heating a 4x2x2

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heating a 4x2x2

Postby natnat » Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:56 am

I'm having trouble getting my basking spot in my 4x2x2 hot enough. I'm currently using a 100w bulb in a dome sitting on top of the cage and it's only getting the basking spot up to 85F. Would it be better to get another dome and try two 75W lights or go for a 150W light in one dome? I don't really want to put the basking light in the tank since I worry about the beardie touching the dome. Thanks!
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Re: heating a 4x2x2

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:24 am

Go to a 150 watt - I am using a 150 watt now -- if that doesnt do it you may haft to add a smaller dome next to it w/ like a 50 or 75 watt --- just make sure you have a digital probe thermometer and or a infrared heat gun -- I use both -- my bulb is also sitting on the top of the screen as well -- w/a piece of decor that offers a heat gradient
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Re: heating a 4x2x2

Postby natnat » Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:50 am

Thanks, any idea if they make dimmable 150 watt bulbs? I haven't really seen any. The temps in my house vary quite a lot so ideally I'd like to have it on a dimmer.
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Re: heating a 4x2x2

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:54 am

I am not sure --- someone to answer that question would be CooperDragon -
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Re: heating a 4x2x2

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:22 am

I can usually get my GE 80W PAR38 halogen flood lights up to temp at that distance, but it really varies quite a bit between enclosures. I'd give one a try and see how it goes. They handle dimming pretty well. Some of the reptile specific 150w bulbs I've tried will dim, but they may a high pitched humming sound which gets annoying. If you need even more power, you could look into photography specific halogens. They are very bright and produce lots of heat. I've had decent success dimming them. They may be a bit too much for inside an enclosure though. I've used them only for free roam basking spots.

This is the GE one I have in my enclosure https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B007V92RIG/

And a photography specific bulb I've tested
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030AYKGC/
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