Recommendations for outdoor heating?

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Recommendations for outdoor heating?

Postby markmcg » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:06 am

Hi all,

Over the summer I've built an outdoor pen for my tortoise. It just needs some finishing touches. In particular, I'm looking for recommendations for the types of heating equipment I should be looking into. I read through the basking lamp research thread, so I'm aware that narrow beam localised heat = bad, and wider area general heat = good. But can anyone share makes/models/weblinks to heaters for outdoors? I'm also conscious that it rains in Ireland, so whatever I get would want to be weather proof. My indoor pen has a ceramic heat bulb which does a decent job, but the fitting for that is not water proof (plus it's a 3 pin plug on a short lead - I'll need something a tad longer to reach from the kitchen to the back of the house!)

Cheers
Mark
My Tortoise's name is "Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat", or Lelu for short (The Fifth Element is my favourite film). She was born in August 2010 and kicks ass :)
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Re: Recommendations for outdoor heating?

Postby Stuart » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:44 pm

I'm not sure there'd be any standard basking lamp fittings which one might normally use indoors, that would be waterproof in and of themselves.

The lamps sold by farming suppliers and sometimes known as pig lamps, whilst not being waterproof as such, are designed t be hung in barns and outbuilding, so they're reasonably tough. I use these my greenhouse, fitted with PAR38 bulbs. You can sometimes buy them ready-wired, but they're also available to be wired-up by the purchaser, in which case you can attach a flex as long as you need.

E.g. :
http://www.petcetera.co.uk/92469-pig-la ... -bulb.html

Cheaper, but you'd also need the flex:
http://www.molevalleyfarmers.com/mvf/st ... lighting01

My recommendation would be to suspend a such lamp beneath some glazing/perspex, and ensure that there's a drip loop, so that there's no way water could run down the flex and into the lamp fitting.

Another possibility: fit up a security light* that makes use of the PAR38 bulbs made for that purpose. (These bulbs are made of quite thick glass with textured lenses. Currently £4.49 at Homebase, the cheapest they've ever been for years. Available in 80W and 120W.)

*E.g. :
(Double fitting)
https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/T ... DmARIsAAw-
TUkQRffDWAUHvXX1PV6fvGt0wgc1QIa8koo5JODPz2Aq5Wsjz_bI2DoaApHHEALw_

(Single fitting):
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Byron-PAR38-Ou ... B002LSHNB8
Stuart
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Re: Recommendations for outdoor heating?

Postby markmcg » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:20 pm

Cheers Stuart - I'll investigate. The security lights are so cheap that it's worth just getting one and seeing if it works. If it doesn't no great loss.

Thanks
Mark
My Tortoise's name is "Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat", or Lelu for short (The Fifth Element is my favourite film). She was born in August 2010 and kicks ass :)
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