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Old 01-18-03, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ceramic heat emitters....

Just wondering -- do the ceramic heat emitter bulbs need to be in a special fixture, or can they be put into a regular dome lamp fixture with an appropriate wattage rating?
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It should be in a ceramic fixture. As long as you do that you will be fine. You should also have it on a dimmer switch or a rheostat to control the temperature output.

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as greg said regular dome fixture will be fine as long as the socket is ceramic, which almost all of the commercial dome lamps are.
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Be careful with the ceramic bulbs.....they are great for heating but they get extremely hot. On the 60 watt bulbs they get over 450F as a surface temp.......the 250 watt bulbs got well over 666F (as that is as high as my temp gun goes).

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Be careful .......... the 250 watt bulbs got well over 666F (as that is as high as my temp gun goes).

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Hmm, .. ... .. hot as hell, huh?

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Wow... that's super hot. I'll have to think about that one... sounds like even if there were a cage over the bulb preventing the critter from physically touching it, the cage itself would probably get really hot too...
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yup, it does get really hot. Also be careful when misting your cage, if you spray water directly on the CHE while it is turned on, there is a chance that it may crack. I believe that this applies to high wattage light bulbs too.
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Hmm, .. ... .. hot as hell, huh?

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LMAO......that is what i was thinking!
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<img src="http://coreywoods.com/Caging/475%20991210.JPG">

These are my old burm cages. I was looking through my photo archive to try and find good pics of the caging I had around the light/ceramic bulbs. This is the best pic I could find. At the far end is a 250 watt ceramic, in the middle was a 100 watt white light and at the end was a 100 watt black light. The caging around the 250 watt ceramic bulb were made to the specs that came along with the bulb. I think it was about 2 feet down from the top and about 18" across........I would have made it smaller than that though.

If I find a better pic I'll post it. The pic was taken on Dec 10, 1999.

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has anyone heard about the cheap black light bulb hurting snakes eyes? i was told something about that and went and got a ten dollar one at the pet store.
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Old 01-19-03, 08:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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andrea, those ultraviolet black lights sold at novelty stores etc. are bad for herps (and us too).

take a look at this article:

http://www.anapsid.org/blacklight.html

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thank you so much!
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