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    Rant: Light fixtures

    WARNING: If you don't want to hear a rant, please leave now...

    Can you humor me for a minute? I just started keeping a snake in July, and have not kept a reptile since I was a child, so a lot of things are new to me. Lighting is one of those things. I have my young eastern in a small tank now with a great but small combo lighting fixture that sits on the screen lid.

    I recently upgraded to a 40 breeder, and I'm a little shocked by the lack of structurally solid lighting fixtures for these hot basking lights that are supposed to be on several hours each day when no one is home. I bought a clamp lamp and was a little surprised by how flimsy it felt once I assembled it. And what exactly is it supposed to clamp onto when your tank is covered with a screen? (I know some people clamp theirs onto a shelf above the tank, but that's not a conceivable arrangement for everyone.)

    As someone who has worked around and witnessed a lot of house fires, the whole thing really put me off. I had to return the clamp lamp and find a stronger way to light my big tank. I was surprised with the few options we have to suspend basking lights over tanks. I bought one of those Zilla stands with the plate that goes under the tank, but even then, the domed light hood just hangs onto a hook.

    Why aren't basking light fixtures more solidly made to avoid accidental tipping/falling/etc.? Wouldn't it be easy to make one like a gooseneck desk lamp but for tanks? Why isn't there a track system to secure onto the top of your tank that a domed light hood could slide into/attach to?

    Coming from the world of freshwater and saltwater fishkeeping, where there are a million well-designed lights that fit onto tanks in myriad ways (and while I know that you can find substitute light fixtures that were made for other purposes), I can't understand why the reptile lighting scene hasn't come along further.

    Logically I know that these reptile lights sitting on screen tops and hanging off hooks are mostly safe, and that many other electronics cause house fires every day, but viscerally, I can't shake the feeling I get when I look at how these reptile lights are structured, made and used compared to every other type of lighting fixture we use in our homes.

    Anyway, thanks for listening.
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    Re: Rant: Light fixtures

    Use under tank heating and forget lights. It will set you free lol

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    Re: Rant: Light fixtures

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie View Post
    Use under tank heating and forget lights. It will set you free lol
    I'm probably going to use both come winter -- a basking light during the day and the heat mat for nights. I like the idea of a basking light for a garter since they like to bask in natural sunlight.

    All I want is for someone in the reptile products world to catch up with the aquarium light business! The ideas, products and arrangements are already out there -- they just need to be adapted and co-opted for reptile keepers!

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    Re: Rant: Light fixtures

    OK, to lighten this up a little, here’s my girl in her new tank under her new light.
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    She's beautiful.
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    Very pretty snake!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guidofatherof5 View Post
    She's beautiful.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie View Post
    Very pretty snake!!
    Thanks! Credit goes to a forum member I bought her from. I do like the “wild” types, too, and just got a normal baby radix that’s in her own enclosure until she catches up in size and can be cohabitated with the eastern.
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