Heat Lamp Bulbs
Surprisingly strong glass. Their heft (and performance) have given us confidence in their warming ability on cold winter nights.
- “Never-loose” base (See PDF file above for a side-by-side comparison.)
- Red or clear glass
- 175 watt. Sold/priced in packages of 2.
Smooth Glass Infrared Bulbs
- “Never-loose” base
- Red or clear glass
- 175 watt (Premier's choice) or 250 watt. Sold/priced in packages of 2.
Conventional infrared lamps are cheap—but they usually fail within a month or two. Why?
- The base breaks away from the glass bulb because the high temperature causes the cheap adhesive to degrade.
- Both glass and filament are so fragile that minimal impact shatters them.
- Turn off (unplug) the lamp when not in use.
- Use a ThermoCube to turn the lamp on/off based on ambient temperature.
- Carry the lamps with care. This reduces damage to the bulb. Don’t carry multiple lamps by the cord allowing them to “bang around.”
- Don’t hose off or power-wash the lamp when the bulb is in place.
- Don’t enclose the lamp. Heat will build up and degrade both the lamp and the bulb.
- To help reduce pecking with your birds, use a red colored bulb.
“Never-loose” base—they don’t use cement adhesive. Instead, the base screws into the bulb. A weld of solder holds the base onto the threads. If a never-loose base ever becomes loose under normal use, we will replace at no cost!
Other bulbs are attached with cement adhesive. Heat causes the cement to lose its adhesive property. The base then breaks away from the bulb.
PAR (pressed glass) bulbs are stronger, but because of their weight, they are more prone to separating from the base when repeated jostling occurs.
Non-PAR bulbs shatter more easily when jostled, but are less likely to separate from the base.
Please see CAUTION photo above. Never lay a heat lamp (of any make or manufacture) on straw or any other flammable surface—for any length of time.
Why do we show you this? Because we included this photo on p. 60 of our 2011 “Equipment That Works!” catalog and p. 16 on our Poultry flyer—and we regret doing so. To prevent any incident (there has been none to our knowledge) we felt we should show you this as a cautionary note.
- Do not use bulbs rated higher that 250w.
- Use quality bulbs as some low quality bulbs have broken off leaving the metal filament in the ceramic fixture.
Please read this note regarding purchase of items #557034 or #557035.
A customer has reported problems screwing PAR (pressed glass) heat lamp bulbs into our orange heat lamp fixtures—so we’ve studied this in detail.
We have concluded that, because the PAR bulbs feel so sturdy and unbreakable in the hand (which they are), some users (including myself) are inclined to screw them in with more hand strength than they use for normal heat lamp bulbs (which are fragile and feel that way).
Using too much strength to tighten the bulbs doesn’t damage the bulbs—but it does deform the brass colored metal inside the ceramic fixtures of our heat lamps.
Mild deformation due to over tightening makes it difficult to screw bulbs in and out of the fixture. Major deformation due to over tightening can flatten the metal so much that the bulb can actually fall out.
Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
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Jenifer F from Ohio
Heat lamps at the local farm store are $1.99 but I was so worried after hearing horror stories about bulbs breaking that I immediately searched for something better and found these at Premier. They are three times more expensive but I felt the piece of mind was more that worth it. When you open the box, you can feel the thickness and heaviness to the glass! I felt reassured. In about 10 days however, the base separated from the bulb! I emailed Premier and a replacement was on it's way. I started using the second bulb in the box and in two days the same thing happened! I'm so glad that Premier has such wonderful customer service but these bulbs aren't all they are cracked up to be.
Mae H from Mississippi
Bulbs are excellent, heavy glass, baby turkeys enjoy pecking at the bulb I don't worry about a broken bulb,
Michael P from Connecticut
These bulbs are great don't lose there color I'v had my builds running for two weeks already and still red as red can be the other builds I used in les the 10 hours they were white
Michelle R from Indiana
First I want to say thanks to Premier1 for the Great Customer Service. I bought these bulbs and the Prima Heat Lamp. When I open the bulbs, the top one was fine, sturdy and heavier than the store bought. The second one however was broken on the stem above the base. Looked like when they packed the light in there was too much pressure. I called Premier1 and the lady apologized and said they would ship me another set. I offered to send them pics or just have them send one and she said no, not to worry about it. Secondly, we did just use the light and bulb for piglets and their outside hut was warm and I didn't have to worry about it falling apart into the straw!! Thanks!
Alana D from Oregon
I have been raising chickens for most of my life and always used the old, 250 watt heat bulbs. After talking with a friend of mine about these bulbs and seeing the obvious quality, I decided to get a few. I am very impressed with the quality craftsmanship and the fact that they are 175 watt instead (a little easier on the pennies!), they are designed to not break apart at the base and the company stands behind their product with an amazing warranty! My babies have been toasty warm and I haven't needed to adjust the height or placement of the lamp fixture because they are too warm.