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    Question Active UV Heat Bulb

    I was just reading on the Doctors Foster and Smith website about this 'new' Active UV Heat Bulb. "The active UV heat bulbs project beneficial UVA & UVB one to six feet."

    Has anyone actually tried these? Do I correctly understand that this is the only light that is necessary for your herp (i.e., for the required UVA/UVB source ... and maybe heat too)?

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    SB mercury vapor lights can produce UVB/UVA and heat too. This light is probably some sort of MV. Whether its good for your herp or not depends a lot on how much UVB and UVA it gives off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by furryscaly
    Whether its good for your herp or not depends a lot on how much UVB and UVA it gives off.
    This is the site for the light... The links seem to be pretty full of interesting studies done.

    The flood comes in: 100W, 160W, 275W. The spot light comes in 100W, 160W.

    "Provides: 50 MicroWatts/cm2" "Veterinarian tested effective. Restores Vitamin D3 levels in the blood like no other lamp."

    (**I have no personal interest in this company/product ... I'm only researching for my own future-herp. )

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    Those mercury vapor bulbs have been around for a while. They are a good source of UVB/UVA, much higher delivery than the flourescents but have a bad reputation for premature burn out.
    Check out the Link on our homepage for ReptileUV.
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    Also....

    The UVB at 6 ft is next to nothing...most of the UVB is within 2 ft or less....I have used the active UV light in the past, and it was only 18 inches from the shelf my igs sat on for reference.....and they burn out easily so watch where it sits...make sure it doesnt get jostled around much.....good luck ....Lyn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin
    Those mercury vapor bulbs have been around for a while. They are a good source of UVB/UVA, much higher delivery than the flourescents but have a bad reputation for premature burn out.
    Check out the Link on our homepage for ReptileUV.
    I agree. ActiveUVheat will burn out relatively quickly. If you choose a Mercury Vapor lamp, take a look at http://www.reptileUV.com and look at the Mega-Ray SB unit (provides heat too) and the EB unit (no heat, but longer lasting).
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    I appreciate all of the suggestions! I'm going to do some reading on the link you provided, Dominick. Again, thanks to everybody! Since I'm new to the herp community and have yet to get my Tegu, I'm probably going to be doing an informal poll about other products .... such as good food for crickets, what to dust them with, cheapest place to buy supplies, etc.

    Again, thanks for all of your comments!!

    Brendan

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    When it comes to the UVB lights brendan, cheaper is not the way to go. The reptileuv lights have a better guarantee and are hand tested before they get shipped to you. Since the lamps decay over time it is better to buy quality instead of having to replace it every 3 months.
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    PLEASE FORGIVE MY IGNORANCE ... I'm still in education/preparation mode since I've got several months before my herp is available to me.

    ReptileUV.com + the comments/recommendations from y'all certainly has me convinced. That's the route I'm going to go. If this isn't a source of heat, does that mean that I'll have this "bulb" and a basking-heat-source light bulb directed in the same spot so the tegu gets all it needs in one spot when basking? ... and then I'll have another light perhaps at another part of the enclosure (flood?) to help regulate the ambiant temperature of the enclosure (probably with a dimmer)?

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    PLEASE FORGIVE MY IGNORANCE ...
    LOL Brendan! No apology needed. We were all there at one point.

    Some of us waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the dim shadows of recorded history!

    We LOVE hearing people are doing the Q an A BEFORE they have reptile in hand!
    With proper basking temps it will most likely take care of the ambient temp in the cage as well unless it is a screen cage that will not retain heat. There is no way to be sure until you get it set up and running (before the animal is brought in).
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