Re: Ball Python set up
Heat lamps are problematic for snakes as they need to be oh 24/7 so the light disturbs them. A ceramic heat emitter works better. The temperature control thing you mention is a thermostat - you must have one of these. A pulse proportional for a ceramic is best.
I would not bother with the heat pad. Not required in my opinion.
Can't help with brands as you have all different ones in the States.
Theory is when you know everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but you do not know why. Often these happen together, nothing works and nobody knows why. - Arihato