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CustardCubes 24-01-2010 10:23 PM

Thanks for all the advice.

I think I will look into a combined, with maybe a ceramic for night heat if the room is too cool. Just a bit worried about spending so much on one bulb, in case it doesn't last too long. I've seen some quite bad reviews :???: but hopefully it'll last the 2 years!

chrissyb 24-01-2010 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by CustardCubes (Post 347899)
Thanks for all the advice.

I think I will look into a combined, with maybe a ceramic for night heat if the room is too cool. Just a bit worried about spending so much on one bulb, in case it doesn't last too long. I've seen some quite bad reviews :???: but hopefully it'll last the 2 years!

i really think you have to be careful buying heating/lighting or anything for any reptile as a lot of companys just want your cash and are not for the reptiles, at least thats what i believe... you will have no problems with a standard UV tube except i dnt think UV penetrates glass (probebly not an issue but most ppl dnt know this).. though cheaper on the outset UV tubes do need replacing every 6 months so your best bet is to buy the expensive buld and cross your fingers it lasts!!! i think im doing the same tomorrow....

edit: after digging around reading reviews and research I wont be using the combined bulbs until more is known about them.. there is to much conflicting stories and i know that tube lighting has been around a long time thus more is known about any effects/drawbacks and are generally regarded as safe for all reptiles.

Alan1 25-01-2010 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by chrissyb (Post 347929)

edit: after digging around reading reviews and research I wont be using the combined bulbs until more is known about them.. there is to much conflicting stories and i know that tube lighting has been around a long time thus more is known about any effects/drawbacks and are generally regarded as safe for all reptiles.

A wise decision.
I've been using combined bulbs and am currently not impressed with what I'm getting for my money. 5 bulbs + 2 more required right now in 13 months is costly. If I were to get the two I require now, that would be 350 worth of bulbs in just over a year. Yes they give better light and better UVB but I might be cheaper moving to the south of France with my torts and just using the sun


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