Reflector Orientation on Sunblaster Fixture

Discuss substrates, lighting, heating, enclosure building ideas, share enclosure photos, and talk about any other enclosure-related topics.

Reflector Orientation on Sunblaster Fixture

Postby indianaryan » Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:40 am

I just wanted to make sure that the orientation of the reflector on my Sunblaster fixture is correct. The second picture is how it was out of the box. It is a mirror finish with no orange peel effect. It's kind of hard to see, but it's just to the right of the black plastic reflector holder.

The first picture is how I have it now, and there is a little bit of a texture to it, though I wouldn't call it orange peel. I think this is the right way to have it, but it doesn't quite look like the picture I saw on a post here. The post also mentioned that the correct side will scratch easily, but both sides scratch fairly easily for me.

Since I don't have a UVB tester, I'm hoping some experts here can help me out. Thanks!

[Click image to enlarge]

[Click image to enlarge]
indianaryan
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 42
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:32 am
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Re: Reflector Orientation on Sunblaster Fixture

Postby CooperDragon » Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:45 pm

I'd imagine you want the side with the smoother finish to face out and reflect the light from the bulb for optimal output. I didn't know that the reflective portion could be reversed.
Image
User avatar
CooperDragon
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 27236
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:41 am
Location: Madison, WI

Re: Reflector Orientation on Sunblaster Fixture

Postby indianaryan » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:17 pm

CooperDragon wrote:I'd imagine you want the side with the smoother finish to face out and reflect the light from the bulb for optimal output. I didn't know that the reflective portion could be reversed.


Yeah that makes sense to me, but then I saw this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=34&t=253769
indianaryan
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 42
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:32 am

Re: Reflector Orientation on Sunblaster Fixture

Postby CooperDragon » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:34 pm

Ah I forgot about that thread. Since so much work was done to research and test, I'd certainly defer to the recommendations that are there. It does look like the more matte looking side should be facing the bulb, which is the opposite of what I'd thought.
Image
User avatar
CooperDragon
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 27236
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:41 am
Location: Madison, WI

Re: Reflector Orientation on Sunblaster Fixture

Postby Claudiusx » Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:06 pm

It looks like you have it right. In your second picture, you can see that the side that is up against the plastic (the side not showing) reflects images very clearly. The non-UV reflecting side is the side that reflects images clearly.

It's easier to not necessarily look for the orange peel or if the surface scratches, but to just pay attention to which reflects an image better.

Good image reflection = no UV reflection.
Poor image reflection = good UV reflection.

Sunblaster assured me that it was just a manufacturing mistake where they were being put in upside down, and all new ones should be flipped the right way. Always good to double check though :)

-Brandon
Follow along with all my beardies. Check out my thread here!: Claud's Crew
P.S. We have lots of pictures ;)
Click here if you use a Sunblaster fixture - IMPORTANT
User avatar
Claudiusx
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 19676
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:44 pm
Location: California

Re: Reflector Orientation on Sunblaster Fixture

Postby indianaryan » Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:22 am

Thanks for the confirmation!
indianaryan
Newbie Poster
 
Posts: 42
Joined: Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:32 am
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


Return to Enclosures

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users