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Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Lighting' started by Rusky, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. Rusky

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    So I came back from NYC last night to find Rusky's heat lamp dead. He had not eaten and had buried himself deep underground. It was a special reptile Exo Terra one, and now I realize that I only need a regular incandescent flood. This is the second time my heat lamp has gone in two months. What wattage of lamp should I get if I want my basking area around 95 degrees, mounted around 10-12 inches away in an open enclosure (no top)?
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    If you are going to use a dimmable bulb or a che you can use a lamp dimmer to reduce the used wattage, take a100 or larger watt bulb and turn it down to the desired temperature without having to raise or lower it. I got my lamp dimmers at Lowes but other stores carry them. they cost around $ 10. Reducing the wattage of a light bulb also extends the life of that bulb.
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    Thanks for the idea. I don't use CHE's, but are they dimmable?
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    Yes they are.
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    One thing I forgot, make sure you check the wattage rating on the dimmer. the ones I use are rated good up to 300 watts, some are rated for fewer watts.
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