Which Reptile thermostat do I need? It’s a common question and if you find it confusing you are not alone. It can seem quite daunting , Dimming, Pulse, Temperature, High range, which is the one you need?
We will walk you through thermostat selection and help you to choose the correct one for your heat source.
No matter which heat source you use you need a quality reliable thermostat and we recommend the Habistat analogue range. We use these thermostats ourselves and have been for as long as Habistat has been available to the hobby. Our expires is that we find them robust, reliable and easy to use.
Not only do we recommend them but Habitsat offer a 5 year manufactures guarantee on all of their analog reptile thermostat range. That should also give you an indication of their quality and reliability.
Habistat thermostats are our thermostat of choice and the thermostats we always recommend. In fact we don’t sell any other make of thermostat as we are so confident in them!
So let’s move on to the various thermostats.
The Habistat Temperature Thermostat 600W is an ON/Off thermostat that is ideal for controlling the temperature of heat mats and other lower powered heaters up to a maximum load of 600 watts.
This thermostat switched the heater on full power until the set temperature is achieved. It then switched the heater off compelltey until the temperature drops below the set value. The cycle then starts again.
With an accurate dial which is calibrated in both Fahrenheit and Celcius. It has a maximum load of 600 watts.
This is a very easy to use and popular thermostat.
This thermostat is not suitable for controlling light bulbs. The constant turning on and off of the light bulb would not only distress your animals, but would cause frequent failure of the light bulbs and in turn the thermostat is more likely to also fail.
For light emitting heat sources use a HabiStat Dimming Thermostat.
Habistats Dimming Thermostat is a sophisticated thermostat which has been designed specifically for controlling light bulbs.
The dimming thermostat is one of the most accurate methods of temperature control.
Whilst it is perfect for controlling light bulbs, it can be used on almost any heaters.
This is the only thermostat recommended for use with incandescent light bulbs.
Unlike other Habistat thermostats, the Dimming Thermostat does require a minimum load of 40 Watts. It has a maximum capacity of 600 Watts at 230 volts. The dial is calibrated for both Centigrade and Fahrenheit.
It uses the latest technology and operates in a manner similar to the Pulse proportional thermostat. However instead of pulses of power being supplied to the heater, it is supplied with a continuous variable supply of power or voltage.
In principle this has a similar effect to light dimmers or rheostats in your home.
There are 2 models available, Standard Dimming and High Range Dimming.
The high range model is for uses when you wish to control temperatures in the range of 26 – 40 Celsius.
The sophisticated Habistat Pulse Proportional Thermostat is ideal for controlling higher power ceramic heaters and for heat mats.
The function of this thermostat is far more sophisticated than the simpler on/off switching devices. It very accurately controls heaters and has a maximum load of 600 watts.
How it works:
The Pulse Proportional Thermostat pulses electricity to the heater all of the time. The result is a constant, very accurately managed warmth.
The sequence of events are as follows:
The temperature is set on the dial.
The enclosure and heater are cold so the heater is on full power.
As the temperature in the enclosure nears the set temperature the unit cuts the power down to pulses.
The degree of pulse (i.e. the amount of time the heater is on and the amount of time it is off) is dependent on the enclosure temperature.
In the early stages of approaching the set temperature the ‘on’ pulses will be long and the ‘off’ time will be short.
When the enclosure is correctly set up and the desired temperature is neared, the ‘on’ pulses become shorter until the cycle levels at approximately 50% on and 50% off.
For enclosures where the heater is of the correct capacity, the cycle should remain at this point.
The heater is only powered enough to maintain the temperature set. It does not have to continually start the heater from cold.
This vastly improves heater element life and is far safer for the animals as the heater rarely, if ever, needs to run at full power.
There are 2 models available, Pulse and Pulse High Range.
The high range model is for uses when you wish to control temperatures in the range of 26 – 40 Celsius and is ideal for controlling the temperature at hot spots.