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Posted by girliegirl on May 07, 2003 at 08:29:31:
In Reply to: Is the light too dim???...... posted by -ryan- on May 06, 2003 at 18:18:47:
Too hot is a better choice of words. If you have to dim the bulb to lower the temp, why not buy a lower wattage?? I use the same bulb, but I have one 60 watt basking bulb and one 100 watt regular bulb (+ UVB bulb) and that's more than enough to keep the temps right and there is plenty of light. It all depends on your enclosure too. You may want to try different watts to find the right combination.
:I just got a new basking lamp yesterday. The white zoomed one like I had before (for some reason it burned out in less than 6 monthes, but I like the bulbs, so I'll try again). But this time he gave me a 150 watt, since I have the little slider light dimmer thing to regulate temperatures. I have it in a dome fixture on a lamp stand hovering above the screen (I have to have it on the stand, because the bulb is so big it pokes out about an inch at the bottom of the fixture). So I have been trying to get the temperatures right since I used to have a 100 watt. With this new bulb I have to have it about 3 inches away from the top, and less than halfway turned up on the dimmer thing. So it is a little dimmer than the 100 watt, and still almost hotter. I also just realized that the probe on my thermometer is wrong (I think, I don't think the actual thermometer is wrong) so when I have the probe and the thermometer in the same place, the part for the probe reads about 125 degrees F, while the thermometer part reads like 112. This is at the hottest part in the tank, which isn't even the highest part of the tank, it's the part that the light is directly over.
:So, is it too dim or something?