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Coil Bulbs With research study

Discussion in 'Debatable Topics' started by tortadise, Sep 9, 2014.

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  1. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    This topic has been brought up numerous times. But with so many pages and pages of constant back and forth most the good posted information gets caught in a spider web, going unnoticed.

    Personally I have never used them. I don't feel the design of the bulb can produce well enough proper UV. Also the incidences with kerato conjunctivitis (eye issues, even blindness)

    Anyways so I wanted to start this topic again with a research publication by a very respected zoological UV deducted company.

    Here yah go. I can also post another thread linking another study I posted in one of these debates if y'all see fit?

    http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor.htm
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    This is from 2006-2007.

    No matter what any study says, either pro or con, no one can erase what so many of have seen first hand. There is NO doubt in my mind that some of these bulbs cause problems some of the time. I'd love to see a study demonstrating specifically what causes the issue and why it is so random, but absent that, there is still definitely a problem. Even now in 2014.
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  3. tortadise

    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Yeah it is a little outdated. Some navigation around the sure though and can find a few more recent(few years old) cases. If speculate the randomness of the issue. Is a cheaper manufacturing process of the bulb. Produce more at a cheaper rate and live with the percentages of issues at hand. After all not everyone knows these are harmful. I have actually put in an email to this site on an update of research. We shall see what I hear back.
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    I am all for learning more about the subject. These bulbs are a good concept in theory. If the problem can be definitively identified and somehow completely solved, they would be a great thing. I don't know if this is possible.
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    As Tom mentioned, I have never used these bulbs due to the fact that they just don't appeal to me. I can't imagine their design or structure producing light as efficient as other choices. I have (unfortunately) read very many stories and articles regarding the damage to reptile's eyes and such due to their lighting. It's a sad event that doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon, but I urge those reading to avoid these products.
  6. IMG_3891.JPG IMG_3892.JPG I have seen and used that study from 2007 before.
    But here's my experience with coil bulbs, as if nobody knows....I had 3 Sulcata yearlings, I was into rescue at the time and funds were tight. I don't remember anymore the exact details due to a recent head injury, but one yearling got swollen puffy eyes even tho at that time my husbandry was beyond reproach. The second's eyes got to be slits, and the thirds eyes ran all the time. I had been using coil bulbs because they were cheap. These were not the florescent kind that were straight then curved back to the base and there were 3 tubes, I think. These bulbs I used read" super UV coil lamp, 20 watts". I'll post a picture. That was before we knew they were bad, that was about at the start of it, because it was that article that told me what was wrong with them. I think. It was probably my sister, anyway I ended up with one totally blind, one partially blind in one eye and the third recovered after a long treatment. All were adopted out. I had the bulb pointed straight down, and used 2 because I didn't think 20 watts was enough for growing Sulcata. So I had one at each end of the habitat, mainly a constant bombardment of light for 11 or 12 hours....Damn.
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    It's not your fault. Unfortunately, I wouldn't doubt that thousands of reptiles suffer because of these bulbs every day. It's a learning experience. Anyone could make the same mistake; we tend to learn towards the trusted Exo Terra and Zoo Med brands and logos. I used to think that every bulb was relatively the same.
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    Just to throw it out there, I raised I think 27 red foot young under two coil UV bulbs this year….And I've used the same bulbs in years before. The concern about them not putting out enough UV does interest me (though they were healthy in every way, so I assume they were getting enough UV and thus properly metabolizing calcium?) but I can definitely say not one of those animals suffered from blindness….I never even knew there was an issue with these bulbs before reading it on this forum.
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    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Yeah there has been a member that did a study on them. He sent numerous bulbs to a lab and tested them. Zeno something is the members name. The lab results came back inconsistent with proper levels of UV emitting and was concluded they should not be used, very insufficient. I'll try and find those new results.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Never used them myself, don't like the lookof them. I would lik to know though, why they cause problems.
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    Hm guess I'll be rethinking them then! The tube-type bulbs would fit better where I need to use them anyways. I've never liked how the tip of the coil sticks out further than the hoods, can't set them on any surface. Thanks.
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    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    According to John@ Arcadia, there were a few Chinese shipments that leaked something-can't remember what-, but only affected a few brands.
  14. It was my understanding that the rays were too concentrated out of the end of the bulb. They were made to go across, not down, only they never told anyone that. So the animals were bombarded with an unusually weird bright light all damn day...both of mine were hung straight down...
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    Pete:

    When the bulbs first came out and the companies started getting such bad feedback about it being harmful to tortoise's eyes, they supposedly fixed the bulbs. However, no recall was ever done, so you don't know if you're buying an old, bad bulb or a new, fixed bulb. You probably lucked out and bought the newer ones.
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    Hi all,

    The aforementioned analysis was me, although to clarify, all data mentioned was my own, measured with my own equipment. I sent nothing out to another lab. I have a more detailed write up in the works but I'm in a drop-everything-for- Ebola mode so it may be some time before that gets finished. In the meantime, I can address any questions regarding the previously posted data as time allows.
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    I see. I assume its been long enough that all of the bad stock would've been weeded out by now, but that still doesn't matter if they don't put out sufficient UV.

    What about the ZooMed Powersun bulbs? Do those put out appropriate UVB? Using those in some indoor setups at the moment.
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    ZooMed Powersuns seem to be a very popular choice. Because of this, I would think that UVB output who be excellent for all reptiles. I'm sure there are solarmeter 6.2 and 6.5 charts out there (on teh intarwebs) comparing bulb types and brands for UV output. That or someone on here has the numbers.
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    But you know I'm to lazy for that. ;).
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    I've tried to look for those charts but haven't found him yet. It would be interesting if somebody here on the floor him that had a wide variety of bulbs etc. could do a little experiment. It would take some time and work but would be extremely appreciated by all of us I'm sure :)
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