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I've searched around but can't find a satisfying answer to this question. I'm a visual person, so pictures are more than welcome.

Sylive and I are going to make the big switch to getting her a CHE & my turning the apartment heat down. There is only one pet store (Pets Unlimited) in my area that sells CHE. The other major pet store (Petsmart) kept trying to sell me the under ground heating wire.

Catch is, as we all know, most pet stores aren't overly educated on hedgehog needs so the sales people weren't able to help me out too far.

I know I need the CHE bulb, the special casing for it (both avail. at the pet store). I also want a thermostat that I can plug the CHE into to regulate the heat. Does this exist? This is what I've been having trouble finding. The petstore said they didn't carry anything like that but to try Canadian Tire (?). Suggestions? What do you use?
 

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Okay, so I'm just going to give you the list of things I have for my cage...which work pretty well for me.

First I have a 150 watt zoo med ceramic heat emitter bulb. It was a bit expensive, but they last foreverrrrrrrrrrrr.
Heres the pic for that
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=2752658

And then I have the flukers porcelain clamp lamp. You need to make sure the lamp is big enough to handle the bulb (it will say on the box)
Again heres the pic
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... le+Heating

And the thermostat i have is the called the zoo med repi temp 500r to regulate the heat.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... erralID=NA

And then FINALLY I have a digital thermometer by Zilla
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=2752177

I would recommend all of these, btw...
Since I personally use them all!

Hope this helps
Let me know if you have any more questions about the products
 

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I have a temp gun and it is very reliable and accurate. http://www.tempgun.com/order.html#pe1
I've owned other thermometers (and have been keeping herps for 5+ years) in the past and found this to be the best.

I can vouch for che's lasting forever, I've had one for my WTF for 2 years or so and leave it on 24/7.

Also the thermostats recommended are great. I use them for my leos.

reptilesupply.com is WAYYY cheaper though here's the same che for almost 1/2 price.
http://www.reptilesupply.com/product.ph ... cts_id=742
 

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Thanks for the reply. Those were the different things I was thinking. Still haven't found them in a store around here though. Pet Smart recommended a store a little farther out that carries that brand, so I'll give them a call today & check. I don't want to be driving around the municipality to find out I need to order it online
 

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I have a temp gun and it is very reliable and accurate. http://www.tempgun.com/order.html#pe1
I've owned other thermometers (and have been keeping herps for 5+ years) in the past and found this to be the best.

I can vouch for che's lasting forever, I've had one for my WTF for 2 years or so and leave it on 24/7.
woah I've never seen a temp gun before. So in the morning/evenings do you just point it at their general area and check everything is warm?
 

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woah I've never seen a temp gun before. So in the morning/evenings do you just point it at their general area and check everything is warm?
Yup pretty much. I love my temp gun. you should have seen me when I first got it. I went around my house "shooting" everything. The freezer, ceiling, windows, my armpit! I even brought it to work when we were having heating/cooling issues. My boss was like, "Can you bring your lizard thing in?".
 

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Sorry for bumping this but the hubby just informed me that our heating bill was $200 this last month, compared to our $60-$80 regular, that is a huge change, soooo I am going to be ditching the 2 space heaters and getting a CHE.. So..just to make sure.. what I need is...

This :
http://www.reptilesupply.com/product.ph ... cts_id=741
(I have a HUGE C&C cage to heat... 5' by 3')

This for temp control:
http://www.reptilesupply.com/product.php?products_id=77
Can you use one two bulbs?

and where would you find the thing to hold the actual bulb in??

*sigh* Thanks!
 

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lol I figured there was a reason for you posting the url from that particular website, maybe ordering from them? hehe, since there were links above that were from petsmart. ^_^
 

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so after much gas wasting & driving around, I've concluded (with shop keepers help) that there are no thermostats near me. So we're ordering online.

question 1 - who uses the wire cage clamp lights for their CHE & who uses the porcelain? Aesthetically I like the porcelain better, but will also take safety over aesthetics. (The wire one says "The wire guard is safer than an aluminum reflector because it prevents unnecessary heat build up and possible hand burns. The only Zoo Med Clamp Lamp fixture that is U.L. approved when used in conjunction with Zoo Med's")

question 2 - How do I know what wattage bulb I need? Sylvie is currently housed in Precision Pets Pro-value crate two door model 4000, which measures 36"L x 23"w x 25"H

& finally question 3 - these are the items I'm looking at getting (going to search for the best combo price after shipping).
Repticare® Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter
Repti Temp 500R Therm/Rem Sensor UL List
Digital Terrarium Thermometer (Doesn't seem there's an actual thermometer on the thermostat? Or am I misunderstanding?)
either Wire Cage Clamp Lamp or Deluxe Porcelain Clamp Lamp
 

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Do not get a wire fixture. Guaranteed you will burn yourself. I started with wire because I was told they were safer and both my daughter and myself have the burns on our fingers to prove they aren't. Also, they let a lot of heat rise instead of aiming it down.

The black lamps fixtures have a porcelain socket but make sure you get one that says it is safe for heat emitters. The ones that have the night glow feature on the inside are not emitter safe.

Not sure how good a heat emitter will work with that cage. How high is the cage? Perhaps someone who uses an emitter with a Ferret Nation will have a better idea as the distance from top to floor would be about the same.
 

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The cage is 25" high. Calculated it out & it's roughly 90 gallons (good ol' math) which would be a 150 W emitter (50 - 100 gallon). Does that make sense? I'd like to know about those who use CHE with Ferret Nations.

Thanks Nancy on the heads up about the wire holder
 

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I used a CHE a while back with my FN142. I can't remember what the exact wattage was but I want to say something like 75... I didn't have a thermostat for it, which I would have needed because it heated the cage very quickly and would have made it at least 80*. I'd have to turn on for a 1/2 hour, then go turn it off, repeatedly. I ended switching to a space heater that winter for convenience as well as my comfort. ;)
 
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