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Old 11-26-2011, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default So confused about thermostats. PLEASE help.

I know they regulate the heat of the cage but do they attach to the CHE? I'm beyond confused and I don't wanna buy something when I don't even know how to use it.
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Yes. Thermostats attach to the CHE. They turn them off when the temperature gets too hot, and turns it on when it's too cold.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thank you! but one more question, what's the best thermostat i should buy?
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The CHE lamp plugs into the temp controller/thermostat. If you have a choice try to get the 1000w unit that will take 2 plugs as you can still use it in most cases with a space heater in an emerg if the CHE dies aside from the convenience of a second outlet if you ever required a second CHE.

The 500w units generally won't run a space heater as most require 700-1500w or more and have only one outlet to plug into.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Most people use the Zilla temperature controller. You can get them at most large pet stores, but they tend to be a bit on the expensive side. I ordered mine on Amazon and it ended up being MUCH cheaper.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Just to point out I have a 500w with two outlets on it so it depends which one you buy.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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oh what brand/ where to get 500w 2 outlet?
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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oh what brand/ where to get 500w 2 outlet?
http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiTemp ... 591&sr=1-1

I have this one and it does a great job - the only con is that it doesn't have numerical temp settings - just low and high.. but once you find the "sweet spot", it's not an issue anymore.

HFH, keep in mind that lots of space heaters now have a thermostat built right in to them.

SoJessica, if you don't feel the need to get a space heater, a 500W thermostat with 2 plug-ins like the one I linked to will be sufficient. You can use 2 150W CHEs with a 500W 2 plug-in thermostat with no problems.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: So confused about thermostats. PLEASE help.

Read this-- viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4579

It tells you everything you need to know about heating your hedgie's cage. I was in the same boat as you till I read this and it explaines EVERYTHING!! Hang in there. It's not as complicated as it sounds.
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: So confused about thermostats. PLEASE help.

thank you guys so much for you responses ! I now know which ones to buy! thanks again everyone sososo much! (:
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