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How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby discojan » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:09 pm

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Hello folks,

I'm wondering how often the Reptisun bulbs need to be replaced. We've had ours since Sept, and we've got extras in the house. I'm wondering if it is every 4 or 6 months, or more often than that?

Many thanks in advance.
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Re: How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby quigleysmom » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:11 pm

Every 6 is fine.
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Re: How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby discojan » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:19 pm

Thanks for the quick response!
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Re: How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby pumpkinman » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:29 pm

Every 6 is the rule of thumb that everyone uses as a guide. If you had a UVB meter you would be able to take readings and maybe get a few more months out of each bulb, or not? I will be getting a meter in the future.
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Re: How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby BlueDevil » Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:24 pm

pumpkinman wrote:Every 6 is the rule of thumb that everyone uses as a guide. If you had a UVB meter you would be able to take readings and maybe get a few more months out of each bulb, or not? I will be getting a meter in the future.


Chris,

I got the Solarmeter 6.2 UVB and 6.5 UVI meters. Between the two IMO you would be better off with a 6.5 if you decide to get a meter down the road.
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Re: How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby discojan » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:34 am

Where does one get a solameter?
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Re: How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby BlueDevil » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:03 am

discojan wrote:Where does one get a solameter?


http://www.solarmeter.com/ is the actual website. You might be able to find another supplier if you do some searching. Hope that helps!
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Re: How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby pumpkinman » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:48 pm

BlueDevil wrote:
pumpkinman wrote:Every 6 is the rule of thumb that everyone uses as a guide. If you had a UVB meter you would be able to take readings and maybe get a few more months out of each bulb, or not? I will be getting a meter in the future.


Chris,

I got the Solarmeter 6.2 UVB and 6.5 UVI meters. Between the two IMO you would be better off with a 6.5 if you decide to get a meter down the road.


Mark can you please talk about the differences/advantages of one unit over the other in small words? :D
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Re: How often to replace Reptisun UVB lamps?

Postby BlueDevil » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:17 pm

The 6.2 measures the UVB amount emitting from your bulb while the 6.5 measures the UV radiation emitting from your bulb. Make sure if you order the 6.5 you specifically say that you are going to use it for reptile bulb use outdoor use. (I'd recommend getting the 6.5 from Solarmeter just to make sure it was set up for reptile bulb use). Here is a good website worth reading:

http://www.uvguide.co.uk/

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