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light keeps burning out

Postby Y33T » Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:26 pm

i just bought a new globe recently after the last one burned out over a month ago and now this one burned out. the fixture is an exo terra medium dome (the one that glows in the dark) and the two globes were exo terra 100w intense basking lights. i tried my best not to bash the lamps so much, my other lamp had seen better days but its still going for nearly a year. it could be either the fixture is faulty or the air conditioner blowing directly at it. what do you guys/gals think?
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Re: light keeps burning out

Postby kingofnobbys » Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:24 am

I'd change brands on the CHE, but get a sparky to check the fitting first as the fitting may well be dicky.

Not good value using reptile specific brand basking globes (especially those very cheap Neodynium UVA basking globes , especially those pieces !!!!!!! sold under the Natural Selections , Reptile One brand names) .... from what I've seen they are FRAGILE and don't last long and are made in china so very dodgey.

I'd use a GE or Philips or Eveready halogen or incandescent par38 spotty as the basking globe. Very much cheaper and can stand indoor and outdoor use so should be OK in a humid viv.
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Re: light keeps burning out

Postby Karbon » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:08 pm

I had the same issue, till I switched out the 100W light for a 60W light.

I found that I'm actually getting the same temps with the 60 as I was with the 100 but the 60 isn't burning out.
Mostly because the enclosure I'm using isn't tall so the heat doesn't need to go down very far from the light.

Might want to try a 60W and see if that helps and keeps the same temps you want for your BTS.
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Re: light keeps burning out

Postby Y33T » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:09 am

i'll try, i'll probs borrow my other bluey's digital thermometer since i don't have an extra one yet.
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Re: light keeps burning out

Postby kingofnobbys » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:37 am

Y33T wrote:i'll try, i'll probs borrow my other bluey's digital thermometer since i don't have an extra one yet.


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Re: light keeps burning out

Postby Whnthsungoesdwn » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:04 am

I have found that the oils from our skin seem to burn the bulbs out faster. Whenever I handle a bulb I do so with a cloth or my sleeve, so my skin never actually touches he bulb.
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Re: light keeps burning out

Postby splashy07 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:55 am

Very true about the skin oils. I run the warranty department for an auto parts distributor and the expensive bulbs we sell you are not supposed to touch, constantly coming back defective because idiots don't read instructions. Warnings of early failure from handling should be printed on all sensitive lighting. If you are looking into MVBs the only one I have ever had success with is the Powersun. Expensive but lasts two years! There are many cheaper versions but all seem to blow out within a few months, so the higher price tag is well worth it. Another type of early bulb failure results from overheating of the bulb due to an insufficiently ventilated lamp dome. Some cheap versions do not have the ventilation holes. Make sure the socket is the ceramic type also able to accommodate high heat for long periods.
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Re: light keeps burning out

Postby jdheff1982 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:13 pm

I quit using basking bulbs altogether. Too expensive to keep replacing. Instead, I use a CHE for heat and LED bulbs for lighting. Cuts down on the electrical cost, too. Might be something to consider.
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