DIY basking ledge, what am i doing wrong?

Juanita66

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I recently built a basking ledge for my 4 month beardie out of styrofoam which i then grouted and used water based polyurethane to waterproof. I set up his new enclosure yesterday and when i went to check the temp on the basking spot witb my infrared thermometer i got a reading of 144° while the surrounding area still under the heat lamp was omly 112°. Could it be the dark color of the ledge (dark grey) or maybe the polyurethane? I have a 100w bulb would lowering the wattage resolve this ? What other materials can i use that are less heat absorbent?
 

mango_the_beardie

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WOW! 144 is way to hot can you post pics of the ledge and tank and also what uvb do you use what wattage is all your lights for the tank? i would use just wood
 

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