Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 6
Rated 2 out of 5 by customer01 bad bulb
I had recently purchased this bulb for my tank. I intended to use this to increase the tempertaure. A few minutes after I had setup the bulb correctly, I start to smell something burning. I quickly ran over to my tank and shut off and unplugged the bulb immediately. I checked the temperature and it was at 76 degrees and the original temp was 70. Overall this was just my personal expierience. Maybe I just recieved a bad bulb?
January 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Boyan119 Great!!!
October 21, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by animalangel For the record (this is in regards to a comment made in the previous review) UVB bulbs are necessary for a number of reptiles, the UVB rays allow your reptiles bones to absorb calcium. Without proper UVB lighting MBD occurs which leads to painful deformities, UVA rays stimulate a healthy appetite, activity, and over all well being of a reptile. UVA rays and heat combined are necessary for the well being of a reptile for a example a bearded dragon without proper lighting (UVB/UVA) and heat and adequate diet, will develop bone deformities, their internal organs will slowly start shutting down leading to impaction and or paralysis, and eventually death. As well though it is not stated on the box of the products, UVB bulbs all put a different UVB output out. For a reptile requiring a higher UVB output, a mercury vapor bulb is ideal. I think people need to do their research before confidently stating false information to others.
October 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Deezzy Other reviews are silly.
The other reviews on this product (only two so far) are way off. CHEs are a simple way to raise or maintain temperature. This bulb will raise the temperature of a terrarium by 5-15 degrees, depending on the wattage of the CHE you buy, the setup of your terrarium, and how you install it. And, if you have a three-sided mesh terrarium, yes the heat will escape and the temperature will not rise much (duh).
These bulbs provide no light source. And, they are made to provide heating when light is not required or wanted (i.e. during night time hours, or to help keep temperatures stable during other hours when further light is not needed).
Word of advice, a UVB compact bulb (like the ReptiGlo) is not a replacement for a CHE. Compact UVB bulbs are a bad idea in general as they can lead to eventual eye problems and bone disease.
So, if what you need is a lot of extra heat during the day, buy an appropriate wattage heating bulb. If what you need is to keep temperatures steady or slightly raised during the day, or to provide heat at night without shining a blacklight in your pet's eyes (also not recommended), then this product is great.
That's what it's made for and it does the job just fine. The price is also on par with normal CHEs.
October 22, 2013