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 #2269608


Mason12
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 Basking bulb?

What is the exact name of your basking bulb and the wattage?
I have a 75watt zoo med halogen and it barely gets the temps up to 95 and the rock is 6-7 inches away!
trying to get temps of 120-140 so what do you all use?



06/11/12  01:32pm

 #2269612


Krusty
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2269608


 Basking bulb?

GE and Phillips brand - halogen flood light - par 38 usually - and I tend to use 45 or 50Watt in a bank of 2 or 3 for a larger cage and just one bulb in a small cage.



06/11/12  01:36pm

 #2269614


Kriminaal
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  Message To: Krusty   In reference to Message Id: 2269612


 Basking bulb?

Something wrong there. I can run a non-halogen at 6 inches and get proper bask temps with a 60 watt.
A 75 watt halogen should easily hit 130 deg. That zoo-med bulb must be crap. Get one as Krusty suggested.



06/11/12  01:54pm

 #2269620


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Kriminaal   In reference to Message Id: 2269614


 Basking bulb?

please tell me you are talking about basking temperatures you use finding a temp gun and not just the ambient one... Because a 75 watt halogen will easily hit 120-130 from 10-12 inches away ( I know because I used it before) but also what are you using as a basking spot? The best choice would be a big rock or something similar.



06/11/12  02:32pm

 #2269636


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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2269620


 Basking bulb?

As Dillon said it could depend on what your using for a basking spot. Thin rocks get hot, but take longer to get to the right temp. A think rock takes more heat to get up to par. For me log’s seem to heat up the fastest.



06/11/12  03:38pm

 #2269643


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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2269608


 Basking bulb?

I use a 160 watt sun-glo mvb which beams at a piece of wood 8 inches away from the bulb. The wood, which has some substrate on it warms up nicely. The wood sits atop a mound of substrate which my Savannah has his primary burrow. I wet the wood and substrate surrounding the area liberally to increase humidity.

I really ought to switch over to 3 65 watt floods when he gets bigger. Currently, 24-26in @ 14mos.



06/11/12  04:15pm

 #2269648


Mason12
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  Message To: PvtYossarian09   In reference to Message Id: 2269643


 Basking bulb?

im just using a regular thermometer not a temp gun and the basking spot is a big rock
ill post a pic in a little bit but the light just broke today anyway so gotta buy one what should i get?



06/11/12  04:42pm

 #2269651


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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2269608


 Basking bulb?

my cages have two basking spots at day, and 2 at night. day time is 150 watt fluckers incandescent basking bulb. and a 150 watt powersun uva/uvb . night time are 150 watt. exo ter infard bulbs.
but the brand names dont matter a basking bulb is a good basking bulb as long as it provides enough heat.. i just like the ones i use personally because of the uva,uvb. they dont need it. but its good to have..



06/11/12  05:02pm

 #2269668


Varanus_odom
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2269648


 Basking bulb?

You need to get a temp gun before you can set up a proper basking spot. You need to be able to accurately check surface temps. BIG difference..

You can get a temp gun for $20-50.



06/11/12  06:14pm

 #2269685


Mason12
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  Message To: Varanus_odom   In reference to Message Id: 2269668


 Basking bulb?

Ya I’m gonna get a bulb an temp gun tomorrow at petsmart. Just gotta figure out what bulb to get cuz my other local pet store didn’t have any halogen



06/11/12  07:36pm

 #2269709


Krusty
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2269685


 Basking bulb?

Buy the bulbs at Home Depot, WalMart or Lowe’s. They are identical bulbs as what pet stores are charging you DOUBLE for. You realize this, right?



06/11/12  10:52pm

 #2269830


Mason12
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  Message To: Krusty   In reference to Message Id: 2269709


 Basking bulb?


Just got this bulb
dont have a temp gun but my thermometer says its around 115 but just in the area not the actual rock(i put it on the rack and it started to melt)
the rock is like 8 in away and gets REALLY really hot like i cant touch it for more than 3 seconds. im worried if itll burn my bosc!



06/12/12  11:50pm

 #2269833


3240
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2269830


 Basking bulb?

You’re going to burn your bosc. A thermometer is completely worthless. Why didn’t you pic up a temp gun when you were out buying your bulb?



06/13/12  12:36am

 #2269837


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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2269830


 Basking bulb?

try a 65 watt, my 75 heats up a wooden plank to 160f give or take a few degrees. about 8 inches away.



06/13/12  01:46am

 #2269854


War Machine
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2269830


 Basking bulb?

I agree you’re going to burn him. Stop being cheap and get a temp gun. Or maybe just get a bearded dragon. It seems like you’re in a bit over your head.



06/13/12  09:38am

 #2269862


Mxracer
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  Message To: War Machine   In reference to Message Id: 2269854


 Basking bulb?

Try a 45 watt or a 50 watt. I never use any thing bigger then a 50 watt my self. You can buy temps guns almost any where it seem. They just have different names on them. It’s just a infared gun that read’s surface temps.

You can get them I know forsure at hobby shop’s cause they use them to read the temp of RC gas powered engines.

You want to use lower watt bulbs and just raise or lower the basking spot to aquire the right basking temp, not buy high wattage bulbs.

-Terry



06/13/12  11:13am

 #2270516


Mason12
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  Message To: Mxracer   In reference to Message Id: 2269862


 Basking bulb?

i just bought a temp gun for 30 bucks and with my 90 watt bulb the basking spot reads 132 so and the areas around the rock were in the high 90s,, so i think the 90 watt should be fine right



06/19/12  02:42am

 #2270518


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2270516


 Basking bulb?

Okay the problem is that you are using such a high wattage bulb. The higher the wattage the more focused the light beam really is and the hotter that little area is in which can burn your monitor. You are better to get like 2 45 watt bulbs to cover a greater distance while still provide that 132 surface temp.



06/19/12  02:45am

 #2270526


Mason12
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2270518


 Basking bulb?

soo where should this second bulb be placed? or could i ju lower the soil to creat more distance from the light?



06/19/12  04:04am

 #2270527


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2270526


 Basking bulb?

Again, best bet is to get the 2 45 watt halogen floods. You are gonna want to have them in a row with the ends of the light rays touching. You want a continuous line of light for them to use as a basking area so they can bask their entire body or at least SVL.



06/19/12  04:24am

 #2270528


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2270527


 Basking bulb?

As Justin said higher up on this thread, if it is for a smaller enclosure you really only need one bulb but still go A LOT smaller.. like try a 45 or 50. If you can tell us the size of the enclosure, size of the monitor and the size of the basking rock, it would make things a lot easier for you.



06/19/12  04:31am

 #2270613


3240
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2270526


 Basking bulb?

A picture of the enclosure would really help.



06/20/12  01:37am

 #2270744


Mason12
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  Message To: 3240   In reference to Message Id: 2270613


 Basking bulb?

Just took out the 90watt and put in a 50 watt halogen. I also got a temp gun and the basking spot temps range from 120-135

pics on the way



06/21/12  12:42pm

 #2270753


Mason12
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2270744


 Basking bulb?


so here is the 50 watt halogen like 6-8 in away from rock 120-130F


and here id the basking zone the rock 120-130F


here be the cool side 78F

the bosc just came in the mail today bout 10-13in and healthy lookin with some weight to him



06/21/12  02:36pm

 #2270763


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2270753


 Basking bulb?

Much MUCH better man, and in perfect timing to.

Hope this little guy works out for ya.



06/21/12  04:28pm

 #2270823


Mason12
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2270763


 Basking bulb?

I was also thinking about putting in another 45 or 50 watt bulb right next to the other one over the cinder block



06/21/12  10:07pm

 #2270829


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2270823


 Basking bulb?

See this is when it gets tricky because you want to keep that 120-135 degree basking spot but you want to make sure you are offering enough lights to cover his SVL. If there is enough light to cover the SVL then you should be fine.



06/21/12  10:57pm

 #2270836


Mason12
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2270829


 Basking bulb?

Svl?



06/22/12  12:38am

 #2270837


Freds his name
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  Message To: Mason12   In reference to Message Id: 2270836


 Basking bulb?

Snout to vent length



06/22/12  01:24am


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