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Old 05-16-2012, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CHE Wattage?

I went a bought a 40Watt CHE bulb and it seems to not be nearly hot enough. So I was wondering if I should get a 60Watt or jump straight to 100Watt? I have a heat bulb that emits red light that is 100Watt but I know not to use that. But the 100 Watt bulb is ridiculously hot. Just wondering if anybody using a 100Watt bulb is doing okay with it?
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 150W and it works great (:
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It depends on the size of the cage you have. For your normal 2 sq. foot cage, you need a 150watt CHE bulb with a 10 inch dome.

Are you using a thermostat also? This will make sure that the cage stays at a steady temperature.

Here is a link to one of the boards with TONS of info about heating:

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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But the 100 Watt bulb is ridiculously hot.
From a 'cold start', yes, they get hot. But once the cage is warmed up, the CHEs cycle on/off and typically just power-up enough at one time to steady the temperature. That's my experience, anyway. The first time that I turned mine on, I thought the same as you; 'Holy smokes, these are hot.'

I have two 150 watt CHEs in heavy-duty 10" lamps with ceramic fixtures, running through a 1,000 watt thermostat with three outlets, for a 2 grid by 4 grid cage. They add about 5 degrees to the ambient temperature and do a good job of fine tuning the heat level.
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