Hi
I have 2 lizards, 1 juvenile iguana and 1 bearded dragon.I turn their lights on in the AM and turn them off at night.I am in Atlanta and it stays nice and war at night.
My bulbs keep poping on me.I will buy 4 and before you know it they are gone.I turn them on and here comes a loud ..."POP" and here goes another heat bulb.I am sick of it!
My fixtures are the basic domes and i don't feel like investing in the more expensive stuff.
I did a search on various forums and found out that a lot of breaders or experienced lizard keepers use regular incandescent bulb from the local hardware store.
I want to go this route and would like recommendations on wattage and brands and any tips related to their use opposed to petstores heat bulbs.
Thanks a lot
Patrick
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Hi I have 2 lizards, 1 juvenile iguana and 1 bearded dragon.I turn their lights on in the AM and ... and any tips related to their use opposed to petstores heat bulbs. Thanks a lot Patrick CC:Kingsnake.com general lizard forum

Consider that the life of a bulb can be extended with propper usage and care. They can not be jarred even if on the trip home. They should not be allowed to over heat as this is the number one cause of burnout. Point-I have a bulb that will last for several years placed in the correct location-stairwell ceiling. Some reflectors have vents to allow air to flow. The rays are what you want to heat a surface. The use of a dark color where ever possible will absorb heat. Water in black container will hold and distribute heat. If a bulb can be started slowly and allowed to reach it max heat the life will be extended many times over. Cheap bulbs will not last as long and communication with manufacture can give specs.

Just some of my bright ideas Emotion: smile
Proctor
Hi I have 2 lizards, 1 juvenile iguana and 1 bearded dragon.I turn their lights on in the AM and ... recommendations on wattage and brands and any tips related to their use opposed to petstores heat bulbs. Thanks a lot

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I keep quite a few high-temp lizards (collared lizards, Uros, and a couple of Savs) in 10 different largish enclosures, and I use a mix of regular incandescent and halogen full-spectrum spots for the basking and heat bulbs. Just play around with the wattage until you hit the temp range your lizards need, and make sure you use fixtures with the ceramic sockets. Heat is heat, spend the bucks on the best UVB source you can get.

DC
Use ceramic sockets in your domes.
Cindy
Hi I have 2 lizards, 1 juvenile iguana and 1 bearded dragon.I turn their lights on in the AM and ... and any tips related to their use opposed to petstores heat bulbs. Thanks a lot Patrick CC:Kingsnake.com general lizard forum

sounds like your dome lights may be shorting out somewhere. Check the cords. )
-cat
you should consider another brand of bulb another thing you could do is run a good heavy duty dimmer on the light it would cause you not to be pushing your bulbs to the limit your line voltage may be on the high side and the dimmer could be set to run the volltage down and thus make bulbs last longer..
Hi I have 2 lizards, 1 juvenile iguana and 1 bearded dragon.I turn their lights on in the AM and ... and would like recommendations on wattage and brands and any tips related to their use opposed to petstores heat bulbs.

You could try 90 watt halogen floodlights. I like these for my monitors. Be careful not to get the spotlights, as these can get the basking spot dangerously hot, enough to cause burns. If you go the floodlight route, you might want to raise the fixture you are using if you had been using incandescents before, play around with the lamp and a thermometer until you get a good temperature range.

Luke
Hi I have 2 lizards, 1 juvenile iguana and 1 ... their use opposed to petstores heat bulbs. Thanks a lot

== I keep quite a few high-temp lizards (collared lizards, Uros, and a couple of Savs) in 10 different largish ... wattage until you hit the temp range your lizards need, and make sure you use fixtures with the ceramic sockets.

Heat is heat
Heat is more than just heat. Is water water? is Air Air- NOT. Physics says otherwise. Heat is a byproduct. Heat is RADIATION of many different spectrums. But who cares-RIGHT?
spend the bucks on the best UVB source you can get.
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