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    Thermostat controlled lighting

    Hi, I'm trying to correct a current set up I have with an on/off thermostat. I've been thinking in hindsight, maybe the on/off of the lights isn't the best idea. I thought, and hoped, the easiest correction would be placing an in line dimmer between the heat lamp and the on/off thermostat, but I'm not entirely sure that the thermostat won't just override the dimmer and just continue to shut it off anyway. Anybody have an answer, or alternative suggestion?

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    I agree, that's just the wrong kind of thermostat- you want a "proportional" one. I don't think a dimmer is going to help-it would stay on longer but still go on & off- & either way, a light going on & off is stressful to snakes, most of which don't like lights anyway. Better to use a CHE (ceramic heat emitter- heat only, no light) or black or red bulbs (since they don't give off as much light- I use them with only a dimmer, as they're not the only source of warmth, just for basking- with manual daily control, since I'm home.) If you use a CHE, make sure that your light fixture is rated for that wattage & is not plastic where the bulb screws in- you want only ceramic for safety.
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    Herpstats have dimming heat lamp control. That's what I would use.

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    Re: Thermostat controlled lighting

    Maybe I should've mentioned... My lil guy is a beardie, not a snake

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    Malum Argenteum, where could I find these? And what's the ballpark cost if you know?

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    Re: Thermostat controlled lighting

    We really need to know more about your setup.

    However, dimmers or proportional thermostats can work with regular lights, but not with UVB lights, which is what a Bearded Dragon requires. If you are using other lights to raise ambient temps, then that's fine, but if you are wanting to use with a UVB light you are asking for trouble. I would be adjusting the wattage and/or distance from your bearded dragon to create correct basking spot temps.

    If you can give us more information, we can try to be of more help.

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    https://spyderrobotics.com/

    Many secondary sellers carry them too.

    Edit to add: I assumed this was for an incandescent lamp. I should have confirmed that first.
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