Bird Cage Lighting, Sizes And Installation Guide
The information provided below helps with a DIY configuration of M&M bird cage lights and accessories for your particular setup. Selecting the right light fixture for bird breeding cages is possible with this guide. But most of our customers like to email our engineer pictures of their cages so he can make a recommendation.
Cage Light Selection Guide
M&M lights are designed to be used per individual cage either as the only light source in your bird room or to supplement existing light in darker cages.
The lights are powered by a 12 VDC power adapter, many lights can run off of a single power adapter. They are designed to plug into each other in series, when they are too far apart to plug into each other M&M offers a number of different length DC Extension Cords.
The chart below shows the maximum amount of lights you can plug into each Power Adapter.
|EZ BreederLight||5 AMP Adapter #LED-5-PA||10 AMP Adapter #LED-10-PA|
For large bird cage installations contact M&M applications engineer.
Multiple Power adapters can be plugged together then into a main switch or timer.
As more and more lights are plugged in series they will begin to get dimmer (because of voltage drop) Splitters are used to keep them bright.
The chart below shows the maximum amount of lights you should plug together without a splitter.
|EZ BreederLight||Significant Dimming After|
Light Size Selection
M&M’s 24” long light is designed to be used on 30”-36” wide cages that are 18” to 24” tall and any width cage that is taller than 24”. The “power in” cable is on one end and the “power out” is on the other allowing for in line installations.
At 1,700 lumens these would be equivalent to a 100 Watt plus a 40 Watt incandescent bulb or a single 24” T5/HO (14 Watt) florescent tube.
Designed to be used on 18”-24” wide cages that are no taller than 18”. The “power in” cable is on one end and the “power out” is on the other allowing for in line installations.
At 1,300 lumens these would be equivalent to a 100 Watt incandescent bulb or a single 24” T5 (14 Watt) florescent tube.
Designed to be mounted front to back these lights would be used on smaller cages and cages with slide in dividers where a light needs to be mounted inside the cage. Both the “power in” and “power out” cables are on one end to accommodate the front to back mounting.
At 600 lumens these would be equivalent to a 60 Watt incandescent bulb. On smaller width cages one 8” light per divided cage mounted just off to the side of the slide in divider would be sufficient but for a 30” wide divided cage we recommend two 8” lights.
Mounting M&M Cage Lights:
The easiest and most economical way to mount M&M lights is to lay them on top of the cage. Use the brackets to contain excess cable. Use wire ties to secure in place if desired.
If you can’t lay the light on top of the cage use the brackets to hang it on the inside of the cage. The brackets will snap onto the housing or slide on from the end.
Use wire ties to secure the cables.
In the case of solid cages the brackets can be attached to the cage with double backed tape. We recommend 3M Scotch “Indoor/Outdoor Mounting Tape” which can be purchased at any hardware or home improvement store.
Use wire ties to secure cables.
Here is a typical 4 cage stacked installation.
Here is a typical canary breeding room installation of 20 divided cages with solid sides and tops.
Because of the slide in dividers M&M’s 8" lights are used and mounted front to back. The fronts and dividers are not shown for clarity.
Here are some examples to give you an idea of how to uses extension cords and splitters.
M&M’s lights have 2 LED strips mounted to a heat sink housing designed to spread the light throughout the cage. It is recommended to place them over the main perch to take advantage of the brightest zone. The illustration below shows the light from the side and explains the function of the “W” shaped heat sink.