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Consistent problem with ReptiSun UVB Hood!

Postby melissamott124 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:14 pm

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Hey everyone!

I bought a ReptiSun UVB Hood in about May or June of last year. A few months later, it shorted out and wasn't working, so I took advantage of the 1-year warranty and had another one sent to me. This one lasted barely two months before shorting out, and began flickering and making weird crackling noises.

My father is a professional electrician and he took both hoods apart to look at the wiring, and he said it was extremely poor quality and both were wired very incorrectly in the first place. Between the price of the hood and multiple bulbs I've purchased over the months, I've spent a lot of money on a product that doesn't work.

Now I'm concerned about the health of my dragon because she's without UV lights right now while I try to figure out how to move forward, and to be honest, I'm concerned that ReptiSun is a fire hazard and I don't think I even want the company to replace the defective hood. I would understand one hood that is defective, but two in a row is too often for me.

Has anyone else had problems with ReptiSun? What other UV system can I use other than ReptiSun that's actually reliable?

Thanks!
Melissa & Cleo

RIP to my sweet girl, Cleo (3/22/19)

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Re: Consistent problem with ReptiSun UVB Hood!

Postby melissamott124 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:06 pm

Update: I called and spoke with someone from ZooMed and they were very quick to send me another replacement hood for no charge. The customer service at ZooMed is always great, I have to say. Regardless, I'm really concerned about this hood being a fire hazad, and I said as much on the phone. Any comments regarding your experiences with ZooMed/ReptiSun would be really appreciated.

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Re: Consistent problem with ReptiSun UVB Hood!

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:40 pm

That's too bad. There have been some reports of quality control problems with ZooMed products in the last year or so. I have the T5 hood and some of their bulbs and haven't run into any problems during my testing but the issues that are reported are fairly sporadic. As mentioned, using a high quality T5 garden fixture is a good alternative way to go.

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Re: Consistent problem with ReptiSun UVB Hood!

Postby melissamott124 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:15 pm

Thank you both for your input! JessPets, I'm going to look into the SunBlaster and other regular hoods like you suggested.

Thanks again!
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Re: Consistent problem with ReptiSun UVB Hood!

Postby melissamott124 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:30 pm

Update: I called ReptiSun today to check on the status of the warranty fixture they're sending me. They told me it's taking particularly long to ship it because they're having their professional electricians take apart the fixture to critique the quality of the wiring. Can't beat that customer service I suppose. I'm pretty happy with how they handled the problem so I'm going to use this incoming fixture and hope for the best this time.

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Re: Consistent problem with ReptiSun UVB Hood!

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:02 pm

That's good to hear. Hopefully that will lead to increased quality control and better design in the future.

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ReptiSun® UVB/LED

UVB

UVB wavelengths along with proper temperature (usually additional heat), are responsible for vitamin D3 production in reptiles. However, only some UVB wavelengths (from 290-315 nm) help synthesize Vitamin D3. The Reptisun® UVB/LED bulb emits UVB wavelengths from 295 nm to 320 nm.

 

UVA

UVA is part of reptile vision, so without it they’re colorblind! A portion of UVA wavelengths (from 320nm-335nm) also help regulate Vitamin D3 production and let reptile’s body’s know when they’ve created enough. The Reptisun® UVB/LED bulb emits UVA wavelengths from 320nm-335nm and from 355nm-395nm.

 

VISIBLE LIGHT

Visible light is critical to reptiles as it is for humans. The amount of visible light a bulb emits is measured on a temperature scale corresponding to the warmth of the light relative to color. A bulb emitting light between 5,000 and 7,000 Kelvin most closely resembles the sun. The Reptisun® UVB/LED has a color temperature of 6,500 Kelvin.

 

INFRARED

The infrared spectrum provides heat for reptiles. This is critical for Vitamin D3 production and for maintaining body temperature (since reptiles are ectothermic). With the combination of the Reptisun® UVB/LED with a Basking Spot Lamp, you will achieve a more natural visible light with infrared for efficient deep heating.

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Zoo Med Reptisun T5 HO Terrarium Hood Review

The hood is an excellent investment, ensuring you provide ample UVA and UVB for your reptile pet.

You want to ensure you make the enclosure as natural as possible for your pet, which means providing them with adequate lighting and UV rays during the day time.

A timer, such as the Zoo Med Laboratories Repti Day Night Timer can be a great investment.

This timer is easy to set up and provides day and night timer options to ensure your pet receives the most natural experience when living in captivity.

Installation and Usage

Once you have selected the appropriate bulb, you will want to ensure the lamp is unplugged when you remove or install the lamp.

Installing the lamp is quick and easy.

Simply fit into the fixture by inserting the pins into the lamp holders and rotating the lamp with one quarter turn.

Place the fixture over the terrarium, above your screen cover.

Insert the plug into the power and turn it on.

The on and off switch can be found at the back of the hood.

Mounting

The hood is designed to be mounted outside the enclosure, placed over your mesh screen.

There are concerns that the mesh lid can reduce UV penetration into the enclosure.

The hood is not to be used in wet or damp conditions and therefore is not recommended to be placed inside the terrarium.

Safety

  • Never exceed the electrical rating
  • Do not repair, splice or modify the cord before use
  • Do not use in wet conditions. Indoor use only
  • Ensure plug is fully inserted
  • Always unplug the power cord when changing or inserting the bulb
  • Never cover with any material
  • Do not modify or alter the product
  • There are no user-serviceable parts – do not attempt to repair yourself
  • Gives off UV rays
  • Do not stare into the light
  • Light to be placed overhead and not to the side
  • Lamp should be mounted a minimum of six inches from the basking platform

Is This a Good Value Product?

Overall, the Zoo Med Reptisun T5 HO Terrarium Hood is a good quality product which can help you provide the essential visual light and UV your reptile needs.

This is suitable for first-time reptile owners, breeders, and those looking to set up an emergency hospital enclosure.

It works with both ReptiSun T5 HO UVB 5.0 and ReptiSun T5 HO UVB 5.0 bulbs.

ReptiSun UVB 5.0 T5 High Output

These bulbs are suitable for reptiles that come from a tropical and temperate climate and for terrariums up to eighteen inches in height.

These bulbs are suitable for:

  • Green Iguana
  • Day Gecko
  • Anole
  • Chinese Water Dragon
  • Aquatic Turtles
  • Box Turtles
  • Tortoise
  • Panther Chameleon
  • Jackson's Chameleon
  • Veiled Chameleon

ReptiSun UVB 10.0 T5 High Output

The ReptiSun 10.0 T5 bulb is suitable for desert reptiles who are housed in terrariums up to thirty inches in height. The following species will benefit from this lighting solution:

  • Bearded Dragons
  • Monitors
  • Tegus
  • All Desert Reptiles

Zoo Med Reptisun T5 HO Terrarium Hood Review in Summary

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Zoo Med Reptisun LED + UVB Review

T5 ReptiSun® LED UVB Terrarium Hood

Zoo Med’s New ReptiSun® LED UVB Terrarium Hood combines energy efficient, brilliant LED lighting with our long-time trusted ReptiSun® UVB Lamp. In addition to the 6500K LEDs, Red plant growth LEDs, and Blue Lunar LEDs, this hood houses a High Output T5 ReptiSun® UVB Lamp. The hood features a highly polished curved reflector for maximum efficiency and UVB penetration. This is the ideal light fixture for large terrariums, planted terrariums, and any species that benefits from UVB exposure and bright, visible light.

  • Brilliant Light! 6500K daylight high output LEDs for truly naturalistic lighting.
  • Includes ReptiSun® 5.0 T5 High Out lamp for safe and effective UVB and bright light for improved color rendering.
  • 620 nm Red LEDs stimulate live plant growth.
  • 465 nm Blue LED simulates nighttime lighting “Lunar Effect”.
  • 20,000 hour life range!

 


ReptiSun® LED / UVB Terrarium Hoods
This video covers how to use and set up Zoo Med’s ReptiSun® LED Terrarium Hoods, and ReptiSun® LED UVB Terrarium Hoods.

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Key Features:

  • BRILLIANT LIGHT! 6500K daylight high output LEDs for truly naturalistic lighting.
  • UVB: ReptiSun 5.0 T5 HO (high-output) lamp included for safe & effective UVB and bright light for improved color rendering.
  • PLANT GROWTH: 620 nm RED LEDs stimulate live plant growth.
  • MOON LITE®: 465 nm BLUE LED simulates nighttime lighting “Lunar Effect”.
  • LONG LIFE: 20,000 hour life range for LEDs, 12 months for UVB!


Additional Information

1. LIGHTING FEATURES:

  • A. ReptiSun 5.0 T5HO UVB lamp (included) provides safe and effective UVB in terrariums up to 45 cm (18″) tall.
  • B. Each module contains four 1 watt 6500K High Output daylight LEDs
  • C. Two 0.5 watt 620 nm RED LEDs provide correct wavelengths for photosynthesis & live plant growth.
  • D. Low light 60 milliwatt blue LED simulates “Lunar Effect” and provides for nighttime viewing.

2. THREE SWITCHES FOR INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF LEDs & UVB:

  • A. TWO-POSITION SWITCH: ReptiSun 5.0 T5HO UVB Lamp (on/off)
  • B. TWO-POSITION SWITCH: Blue “Lunar Effect” Moonlite® LED (on/off)
  • C. THREE-POSITION SWITCH: 6500K Daylight LEDs only –or- 6500K daylight LEDs with 620 nm red LEDs for live plant growth (white on/off/white + red on)

3. ADJUSTABLE: 40 to 55 cm (15 ½” to 21 ½”). Fixture length with rails removed 36 cm (14 ¼”).

4. HANG IT! Optional stainless steel “aircraft cable” suspension kit included.

5. MODULAR DESIGN: Individual LED modules & quick disconnects allow for easy replacement of LED modules. Never throw another LED fixture away again!

6. THREE LIGHTING MODES:

  • A. WHITE ONLY: 6500K daylight for bright naturalistic lighting of reptile & amphibian habitats. Great for habitats without live plants or with artificial plants.
  • B. WHITE with RED: 6500K daylight with 620 nm red for habitats with live plants. Red LEDs provide wavelengths that stimulate plant growth.
  • C. BLUE MOONLITE®: Low light 60 milliwatt blue LED simulates “Lunar Effect” and provides for nighttime viewing.

7. ReptiSun 5.0 T5 High Output –  INCLUDED Designed for use with reptiles that require UVB – COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED

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