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 Post subject: viv
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:24 pm 
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Hi guys I'm looking at getting e new Viv as mine ceramic heater melted the wire, Lon story short went bang and now the Viv has a black mark on the top inside the Viv. This leads to my question.

I am thinking about upgrading the lighting, and making it more viable to try and prevent this happening again.
I'm thinking about using some Gu10 bulbs but I have been told that the unit need to be air to prevent it from over heating etc, so my question is to the people who use these and how do they over come this problem, and any pics so I can see what you all mean.

For got to saying its for a 51"x 24" x 24", so ideas for how many of these units I will need.

I can readily source the lights, but weary of things going bang now.

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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:38 am 
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I use a single GU10 in each of my vivs with no problems and my enclosures are slightly smaller than yours (1200 x 600)

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Normal venting in the viv only.

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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:50 am 
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Look good rick and 1 light gives sufficient heating.

I was on about venting for the bulbs as was thinking of using simular to this.
http://cdn.toolstation.com/images/13012 ... /78640.jpg

So they sit flust with the top, by making a false ceiling in there, so nothing can be seen only the light coming down, so your using slightly different units to what I was thinking.
http://www.ksrlighting.com/lighting/Large-KSRFRD110.jpg

As I hate wires every where and looks un tidy, in the Viv I use atm I've tacked everything up so nothing is dangling around.

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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:26 am 
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I know there are a few wires with my method but the wall mount system allows the viv to utilise all the heat put out by the light. With the flush mounts quite a bit will go into the false ceiling and I would think you may need to install a computer fan somehow to vent it properly. With some of this http://www.akgindustries.com/pvc-wiring-channel.html you can easily hide the wires and tidy everything up. Another advantage of wall mount is the ability to move the focus point plus ease of changing the light when it inevitably fails!


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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:15 pm 
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I can see your point regarding the fan to remove the heat.
I have already thought about this, and was thinking instead of the false ceiling having the light fitted to the top of the Viv but making a U type box to cover it but have open ends easing air flow, keeping them cool. Because its a U shape I will be able to see the wires enabling me to check them for signs off wear.

I see what you mean about the ease of changing and that is a totally valid point one I missed.


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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 6:04 am 
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I have finished the Viv nearly will upload a pic tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 8:20 am 
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Look forward to seeing it.

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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 11:47 am 
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before the new uv and led bulbs turned up.

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after the uv and led bulbs turned up.

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hopefully the images have worked been a while since i have uploaded any.

also here a up to date image of my dragon harrold
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enjoy and i look forward to your comments


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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 12:58 am 
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Looks good. How's the temp. range, any problems reaching 39~42C ?

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 Post subject: Re: viv
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 8:14 pm 
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No problems at all hitting temperature.
42.4c hot end.
24-26 cold end.

Plus he seams more happy and willing to run for food when out and about now.
So a happier dragon.


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