamps holds its own at the top for full spectrum and benefit in health, and intended purpose in Avian Supplemental Lighting?

Within the visible spectrum, I can confirm that our LED products can offer a high-end CRI output of 95-100. This CRI number defines how similar the spectral output is to full daylight.

That being said, please note that these products do not have ultraviolet output. If UV-A and UV-B output is necessary for your application, we might recommend utilizing a third-party option that offers UV-A/B output as the primary light or utilizes a UV-A/B product in tandem with our high CRI products.

For the A19 form factor, we would recommend the Avian Full Spectrum E26 A19 LED Bulb for Birds product, which offers a CRI of 95.

As an alternative, we might also recommend the 6500K ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Flexible Strip, which offers a CRI of 99, making it virtually indistinguishable from daylight. A customer that I recently corresponded with chose this product for their own avian installation, thanks in part to the high CRI output.

I have also attached links below for two layout guides, which illustrate how the absolute series LED light strips can be configured. This page includes links to the optional and required accessories, as well as additional instructions.

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_3E

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_3C

For LED Strip, I don't need 16’ of it and saw you have it per foot. I don't remember off hand how many watts/ft they were, but I'm sure 4’ is all I need. If we take that and couple it with what? what would your suggestion be in lamps for producing the UVA & B that we need? Are you familiar with the %’s that are safe and targeted for, in my case, exotic birds (large)? 

Though many of our other LED strip lights are available in 3.2 ft increments, the absolute series 99 CRI LED strip lights are currently only available in 16.4 ft reels. We apologize!

To power a 4 ft length of the LED strip light, we would recommend a single 12V FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip. As the strip lights contain pre-applied barrel jack adapters, no additional connecter accessories would be required.

Further, as our expertise is limited to our own products we currently do not have any UV-B product that we could recommend and are not aware of the safe UV-B exposure levels that avian species might require.

Flicker-free and Dimmable LED Bulb for Poultry Farm

I am having an issue right now with low-quality LED light. The chickens are getting extremely nervous because of the flickering. I have tried many lights, and have changed my light controller with specific LED controllers. The chickens are so nervous that I am starting to see some mortality because of that. I need a 100% dimmable, flickering-free LED bulb. Is there any recommendation you could give me?

Although we do not currently have any bulb products which are both flicker-free and dimmable, we do wonder if an installation utilizing our high-CRI LED strip light products is an option for your poultry farm.

Our LED strip light products can be both flicker-free when paired with our DC-plug or in-wall power supplies, and are also compatible with dimmers. These products are also available in a wide variety of options, including the 99CRI ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Flexible Strip product, which is designed to closely simulate the light output of natural daylight.

​Though the installation would likely be slightly more involved than one utilizing light bulbs, I would be more than happy to provide you with more information and configuration resources in the event that this was of interest.

Are there LED strips that can be used for a small aviary?

Are there LED strips that can be used for a small aviary? I thought there was something easier to find while reviewing your product about a month ago. 

Though not specifically marketed for avian installations, you might be referring to the 99 CRI ABSOLUTE SERIES™ LED Flexible Strip product, which is listed and referenced within the avian product hub page on our website.

This product can offer light output that is nearly indistinguishable from daylight, which could be a great option for your installation.

I can send you a picture of our inside aviary for the two parrots we have currently. We will probably need to cut the strip into four(4) foot lengths to start. From there, we will need to know what is required to power each or all of them; and/or how to connect the strips at the top of the six(6) foot tall, eight(8) sided cage. 

In the interim, we have provided some advice below that I hope proves to be helpful for your installation planning.

The LED strip lights are designed to be segmented and can be connected using the LED Strip to Strip or LED Strip to Wire accessories. These segments can be connected to the same power supply, though we do not recommend exceeding max runs over 16.4 feet due.

We have provided a few configuration layouts below, which we hope prove to be illustrative and helpful in your planning process. The below also contains links to each of the recommended accessories or connectors.

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_3E:

LayoutMaps™ - LED Strip Light Layout 3002_3D:

Full Spectrum LED Bulbs for Small Aquariums

I saw your aquarium T8 tube on your site. I love your lights and hope to somehow use them on small aquariums. I was wondering if I could use your A19 or BR30 or LED strips that could be as close a comparison to the aquarium T8 tube as possible. So full-spectrum small lights, not tubes. I would really appreciate your advice on this. 

Our BR30 and LED strip light products also feature very high CRI (95+) and could very well be used for your aquarium!

I've included the product links below:

Do your Avian LED Bulbs emit UV-A or UV-B?

I see that one says NO UV, and the other does not say one way or the other. It is my understanding that our Parrot Family birds do need Full Spectrum but that includes some UV-A and UV-B. 

We can confirm that these products are not designed to emit UV-A or UV-B, which can be noted on the lighting parameter analysis report link below for the A19 Avian bulb product. As such, it is entirely possible that specific avian families or breeds would benefit from specific adjustments to lighting, including the use of lights with a greater UV output. 

To this end, we might recommend reaching out to an avian specialist for specific instructions on creating ideal lighting environments for your parrots.

6500K A19 LED Product Report:

Full Spectrum LED Lighting for Big Aviary and Horticulture

I would like to confirm that your CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Light can be used for lighting in my indoor aviary (dimensions: 80" H, 86" L, and 62" D). I cannot use the Full Spectrum BR30 LED Bulbs 4000K / 5000K / 6500K as I would need several of them and my ceiling is glass (the aviary is inside the sunroom). If my assumption is correct, can the tubes be plugged in or are they only hard-wired? I can only plug them in based on my setup. If there is no plug-in version of the tubes, are there alternative LED strips I can use that are full-spectrum? Finally, are the horticulture tubes hardwired or can they be plugged?

We can confirm that the CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Lights are compatible with 4 ft fluorescent tube light fixtures which utilize the G13 base.

However, it might be helpful to know that these lights are not compatible with all ballasts present within fluorescent fixtures. Generally speaking, product incompatibility with ballast models may cause flickering, or a lack of functionality. For a full list of ballasts that have been tested as compatible, please review this link:

For further instructions regarding the installation methods available for these lights, we have provided a link to the product specification sheet below.

Product specification sheet:

If you would like to let us know which light fixture models you intend to use for the indoor aviary, we would also be more than happy to check to see if they are compatible with these lights.

Avian Bulb Placement and Fixtures

Would it be better to use an overhead ceiling fixture in my bird room or something closer to their cage, like a swag? Would a gradual dimming simulate natural sunrise and sunset? 

We generally find that widely illuminating a large area using a ceiling fixture is preferable to close-up lighting methods, as this better simulates the effect of natural daylighting across the entire sky.

​Gradual dimming would indeed also provide a better simulation of the progression of natural daylight throughout the day, although implementing an automated solution here would be some what challenging.

Avian Bulb Placement and Fixtures

I’d like to purchase one or both of your avian bulbs for my two Sun Conures. They are flighted but spend most of the day in and on their cage in a 10’ x 11’ bedroom. Should I use the overhead ceiling fixture or some type of floor lamp? How far away from them should the bulb be located and how should I position it? 

While these products do generate some heat, the output should not be significant enough to cause issues so long as the fixture they are installed within allows for moderate airflow. It might also be helpful to know that these products can be installed in either ceiling or floor lamps.

Regarding the exact positioning, this might unfortunately be a question better suited for avian specialists who are better informed regarding the ideal comfortable environments for Sun Conures.

UV-A LED Lighting for Avian Application

I own a parrot sanctuary, and we currently use 12-volt LED full-spectrum lighting for our parrot's living cages. We would like to add UVA lighting for the general health and well-being of our flock (birds actually see well into the UV spectrum, in addition to the health benefits from UVA exposure to avian species) and your 365/395nm UV LED strips look like a fantastic option for this purpose. Can you tell me if you have provided lighting products for others for this purpose? 

We, unfortunately, do not have any data or previous use cases for our UV-A products in avian applications, but this could definitely be a viable option to supplement the UV-A wavelength needs for birds.

In order to replicate the full solar spectrum, including the UV-A wavelength band, the use of our UV-A LED strip lights may indeed be an effective approach.

We've included the product link below :

Does the Avian A19 LED Bulb need to be installed closely to birds for full-spectrum light benefits?

Does this light bulb need to be right over my conure cage and perching area are can it be used in the light fixture in the ceiling in the room he is in? I saw some other lights have to be really close to birds for them to get the benefits of the full spectrum light- but they also can cause burning to the bird's eyes from being close.

We do not have a specific requirement as far as distance away, but in general, we recommend installing a larger quantity of bulbs located far away, rather than a fewer quantity installed very close.

The overall goal would be to replicate natural daylight, which actually "rains down" from a very wide 180-degree dome (i.e. the sky).

Recommended LED Lights for Breeding Dogs

I have breeding dogs in 5 x 5-foot dog kennels in a shop with 20-foot ceilings, which have 4ft 4 bulb lighting across the whole ceiling. The room is approximately 60 ft x 72 ft with the kennels occupying about 20 x 30 ft long along one wall. What lights should I use? Should I install a light shield over the tops of the kennels to defer the ceiling lights when the shop is being used regularly on our farm? Is this going to have a noticeable effect considering the ceiling lights? 

While lighting applications for animal health are beyond the scope of our expertise, we would be more than happy to assist with general recommendations for creating a lighting environment that best mimics natural light.

We would perhaps suggest starting with a target illumination level of 150 footcandles. This would require approximately 3700 lumens per 5 x 5 ft kennel.

Our most popular product is our flicker-free T8 LED tube lights. These lamps can be housed in 4-ft lamp fixtures and feature flicker-free, full-spectrum light output at 95 CRI. Please see below for the product link:

Each lamp emits 1800 lumens, so for each kennel, you will want to use two or more lamps per kennel.

Alternatively, our BR30 lamps can also be used if you have standard, circular ceiling fixtures:

These lamps emit 800 lumens each, so you will want to use approximately 5 lamps per kennel.

UV-B LED Lights for Rabbit Shed

It was recommended to me to get Ultraviolet B lights for our rabbit shed to help with their vitamin D. Would it have the same effect to use the ultraviolet A strips you have?

UV-A and UV-B belong to two different classes of ultraviolet light and contain light energy from different wavelength bands. As such, we would not expect our UV-A LED strip lights to achieve the desired effect of UV-B radiation.

Avian LED Strip Lights for Racing Pigeons

I raise racing pigeons. I need some Avian Strip Lights. I have 2 -4x8 sections for breeding that do not get enough natural lighting. I do have 2 ceiling lights I could put two screw-in bulbs for natural lighting in. What do you recommend at the price? Also, I would like to install a couple of strip lights. What do you have for that? 

Based on our calculations using our lumen estimation calculator, it appears that each 4x8 ft space would benefit from roughly 1,524 lumens. This means that your space should be sufficiently illuminated with 2 of the 6500K Avian Full Spectrum E26 A19 LED Bulb for Birds items, which each have an 800-lumen output.

If you would like to add additional lighting, we might recommend the 12V 6500K FilmGrade™ WHITE LED Strip Lights, which match the 6500K color temperature of the avian bulbs. This product also has the benefit of being used with dimmers, which might be valuable for your installation. These light strips can also be mounted within our Aluminum Channel for LED Flex Strip products, which are available in flat and corner-shaped options.

Please note that this product does require the use of a 12V DC power supply, such as our FilmGrade™ DC Power Supply for LED Strip product.

However, as an alternative, we might also recommend the 6500K NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixture products.

These products are designed for easy installation, can be daisy-chained together for power, do not require additional housing or power supplies, and contain LED lighting within the integrated fixtures. This option could also be less expensive than the LED strip lights after the additional costs of power supplies and mounting accessories are considered.

realUV LED Strip Lights for Aquatic Turtles

Would the UV LED strip be good for my aquatic turtle? The tank I have came with LED lighting to look nice however turtles require UVB lighting for their shell. The tank is closed so a regular lamp won't work. I'm hoping I could stick your product on the inside cover and provide her w the required UVB light she needs. 

The first step in checking for compatibility would be ensuring that the inner cover area of the tank is waterproof. This is because our LED strip lights are not designed to come into contact with water or moisture, and are not IP rated. The presence of moisture or water on the products could cause an unsafe electrical hazard and would void the product warranty.​As such, generally speaking, we discourage the use of LED strip light products within installations where they may come into contact with water.​However, if the inner cover of the tank is indeed waterproof, and could offer protection against outside moisture, then the RealUV™ LED Strip Lights product could be a great option for your aquatic turtles!

realUV LED Lights and Bird Anti-Collision Glass

Last year I built a new modern design house for myself and my wife which has many 10 ft tall by 5 ft wide windows. Bird collisions are now a problem and I do care about our feathered friends. I am trying to find bird anti-collision applications that have a vetted high degree of efficiency but yet are relatively unnoticeable. I have applied clear UV liquid in 2 x 4 patterns on the exterior of the glass, however I am still witnessing bird strikes and the UV liquid washes off in a few spots of rain and must be re-applied. So please, a few questions; 

Do you know of a realUV LED application as a shadow caster on large insulated residential windows specifically for bird anti-collision? The “UV shadow caster” illustration has the 385 NM UV LEDs in a canted (45-degree?) wood trim at the interior window glass frame. 

Do you think that a realUV Flood Light might work if it was aimed from the exterior on a large window? If the realUV 365 nm flood is invisible to the human eye, it might possibly be an economical solution. 

I read your cautionary note on exposure of the human eye to UV light. So in the end, realUV light might work to invisibly illuminate window glass so that birds will avoid it, but at what cost to the vision health of the human occupants?

We have checked on our end, but this is the first time we have worked with any customers on a solution for bird collisions using our UV LED products. As such, our support will likely be limited to product-related technical information as well as practical guidance, but we would nonetheless be more than happy to assist to the best of our ability.

It looks like our realUV LED strip lights would be a great option that would replicate the 385 nm UV LED strip lights used in the shadow caster installation. We do believe that the 365 nm wavelength option would perform just as well, if not better than, the the 385 nm wavelength. (For further reference, please see our article comparing 365 nm to 395 nm).

We must admit that we're still not clear on the mechanism of the UV shadow caster. Specifically, what is the "shadow" being cast and how does the UV interact with the glazing to create such shadows? What is the glazing material and what is the desired effect in terms of making it visible (or visible exclusively to birds) under the UV?

Most birds have twice the UV vision perception of the human eye. The concept is that flooding the surface of the glass with UV light will appear to birds as a virtual, near solid barrier. 

I have been in touch with an eye doctor regarding her opinion about being substantially exposed to UVA light in the 365 NM and 405 NM spectrum on a daily basis. The doctor’s opinion is that UVA exposure is not harmless.  

Regarding the “UV caster” with the above said, I am now inclined to explore utilizing the UVA 365 NM flood lights aimed at the window glass in combination with UV filtering applied window film to block the UV light from entering the interior.

While we can't speak to the efficacy of the specific UV caster product, we do now understand that taking advantage of the differences between birds and humans in terms of their wavelength sensitivities, there may be an opportunity to develop a solution that benefits birds without creating a significant hindrance to humans.

As far as UV safety is concerned, it’s a bit difficult for us to provide assurances and guarantees regarding the safe use of ultraviolet LED products, as each installation and application can vary significantly, so we recommend consulting a UV safety expert if you have any further concerns.

Both the 365 nm and 395 nm wavelengths fall under the UV-A wavelength range, which is a weaker form of ultraviolet radiation that is found in natural daylight so there are fewer concerns than other ultraviolet products that fall under the UV-B or UV-C wavelength ranges, for example.

That being said, below are some general safety guidelines that we would recommend following:

The ultraviolet emitters have a very high intensity when used at a very short distance, but less so at longer distances. Therefore, ensuring that people or animals do not come in close proximity to the UV source can help reduce the risk of any eye safety issues. Ultraviolet energy is mostly invisible to the naked eye. It can be difficult for the vision system to recognize a high level of UV “brightness” and produce a natural response to squint or look away, in the way that natural white light would.

LED Strips Lights that provides similar output to Avian Bulbs

I would like to know which of your LED strips provides output most similar to your Avian bulbs. I would also like to know the same info about your LED tubes. 

Because our products offer a 95 CRI color quality level, virtually all of our 6500K color temperature products will provide light quality similar to those in our avian line.

For example, please see below for the LED strip lights and LED tube lights that best match:

Below is a link to all of our 6500K products:

T8 LED Tube Lights for Avian Applications

I see you have specific bulbs for avian applications! Is/are any of your led tube bulbs good for this application as well? I have tube style fluorescent bulbs in my bird room currently! I just want to make sure that your tube style won’t be bad for my birds?

We're happy to confirm that our T8 LED tube light products, such as the CENTRIC DAYLIGHT™ Full Spectrum Flicker-Free T8 LED Tube Lights, offer extremely similar high CRI values as our avian bulbs. As such, both products feature great spectral coverage.

Is the NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixture dimmable?

Unfortunately, the NorthLux™ 95 CRI T5 LED Linear Light Fixture is not dimmable.

That being said, we do offer other products which are dimmable, such as the NorthLux™ 95 CRI BR30 LED Bulb for Artwork & Studio. Depending on your installation, these products might be valuable alternatives.

Which of your lighting systems would you recommend for two months old lovebird?

I just got a new baby Lovebird that is about two months old. During the fall and winter, I want to give him adequate light that is as natural as possible so he can be happy and so his body can produce the nutrients it needs. Which of your lighting systems would you recommend? Do you have some kind of kit that would fit inside or above his cage that is simple to set up?

Currently, we are only able to offer individual bulbs for sale and we do not any have kits or complete solutions. If you have any existing lamps or fixtures, our lamps would be a great option to replace any old or burned out lamps, but if you are starting from scratch, you may want to check with some specialty pet supply sellers.

Below are the two lamps we currently offer:

Ultraviolet B lights for Rabbit Shed Lighting

It was recommended to me to get Ultraviolet B lights for our rabbit shed to help with their vitamin D. Would it have the same effect to use the ultraviolet A strips you have?

Unfortunately our UV-A LED products emit strictly UV-A wavelengths, so they would not have any benefit for applications that require UV-B wavelengths. We would perhaps recommend seeking fluorescent UV lamps as an alternative product, as they emit a wide range of UV wavelengths, including both UV-A and UV-B.

Recommendation for Full-Spectrum Bird Room Lighting

I breed birds, primarily finches, in a 12' x'20' room with 8-ft. ceilings. Currently, the room is lit by two 4-ft. 2-tube LED ceiling-mounted fixtures which are hard-wired on a single circuit controlled by a wall switch/timer. I want to switch to full-spectrum lighting and it looks like your channel-enclosed strip lighting is a good option. Need help in making the right selections, preferably from someone familiar with birds.

Our LED products sound like a great fit for your space, and we look forward to working with you to help improve the lighting in your space, particularly concerning avian health.

Generally, our approach to avian lighting is to recommend lighting that best matches natural daylight at a spectral level, as that is typically what birds expect and need from a lighting perspective.

​For your installation, we would have to recommend our flicker-free full-spectrum LED tube lights. Our CENTRIC DAYLIGHT LED tube lights feature 95 CRI and can be used in existing 4-ft fixtures, and maybe a great way to immediately convert the lighting in your space to flicker-free and full spectrum lighting, without any need for extensive fixture reconfiguration.

Please see our product link below:

Does your full-spectrum fluorescent fixtures 5000K can be used for avian applications?

I've been using full spectrum fluorescent fixtures with 5000K and 90+ CRI, and am considering ordering from your 98 CRI products for my parrots. Do you know if your LEDs can be used for this purpose? There doesn't seem to be much literature out there on replacing full-spectrum fluorescents in aviaries with comparably rated LEDs.

Our high CRI LED products sound like a great way to enhance your existing fluorescent lighting products for avian applications.​Our 95+ CRI rating indicates that our lamps do an excellent job of recreating natural daylight, which is something that fluorescent lamps struggle to do (the highest CRI values are generally 90 for fluorescent lamps).​The one difference, however, is that LED lamps generally do not include UV radiation. Some research indicates that birds can benefit from UV radiation, so if that is a concern, you may want to be aware of that when considering LED lamps.

It shows you have two led bulbs for avian use. However, why the flood light version is dimmable, but the A19 bulb is not dimmable?

Would the A19 bulb blow up or fail if used on a dimmable circuit?At what distance from the birds should these bulbs be used?I always thought birds need UV radiation to produce vitamin D3. Do these bulbs not emit UV rays?

Unfortunately, due to the smaller size of the A19, we have not yet been able to incorporate the electronic components needed to achieve smooth and effective dimming. The A19 lamp cannot be used with any dimmers, even if the dimmer is set to 100% brightness.​We don't recommend placing the lamps too close to birds and maintaining at least a 1-foot distance away. We recommend placing 2-4 lamps per square foot to achieve sufficient coverage.​Our lamps do not contain any UV radiation - if you believe that additional UV exposure would be helpful, we would recommend locating a third-party source for dedicated UV bulbs.

Protecting LED strip lights for avian applications

We would like to use your LED strip lights to build a flicker-free lighting array for our bird cages. However, we can't have any lighting parts in contact or within reach of our animals as they will destroy them, so I am curious what suggestions you might have as to how to mount these behind the wire/mesh screening.

Our LED strip lights indeed sound like a great option for your needs. Paired with our flicker-free power supplies, you will be able to achieve a nice, flicker-free light output that fits the specific mechanical dimensions of the installation location.​

We understand the concerns with respect to mounting and keeping the LED strips away from your animals. The best immediate solution that comes to mind would be our aluminum channels, which will provide a certain degree of mechanical protection and act as a housing for the LED strip lights. Please see below for the product link:

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