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Old 02-12-2015, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help. I live in Canada and my temps won't stay up

I have two 2x4 c&c cages for my hogs. I have two lamps in each with a 100 Watt and 60 Watt bulb. The temps frequently drop below 73. It's driving me nuts. I have a space heater on right now but can't keep it on when I'm not home. What size bulbs do you think I need to get. Two 150 Watt bulbs for each?
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Yeah, I'd go with two 150 bulbs for each. The thermostat will keep them from overheating the cages. A couple other things might help though, depending on how your cages are set up. Are they on the ground or on tables? The higher they are, the warmer they'll stay, since heat rises. If you can't get them up onto a table, putting a thick quilt or sheet of styrofoam underneath can help insulate the bottom. If they're against a wall, make sure it's not an outside wall, since they're usually a bit colder. If at all possible, make sure they're against an inside wall. Putting a blanket or clear plastic sheeting (which would be better for allowing light in) around the sides & back of the cage can help keep heat in as well. Just be careful that if you put anything on/around the cage, that it stays well away from the CHE lamps - even the lamps get hot enough to melt materials. I had one melt a hole in a fleece blanket once when it got flipped against the lamp.
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