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Old 04-07-2009, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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YOU MUST have a thermostatic heat controller or the ceramic heat emitter will be on full blast and cook your hedgie.
I am quite confused here. I just bought a ceramic heat emitter, a 100 watt bulb and a reptile digital thermometer w/ humidity measure. I realize the humidity isn't an issue, but that's how the thermometer came.

Is the above quote from Reaper indicating that my ceramic emitter should have a thermostat as part of it? Is what I've bought inadequate? I actually found the XL cage at another pet store, so I may be able to get the hedgie tomorrow, however, I want the temperature to be maintainable and correct. Should I take back the emitter and bulb I bought (was careful not to damage the packaging) and search for another? I've got the thermometer in there now as I wanted to see how it was in the morning, but I'm very worried that I have no control over this emitter - can't turn it up or down unless I get a 50 watt bulb (the only other choice.)

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Old 04-07-2009, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, you want a thermostat so you can control the temperature that the emitter heats the cage to. If it gets too hot or cold, it will make the hedgie sick. The thermostat will turn the emitter off when the temperature gets too high, and turn it back on when the temperature goes too low. That's also why you want a thermostat that has degree settings, not low, medium, and high, so you can set it to an actual temperature and know that your hedgie is warm enough. Here's an example of a thermostat that one of the breeders, Nancy, uses: http://www.zoomed.com/db/products/Entry ... oxOiIwIjt9
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Do you have a ceramic heat emitter OR a ceramic fixture? they are two totaly different things. The only reason i ask is because you say you have the emitter and a 100 watt bulb. The ceramic heat emitter actually looks like a bulb and it goes into the fixture like a bulb. I apologize if i got it wrong, just the way it sounded from your post.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What you have now is fine, there is no need to take anything back. What you need to do, is to buy a thermostat to ADD onto what you already have, so it can control the emitter.

A bit more info on thermostats:
https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...rmostat#p11005

There are pictures of what everything is in your other post I had written, with the quote and links.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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I bought a Fluker's Clamp-Lamp for incandescent bulbs or ceramic heat emitters, rated 150 Watt. I bought a 100 Watt bulb (it was that or a 50 W) to go inside of it which is a flat bulb that emits no light. It had the temp at about 76 in my room for the hour it was on and my a/c was on at 69.

I didn't see anything like Immortalia mentioned, but I will continue to look.

Thanks for trying to help me. I don't think I'm looking in the right stores and do not want to go back to that reptile place that traumatized us on Sunday (threw a live mouse into a snapping turtle pit in front of one of my horrified sons and a bunch of cheering weird characters.) I hope I have more luck at another place I was just told about or that PETCO has something.

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Old 04-07-2009, 03:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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OK, got it! Found the thermostat that my emitter plugs into to control. I couldn't quite grasp how this worked, was envisioning needing an electrician, lol, and despite pics, just didn't "get it." Anyway, found this thermostat at PETCO and, voila, we're hooked up. I elected to pick up the hedgie Thurs. so I can be sure all is well before she comes home - and it's closer to my son's b-day on Friday.

Dora'sdaddy - sorry if I confused you. This "emitter" bulb screws into a ceramic housing but isn't round like a bulb - looks like a coiled up snake fused together and flattened. I haven't clamped it onto anything yet as it's in a remote location in my room - trying to keep my son from seeing it. I noticed the cage wires were warm to hot, so I moved it a little, but probably should clamp it so it isn't resting on the cage.

It was registering 82 as it shown down directly onto the hut for the hedgie that had the thermometer sitting on top of it. I presume it will lower a bit if I clamp the lamp up higher and put the thermometer on the side or bottom of the cage until the little one arrives.

Thanks for struggling through this with me - I honestly thought I'd have to splice wires and get fancy and I could see the house going up in flames....

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try to bring the temperature down under 78*F but make sure it stays above 74*F
You should be able to set the thermostat to 74*F
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