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04-18-2019 03:49 PM
Brooke Lancelot I see, ok great, thank you. I'll make sure to get the thermostats and thermometer
04-18-2019 03:03 PM
Mecki This is the thermostat I have. I like it because it shows the temperature that I have it set (the bottom number of 75). It also shows the current cage temperature (the top number of 77.9).

Clearly the heat lamp will not be turning on when the indoor temperature is already above 75. But being able to see the current temperature is a good thing.

I also have a 2nd, separate thermometer to read the temp on the other side of the cage. That's the 2nd photo and you can see the cage is slightly cooler on that side.
04-18-2019 02:57 PM
Brooke Lancelot Ok, so I get the dome, put in the lamp, get a thermostat and a thermometer, see if I need any more adjustments, and if I do, I use coroplast around the cage.

Ok, ok, I can do that. Thank you all so much for the help.
04-18-2019 02:49 PM
Ria Yea okay I couldnt remember the spelling and my dyslexia kicked in so I didnt spell it correct.

The dome pretty much protects itself which is generally why they dont need the guard, the bars only protect it from the hog not from you.

Also the thermostat is what controls the temp and when the heat goes on and off. The thermometer is what states the temp of the cage.
04-18-2019 02:46 PM
Mecki The following video explains how to set up a CHE with a thermostat. She happens to use a different thermostat that has a dial instead of being digital. I prefer the digital. But the concept is all the same and she explains about the plugs and cords as well.
04-18-2019 02:29 PM
Mecki The dome with the thermostat is your best option and will ultimately be the easiest. It sits on top of the cage bars of the roof pointing down. You do not need a guard if you do this because the cage bars serve that purpose.

With the dome you may or may not need anything to cover the back or one side of the cage. I'd start with that. The thermostat will let you see exactly where the temperature is in the cage. Then you will be able to see if any further steps are needed.

If you do need coroplast, you can get it later. (It is called coroplast, not chloroplast)

This photo shows a similar cage to yours with a dome on top.
04-18-2019 02:20 PM
Ria I'd show you but for whatever reason I still cant attach photos. Its called ceramic heater guard.

The back of the other side, so the one opposite the che and then to the left of that one. So from where you took the photo u have the front, the che side the back and then the side opposite the che.

The dome you got it right just place it in the stop of the cage (still worth coving up two sides of the cage) and then it will go down into the cage.

The thermostat should have a plug socket on one cable, which you just plug the dome into and then the just plug the thermostat into the mains, this will then work together to heat the cage to the temp you set the thermostat to, well as long as the prob is in the cage it should be hog level.
04-18-2019 01:49 PM
Brooke Lancelot Igor's in my bed the whole day through. I put him in his cage at night.

The dome, uhm, ok so I place it ontop of the cage? And point it down into the cage? It'll work?

And the thermostat will regulate the temperature. Do I just... Plug the thermostat onto the dome and it'll be connected to the lamp in the dome?

Ok the guard. I tried googling it but I'm still not sure I understand. Can you maybe explain what a guard is and what it does?

You also said to cover the back and opposite sides of the cage in chloroplast. The back, does that mean thr back of the lamp or the back on the other side of the cage?
04-18-2019 03:33 AM
Ria Domes are better for these cages, however you can the heat lamp like that, and cover the back and the side opposite in chloroplast. Then if you dot tin foil on the sides and top it will bounce heat back into the cage too. Then what she has already and where she has it works.

Also can try finding a guard for that heat set up you have will also help, this guard can also be sat on top of the cage and the heat will go down into the cage - Again I did this for a few months when I was saving money to change her cage to a vivarium so it was pointless getting a dome when I would need the one like this that screws into the viv.

If you do feel like its going to be better to get a dome then go ahead. They aren't overly expensive in many places.
04-17-2019 08:37 PM
Originally Posted by Brooke Lancelot View Post
Ok here's the setup!

First picture is the cage. The Heat Lamp is on the left side.

Second picture I closed the cage with the blanket, not covering the Heat Lamp.

Aaahh.. Now I see the likely problem. Heat, as you know, rises. The way you have the bulb on the side, no wonder the heat is escaping.

What you need is to have the bulb in a dome. The dome is then placed on the top of the cage facing downward. This disperses the heat down into the cage. Otherwise the heat from the bulb isn't being directed where it needs to go. Here is a link for such a dome:

You also need to get a thermostat so that you can set a specific temperature. This will prevent the cage from over-heating and will also keep it from ever getting too cold. Here is an example of a simple one:

I have a thermostat that shows 2 separate temps -- the temperature I set it for and also the currrent temperature in the cage (a probe reads the temp). The only way the cage can overheat is if the indoor house temperature gets too hot - it won't be from the heat bulb if it is plugged into a set thermostat.

Once you have this kind of set-up, you will be able to see whether or not that will be enough to keep it warm without any other cage adjustments. If it does not, then you could easily put something like coroplast along the back wall of the cage and perhaps on a side wall as well. In short, it will be much easier to see how to regulate the temp once you have a dome with a thermostat.
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