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12-15-2010 04:44 PM
buckleythehedgehog
Re: help with CHE

Petco has thermostats!
11-22-2010 12:09 PM
Tomato
Re: help with CHE

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Originally Posted by Nancy
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A thermostat is what you need and it will turn the emitter up, down, on or off depending on the temperature you set it for. It is like the thermostat in your house. You set it for the temperature you want and it keeps it at the temperature you want.
Just to clarify Nancy's point, most thermostats will only turn on or off. "Proportional" thermostats will turn the heat up or down to meet a certain temperature but won't turn it on or off (since the temperature is already automatically adjusted). Proportional thermostats tend to be more expensive and stay on all the time = more $$$ in electricity so most people use/recommend the regular sort!
11-21-2010 09:52 AM
Nancy
Re: help with CHE

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Originally Posted by wking26
i called the store i got the rheostat from and its non returnable unless defective,
If the owner gave you false information by saying the rheostat would turn the emitter off an on like a thermostat, then they most certainly should take it back. They were the ones that sold you the wrong item.
11-21-2010 09:34 AM
wking26
Re: help with CHE

i called the store i got the rheostat from and its non returnable unless defective, i have my CHE dome set to about meduim and the temp in the tank is 70 which is abit low, i have the house heater on too but so far when ive checked the thermometer in the tank its only been up to 71.6 or so, i have the thermometer off centre and is somewhat near the dome so not sure why its so low still, i only got a 60w che bulb, thought it be enough but maybe its too low.
11-20-2010 04:29 PM
krbshappy71
Re: help with CHE

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Originally Posted by wking26
seeing i have opened the rheostat and broke the seal on the outlets i dont think i can return it now, could i set the dome to the medium and use a timer for now till i can find a way to get a thermostat?
Find out if you can return it, don't assume you can't.

If you set the dome to medium, on a timer, how will you know if Medium is enough or too much?

Other than a hibernating or dead hedgie, that is.
11-20-2010 03:25 PM
wking26
Re: help with CHE

seeing i have opened the rheostat and broke the seal on the outlets i dont think i can return it now, could i set the dome to the medium and use a timer for now till i can find a way to get a thermostat?
11-20-2010 02:14 PM
Nancy
Re: help with CHE

A rheostat will not turn the emitter up, down or on off on it's own. You have to do it. A rheostat is like a dimmer switch for a light bulb. You can brighten (more heat), or dim (less heat) the light, but you have to do it.

A thermostat is what you need and it will turn the emitter up, down, on or off depending on the temperature you set it for. It is like the thermostat in your house. You set it for the temperature you want and it keeps it at the temperature you want.
11-20-2010 02:08 PM
Puffers315
Re: help with CHE

A Rheostat is more or less an electrical dimmer switch, the CHE was -always- be on, all the rheostat does is regulate how much power its getting. You're probably not feeling anything when its on low because the CHE is probably not getting enough power to even heat up, crank the Rheostat up to full and hold your hand over the CHE, I betcha you'll feel it getting warm after a few minutes.

The problem with a rheostat is the fact that room temperatures do not stay the same. Because it does not turn on and off and just regulates how much power goes to the CHE, the temperature of the cage will go up and down with the room. If the room is 70'F and the cage is 75'F with the CHE on it'll be fine. But if the room warms up to 75'F then the cage is going to warm up to 80'F. If the room gets hot and hits 80'F, the cage is going to be 85+'F.

The Thermostats can be hard to find locally, I think most people have to order theirs online. The Repti-Temp 500R or CA RF1000 Thermostat will turn the CHE on and off, so again if your room is 70'F and you have the thermostat at 75'F, if the room warms up to 75'F, the thermostat will turn off the CHE because the room is now at the set temperature. It will not turn on again until the room temperature drops below 75'F.

I mean I really hate to put down the lady at the pet store, but its starting to sound to me like she's just trying to make money off you, first suggesting the hedgehog food and that cat food isn't suppose to be fed to them (does she sell cat food?) and now a Rheostat over the Thermostat. If you don't want to order it online, I'm sure she can order it into the store next shipment day.

The main problem with temperatures going up and down is it can cause an URI if they're constantly going from hot to cold and back to hot. Same thing happens to humans, except we just get a common cold from it (trust me, I work at an ice factory, heh).
11-20-2010 12:26 PM
shaelikestaquitos
Re: help with CHE

Quote:
Originally Posted by wking26
i searched atleast 4 pet stores in my area, 1 was a exotic pet store, the deals with mainly reptiles, fish and a few small animals, i checked pets mart, a fish warehouse that has reptile stuff, and no one has any or knows of anywhere that would have it, like i said i was told the rheostat i got would work the same as the thermostat, by turning the che off and on
i am going to stop by the store later and ask the owner about it.
Why don't you buy one online? I got mine online
and no, the rheostat does NOT turn the CHE on and off, it will just LOWER the temperature when it gets too hot.

EDIT:
http://www.zoomed.com/db/products/Entry ... SearchID=1
If you don't believe me, here's a website for Zoomed, another reptile pet product company where they answer the differences between the two.
11-20-2010 11:34 AM
wking26
Re: help with CHE

i searched atleast 4 pet stores in my area, 1 was a exotic pet store, the deals with mainly reptiles, fish and a few small animals, i checked pets mart, a fish warehouse that has reptile stuff, and no one has any or knows of anywhere that would have it, like i said i was told the rheostat i got would work the same as the thermostat, by turning the che off and on
i am going to stop by the store later and ask the owner about it.
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