no basking light HELP!!

julies liam

New Member
Hi my basking light (heat lamp) was working the last time i misted my little mans viv but i just noticed it had blown. Will he survive with out heat till 9 an tomorrow its now 7:13 pm. I am worried he will get cold. He is 6 months old. HELPPP:(
 

Olimpia

Biologist & Ecologist
Yes, he'll be totally fine.

(Edit) Are you also using a basking light at night? If so, you don't have to (and shouldn't) since chameleons need to sleep in total darkness and unless your home is getting very cold (~15-13C or lower) you don't need any supplemental heat at night, unless he's sick.
 

julies liam

New Member
Oh good...no hes lights get turnt of at 8 at night till 8 in the morning. I dont no what time the bulb blow so will he still be ok? Xx
 

Sticktongue

Avid Member
Those bulbs are actually not what you should be using. They cost 4 times as much. Pretty much all of us use normal house held incandescent bulbs. They are super cheap and provide exactly what you need. Heat! They are like 4 for a dollar.
They also provide more light in the cage
 
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ChamyLove

New Member
Those bulbs are actually not what you should be using. They cost 4 times as much. Pretty much all of us use normal house held incandescent bulbs. They are super cheap and provide exactly what you need. Heat! They are like 4 for a dollar.
They also provide more light in the cage

Is the recommended wattage the same for these as the pet store stuff?
 

Sticktongue

Avid Member
Theirs not really a recommended wattage for any bulb. You'll need a temperature gauge. Just play with a few different watts till yiu hit your desired temps
 

Solid Snake

Avid Member
Those bulbs are actually not what you should be using. They cost 4 times as much. Pretty much all of us use normal house held incandescent bulbs. They are super cheap and provide exactly what you need. Heat! They are like 4 for a dollar.
They also provide more light in the cage

Indeed, they also replicate the Sun much better than a red bulb.

The chameleon will be much happier with a white incandescent.

Is the recommended wattage the same for these as the pet store stuff?

That can vary from brand to brand a bit.

The wattage isnt whats most important though. Whatever will bring the basking area up to an appropriate temperature will work. If its a bit too hot, you can go down in wattage, or move the bulb further away from the enclosure.

Generally, 45w-75w is what is going to do this for you. Depending on species, and likely time of year.

If on a really hot day your house doesnt get as cool as it would say in the winter, you may want to switch to a lower wattage to avoid overheating the enclosure. For this reason it is advisable to keep a few spares on hand. (you also wont ever be without if one breaks or goes out on you, as has happened here.)
 

ChamyLove

New Member
That can vary from brand to brand a bit.

The wattage isnt whats most important though. Whatever will bring the basking area up to an appropriate temperature will work. If its a bit too hot, you can go down in wattage, or move the bulb further away from the enclosure.

Thanks! I have a range of bulbs for basking, depending on what the cage temp is. But I was just curious if a 60w in the pet store stuff was like the same as a 30w in hardware stores... so this answers my question :eek:
 

Sticktongue

Avid Member
Thanks! I have a range of bulbs for basking, depending on what the cage temp is. But I was just curious if a 60w in the pet store stuff was like the same as a 30w in hardware stores... so this answers my question :eek:

Glad we could help and save you some money :)
 
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