So it could possibly work? hmm... My mom used these little Ir bulbs (little bigger than night lights) to warm her finches... they generated no discernable light but generated heat, but no more heat than a standard light-bulb. I may give her a ring and see if she has any laying about I can experiment with. If not I just may take a trip to my local pet-co. I have no issues with my infra-red scensor bar.. But I LOVE a good experiment. ;o). I'm a self proclaimed geek and proud of it. Maybe this can provide an easier solution than wiring up a home made Ir scensor bar.