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Posted by Silly-atus fan on September 26, 2002 at 16:43:42:
In Reply to: Re: crestie question posted by gecko_geek on September 25, 2002 at 21:02:03:
:that is the temp in the terraruim. What wattage of bulb should i use??
It's hard to suggest the wattage to use, since there are so many factors affecting the amount of usable heat you'll get. A screen cover/door would let it cool off faster than glass. A draft in the room will cool the tank as well. Sunlight through a window hitting the tank will heat it, so a heat lamp will have to be lower wattage. And who knows what else will affect it.
Since cresties don't like it warmer than the mid 80's F, start with a 40 watt light, and change up or down as needed. Or try it on a dimmer switch to just dial a temperature change. In summer the wattage would be lower again than winter. The only real way to go is trial and error, with several different wattages. Also, normal incandescent bulbs produce less heat than halogen, so be careful which kind you use.