Heat lamp advice

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Flash the tortoise
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Heat lamp advice

Post by Flash the tortoise » 19 May 2020, 20:11

Hi, we had a heat/ubv lamp that's blown off. I'd like to get a separate heat lamp for our enclosure. I've been reading advice online and i'm dizzy with all the different info. So i'm looking for help -hopefully links with ideas- to get a hood heat lamp and bulb that is not going to catch fire or blow up. Please?

Thanks :)

Flash the tortoise
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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Flash the tortoise » 19 May 2020, 22:12

Not to worry, i think i've found the right stuff :mrgreen:

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Nina
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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Nina » 19 May 2020, 22:46

Ooh, that's horrible when a lamp blows. I use one lamp for heat and light (either an ordinary household spotlight or a reptile lamp (but not a UVB one, and then a fluorescent UVB strip light that covers most of the table. That way I can raise or lower the heat lamp to make it cooler or warmer in the table, but it doesn't affect the distance of the UVB source from the table. What did you get in the end?

Nina

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Flash the tortoise » 21 May 2020, 18:17

Hi Nina

I've got an arcadia solar basking bulb 100w and the arcadia dome lamp 14cm :) They are on their way to us. In the meantime, we've got no light though :(

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Nina » 21 May 2020, 18:27

That sounds good for heat and light,and I've used that one in the past too. But what will you be using for UVB (as far as I know it only gives off UVA, not UVB)?


Nina xx

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Flash the tortoise » 21 May 2020, 21:59

I've got a 10% uvb bulb in place. Will eventually get a uvb tube.

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Nina » 21 May 2020, 22:36

Perfect!

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Flash the tortoise » 04 Jun 2020, 22:09

Hi Nina

I've got a question.. i've just realised there are 2 types of basking bulbs. A 'spotlight' and a 'floodlight'. Which one is best? I've got a 'spotlight' right now with my new lamp. But happy to get the other one if it's better.
Thank you :)

P.S. Did you say an ordinary household bulb would also do the job? What sort? Thanks.

Carla

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Nina » 05 Jun 2020, 09:09

Hi Carla,

I think that most people use spotlights, so you're fine. Yes an ordinary household spotlight can be used, but the problem is that there aren't many of these available to buy now as all the incandescent bulbs were fazed out over the last several years in favour of low energy bulbs (which don't give out much heat at all).

Nina

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Flash the tortoise » 05 Jun 2020, 14:37

Thanks Nina :)

I've seen the 'old' style bulbs in charity shops, so i'll keep my eyes peeled. Should they also be 100W?

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Kimberley » 05 Jun 2020, 19:32

Hi,

I have both here, flood and spot. Flood is much better, it gives a nice wide spread warmth that fades out.

Spots give a very strong heat in a small area if that makes sense, don't know how to explain, too much in a small spot.

I'll keep them for when a lamp blows or something, don't like them at all.

Kimberley

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Kimberley » 05 Jun 2020, 19:33

Hi,

I have both here, flood and spot. Flood is much better, it gives a nice wide spread warmth that fades out.

Spots give a very strong heat in a small area if that makes sense, don't know how to explain, too much in a small spot.

I'll keep them for when a lamp blows or something, don't like them at all.

Kimberley

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Nina » 05 Jun 2020, 19:57

I think Kimberley has a point there. Why not get one of each, if you can, and see what you think works best in your set-up.

Nina

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Re: Heat lamp advice

Post by Flash the tortoise » 07 Jun 2020, 21:42

Thank you, yes, i was thinking if it's worth doing that too :)

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