Reptile One Fan Heat Light - NOT suitable for UVB source

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ingie

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Hi there - I have heard several people say that they use the new Reptile One Fan Heat Light as a source of UVB for their reptiles because it says on the box that it gives off UVA and UVB. I thought I should make a thread dedicated to this because this product is definitely NOT suitable as a sole source of UVB and using it like that will lead to MBD for species with medium - high UVB requirements....

I know this for a fact because I had the chance to measure its UVB output the other day with a Zoo Med device, which measures UVB output.

First I measured the UVB outside - it was a cloudy warm Brisbane day. The reading was fluctuating close to 300, (unsure of the units). Then I took a reading directly under the heat fan light and the reading fluctuated under 30!!!!!!

I think this product needs to stop advertising UVB as this reading is so low it isn't enough to benefit anything with medium - high UVB requirements.

For anyone wondering - This is the product I am talking about

http://www.reptileone.com.au/instructions/Heat%20Fan%20Light/R1_fanheatlight_public.pdf
 

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I might add to this... the product is also not suitable as a single heat source either. We have a couple of them in different tanks, but we use them in conjunction with a proper UVB and separate heat source, so essentially it is just a hundred buck fan. Could've rigged up a computer fan for nothing... That's my experience anyway...
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Just looked at your link and they rate the units in microwatts per cm sq so I imagine your unit probably measures on the same basis. They also give stats for the UVB alone at 30cm as a percentage of the total UVA and UVB at 30cm (which look pretty pathetic as a total anyway), the highest wattage unit being just under 100 uW/cmsq making the UVB component only around 4 uW/cmsq. This seems like a very expensive waste of effort for sure. Thanks for the heads up Ingie.
 

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the bad thing is imagine how much money they have made off these products, as they are so expensive...
 

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The worst thing is as a noob beardie owner I was told to purchase one of these and it would be ALL I would need. For about a month or two this is all I had rigged up!!! Then when it started making a weird noise I went to purchase another from a different pet store who told me it was completely insufficient and I could use it as an aid in the basking spot but that I would also need a proper UV source and perhaps even another heat lamp on top. Essentially making it useless.
I guess that it would be beneficial for certain situations... but the packaging makes you believe it is perfect as a single source of everything you need for beardies!
 

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Just looking at the picture, i believe this product is in my Viv! if this is the case the max temp my basking spot gets to with it is 35.6C, i now have a outdoor enclosure thanks to mum so i'll be looking at some changes.
 

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I couldnt get my basking spot with 2 of these high Watt ones past 31C
Needless to say they have now been removed and I have 1 150W ceramic lamp which can happily get me in the high 30s with no problems.
 

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These crap fan lights are just that, CRAP! As has been said cannot get the temp anywhere near 31, so ended up putting a ceramic in. One place in QLD I saw on with a $190 price tag for a 50w, RRP was around $90 i think.
 

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mine gets to 35.6C and my boy is happy, just takes a bit to warm up is all
 

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I have one in my macs enclosure, works well as a heat source and for circulating air, but as a UV??? Don't know... dont care... let's just say I would'nt use them for a diurnal lizard like a BD.
 

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My local pet store let me take one home and trial it before buying as i was constructing a new rack of enclosures. Given a relatively small area to heat, i found it was pretty useless as well as noisy as well as very bright. After having them running for a few hours, the ambient temps of the enclosure went nowhere, i don't know how people use them as sole heat sources (unless they already live in hot climates!). the only good thing about it was that you didn't need a sparky to install it and it was easy to install. needless to say, i didn't end up buying any.
 

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I used one for nearly a year.
No problems with the light/fan unit itself but after a while the transformer itself got so hot it melted & well shat itself.
 
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