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Re: basking light without uv??

Postby claudiusx » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:13 am

lillee wrote:thank you all! i wasn’t compeltely aware of the differences between uva/uvb, and can now fix his tank so he has proper heating and lighting. <3


No problemo :)

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Re: basking light without uv??

Postby lillee » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:15 am

any suggestions for a basking light? i’ve been checking various ones - zoomed, Exo Terra, etc - but all have mixed reviews, so not quite sure which to choose. i was thinking of going with something around 150w - if it ends up being too much wattage, i do have a temperature controller so it’ll be fine, and i’ll also be getting a temp gun.
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Re: basking light without uv??

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:52 am

lillee wrote:any suggestions for a basking light? i’ve been checking various ones - zoomed, Exo Terra, etc - but all have mixed reviews, so not quite sure which to choose. i was thinking of going with something around 150w - if it ends up being too much wattage, i do have a temperature controller so it’ll be fine, and i’ll also be getting a temp gun.


Can't dim MVBs , so it's a matter of trial and error to get the right globe to basking spot distance to get a basking spot temperature in the range 36 degC to 40 degC.
Only trustworthy brands of MVBs are Zoo Med, Exo Terra and Arcadia Reptile.

A neodymium coated flood globe (these are offered by Zoo Med and Exo Terra) is an option , they produce heat , light & UVA and can be dimmed.

Halogen par38 , incandescent par38 domestic flood globes (colourless) are good option for heat and light only and are dimmable.
For a large viv I don't think a GU10 halogen will cut it.
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Re: basking light without uv??

Postby claudiusx » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:14 am

kingofnobbys wrote:Can't dim MVBs , so it's a matter of trial and error to get the right globe to basking spot distance to get a basking spot temperature in the range 36 degC to 40 degC.
Only trustworthy brands of MVBs are Zoo Med, Exo Terra and Arcadia Reptile.

OP has stated numerous times that she doesnt want to add more UV to the tank (it's even in the title of this thread...), so clearly she isnt going to be getting an mvb so no need to worry about dimming it...

lillee wrote:any suggestions for a basking light? i’ve been checking various ones - zoomed, Exo Terra, etc - but all have mixed reviews, so not quite sure which to choose. i was thinking of going with something around 150w - if it ends up being too much wattage, i do have a temperature controller so it’ll be fine, and i’ll also be getting a temp gun.


The 150w may or may not be too much. In my 4x2x2s I use 1 50w bulb. When it gets winter I sometimes have to use a 75w but there are tons of factors that come into play. Lots of variables. What works for some wont work for all.

Dimmers are fine to use as long as you are not dimming the bulb too much. You still need your basking bulb to put out a decently bright light. This is to encourage the eyes to dilate which protects the eyes from the uvb bulb. If you dim your basking bulb too much you might not get as much eye dilation as you need. For this reason I dont use dimmers, I just play with wattage until I find what works for me. Like I mentioned earlier, you can also use household bulbs if they meet the criteria, doesnt have to be a speciality brand reptile basking bulb.

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