Hi....I just set up the TSC brooder lamp we bought in my basement, with a thermometer about 2 feet under it. The thermometer BLEW UP! It's a 250 watt bulb, do these come in other wattages maybe? Did I just have mine way too close to the ground? It's a cool to cold gravel floor basement and I am not even sure if this will be the best place for us to have chicks (only getting 3). I used a cheap red dye filled Walmart outdoor thermometer. Ideally, how close should the lamp be to the chicks? I ordered a book (Keeping Chickens For Dummies) but it's not here yet. The pictures I see online seem to have the light rather close. Same kind of light? I'm a little scared of that light now.