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Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter watt

Postby anyperson123 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:57 am

I've been looking at Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter and was wondering what watt to use for my 20 gallon long tank?
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Re: Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter watt

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Re: Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter watt

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:02 pm

That's going to depend on:

  • the ambient temperature of the room where the enclosure is/will be
  • the heat-loss of the enclosure
  • the output of any other bulbs or heat producing items in the enclosure
First let me ask why do you think you need one?
Would a hotter basking light do the trick?
If it's for nighttime, what's the nighttime ambient temperature of the room where the enclosure is/will be?
If we're talking about a glass walled terrarium type tank, have you considered insulating it? Half-inch rigid foam insulation (white, pink, or blue) works very well. Insulate the back, sides, and top (except where the lights and ventilation are). Assuming we're talking about a baby dragon, this is also a less expensive option for when you upgrade the enclosure when the BD gets larger in a few months.

Once the other question have been addressed, finding the best wattage is usually a matter of trial & error to get the temperatures in the tank right, i.e. you may have to buy more than one and settle on the one that does the job. The same trial & error applies to finding what wattage basking light works best.

As far as brands, I would check out the options someplace like Amazon, and look for large numbers of positive (5 star) reviews.
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Re: Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter watt

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:34 pm

I would consider using a heat projector. They produce a good amount of heat under the bulb, but they don't get nearly as hot to the touch as a CHE does which reduces burn and fire risks. http://www.lightyourreptiles.com/arcadia-deep-heat-projector-50w-sale-25-99/
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