Ceremic Lamp Wattage for Canaries

by Kelly
(Mechanicsville, VA, USA)

Yellow Canary Under Ceramic Lamp

Yellow Canary Under Ceramic Lamp

What watt lamp do I get for my canary? I don't want him to roast! I have lamps for reptiles but I'm afraid they get too hot.

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Mar 24, 2023
100 Watts is Standard
by: Darren

100 watts is the standard for ceramic lamps for canaries but a broad range of 60 to 200 watts is acceptable.

The nice thing about using a ceramic lamp for your pet canary is that you can put the lamp on one side of the cage and let your bird decide how close or how far from it he wants to be.

Using a ceramic lamp with a pet canary bird is a great way to provide additional heat during colder months or to provide additional light when natural sunlight is limited. Some ceramic lamps emit light and some don't.


Here are some tips to help you use a ceramic lamp with your pet canary bird:

Choose the right ceramic lamp: Make sure to choose a ceramic lamp that is appropriate for the size of your bird's cage and the wattage needed to provide the appropriate amount of heat. Like I said, 100 watts is typical. It's also important to choose a lamp that is specifically designed for use with birds to ensure safety.

Install the lamp: Follow the manufacturer's instructions to install the ceramic lamp securely onto the cage or a nearby stand. It's important to ensure that the lamp is stable and can't fall or be knocked over.

Adjust the temperature: Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature in the cage and adjust the height or wattage of the lamp to achieve the desired temperature. The ideal temperature for canaries is between 65-75°F (18-24°C).

Provide a day/night cycle: Use a timer to ensure that the lamp provides a consistent day/night cycle for your bird.

Monitor your bird: Keep an eye on your bird's behavior and watch for signs of overheating or discomfort. If your bird seems stressed or uncomfortable, adjust the temperature or the placement of the lamp to ensure your bird's safety and comfort.

Remember to always prioritize your pet bird's safety and comfort when using any additional heat or lighting sources in their cage.


If you are using a ceramic lamp that emits no light, you can still follow the same steps as outlined above for using a ceramic lamp with a pet canary bird, but without the need to provide a day/night cycle.

In addition to providing warmth, a ceramic lamp that emits no light can also help regulate the humidity level in the cage by providing a source of gentle heat that can help evaporate any excess moisture. This can be particularly beneficial if you live in a humid environment or if your bird is prone to respiratory issues.

To use a ceramic lamp that emits no light with your pet canary bird, simply follow the steps outlined above for installing and adjusting the temperature of the lamp, and monitor your bird's behavior and comfort level regularly to ensure they are safe and comfortable.

It's important to note that while a ceramic lamp that emits no light can be a great addition to your bird's cage, it should never be used as a substitute for natural sunlight, which is crucial for your bird's overall health and well-being. If possible, provide your bird with access to natural sunlight for at least a few hours each day, or consider using a full-spectrum light bulb in addition to the ceramic lamp to provide some of the benefits of natural sunlight.

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