Choosing a Thermostat
Saturday, 20 December 2014 | Sally
Choosing a Thermostat
There are many different thermostats which are all designed for use with different heating aids. Thermostats are an essential piece of equipment, so choosing the correct one is very important for the running of your vivarium.
Heat sources such as incandescent bulbs (bulbs which emit light), with these you should use a dimming thermostat. Dimming thermostats dim the bulb down when the correct temperature has been achieved and brighten the bulb up when there has been a drop in temperature.
However dimming thermostats can be used for any heat source. Heat sources that do not emit any light such as infrared ceramic bulbs, heat cables and heat mats should be used in conjunction with either a pulse stat or an on/off thermostat.
Pulse thermostats turn the heat on in short pulses the longer the pulse the more heat that is produced, this achieves a really accurate temperature, whereas simple on/off thermostats do as they say and turn the heat source on when needed and off again when temperature is achieved.
Some thermostats have what is called a magic eye, this means they have a daytime temperature with a night time temperature drop e.g. 5°F from the set daytime temperature.
The magic eye is sensitive to darkness, so as the room your enclosure is in goes dark the thermostat will sense this and turn over to the night time drop (the magic eye sensitivity can be altered as some rooms are darker than others). The night time drop is not essential to your Reptile but can be beneficial and is down to personal preference.
Thermostats should always be used in conjunction with thermometers.
Here we have listed the different thermostats available in our store and what they are best suited for.
- Microclimate Mini stat 100 and 300 - These are on/off stats as should be used with non light emitting heat sources such as heat mats, heat cables, ceramic bulbs from 100 watts for the mini stat 100 and up to 300 watts for the mini stat 300.
- Microclimate B1 and B1ME thermostat - These are dimming thermostats and are ideal for using with incandescent bulbs (light emitting) although they can be used with any heat source up to 600 watts, The B1ME has the magic eye for the night time drop.
- Microclimate B2 and B2ME thermostat - These are the pulse proportional thermostat so should be used with non light emitting heat sources such as infrared ceramic bulbs, heat mats and heat cables up to 600 watts, the B2ME has the magic eye for the night time drop.
- Microclimate H/T series these are as above but designed animals that require high temperatures such as bearded dragons and uromastyx they can control temperatures of 29 degrees up to 45 degrees
- Habistat Mat stat - This is a on/off thermostat for use with heat mats up to 100 watts.
- Habistat Dimming stat - This is a dimming thermostat which is suitable for any heat source but especially for incandescent bulbs up to 600 watts.
- Habistat Dimming day/night stat - As above but and can give a realistic night time drop(Night eye module or time switch needed).
- Habistat Pulse stat - This is a pulse proportional thermostat and should be used with any non light emitting heat source up to 600 watts.
- Habistat Pulse day/night stat - This is as above and can give a realistic night time drop(Night eye module or time switch needed).
- Habistat Twin channel - This is a on/off thermostat which can run 2 heat sources (non light emitting) independently up to 300 watts.
There are many other thermostats available but here we have just selected the most popular