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Default Ceramic heat lamp as basking area for bearded dragon.

We are setting up our 4ft vivarium for our 4 month old bearded dragon and a reptile breeder has recommended we use a 150w Ceramic heat lamp for it's basking area and a Uvb light strip.

Does this seem suitable?

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We are setting up our 4ft vivarium for our 4 month old bearded dragon and a reptile breeder has recommended we use a 150w Ceramic heat lamp for it's basking area and a Uvb light strip.

Does this seem suitable?

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Provided the heater is thermostaically controlled using a pulse proportional thermostat a 150w ceramic in a 4' viv will be fine... Ensure you use the proper ceramic holder and high rated heat cable to make the connection (if the holder doesn't come with it already supplied)
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We are setting up our 4ft vivarium for our 4 month old bearded dragon and a reptile breeder has recommended we use a 150w Ceramic heat lamp for it's basking area and a Uvb light strip.

Does this seem suitable?

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For a beardie it's best to use a light-emitting basking lamp as they use the visual cue to bask, & to turn off all the heat overnight.
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Provided the heater is thermostaically controlled using a pulse proportional thermostat a 150w ceramic in a 4' viv will be fine... Ensure you use the proper ceramic holder and high rated heat cable to make the connection (if the holder doesn't come with it already supplied)
Hi, a CHE is useless as basking bulb no matter whether it`s on a thermostat or not, the OP needs a flood beam bulb such as a par 30 or par 38 halogen.
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I'm open to be corrected, but why wouldn't a che be fine as an heat source?
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I'm open to be corrected, but why wouldn't a che be fine as an heat source?
It's fine for snakes & nocturnal lizards, but not as a basking lamp for beardies & other diurnal lizards- they use a visual cue for basking as well as thermal.
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Thank you for your replies. We ended up phoning a recommended reptile vet and she has said the CHL is fine to use.
Rex seems to be basking in the right spot, so I'm guessing he's worked out where the heat is coming from without needing a basking bulb.
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Thank you for your replies. We ended up phoning a recommended reptile vet and she has said the CHL is fine to use.
Rex seems to be basking in the right spot, so I'm guessing he's worked out where the heat is coming from without needing a basking bulb.
As long as you get the right basking temps which must be 110-115f, you might be ok, you still need to turn the heat off overnight though- they need it to cool down at night. But all the experienced beardie keepers here use basking lamps.
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Thank you for your replies. We ended up phoning a recommended reptile vet and she has said the CHL is fine to use.
Rex seems to be basking in the right spot, so I'm guessing he's worked out where the heat is coming from without needing a basking bulb.
Hi, I respectfully suggest you change your recommended reptile vet asap, the CHE is fine if you need to provide extra ambient heat during the night, it is useless as a "basking bulb" because it directs the heat all around rather than downwards, it will also dry out the air to a greater extent than more effective heat bulbs such as par 38 flood beam halogens, these can be fitted with a dimmer switch to make adjusting the surface temp easier or obviously you can raise/lower the bulb or basking object. Here`s a link, wattage will depend on enclosure size and type and also usual room temps. Can you say what the ambient and basking surface temps are plus the humidity range and how you measure all those, a photo of the whole enclosure will help, too.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2X-80W-24...53.m1438.l2649
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I'm open to be corrected, but why wouldn't a che be fine as an heat source?
It`s being used as a "basking bulb" when it isn`t designed for that purpose, at least as far as diurnal basking lizards are concerned.
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