- Mar 20, 2017
I use a 4 watt heat mat attached to the inside of a box I made out of extruded polystyrene/foam board insulation. I also have an LED strip running along the top that keeps the top of each T enclosure very warm. I use a piece of Lexan for the front and have it placed so that there is still a gap and air can circulate in from outside. No thermostat, the heat mat hits 120F, but I don't have anything actually touching it. With the LED's off and just the heat mat on the AIR temperature drops to 70F. I leave the LED's set to red light output and adjust the intensity to regulate the heat. Sometimes I spray the heat mat and interior of the insulated box with water and the humidity increases for about 6 hours. I have my T's in a room that isn't used much, so using a space heater would be expensive. This way I'm only using about 10 watts to keep them comfortable. I do add a drop, literally, of water to my smallest slings bowl almost everyday from the tip of a straw. But it is tiny, under half an inch and recently molted, so it was super tiny when I received it. I'm rambling, bye.