I know they have been working on a new UVB emitting light. They've had someone on Yahoo's meter group and as all competitors do...they needed to compete with the new Mega-Ray that was coming out.
I do not know any particulars with this bulb, but I know from experience their Capture the Suns really stank! They claimed they were right there at the top in UVB emissions. It wasn't until people started testing with the meters that they realized they couldn't fake it anymore. These might be good bulbs, but I'll have to ask around. I haven't found any reference on the meter group for it.
BA Herpetological has a reputation of false advertising. The claims on this bulb are fantastic and any attempt to request study information or simply a few readings over time have not received a response past "Your e-mail has been received. Thank you for writing to us", a typical auto-responder.
Knowing everything I do about UVB lamps and the technology required to produce them, there is no way a fluorescent tube can produce the UVB they claim without it being classified as a "therapy" lamp and cost an extreme amount of money.
These are simply my opinion and based on what I know about Mega-Ray, UVB technology and BA Herpetological. Please take it for what it is worth.
To my knowledge, there is no better UVB producing lamp on the market right now that can rival the Mega-Ray.
Incidentally, I'm aware of someone who worked with BA Herps testing their various lamps for a while. When he challenged their claims directly, they stopped sending him test lamps and blacklisted him from buying any further product. Not exactly a company I would choose to do business with, let alone believe their claims.
Please, I urge you to write to them yourself and ask for data supporting their outrageous claims.
Let us know what you receive. Do the same for Mega-Ray if you are so inclined and post their response too. All's fair in love and UVB!
Last Edit: Dec 4, 2004 19:47:46 GMT -8 by dominick
On one of my veterinary groups, a vet student used them (at a distance of about a foot, manufacturer recomemmends at min distance of 6 inches), for 2 days on her beardies. They then became reluctant to open their eyes, their eyes became swollen, and they became lethargic. So, she took the lights off and 2 days later, they were back to normal. (these beardies had previously been raised on reptisuns, and they are 2 yrs old, 5 yrs old and babies).
Thanks for any imput!
Just goes to show that selling incredible amounts of UVB irresponsibly is, well irresponsible and harmful!
Last Edit: Dec 6, 2004 19:07:18 GMT -8 by dominick