Question About Basking Bulb Life

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Question About Basking Bulb Life

Postby arcadia1216 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:26 am

Hi all!

So I just had to purchase another basking bulb today after my old one burnt out this morning. We use the Zoo Med 100 watt basking bulbs and our temps are good at 110-112 degrees on Dinraal's basking spot.

My concern is this; we had that bulb for 54 days until it burnt out, and we have it on 12 hours a day from 7-7. That only gave us 648 hours of basking heat even though the boxes always say good for 2,000 hours of heat. Has anyone else had this issue with this brand of bulb? Is there something we could be doing wrong that's causing the bulb to burn out faster than it should?
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Re: Question About Basking Bulb Life

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:26 am

Some last longer than others- I use the exo Terra bulbs and I just picked 2 of them up at Petsmart for buy one get one -- they were the 150 watt-- some use regular hh bulbs that are indacanscent bulbs--- I can't use them don't keep temps --
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Re: Question About Basking Bulb Life

Postby arcadia1216 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:43 pm

I think I'll look for the Exo Terra ones the next time I need to buy a new bulb. I'm just frustrated that the bulbs are lasting way less time than they say they do. Thanks for the input Karrie!
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Re: Question About Basking Bulb Life

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:19 am

I've had issues with those bulbs lasting for a reasonable amount of time too. I've been using halogen flood light bulbs (PAR38) and they tend to last 2-3 months for the most part.
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