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Old 03-10-2019, 01:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone!

Right now I am currently keeping my room temp up high but residence furnaces must be terrible because I have the dial at 85 and my cage is 73.

I have a heating lamp back at my family's house and will bring it back. The only problem is that my parents say it is too dangerous to use as it's just a regular heat lamp and gets way too hot. I have looked into heating pads but my cage has a plastic tub bottom and I'm worried about it melting.

What should I do? The lamp has a clip so I could clip it to my desk. But, as I said, it is a major fire hazard. Any tips?
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Old 03-10-2019, 02:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Heat lamps (used with CHE bulbs) would be my preferred methods of heating a hedgehog, personally. The issue with heat mats is that they just heat the bottom of the enclosure; you can place them on the side, but they aren't the greatest at heating the air - whereas the CHE's are, so (generally speaking) do a much better job at keeping the enclosure within an ideal range. They are only a fire hazard if used incorrectly or carelessly; you should never use them without a thermostat, or they will get incredibly hot. There shouldn't be any blankets, etc that they could hit off or touch. If used with care and with the use of a thermostat however, the risk of a fire should be next to non-existent.

Heat mats can be used with plastic tubs (I don't personally advise their use because of the above ^) without the risk of it melting, because you're not going to be setting it a temperature capable of doing so. Again though, if that is the path you choose, you need to use them with a thermostat. They can get very, very, very hot and can be just as dangerous as an unregulated CHE.
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I'd say the heat lamp is better, as said if used correctly on a thermostate its almost like a radiator. These heat the air which is exactly what hedgehogs need. Yes they can be a risk, but when used right, with a theromostat to control it and no fabrics, plastic bags, papaer ect too close to it, you control that risks.

Heat mats do still need to use a thermostate, they should have some cover on top to stop burns to the hedgehog. When used on a thermostate they shouldnt melt the plastic, but they can discolour and leave a burn mark which isnt a problem but it will happen after a long period of time, you cant stop that. They only heat the floor, and it can get a bit too warm for the hog to lay on, because if you think about things take a little while to cool down. Heating only the floor isnt really ideal, but some people still use them, but they tend to get more hibernation attempts than those with the CHE set up.

Most people will tell you the CHE set up will be better. But you can make up your own mind based on the information given to you.
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Heat lamps (used with CHE bulbs) would be my preferred methods of heating a hedgehog, personally. The issue with heat mats is that they just heat the bottom of the enclosure; you can place them on the side, but they aren't the greatest at heating the air - whereas the CHE's are, so (generally speaking) do a much better job at keeping the enclosure within an ideal range. They are only a fire hazard if used incorrectly or carelessly; you should never use them without a thermostat, or they will get incredibly hot. There shouldn't be any blankets, etc that they could hit off or touch. If used with care and with the use of a thermostat however, the risk of a fire should be next to non-existent.

Heat mats can be used with plastic tubs (I don't personally advise their use because of the above ^) without the risk of it melting, because you're not going to be setting it a temperature capable of doing so. Again though, if that is the path you choose, you need to use them with a thermostat. They can get very, very, very hot and can be just as dangerous as an unregulated CHE.
Thanks! What thermostats do you recommend? I'm struggling to find good ones.
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We have R-Zilla 1000 watt temp controller , I beleive it was under $40 online.https://www.chewy.com/zilla-terrariu...ting/dp/129057

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Most would recommend to use a pule-type thermostat if using a ceramic heat emitter, this brand is a pretty popular choice.

Personally speaking, I have just a regular on/off thermostat by microclimate, and I've found that it works pretty well (and I use it with a CHE).

^ I like the ones that require a key to change the temperature; that way you can't accidentally hit off it and send it shooting up or even accidentally lower it. They're safer (particularly if you're worried about a fire hazard), IMO.
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Is anyone use warm air blower? Basically it's like a low wattage hairdryer. it has 5W fan blower only (for air circulation during hot summer days), 50W warm air blower, and 100W warm air blower switch. Pretty popular for plastic container with mesh wire top user here., well ofcourse need combineed with thermostat (on/off i think).
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