I’ve visited a few dreary barns in my day, where horses are kept in a very dark environment. One can walk by their stalls and if the horse is of a dark color you can’t even see them in there. I really like working areas to be well lit. If I have a medical problem with one of my horses and the vet has to come out at night I don’t want to have to Jimmy-rig some lighting. When I built my stalls I put lights in there. I’m not talking just a bulb or two; I’m talking baseball stadium night game kind of lighting.
Though my chicken coop has a window I somehow had a hard time seeing things in there as well; even in the day light hours. I like to see things like if they are wasting food, if there are rodent droppings, if there is anything weird, if any eggs are hidden and so on, so I finally got around to electrifying the chicken coop.
I buried a line from the greenhouse and I put in one receptacle and two ceramic bulb fixtures. When I was finished it was nearly dark. I put my tools away and I went to flip the breaker. I went back out to the coop where the hens were already returning due to the oncoming dark. I screwed in two bulbs and flipped the switch…Daylight. It made such a difference that I now may want to electrify my manure shed.