Knowledge: Reptiles

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What is the best thermostat for my Heat bulb?

Thermostats are the most important piece of equipment that you will purchase for your reptile. If used correctly, they will stop your vivarium from overheating and will keep the vivarium at a constant temperature. Selecting the right thermostat for your heat source is important to the lifespan of your bulb.

There are a few different types of thermostat readily available, these are:

Pulse proportional thermostat
These are made specifically for Ceramic heaters. They send out pulses of energy to the bulb to change the amount of heat the bulb gives out.

Temperature Thermostat
Temperature stats can be used with any heat source, however they are best for use with ceramic bulbs. They will shorten the life of a light emitting heat bulb. They will turn on and off as the desired temperature is reached, because of this, there is a slight variation in temperature as it monitors the temperature so should not be used with ‘delicate’ species. They are a cheaper alternative to the other thermostats, but your heat source will not last as long on a temperature thermostat as it would on the recommended stat.

Dimming Thermostat
As a lot of people use either Infra-red heat bulbs or white bulbs, dimming thermostats are the most popular thermostat sold. The thermostat will slowly dim up and down depending on the temperature within the vivarium. A low level light indicates that the vivarium is at the desired temperature and it is just ‘topping up’ the heat. It can be used with any heat source but are best suited for light emitting heat bulbs. It is a versatile piece of equipment and provided you keep the box and the receipt, it comes with a 5 year guarantee!!

The temperature should be monitored via 2 thermometers. One at the hot end and one at the cooler end of the vivarium. You should then place the probe of the thermostat into the hot end which will monitor the temperature in your basking spot and turn the thermostat on and off as required. By monitoring the temperature readings on the thermometer, you can make sure that the thermostat and bulb are all working correctly.

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