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Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 6:23 pm   News on MVBs?

It's getting about time for me to replace my MVBs. I need at least 3. I bought the ExoTerra Solarglo the last time and was not impressed. I think I want either the T-rex or the Mega ray, maybe the Power sun. But I had heard some were having problems, but now I'm having trouble remembering which one had to issue or finding info on whether or not the issue has been solved. I would really appreciate some advice on which ones to get & which strengths to buy. I need one for my RES housed in a 75 gallon, one for my dragon housed in a 40 breeder and at least one for my box turtle & Russian tort. I do NOT house these two together but their enclosures are right next to each other (rubbermaid conainers... the Russian has one of the ExoTerra Sunglos on him and I have had no problems with the plastic melting) and I am strongly considering mounting a MVB over both rubbermaids so that one casts light into both. THANKS.

Note (7-30-11):
I'm going to sticky this. There are several new developments regarding these types of bulbs.

MegaRay by ReptileUV (Manufacturing/payment/shipping issues)
Active UV Heat by T-Rex (discontinued)

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Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 11:19 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

Mega-Ray had the big recall. Some people had reported issues with the early replacements but I have not read anything about it lately. You'd want a flood-type for maximum coverage as a spot bulb will be narrow and intense. T-Rex is a very good brand for MVBs.
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Post Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 6:36 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

OK! Thanks Steve, I am definitely leaning toward the T-rex at this point, I'm still a little confused about wattage though.. the T rex seems to come in 100's & 160's, and I'm not sure what to get? THANK YOU!
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Post Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 9:28 am   Re: News on MVBs?

I've only had the 160 and it was pretty strong. The 100 should be fine for turtles. I did some searching, it seems that T Rex also had issues last year. It's not surprising since T Rex and Mega Ray are believed to be manufactured in the same factory, but no one had posted problems about it on this forum before.
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Post Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 8:50 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

I tried to do as much reading on this subject as I could but it is all very confusing, there were sources saying the either T-rex or the mega ray were the best bulbs, but then BOTH had major problems, some sources said they supposedly fixed them, but everywhere I looked they have all been on "back order" for quite a while with the reviews/comments leading me to believe that it's because they are STILL working the kinks out of the production...

So, since all my critters are LONG over due for new bulbs, I decided I couldn't put it off any more and bought a few 100watt ZooMed Powersuns. Powersun was the first MVB I had and I liked it. The $80 price tag at Petsmart is what put me off...but I found them online at Petmoutain for $48. Anyway, it has to be better than the OLD Exoterra Solarglos I have right now.
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Post Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:32 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

It makes sense both would have problems. I think getting the Powersuns was the right move.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:07 am   Re: News on MVBs?

I'm unfortunately in a pickle. I'll be in the market for MVBs as well in the coming months. My externally ballasted bulb is reaching 20-months-old, and will need to be replaced soon. My internally ballasted Mega-ray is almost a year-old, so it will go at any time.

If it comes down to it, I may have to order 160 watt Mega-Rays in lieu of my preferred bulbs being on back-order. I hope that ReptileUV will be back in full working order soon.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:40 am   Re: News on MVBs?

I have been searching endlessly for the T-Rex but they are out of stock everywhere. Don't buy the Flucker's Sun Spot, mine went out in less than a month.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:25 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:26 am   Re: News on MVBs?

Wow sorry for the late reply to this topic! I have some news about the ReptileUV stuff the company and owner has been having issues apparently. The company is stuck between a rock and a hard place with reliable manufacturing due to unforseen issues. I will say that the Mega-Ray is behind in production and is still having issues that need to be solved. I don't know anything about T-rex but I will say I use the Powersun and have been for four years. It has worked very well for me. I will post a new topic from a email I received today
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:42 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

slider_keeper wrote:Wow sorry for the late reply to this topic! I have some news about the ReptileUV stuff the company and owner has been having issues apparently. The company is stuck between a rock and a hard place with reliable manufacturing due to unforseen issues. I will say that the Mega-Ray is behind in production and is still having issues that need to be solved. I don't know anything about T-rex but I will say I use the Powersun and have been for four years. It has worked very well for me. I will post a new topic from a email I received today


Hey all! It's been about two years since I last posted here, but I'm back with some news.

I would say to stay away from Mega Ray. I have been using T Rex MVBs for years, but the last two I bought blew out 4-6 months in. They are also waaaaay behind in production. These bulbs are nowhere to be found. I thought to try Mega Ray... big mistake. First of all, they sent me the wrong wattage. Since there's not much to choose from, I decided to manipulate the height of the lamp and deal with it. I screwed it in, put my hand under it to feel how hot it was, turned to leave, and it blew out. It lasted five seconds. No joke. I called customer service to complain, she said she'd send one out to me, but it's been over a week. I don't expect to ever receive it. I'm going to order a Power Sun, I guess. If this company turns out to be s**t too, I'm going back to the double bulb set-up. My RES is 18. She lived the first 14 yrs of her live without a MVB, I'm sure she'll do fine without it.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:49 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

And by nowhere to be found, I meant the 100 watt bulbs.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:33 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

Thanks for the update, it seems like a lot of people were thrown off. Generally, I think it's a good idea to stock up on a few products. You never know when something like this will happen again.
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:22 am   Re: News on MVBs?

steve wrote:Thanks for the update, it seems like a lot of people were thrown off. Generally, I think it's a good idea to stock up on a few products. You never know when something like this will happen again.


You're welcome. And you're right. But, I won't be stocking up on any MVBs. That's for sure. I bought two T-Rex bulbs last time and both blew out in less than a year. I just wasted $56 on a Mega Ray that lasted five seconds and the replacement was just a lie. I don't think that woman sent anything out to me. That's fine because I don't trust Mega Ray bulbs. Thank God they're just burning out and not burning the house down. :lol: Still, I've decided to go back to the double light setup. At least then, if something blows out, I can go to the pet store and get another one pronto for less than $40. I hope my turtle likes the switch.

I forgot which strength of UVB bulb to use, though. It's been four years and her setup has changed. She used to have a tube light that sat on top of the basking area, but she doesn't have that fixture or the wire top anymore. I bought the double dome and a 5.0 Repti glo UVB bulb. I hope I can rig this new dome up to the fixer I have up there now because I'm in no mood to make anything :evil:
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:53 pm   Re: News on MVBs?

A Reptiglo 5.0 should be OK, depending on distance from the basking area.
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