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What in ZILLA where u thinking? Why, did a ZILLA "mastermind" design and produce this fixture "Desert" slimline T8?? SMH...Umm hey ZILLA why does this have a thick plastic clear "lens" over the bulb? UVB/UVA is the purpose, and plastic prevents UVB/UVA?? I thought maybe it was for shipping to protect the light? NAHh, they ment it there. To get the plastic off u must have a TINY SKINNY AND LONG screwdriver to be able to reach the screw at the bottom of a tunnel and u get to do it twice. Just why?? Clever they name this SLIMLINE, so genius, that I cant comprehend in my little mind why it's got 3 inches of space beyond the bulb, it weighs like a tank?? Also I dont like the bulb its glow is not as nice like zoo med reptisun.
I bought two of these lamps. Got the second because my daughter dropped the first and it quit working properly, but after it arrived the first began working again. However after having these in my bearded dragon's cage for a long time, I just went to change the bulbs and realized that each time I ordered desert but received tropical! These are two different prices. I am REALLY annoyed that on both occasions I did not get what I actually paid for, and dismayed that my dragon might have had the wrong type of UV all along! They also advertise that your bulbs are 25 watt, but mine are only 15. The thing works, but this is false advertising.
So I bought this because it was on sale and seemed like a good price as the bulbs alone can cost more. Then I joined a beardie group and started to do more research. UVB does not go through glass or plastic which why it should installed inside of enclosures, but there is a plastic cover over the bulb????????? Yeah had to completely remove the entire thing to remove the plastic cover over the uvb bulb. After doing this my little guy seems to have more energy. Why are they selling a product that covers the UVB? I have had this now for a couple of weeks and it does work as described and there is no blinking when you turn it on so I guess there is that.....just remove the plastic before mounting it as it is very frustrating to have to remove and remount after taking off the plastic
It is not the brightest light. It did stop flickering for the most part after 2 days. It said in the description 21.5" I measured the light I got in the package @ 18.25" I had to fabricate something to attach the light to in order to make it work on the top of my tank..
Something is wrong with the bulb or ballast. Immediately out of the package and the bulb is pulsing in a wavelike fashion. Contacted Zilla for a replacement since there isn't an option through the seller.
It worked for about a year - funny, that is just what the warranty is. We have used many fixtures and bulbs from this and other companies, and have met with consistent disappointment. Exoterra is the only one that has given relatively good service. We cannot recommend this fixture.