5 Year Member
- May 29, 2015
Does anyone know where I can but a radiant heat panel suitable for installing into a large Animal Plastics cage?
PM me. I do keep some in stock for installing in enclosures I sell. Let me know what size you are looking for and where you are located. Also, reptilebasics.com does have a feature where you can select to be notified by email when they have them back in stock.Thanks for your replies. I saw some available in a Google search but they were designed to be mounted to a wall and were 400 watts. I thought that it was too big to use. I also have to worry about humidity destroying the panel.
I sent you an e-mail. I don't know how to pm on this site.PM me. I do keep some in stock for installing in enclosures I sell. Let me know what size you are looking for and where you are located. Also, reptilebasics.com does have a feature where you can select to be notified by email when they have them back in stock.
DaineI sent you an e-mail. I don't know how to pm on this site.
Radiant heat panel emit Far IR or IR-C. CHE's also emit Far IR, but it is close to Mid IR and a bit more intense. Basking bulbs emit Near IR which is the most intense. So on that criteria, the Radiant Heat Panel is going to produce a "gentler" heat. But its not as simple as that. IR heats by being absorbed into the object it hits. Different things have different absorption frequencies. For example place your hand on a black car hood sitting in the sun. The place your hand on a white car's hood. There is a huge difference of perhaps 80°-100° as the white reflects IR while the black absorbs the IR and it heats that object. Cellular tissue absorbs IR quite well. Especially the mid and far IR. Near IR actually penetrates the first few layers of cells because of its shorter wavelength and can damage cellular tissue. IT is also absorbed as well and heats tissue quickly which can be a signal to get out of the exposure. So when we put too much near IR in an enclosure without the intensity of the sun, I am concerned about overexposure just as we are starting to see with UV.Are RHPs less desiccating to the enclosure than CHEs? Or, are they about the same since the mechanism of heat generation is the same?
I hit submit too soon -
A near IR bulb designed for penetration would finally let us actually test hypotheses. Is deep penetration of tissue a good thing or a bad thing? What is really more “gentle”? A deep penetrating IR is more “sun-like” but maybe it becomes dangerous in the absence of bright ambient light to limit a tortoise’s basking behavior. I don’t mean any of this to be a recommendation for or against anything but until we can test different IR wavelengths in a more controlled fashion, I’m not sure we will really know.
Personally I am trying to greatly reduce basking IR intensity and increase ambient visible light, based on the realization that SOMETHING is going on - but I’m completely undecided as to whether radiant heat has any spectral benefit over CHE. The value is in avoiding hot spots and spreading the heat out more.
Can you talk about the shopping experience with ProProducts? To buy one from them they want detail about cage size etc.
Do them custom make the RHP based on the answers you provide, or do they use the answers to pick one from a stock of standard sizes?
I guess I'm being a bit lazy to not ask them directly, but your answer will be read by many here, so it will be for more than just my benefit alone. Thanks.