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We’ve all seen the commercials for these new-fangled LED lights! You know, the ones that say they are “just like sunlight?” Well, that made us wonder if these lights were safe for rabbits—they are kind of sensitive to the heat.
So, we did some research and found out it turns out your bunny’s sensitive ears might hear things differently under LED lights because of how high-frequency sounds travel through space.
That is why we’ve written this article—to tell you about the truth about these “sunlight” light bulbs.
What are LEDs?
LED stands for light-emitting diode. A single LED is tiny, yet it emits as much light as a large incandescent bulb. You may have seen them in flashlights, calculators, watches, and many other devices where small amounts of light are needed.
Rabbits are sensitive to heat, so I’m not sure these LED lights are safe for your bunny.
According to the Electronics Information section of the Colorado State University Extension website, “LEDs are considered ‘cold’ light sources. They do not generate heat in the same manner as incandescent and fluorescent lamps do.”
So, they don’t generate heat as your regular bulbs do—but they still might be too hot for your bunny!
The site also states that “the primary problem associated with LEDs is that, like all diodes, they only pass current in one direction.
when rabbits are exposed to an LED light, they are exposed to a high-frequency current alternating in one direction and then another.
And it seems like this could pose a problem for rabbits since their bodies are more sensitive to low-frequency electromagnetic impulses.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to this post; Are LED Lights good for rabbits?
What light is best for rabbits?
There is no one perfect type of light for all rabbits. The main thing to remember about light for pet rabbits is that they should never be kept in total darkness! Even if you’re embarrassed about not knowing the details, it’s worth researching what types of lights are best for your particular bunny. Just make sure it emits a warm color like red or yellow and doesn’t take up more than 10% of the rabbit’s living area.
In general, you should not have any more than one fluorescent light on at a time. If you must have them both on, try to alternate red and blue. Fluorescent lights are a common cause of allergic skin conditions in rabbits.
Since the eyes of your rabbit see in low-light conditions, it’s best to use a light bulb that doesn’t flicker or pulse as this will cause their eyes to become irritated and watery.
So now I guess we all know. LEDs can help you save money on your electricity bill. But they probably aren’t safe for your rabbit.
The good thing is that the lights are very bright and they last a long time, so you may not need to switch them out that often. So, if you do choose to use them, just make sure you don’t have them on for too long and protect your bunny from them by putting a cover over their cage.
Always try as much as possible to keep your bunny’s environment as consistent as possible. The last thing you want is to expose your bunny to an LED light in the morning, and by the afternoon, have a regular light bulb back on!
Do rabbits need to be covered at night?
At night, most rabbits will burrow into a nesting box for safety. While wild rabbits may have a natural habitat to escape predators, domesticated animals do not and therefore need to be covered fully for protection. Rabbits should also be kept indoors during the evening hours in which they could easily become prey themselves.
This is necessary for the safety of your rabbit. Rabbits are prey animals by nature and therefore need to be protected in order to feel safe.
It is important for your rabbit to feel completely safe while in its environment, and leaving it exposed puts them at risk.
Though rabbits are quite small compared to other animals, they can still become a good meal if a larger animal discovers their hiding spot. A nesting box is a great way to make sure your pet bunny feels safe at night by offering them somewhere to hide at night and rest peacefully.
Do flashing lights hurt rabbits?
It is possible that some lights may hurt a rabbit’s eyes. Some rabbits are more sensitive to light than others and can have minor problems, like tearing due to the brightness. I don’t believe that it will necessarily cause permanent eye damage though.
but if your rabbit is in the habit of hiding from the light, you may have to find something else to keep him entertained. Rabbits also have a natural curiosity about light and love exploring its bright sides.
Rabbits most times are not that sensitive to light, but they can be if the light is very bright or too close to their eyes.
A way to tell if your rabbit has a problem with the light is by seeing how your rabbit reacts when you turn on a flash of light. For example, turn on a flashlight in your living room and watch how your rabbit reacts. If he enjoys it and doesn’t cower away from it, then you have nothing to worry about.