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ZooMed Reptisun high output UVB lamps

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:43 pm
by steve
UV Guide UK has just released their report regarding the issue of swollen eyes and the distance/position of the ZooMed Reptisun CFs.

Their special report can be found here:

Frances put together an incredibly intensive study on this and several of us were fortunate to contribute.

Thank you SpotsMama, Grey Goose, xsavingsaturdayx. Thanks DavidY for contacting ZooMed earlier and obtaining some PDFs. (If I forgot someone, please let me know).


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Reptisun 5.0 859K ... ctions.pdf

Reptisun 10.0 857K ... ctions.pdf

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:41 am
by octpusgirl8
Oh finally some answers! Seeing those pictures brought back such awful memories of when i got one of those bulbs, it broke my heart to see turtley so miserable. I hope that the companies do something to adress this problem ASAP. Thanks to everybody who helped get that report out there!

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:02 pm
by DavidY
Yay! I'm glad that this is finally being addressed by the manufacturers! I haven't read the whole writeup yet but I will. I'm curious to see what they found and what kind of responses they got from ZooMed. Thanks Steve and SpotsMama and everyone else! :D Nice work!

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:52 pm
by steve
SpotsMama and Frances deserve all the credit. We're just glad to participate :)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:06 pm
by SpotsMama
Frances is the one to get all the credit. She is a real scientist and does beautiful work.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:53 pm
by LocateCloseWith
So is it safe to use these bulbs as long as the instructions are followed?


PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:41 pm
by steve
Yes, but you may want to have an additional burn-in period or keep careful watch of your turtle's/reptile's eyes during initial use.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:41 pm
by marisa
I've used them. If you use them, even as directed, and you notice your turtle having eye problems, discontinue using them and see if the problem clears up.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:46 am
by mzkitty23
Can anybody show me what the box looks like (u know i'm so dumb about this stuff still) and I DON'T want to buy one at all, I just don't want to take the chance...My guy has been through enough and I'm still learning!

I need a new UVB bulb and I was going to that that one that Nettle suggested (affordable). I don't think it's one of these.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:39 am
by SpotsMama
The bulbs that people on here had problems with were reptisun compact fluorescents and reportedly people also had problems with zilla compact fluorescents. Apparently now some of our people have also had the problem with zilla's. It was also reported that a few bulbs from other manufacturers may have caused problems too.

The kind I don't think there have been any problems with are Repti Glo's. A good one is the 26 watt 5.0 compact fluorescent. Also, the tube fluorescents, including reptisun tube fluorescents, haven't been known to cause problems. A good tube fluorescent is the reptisun 5.0. The reptisun 10.0 is also good as long as you don't let it be too close to the turtle.

For larger tanks (50 gallon and up), a mercury vapor bulb (as opposed to a fluorescent) is a very good option. A good brand is a T Rex Active Heat 100 watt flood.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:45 am
by imderanged
Yeah, I'm one of the people who had probems with the reptisun 5.0 compact bulb, and I have switched to the MVB. I have to say, to me it's well worth the extra money I paid for the bulb to have the heat and UVB in the same bulb and not have to deal with two seperate lamps. Also Sy seems to like it, he's basking alot and he FINALLY looks like he is going to shed some shutes!!! So I think he's really getting more of the UVB benifits from the MVB than he was from the compact.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:44 pm
by mzkitty23
good to know! i think i won't get the MVB b/c i don't need heat in the summer b/c his tank is in a "sun room" and it stays warm for around 10 hours a day in there (like 87-90 on the top area of his tank) [I've maticulosly checked temps throughout the day]. So, I think I'll get the Repti-Glo...will the 5.0 be strong enough? He is in a 100 gallon tank, but that doesn't really matter does it? Since he needs to bask to get the benefit of the light? Or do I need the vapor bulb? He loves to bask, no problem at all with that.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:44 pm
by marisa
The 5.0 would be OK, especially if you supplemented it by taking him outside on some sunny days. Have the light over the basking area.

Can you make an outside enclosure for him?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:44 pm
by mzkitty23
yeah, i'm workin on one... :D

PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:30 pm
by jpres
So to be safe is this product ok to use:
ReptiSun 5.0 Fluorescent UVB lamp