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Dimming Thermostat for basking heat source and day/night

PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:01 pm
by Fireballmox
Guys,
I’m looking for a Quality dimming thermostat to regulate and control the temperature coming from my basking heat source for the day time fluctuations. It’s not essential that it has a night setting and timer, but if it did as well that would be great. Cost isn’t as relevant as just it to be functioning well. Tired of sorting through junky ones.

Re: Dimming Thermostat for basking heat source and day/night

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:47 am
by CooperDragon
There are several decent options available, depending on where you live. I've used a Herpstat 2 for years and it has worked well. There is a new generation out now that I haven't tested, but I think it mainly adds features like remote programming and monitoring abilities. I use one port set to dimming to control the basking light, and the second port set to pulse to control a heat projector to keep overnight heat up. The Herpstat 1 has a single port if you just want to control a basking light.

Re: Dimming Thermostat for basking heat source and day/night

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:15 am
by Fireballmox
Thanks a Ton Cooper Dragon!
I’ve ordered a herpstat 2,
Looks to be the best I’ve seen reviewed. Very much appreciate that.

Re: Dimming Thermostat for basking heat source and day/night

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:51 am
by CooperDragon
Did you get the new wifi enabled version? If so, please let me know what you think of it. I've had the older one for 5 years now and it has served me well. Having a gui to adjust settings from sounds like a convenient upgrade rather than having to cycle through all settings on the device to make changes.

Re: Dimming Thermostat for basking heat source and day/night

PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:00 am
by dave93245
Hello I saw that you wanted info on the herpstat 2 spyderweb version. As it turns out I just got one a couple of weeks ago and I love it. The web app allows you to remotely monitor Temps or humidity as well as setup. The setup is a little faster using the web app rather than manually adjusting and you can tweak it remotely. Overall I would say it is a winner and not much of a price differance.

Re: Dimming Thermostat for basking heat source and day/night

PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:30 pm
by CooperDragon
Thats good to know. Thanks for the feedback on it. Do you use the ramping feature? Do you notice any sudden on/off glitching during ramping? I found that if I had that set longer than 15 min the light would flicker sometimes. Maybe that was an issue addressed with newer firmware.

Re: Dimming Thermostat for basking heat source and day/night

PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:10 pm
by dave93245
I do simulate sun rise and sunset and it does occasionally flicker a bit. I don't think much changed other than adding the web connection. They host your device on their website for free so far, when you are home you connect direct.