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post #1 of 4 Old 02-19-2010, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Lighting ballast, help please.

First I should say hello as this is my first time here, so, hello

I was wondering if you guys could help me? I've got questions about lighting. It's actually for birds but I think fish people will be able to help more as you are all really clued up on your lighting.

I don't understand much about lighting, so if I sound thick, it's 'cos i am LOL!

I need lighting with a spacial fequency/flicker rate of 160 hz or better.
At pressent I have a UV florecent strip light and a normal bayonnet 65w energy saving daylight bulb (equivalent to 350w). I know ballast can reduce the flicker and that it is used on fish tanks, but I have no idea what it actually is, whether I can use it with what I have, where to get it, or what sort I need to get the flicker rate to 160 hertz or better.
Can anyone help me get my head round all this please?

Huge thanks,

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-19-2010, 06:22 PM
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Hi Linda, welcome to the forum. I don't know the answers to your questions but I was curious, what kind of birds??

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-19-2010, 07:16 PM
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Found this article. Have a read. Birds may not mind and actually prefer flickering.
ScienceDirect - General and Comparative Endocrinology : The Influence of Flicker Rate on Plasma Corticosterone Levels of European Starlings, Sturnus vulgaris

As for bulbs that could give you the >160 Hz I really don't know. This is something I am not familiar with.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-20-2010, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie View Post
Hi Linda, welcome to the forum. I don't know the answers to your questions but I was curious, what kind of birds??
Parrots! Loving your Ammie pic btw!
You can find me and my parrots here

Thanks for that link Harri, looks like I need to do more research. Nothing is ever simple is it!
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