Trouble regulating heat in Wooden terranium

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  1. Newbydragons

    Newbydragons New Member

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    I have a Pygmy dragon in a pine wooden terranium with glass front which I got my son for Christmas. It is a 90cm(L) x 45cm(D) x 51cm(H). I am having trouble regulating the temperature with the heat white basking light. I have gone from a 75W bulb to a 50w and the temps where the thermostat should be soar up to 38-40degrees Celsius by then he middle of the day and I end up manually switching off the heat lamp. The temp at that point of the tank according to all I have read should be 32-34 degrees. I tried using an Eco Tech Advanced Reptile Thermostat with electronic dimming, timer and day/night function. All was working well yesterday when I set it up. This morning the heat lamp will not turn on through the unit but checking the lamp through a normal power source works fine. Reading further on these eco tech thermostats I see these are prone to failure and have caused fires. Any recommendations on what I should do? Should I drop the wattage of the heat lamp to 25W and forget the thermostat; or is there a different type of thermostat I should be looking at?
     
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    Where are you in Australia? A photo of your set up will help us to give advice.
    Without knowing your location or your set up, I would have thought 75W would give you the right temps. How are you measuring the temp?
     
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    Gidday mate ,first off dump the thermo and buy a timer,actually buy 2,1 for the heat lamp & 1 for the UV. 12-14 hours for the UV depending on time of year.
    38-40 is fine for the basking spot,Pygmies will take up to 42C.
    I have my heat lamps set up to run about 10 hours minus a siesta which is adjusted to the days temps,if it is say 35C I give them a 2 hour siesta,if it's 40C a 3 hour,
    over 40C the heat goes off from about 1PM and stays off.Some days they get no heat at all,just UV.
     
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    Aussiepride83 Well-Known Member

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    +1 for timers over thermostats. I use timers on my heat supply and aircon in the reptile room. The only thermostat in my entire setup is on my 2 egg incubators.
     
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    I believe the thermostat he’s using has 2 plug system, 1 for heat items, 1 for lights (or both if you use an doubl adaptor, I guess) both can run on timers using settings :)
     
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    I think most thermo's have the 2 outlets you mention,but the OP asked for opinions,and this is mine plus many other people I talk to on this and other forums,get rid of thermo's and use timers.I only have thermo's on incubatators.
     
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    If you get the temps right, you don't need thermostats, especially with lizards.
     

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