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Old 05-10-2012, 04:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I didn't think about it either. I got Sophie when it was still pretty cool here. The CHEs were cycling on-and-off day-and-night. But when the weather got warmer it showed up. The two bulbs are only 60 watt and far enough above the cage that I'd never have thought of it being an issue. It definitely impacts the AC, which goes by the ambient room temperature, so I have a 5 degree disparity to monitor.

I aim to have what I would consider 'average' room light, i.e., about the same light for Sophie as what I would want for myself. I started with one lamp and one bulb, but didn't like the quality of light from one 100 watt bulb, and one 60 watt bulb was obviously too little light. The two 60s are just a bit brighter than what the ceiling light puts out with two 75s.

On days when I know that I can switch lights myself, I turn on the overhead room light for the day. Then I switch to the cage lights near the end of the day, because I'm not going be up at 6am to turn them on. That's working out pretty well.

I could probably relocate the lamps, still have good light, and eliminate the temperature rise - but that would be something of a hassle, and I've compensated for it pretty well so far.

Of course, the kicker to the whole thing is that for all the effort I put into her having a good quality light turning on and off at the correct times - she never actually sees it. She's burrowed into her house before the lights come on - and she doesn't ever come out during the day by choice, that I know of. Ha!
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