Best Heat Lamp For A Dog House: Ceramic Infrared 60, 100 & 150 Watt Options


We’ve already written about 22 ways to warm up, heat or insulate a dog house for cold weather.

One of those ways might be with a heat lamp.

There are a few things you should be aware of when looking for the best heat lamp for a dog house.

Although the infrared heat lamps can be a good option, you need to be aware most of them are designed for reptile terrariums and not dog houses.

People still use them effectively, but you need to be informed of how they work and what to look out for.

We’ve made them simple to understand by explaining these details and also listing some of the best 60, 100 and 150 Watt options.

If you think you would prefer a dog house heater specifically designed for dog houses (comes with a mounting bracket and installation instructions), check out this guide.

There’s also heated dog beds and heated dog pads/mats for dog houses.

But, let’s check out the heat lamps!


(NOTE: this is a general informational and educational guide only. It is not professional advice. See a vet or qualified expert for professional advice)

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Best Heat Lamp For A Dog House: Ceramic Infrared 60, 100 & 150 Watt Options

In case you are in a hurry, you can view the best heat lamp for a dog house here:


Best Dog House Heat Lamp – Zoo Med Ceramic Infrared Emitter Review

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Let’s start with the good. The features of this lamp include:

Emits infrared heat (the 150 Watt lamp is estimated to raise the heat in a well insulated dog house by anywhere from 5 to 30 degrees farenheit – although this is not a solid figure – it depends on your dog house and conditions/installation)

As a guide, the 100 Watt lamp is designed to heat a 4 to 5 cubic foot area – most dog houses are 2 to 4 times to size of this

3 Sizes Available – 60 Watt, 100 Watt and 150 Watt

Economic to run – each size shouldn’t cost you much money in electricity bills

Fairly durable – should last a number of years

UL/cUL classified when used in conjunction with Zoo Meds Wire Cage Clamp Lamp (LF-10).

Even with having to buy a clamp lamp and thermometer separate, this is still a cheap heating option

Doesn’t emit any light (or very dull light)

Will fit into a standard porcelain incandescent socket

Flat face design for increased efficiency and durability

Can run the lamp 24/7 – each lamp has about 25,000 hours of run time in them


And, this is what might need to be improved, or what may be potential drawbacks to buying this lamp:

Emitter is not designed for dog houses – it’s designed for reptile terariums

May need several 100 Watt lamps for one dog house

You will have to fit the emitter and the lamp clamp to your dog house yourself without a template or installation instructions

Can only use this with heat lamp with a porcelain socket – not a bad thing but a bit limiting

Have to buy a lamp clamp separate

Have to buy a thermometer separate

The clamp lamp has only an on/off switch – you manually have to turn the lamp on and off when you want or need to




Additional Accessories Required:


Best Dog House Heat Lamp – Buyer’s Guide & Things To Consider


With a dog house lamp, you absolutely need to be across the safety aspect of the installation.

In particular pay attention to:

If you’re unsure what you’re doing from a technical or electrical perspective, or you’re unqualified – consult an electrician or qualified professional 

Read all instructions, warnings and product information for the lamp carefully

Fire hazards that the lamp may come in contact with (wood/straw and other flammable material)

Electrocution hazards that the lamp may present (water, chewing through the wire, coming into contact with metal etc.). It’s worth checking the outdoor rating and waterproofing level of the lamp

Consult a vet if you are unsure as to what temperatures are safe for your dog (both hot and cold)

It’s very wise to test the dog house for a few nights with the lamp/s in it before letting your dog sleep in it to test the temperature isn’t too hot, and to make sure there are no fire hazards or melting hazards


In regards to the positioning of any lamp, definitely read the installation instructions and follow them. But, in general:

You generally want to mount this a lamp on the back wall with a little distance between the side walls and the ceiling, and the lamp and the wall it is mounted on itself

Mount the lamp up higher where your dog won’t roll on it or reach and touch it

The lamp is electric and needs to be plugged in. Make sure the dog house is near a power source, the cords are out of the way and not in the constant weather, and are covered so they don’t present a chewing hazard for your dog



Use the clamp lamp to clamp the lamp in the dog house – but certainly make sure it clamped safety and properly.

The clamp lamp comes with a porcelain socket, and and on/off switch with an electrical cord.

You will need to run the cord back to an electrical socket and conceal them to prevent chewing.

You may have two or more lamps so it’s up to you to figure out how to best position and install them.



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