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Kennel Heating Lamps

Dog Breed Guide for Wren Heating Elements

BREEDS OF DOG – CHOOSING WREN LAMP ELEMENTS


The following table shows suggested element ratings for various breeds. These assume that the sleeping quarters at least are well insulated and free from floor draughts. The ratings apply for one dog, a bitch with puppies, or a litter of young pups. The recommendations take into account the height, size and hardiness of the various breeds, alternative powers being suggested in border-line cases.


The choice of heater units will depend upon the construction of the kennels and the conditions the dogs are accustomed to, but the final judgement must rest with the breeder or kennel operator. In the case of whelping bitches the unit must provide sufficient heat at floor level to keep the puppies’ warm while at the same time being suspended high enough to be well clear of the bitch. For this reason, the recommended heat ratings for certain very tall breeds are higher than might be expected for such hardy animals and can certainly be reduced where only fit, adult dogs have to be considered.


Breed

Watts

Breed

Watts

Breed

Watts

Afghan . . . . . .

300

English Toy Terrier . .

150-200

Pyrenean Mountain Dog .

350

Airedale . . . . .

300

Finnish Spitz . . . . . .

250

Retriever (Labrador) .

250-300

Alsation . . . . . .

300-350

Fox Terrier (Smooth & Wire)

250

Retriever (Others) . . . .

350

Australian Terrier . .

200

French Bulldog . . . . .

250

Rhodesian Ridgeback . .

300

Basenji . . . . . .

250

Great Dane . . . . . .

400

Rottweiler . . . . . .

300

Basset (3ft. above back)

300

Greyhound . . . . .

350-400

St. Bernard . . . . . .

350

Beagle . . . . . .

200-250

Griffon . . . . . . .

150-200

Saluki . . . . . . .

250-300

Bedlington . . . . .

200-250

Irish Terrier . . . . . .

250

Samoyed . . . . . .

250

Bloodhound . . . .

350

Irish Water Spaniel . . .

300

Schipperke . . . . . .

200

Border Terrier . . . .

200

Irish Wolfhound . . . .

350

Schnauzer (Min) . . . .

200

Borzoi . . . . . .

300

Italian Greyhound . .

150-200

Schnauzer (Standard) . .

250

Boston . . . . . .

200

Jack Russell . . . . .

200

Scottish Terrier . . . .

200

Boxer . . . . . .

350

Keeshound . . . . . .

250

Sealyham . . . . . .

200

Bulldog . . . . . .

300

Kerry Blue . . . . . .

250

Setter (Eng., Irish, Gordon)

350

Bullmastiff . . . . .

350

King Charles Spaniel .

200-250

Shetland Sheepdog . . .

200

Bull Terrier . . . . .

250

Lakeland Terrier . . .

200-250

Shih Tzu . . . . . . .

200

Cairn Terrier . . . .

200

Maltese Terrier . . . . .

200

Skye Terrier . . . . .

200

Cavalier . . . . . .

200-250

Manchester Terrier . .

150-200

Spaniel (Clumber) . . .

300

Chihuahua . . . . .

150

Mastiff . . . . . . . .

350

Spaniel (Cocker) . . . .

250

Chow . . . . . . .

250

Norwich Terrier . . . . .

200

Spaniel (Eng. Springer) .

300

Collie (Bearded) . . .

250

Old English Sheepdog . .

300

Spaniel (Sussex) . . . .

250

Collie (Rough) . . .

250-300

Papillon . . . . . .

150-200

Spaniel (Welsh Springer) .

250

Collie (Smooth) . . .

300

Peke (According to size)

150-200

Staffordshire Bull Terrier .

250

Dachshund (Min) . .

150-200

Pinscher (Min) . . . .

150-200

Weimeraner . . . . .

250

Dachshund (Standard) .

200-250

Pointer . . . . . . .

300

Welsh Corgi . . . . .

200

Dalmatian . . . . .

250-300

Pom . . . . . . . .

150-200

Welsh Terrier . . . . .

250

Dandie Dinmont . . .

200

Poodle (Toy) . . . . .

150

West Highland Terrier . .

200

Deerhound . . . . .

350

Poodle (Min) . . . . . .

250

Whippet . . . . . . .

250

Doberman . . . . .

300

Poodle (Standard) . . .

300

Yorkshire Terrier . . . .

150

Elkhound . . . . .

250

Pug . . . . . . . . .

250

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Choosing a Heating System for your Kennel or Cattery

CHOOSING A SUITABLE HEATING SYSTEM


The choice of a suitable heating system is an important matter for anyone designing, building or refurbishing a kennels or cattery. The main points to consider are:-


1. Provision of an adequate degree of warmth and comfort for the animals.

2. Reasonable capital cost, as regards both equipment and installation.

3. Reasonable running costs.

4. Ease of maintenance.

5. Floor and walls to be unobstructed for ease of cleaning.

6. A system which can be extended or modified simply if extra accommodation is added or the layout of the kennels is changed.

7. A healthy environment which minimises the risk of infection.


These requirements are, we believe, best met by the Wren infra-red dull emitter system. Infra-red dull emitters are electric heaters which are suspended, one per compartment, usually over the bed, whelping box, etc. The units emit no visible light, just a gentle penetrating downward radiant heat which warms the animals and their bedding without too much heating of the surrounding air. This is an important point because cross-infection is more likely to occur at higher air temperatures. The units are available with a wide range of heat ratings to suit different breeds, and to cater for sick animals, whelping bitches, etc. If it is necessary to change the level of heating in a compartment because of change of occupancy, etc., this can easily be done by changing elements, just as different powered electric light bulbs can be plugged into a table lamp. Also, because each individual section or compartment has its own heater, it can be switched off when not in use without affecting the conditions for other animals.


THERMAL INSULATION OF KENNELS

As with any heating system, insulation is important. Because of the way infra-red heating works and its great flexibility, animals can be accommodated comfortably in buildings which would themselves be impossible to heat by conventional means. The important points are to provide insulating walls and ceiling for the individual compartments and to eliminate draughts, especially at floor level. Materials such as plasterboard, preferably of the foil-lined type for extra heat-reflection can make a tremendous improvement when used to line walls and ceilings and will quickly repay their cost. In addition to conserving heat in cold weather, such insulation will help to keep animals cool in hot weather.


WARMTH WITH SAFETY

As valuable and sometimes rare species or new strains are placed under Wren Lamps, we give careful attention to safety and reliability. It is approved and used by many animal welfare societies and veterinary surgeons. It is also extensively used in boarding kennels and catteries.


WARMTH WITH ECONOMY

Not only does the efficient design of the Wren lamp give maximum useful warmth from every unit of electricity, but also the wide selection of element ratings means you can choose exactly the right power for the job: no need to use 250W where 200W or 150W will suffice.

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ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS

Because of their low electrical consumption, a normal 13A ring main, protected by a 30A fuse or circuit breaker, can supply as many infra-red heaters as there are sockets provided. In fact, the heaters can be connected to any kind of 3-pin socket, as even the small 2A size will comfortably supply a 400W heater – the highest wattage in the Wren range. Heaters should never be connected to 2-pin sockets or plugged into lamp-holders because these do not have the necessary earth connection for the metal reflector. The plug which is supplied with the unit is fitted with a 3A fuse.


The Use of dimmers, Energy Regulators etc will also help to reduce energy costs, and in the case of fit, adult animals a thermostat which automatically switches the heating off if the weather turns suddenly milder, is certainly worthwhile. Heaters in compartments containing sick animals, young puppies, etc, which need to remain on, can be connected separately to ensure continuous supply of warmth.


The careful design and high quality construction of the Wren Lamp ensures the maximum useful heat for every unit of electricity consumed. Extra cable of any desired length (up to the recommended maximum) can be supplied fitted to the unit. Recommended maximum is 20 metres for the Major and 40 metres for the Standard.


CIRCUIT WIRING

For efficiency of control, we suggest splitting any installation into small, manageable sections, ideally of between 6 and 12 heaters, depending on the overall size of the installation. This will also provide security as, in the event of a fault in one circuit, the remainder of the installation can still be used. Each section of heaters may be controlled through a main switch, a time switch, a thermostat, an Energy Regulator and then each heater should also be individually switched. The main switch will allow the section to be isolated for maintenance or alteration, the time switch can be used to bring the heaters on at pre-set times, the thermostat can switch the heaters on or off in the event of a dramatic change in the outside temperature, the Energy Regulator will provide an electrical saving, and the individual switches will enable each unit to be switched off when empty. Any or all of these control devices may be used, depending on the size and type of installation and the funds available. As each installation is different, these suggestions should only be used for guidance.


MOUNTING HEIGHT

The best mounting height for infra-red heaters depends on the circumstances. They should of course be mounted above head height for the animals, but not too high or the intensity of the heat will be reduced, although the area covered will be greater. Generally, the lowest mounting which meets other practical requirements is most economical. The final test is to observe the behaviour of the animals and adjust the height of the unit to suit them. To cover a greater area with the same heat intensity, raise the unit and fit a correspondingly larger element. We offer suspension chain fitted with a spring clip on one end which makes it very easy to adjust the height of the unit from day to day if necessary. This is suitable for either the Standard or the Major unit and can be supplied in any length to order. Please see price-list.


MAINTENANCE

Keep reflectors clean and polished, because the efficiency of the unit depends upon it. Dull reflectors absorb the heat instead of reflecting it downwards which not only wastes heat, but allows the element holder to heat up unduly, and may damage the electrical connections.


GUARANTEE

All Wren Lamps are designed and quality built for many years trouble-free service, and are guaranteed for twelve months against constructional faults. Elements are also guaranteed against failure due to manufacturing faults.


HOW MANY WREN LAMPS DO I NEED


Boarding and recovery kennels

Where a number of Wren Lamps are to be used in a well-insulated building divided into sections, a general warm glow will result as all surfaces become warm. It may therefore be possible to use slightly less powerful elements than those suggested above by relating total wattage to size of building, e.g. 3000 watts total for a building 25’ x 20’ by 8’ high. However, the individual requirements of different breeds in separate compartments should not be overlooked.


Catteries

A Wren Standard with 150 or 200 watt element is recommended for individual cats or queens with kittens in well-insulated houses. A reduction to 80 or 100W should be possible in small, well-insulated boarding compartments. For general warmth in a stud house or where a number of cats are kept, we suggest a Wren Major with 350 or 400W element. If the cats share a bed, 250 to 300W should suffice.


 


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Regulating Heating Power

REGULATION OF HEATING POWER


Because infra-red heaters do not raise the ambient temperature appreciably, they cannot be controlled in the same way as a domestic heating system, which aims to keep the air temperature constant. However, a normal room thermostat can be used to switch the system on and off according to outside temperature conditions.


Individual heaters can be regulated up and down, if required, by using a dimmer switch as used to control the lighting level in a sitting room. In this way, a low level of heat can be provided in the daytime and full heat at night, for example, without the need for changing elements. The maximum rating of the heaters which may be controlled by each dimmer is 400 watts.


Another very satisfactory (and efficient) method of control is our Energy Regulator, which with 15 Amp capacity can control up to 3400W total of infra-red heaters – for example, 13 x 250W units or 17 x 200W and so on. The use of this unit is especially worthwhile for larger installations because electricity savings can be considerable.


Time-switches can, of course, also be used to switch the heating on and off at pre-set times and, again, a normal 15A time switch can control 3400W total of heaters.


The Wren Energy Regulator


Wren Energy Regulator

The Wren Energy Regulator provides a convenient means of adjusting the heat output of Wren Infra-Red Lamp from zero to the full rating of the element offering significant savings in running costs. This makes it possible to compensate day by day or hour by hour for varying weather conditions, and to save electricity when the full heat output is not needed. For example, if the unit is adjusted to a half setting, it will switch the heater on for 5 seconds, then off for 5 seconds, and so on. Since the element retains heat it will continue to radiate warmth, but will effectively halve the electricity consumption. As each installation is different, it will be necessary to determine the most effective regulator settings on-site, once the heaters are up and running.


One Regulator may be used to control one or several Wren units, up to a total load of 3000 Watts – e.g. 30 x 100W, 12 x 250W or 7 x 400W etc. The unit is supplied mounted in a standard 2-gang surface box to BS5733, and should be installed by an electrician or other competent person.


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Choosing a Heating System

Dog Breed Guide for choosing a Wren Heating Element

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Exclusive Range of Wren Heater Lamps

Exclusive to Diamond Edge .....


The best selling Wren heat lamps compact units, provide safe "deep heat” for rearing and nurturing all pets and livestock – as well as its popular use as a kennel heater for dogs, and cats it is also widely used with poultry, game birds, cage birds, farm and zoo stock.


Infra-red radiant heat is absorbed direct by the animals and their bedding with the atmosphere remaining cool and healthy, reducing the risk of infection. The Wren "black heat” element provides warmth with no glare and no risk of broken glass. Two models and eight element ratings cover all requirements.




The Wren Standard - Maximum power 250W. Will cover any animal and its young up to the size of a Cocker Spaniel dog. A 29cm diameter polished aluminium reflector. Supplied complete with a virtually unbreakable heat and weather-resistant plastic element holder, safety wire guard, 2 metres heat and weather-resistant p.v.c. cable, plug and screw-in dull emitter elements available in 250, 200, 150, 100 or 80 Watts.




The Wren Major - Maximum power 400W. Will provide an area of warmth for any breed of dog, or other animal up to the size of a large dog, with their young. A 34cm diameter polished-aluminium reflector with heat and weather-resistant porcelain element holder, safety wire guard, 4 metres heat and weather-resistant p.v.c. cable, plug and screw-in dull emitter elements available in 400, 350 or 300 Watts.


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