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    Re: Homemade RHP

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    RHPs aren't that expensive. I don't know where you buy stuff that you get them 10x higher price
    Sure they’re not that expensive, but they are definitely 10x the cost of a CHE bulb depending on the size/wattage you get. My 65watt Pro Heat panels were about $100 each. 125watt was around $150 I think. 190watt was like $250. However, they do come with a 10yr warranty on the heating element and lifetime warranty on the body of the RHP. Well worth it in my opinion


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    Re: Homemade RHP

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Sure they’re not that expensive, but they are definitely 10x the cost of a CHE bulb depending on the size/wattage you get. My 65watt Pro Heat panels were about $100 each. 125watt was around $150 I think. 190watt was like $250. However, they do come with a 10yr warranty on the heating element and lifetime warranty on the body of the RHP. Well worth it in my opinion


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    An 80watt RHP from vivarium electronics is about $90. Most of the time if you buy a che bulb it's $10-20. (Usually 15-20 in stores) plus you have to replace them occasionally. And you still need to buy the lamp that can handle the higher heat. I bought a che and lamp in a store a while ago, I think it was around $40 total for the lamp and bulb... which I don't even use since I bought Rhps

    And I agree. Definitely worth it
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    Re: Homemade RHP

    I custom built my cages and have electrical boxes recessed into the tops with ceramic fixture bases hard wired to a whip for my heaters. I have about 5$ in parts plus 12$ for the 150 watt Che so for me it is way cheaper. Also being a contractor I usually have access to lots of leftover stuff I can use, the che's and plexiglass are the only things I've actually had to by for my cages. I do love how low profile they are compared to my setup though. In Europe they seem to have long tubular and thin rectangular ceramic heaters in fixture that are low profile but I've never been able to find anything like them here.
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    Do you have a picture of the tubular/rectangular ceramic heaters? I don't think I've seen those before

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    Re: Homemade RHP

    Google micro climate ahs, there self contained ceramic trough heaters with built in a thermostat meant for reptiles. There was also a company in Iceland that makes several flat ceramic elements, there's a few other companies I've found in Europe that have similar heaters. They sell them as trough heaters over there. Everything I've found though is meant for 230v so I'm not sure they'd work anyways.
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