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Old 07-22-2015, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my hedgie a few days ago and I love her so much already!!!

When we first did her set up we were told to get a blue bulb. I did some research and found out it was the wrong bulb. So I went to Petsmart and the guy told me to get a infrared spot bulb (its a dark purple bulb).

I was wondering if that bulb is alright for her.
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Both are wrong, unfortunately. Hedgehogs can see the light from the colored bulbs & it does bother a lot of them. What you want is a ceramic heat emitter (CHE) bulb. They look like a flat disc on top of the part you screw in. CHE bulbs give off heat only, and no light. However, CHE bulbs get a lot hotter than the typical reptile heat lights. You need to make sure your lamp is rated safe for CHEs - it should say on the lamp. If it has a ceramic socket, it should be good. You also need a thermostat to plug the lamp into, which will turn the lamp on & off as needed to keep a steady temperature.
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