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Halogen lights and dome fixture.

Postby Domokunn89 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:17 pm

Now that I know which uvb light I’m going to use I’m going to use halogen lights to save money. Which dome fixture is the best or fits, or is it preference?
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Re: Halogen lights and dome fixture.

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:29 pm

It's a bit of preference but you want something rated beyond what the wattage of your bulb is. You also want to use a dome that is appropriately sized for the bulb and the area you're setting it in. I like using chicken brooder lamps. They are cheap and powerful. I use these from my local farm supply store https://www.farmandhomesupply.com/bayco-10-1-2-brooder-clamp-light.html You can use the clamp or hang them from the loop from an adjustable stand (which is what I do).
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Re: Halogen lights and dome fixture.

Postby Domokunn89 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:52 am

I purchased these but I read that they sucked and thought they were 90 watts but seem to be only 72 which I think is too low because my enclosure isn’t hot enough. Any recommendations?

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Re: Halogen lights and dome fixture.

Postby claudiusx » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:13 am

I'd just go to your local home improvement store and see what they have.

I recently went to home Depot and picked up some 40w BR halogens and they are doing fine in my tanks. I don't use dome fixtures though, I just have ceramic sockets mounted to the top of my tanks.

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Re: Halogen lights and dome fixture.

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:25 pm

That style is fine (and similar to what I use) but if it isn't getting the enclosure hot enough then you may just need a higher wattage. You can try the BR (bulge reflector) versions as well and see if they are able to get the temps you need. It really comes down to surface temp readings in the end.
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Re: Halogen lights and dome fixture.

Postby Domokunn89 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:02 am

I got another bulb which has an output of 80 watts. The temp has increased but still not getting it. I don’t have the reptisun uvb tube light yet just the bad coil lights. So maybe that is part of the reason. I tried a 150 halogen bulb replacement but it only puts out 19w which is low. It’s dimmable. Does that mean I can only increase brightness or watts too? HELP 😞 I can’t get it right.
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Re: Halogen lights and dome fixture.

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:39 pm

If the halogen has a shaped reflective upper area, a dome is unnecessary and will achieve nothing , all you need is a ceramic fitting rated about 300W and a wire light cage to stop the reptile from touching the very hot globe surfaces and very hot ceramic fitting.

Please don't mount a dome fitting with halogen on top an plastic mesh lid , that's a recipy for a disaster.

If you must use a mesh lid , then you are better off mounting using a lamp stand that's adjustable in height.
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Re: Halogen lights and dome fixture.

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:57 am

If the bulb is only putting out 19w it is probably an energy efficient version which won’t heat up enough. Another approach would be to use two lower wattage bulbs side by side which may do the trick while creating a nice wide basking zone.
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