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Old 05-03-2013, 01:09 AM
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Setting up a viv for my future Beardie. Trying to sort the electrics.

Got the Arcadia T5 12% tube, Heat bulb, and a ceramic heater (house can get cold mid winter nights)

What thermostats do I need for the bulbs and heater?

Got timers sorted. Just need stats

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Old 05-03-2013, 01:22 AM
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light bulbs need dimmer stats but you can use ceramics on any; dimmer, mat stat, pulse
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:42 AM
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Thanks Meko. Will get onto that tomorrow. Everything else is pretty much done. Get temperatures set and steady, then get my new baby
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If you've got a T5, I wouldn't bother about a basking light- just use the ceramic. Beardies can locate this with their parietal eye if necessary, but will generally bask under the UV anyway.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:57 PM
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Not sure I would agree with that as they may not sit in the warmest part of the viv if you dont have a white light. The T5 is pretty bright but mines still works out to bask under the white spot light I have sited elswhere.

Guess it depends on how you set it up if you can manage. But FWIW a dimming stat on the basking light for day time use and then another stat (any type but pulse is supposed to be more economical) on the CHE for night time to keep temps above 65f

In my case I am going to use a Day/Night for my night time heater as I use a reptile radiator in the middle of the viv. Currently temps in the cold end dont get above 72 during the day but I plan to have this set to try and bring overall temps up to closer to 80 in the cool end during the day whilst dropping to keep it above 65 at night when everything else goes off.

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Old 05-03-2013, 03:00 PM
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Also worth adding - if you want to use the CHE for both day and night heat without a seperate basking light as has been suggested above - unless you also get a Day/Night stat and can get enough range to drop from 100+ basking to 65f at night you are going to stuggle somewhere. I doubt you will manage that on one stat.
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