How to Install a Ceramic Heat Emitter (CHE) for your Bearded Dragon
Hi, we are going to talk about how to install a ceramic heat emitter (CHE) for your bearded dragon tank today.
What Watt Should I Use For My Ceramic Heat Emitter?
That seems to be the big question lately. So I’m going to set up a key for Dobby, he’s going to use a 60 watt.
When getting one of these, you don’t want to have your tank temperature dropped below 65. But you also don’t want it higher than 80. At nighttime, you’re not trying to heat the tank at night, to the same temperatures that they needed during the day. They need that dark cooldown period. So you want to use one of these rather than a red light or blue light or purple light or any light at all. These only give off heat, they don’t give off any light. So this is what you want.
You want a fixture that has a ceramic base. If you can see the fixture behind me on Dobby’s tank, it has a plastic top. So one of those cannot be used for one of these. So it has to have a ceramic or porcelain base. So make sure you have that.
Should You Use A Thermostat or A Dimmer For My Ceramic Heat Emitter?
And I use thermostats with a CHE. I always recommend using a thermostat, not a dimmer, always a thermostat. So this thermostat is actually for heat mats.
And you set the desired maximum temperature which I always set mine to above 70. So the tank drops below 70. This will automatically kick in and turn this on. When the tank temperature reaches 70. Again, it will shut this off.
So this using a thermostat will prevent you from overheating your dragon. It will also prevent them from getting too cold because you forgot to turn it on or you didn’t think it was going to get as cold as it was going to or whatever the case may be.
This comes with a probe that you’ll want to place around the area that your dragon usually sleeps.
Where should I Put the Probe For The Thermostat?
If they sleep inside a hide, you don’t want to put the probe in the hide, but somewhere around it.
With these, you’re not trying to heat your dragon. So a lot of dragons will sleep in their basking spot on our hammock or wherever. So you don’t want to put this directly over them. You’re just trying to heat the air, not the dragon itself.
So you may have to cut a hole in your screen to get this through. But that’s fine.
I’ve already pulled Dobby’s tank out a bit so I can get the cords behind it. So he always sleeps over here on his hammock or his basking area, that kind of thing. So I would put it here so it’s not right next to him.
So I will move the probe over to his basking spot because that’s where he sleeps, but the CHE isn’t right on top of him. So it will slowly heat from the middle of the tank. And once whatever area he’s in reaches the desired temperature it will shut off.
What If I Have More Than One Bearded Dragon?
Now you have more than one dragon they sell these.
I use these for my other two because their tanks are side by side.
And these have more than one plug.
And they allow you to control the minimum and maximum temperature and they come with two different probes so they don’t work simultaneously. So one tank drops below 70 and the other one doesn’t only the tank that dropped below 70 will heat up.
So these are always good. You can get these on Amazon for next to nothing.
They’re called the smart controller.
The other one is designed for heat.
I think that’s pretty much it. I will add pictures to the final setup to show where I placed the probe and all of that. But that’s generally what you want to do. Don’t use a dimmer, don’t use colored lights.
Use the thermostat, it doesn’t matter what why did you guess I always recommend using the thermostat because the temperatures in your house will greatly affect the temperatures in the tank. So if you’re cold and you turn your heat up one night, but you still have the CHE you’re going to end up making that tank too hot.
Dimmers don’t work effectively with the ceramic heat emitters. They’re more designed for bulbs that produce light so they would be good for basking bulbs or things like that to get the right temperature. Not these.
Items Need For Installing
60 Watt Ceramic Heat Emitter (CHE)
Ceramic Reflector Dome
Heat Mat Thermostat
Thermostat for More Than One Tank
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