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07-03-2014 02:29 AM
sandeyes13 I too live in a basement apartment, with two tiny windows (one of which is under a deck, so next to no light there…), so my girl is currently using an artificial light as well to get her "daytime" hours in. I am currently using an Exo Terra day/night LED, which I absolutely love. http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products..._night_led.php
Its only the 2W one, so it is really minimal on power, and it is LED so it doesn't give off any extra heat to worry about interfering with her CHE set-up. I do not have it on a timer though, just cause I work in the mornings, so I turn it on when I get up (at 7) and turn it off at night around 9, so that she does get a bit of a sunrise/sunset effect, where there is still light filtering into the apartment at that time.
It does have a blue moonlight option, but I don't use it just cause on mine it is really, really blue and makes the whole inside of her cage glow. It doesn't seem to bother her, but it bothers me lol.
At night when it is off, we have a kitchen light that filters a little throughout the basement, which provide enough light to pick up where she is in her cage, but thats about it.

As for heating, I actually have her on a manual thermostat with a 100W CHE in a 150W, 8" flukers lamp that sits directly over the cage in the middle, so there is constant coverage. I haven't been able to find any automatic thermostats anywhere I've looked (except online, but I don't buy online so thats a moot point), but thankfully the basement here is stable enough in temperature that I can keep it middle of the road at 75 and it covers any temperature fluctuations so it doesn't go past 72 or 80.
05-20-2014 07:37 PM
lilsurfergrlsp Also a suggestion - if you don't want it to be super pitch black, but not as bright as a lamp, you could get a night light. I have one for my girl, it's a simple plug-in wall one. It's warm white though, not LED
05-20-2014 05:04 PM
SparkleBean I really want to avoid total darkness, if we can. We have a basement apartment and no windows, which means it's darker down here than I think most people would be used to, but there are still lights on in strategic places.... Which for her might only be a dim glow, but I'd like to not be in pitch dark if avoidable, since we are also up late.... I'm getting some lamps and a timer so that we can gradually up her lighting throughout the day to simulate daytime better.

Thank you lilysmommy! Now hearing that it's called a thermostat that makes perfect sense, but sometimes that's only in hindsight. :P
05-20-2014 12:16 PM
zoetheshort A few hours of less intense light at the beginning and end of the cycle help simulate dusk, which (I believe) would be less of a shock than going straight into total darkness.
05-20-2014 11:49 AM
Lilysmommy Yup, that's a thermostat and they're a required part of a heating set-up. This is a popular one, but there's others as well -
Amazon.com : Zilla 11939 Temperature Controller, 1000-Watt : Reptile Thermostat : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Zilla 11939 Temperature Controller, 1000-Watt : Reptile Thermostat : Pet Supplies
You just want to make sure it says "thermostat" and not "rheostat", which only dim the heat, rather than turning it on or off to keep a stable temp.
05-20-2014 06:33 AM
SparkleBean Ok, one more question (for now, at least) :

I found the timers for real lamps on the lowes & home depot website easily enough, and we've decided on the one we're going to get. However, in a youtube video I was watching earlier (on my ipad, and it got closed and now I can't find it again to try to comment on it) I saw a girl who had this neat little gadget that the heat lamp plugged into that was able to monitor cage temp, and turn the CHE on and off accordingly to keep the temp stable... but she doesn't say what its called or who makes it!!

Anyone know what this lovely doohicky is called??
05-19-2014 08:21 PM
SparkleBean Ok. She's coming from a house where it's pretty routine for lights to be on and noises/family happenings going on around her, she's only 9 weeks old and I'm hoping to bring her home within the next week. We're throwing a lot of plans out there for options for her, she currently is still with her mana in a sterilite container cage, I'd really like to make a c&c cage so I can have more of a square cage than rectangle to go in the space we'd like to have her in.
05-19-2014 08:14 PM
Lilysmommy That depends on the hedgehog. Yes, having any light on can bother quite a few hedgehogs, they won't come out without complete darkness. Others are less picky & stick to their usual schedule, even if there's a low light on or people around. You'll just have to wait & see how your baby does. But chances are, the floor lamp would definitely bug her, at least, computer screens may or may not.
05-19-2014 07:49 PM
lilsurfergrlsp She doesn't HAVE to be in complete darkness. Like I said, it really depends on each hedgehog's tolerance of light. Some like total darkness, others don't mind a TV/laptop screen, and some (like mine) prefer a moderate amount of light at night. You'll just have to test and see what your baby likes.

Also, if you're worried about her not waking up, most hedgehog owners have to wake their babies up for bonding/cuddling/playtime. Babies sleep a lot, and if left alone, they usually don't wake up until 1 or 2 am. It's important to build a routine to follow daily - that includes turning the lights on/off around the same time every morning and night, cleaning the cage around the same time, and waking your baby up around the same time.
05-19-2014 04:43 PM
SparkleBean Thanks for the answers, but it leads me to more questions... Does the lights being on timers mean that after they go off she has to be in complete or near complete darkness? Will, say, a floor lamp or our computer screens bother her or make her not want to wake up?
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