UVI reading for t5

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UVI reading for t5

Postby Rubble1212 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:38 am

Does anyone know what the reading is for a t5 reptisun in a zoomed fixture. I don’t know what this fixture would compare to on taterbugs lizard madness guide. Thank you


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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby Rubble1212 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:45 am

At 12 inches
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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby Claudiusx » Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:40 am

I don't have the fixture personally, but most all reflectors are made the same, so it should be around what you see in taterbugs guide.

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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby Rubble1212 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:48 am

There’s several different fixtures with reflectors on that guide I’m just not sure which one to compare mine to so I can get a estimate of my setup with the equipment I have.
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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby Claudiusx » Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:13 pm

Generally, they double the output.

The arcadia reflectors weren't actually tested in that chart, they are just estimated. Noted by the cross annotation.

If you want to get as close to accurate as you can without buying a meter, use that chart to find out what your bulb produces without a reflector, and then just double that (or use 96% which is what they used for their estimates on reflectors they didn't have)

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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby Rubble1212 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:31 pm

So if I’m reading that chart right my equipment would produce something like 5-7 uvi at 12 inches?
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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby Claudiusx » Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:01 pm

Sounds about right for what I get with my bulbs and fixtures. That's why we recommend 12-15 inches away for T5 bulbs :)
Note that is for the basking surface.

It should be a greater distance in the rest of the tank. I like to have a gradient down to 0 on the cool end.

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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:23 pm

I just hooked mine up and tested it. 3.0 UVI at 14''. 3.5UVI at 12''. 4.5UVI at 10''. 5.4UVI at 8''. This is using a ReptiSun 10.0 T5 in the Zoomed hood. The measurement is taken directly under the bulb.
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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby Rubble1212 » Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:29 pm

Thank you for doing that I appreciate it.
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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby JumpinJellyfish » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:42 am

CooperDragon wrote:I just hooked mine up and tested it. 3.0 UVI at 14''. 3.5UVI at 12''. 4.5UVI at 10''. 5.4UVI at 8''. This is using a ReptiSun 10.0 T5 in the Zoomed hood. The measurement is taken directly under the bulb.

Mine has similar readings, same bulb and fixture. :0)
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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:00 am

What is the best UV meter that is reasonable?
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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby Claudiusx » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:01 am

The solarmeters are really the only option for the average hobbyist.

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Re: UVI reading for t5

Postby MrSpectrum » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:04 am

Claudiusx wrote:The solarmeters are really the only option for the average hobbyist.

+1, but don't bother with the R version unless it's really important to you to pay extra for a picture of lizard. AFAIK, the non-R version is identical except for the lizard. (Marketing) :roll:

FWIW, I have 3 Reptisun T5 10.0 bulbs, and a Sunblaster fixture. I have no functional reflector, but I get UVI of 3.1 - 5.0 at 9" from each of the 3 bulbs.
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