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Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:28 am
by Rubble1212
Hey I'm literally tired mentally of trying to find the right bulb to use with my reptisun. I've tried halogen and regular incandescent and halogen equivalents and I basically just went back to zoo med basking bulbs. Are these ok to use.

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:04 am
by CooperDragon
Sure, those work pretty well. From what I've seen they don't handle dimming well (make a buzzing sound) and are relatively fragile compared to the outdoor halogen flood lights but if you're getting the right temps with them, go for it.

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:13 am
by Rubble1212
Temps are good range from 95 to 104 at the hottest spot. I just had a hard time finding a halogen there equivalents now and don't hot enough and the 60watt par 38 had to be 2and half feet in the air to get good temperatures but only in a very small area and the rest of the tank was to cold. It seems that the reptile bulbs give off much more ambient heat as well as good basking spot temps.

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:15 am
by CooperDragon
I think most of them use bulge reflectors (BR30, BR40 etc) which may factor into the difference. It sounds like the ZooMed is a good fit for your setup so I'd keep going with it.

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:18 am
by Rubble1212
Thanks Liam sorry for asking so many questions I just want to do this right and I love my little guy and it's become a hobby now or obsession now as my wife says lol.

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:22 am
by CooperDragon
Please ask as many questions as you'd like. That's what the forum is here for =). I certainly understand the focus and obsession with these guys.

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:34 am
by claudiusx
I use the zoomed basking bulbs too in some of my tanks. It's most likely what I will continue using once my household bulbs burn out.

-Brandon

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:23 am
by CooperDragon
I wonder if these are any good. Haven't seen them in stores before https://zoomed.com/reptihalogen-heat-lamp/

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:29 pm
by Rubble1212
I've never seen those might try them

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:33 pm
by claudiusx
Not that it relates much but I'm really interested in trying the Arcadia Ir heat bulbs. Add it right over the basking spot next to a regular household bulb for light.

So the ir bulb provides the heat.
Household bulb provides visible light and some heat
And of course a tube uv

Thata going to be the next lighting setup I experiment with.

-Brandon

Re: Endless pursuit of the right bulb

PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:54 pm
by Rubble1212
I remember now seeing some kind of reptile basking light that said halogen on it I think it was a exoterra?