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Basking Lamp Has Stopped Working! Help!


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#1 Sp4rky

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:25 PM

My basking lamp has stopped working, and it's going to be tomorrow before I can get one now, will he be okay for a couple hours in the morning without it? Is there anything else I can use?!

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:41 PM

I wouldn't worry on a couple of hours... Tort will be fine x x hugs x x

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:15 PM

Okay doke that's great thanks! Was quite worried!

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:59 PM

I use a normal spot light bulb or even a normal house hold light bulb if mine decide to break,suprising what heat they can give off
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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:31 PM

Do you use them with a thermostat? Is it safe?

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:37 PM

Hello

I now also use house bulbs 100 watt for basking  it's amazing how much heat they give off and works okay with thermostat,totally safe my hubby used to be an electrical engineer and tells me what can be done and what not to do.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:35 PM

There is no difference between a household bulb and a reptile one other than the box, which you bin anyway ;)n Stats are not necessary as tortoises need to choose their heat by moving in and out of the heat. Stats just cause confusion ;)

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:41 AM

If your hubby is an electrical engineer get him to retrofit an inline dimmer to the light fitting and then use a thermometer under the basking light and dim the light down until you reach your desired temperature.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:46 AM

Not all lamps are suitable for dimmers to be honest and you really need the brightest light possible as this is what stimulates them to mobility etc. I just raise the height to get optimum temps, without losing any of the brightness ;)




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