Hi Dom. I believe I need to invest in a meter. What are the readings you obtained outside compared to the readings you get from your habitat? Are the readings in your habitat more comparable to an overcast day, or a clear, sunny day? One more question Dom, are these meters easy to use?
I have heard many times that all day under the UVB tubes equals about 30-40 minutes under the sun.
I have not read anything concrete either, though if someone were to do the math they might be able to figure a time length based on the hours a day spent under the tube using the 5.0 as the 5% of what radiates from the sun at the equatorial line at noon.
Anyone up for that?? Not anything MY little pea brain can handle...LOL!!
I have added a picture with the link to the UVB meter Dom used in the "Supply Images" forum. You will be taken to my photo album where the pictures are. I have had mine for several months now and it's been invaluable to me. It has saved me $50 this year already by allowing me to measure the Reptisun 5.0 tubes. I only just now need to replace them, and they were bought in April of 2003. I will wait though since warm weather is here and Zair will be spending bookoo time outside... ;D
There is an order being compiled right now for anyone interested in owning one on the UVB_Meter_Owners list. It ends up being a $40 discount if ordered through the group.
Last Edit: May 9, 2004 14:04:43 GMT -8 by prism_wolf
Dom...I can see you running from light source to light source with the meter in hand...lol. I did the very same thing. Outside, inside, through glass, through screen, clouds, no clouds...on and on. It is very eye-opening. If this one ever dies beyond reviving...I will purchase another very quickly...as funds allow anyway.
i take my iggy out whan it is sunny and bright i was about 110 in the sun i had my iggy out for about 2 hour i have a harnos and i tie him to the dog leash and i look at hyim every 2 to 3 min andspray him with the hose
I had a thermometer sitting on a table in the sun this morning and the reading stopped at 120 F (sorry it only reads in F) only because there was no higher that it could climb. When I moved to to the shade at 3 pm today it plummeted to a comfortable 85 F in about 30 seconds.
Always be cognizant of the sun, have water available and shade near by to move into. This goes for both you and the ig. The sun is great to have out but is incredibly powerful.