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Ok if you read Sue's cage question you know we're getting close to actually building our cage/computer desk combo. One question I wanted to get your opinion on is about  Radiant Heat Panels.  Love em, hate em, whats your view.


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Points: 150
Topics: General Health , Caging , Heating
Tags: Heating
Species: Boas > Large Boas > Boa constrictor imperator
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Accepted Answer 2/19/2009 5:04:19 PM

I use RHPs in all of my display cages. I can't imagine using anything else. I've got Pro Heat panels and Reptile Basics panels. Pro Heat are a little lower profile, but either have been great. I have one Boaphile cage that came to me 2nd hand. Its got its own brand of RHP. I dont like it because it doesnt have the indicator light that the other two brands do. If you've got arboreal cage and a cold house, you may want to upgrade your heat panels to keep your temps up during the cold months. 40w seems to be the recommended for 2' or 3' cages. I took the advice of a local breeder and upgraded to the next size up. It was money well spent.
Assisted Answer 2/19/2009 6:23:47 PM

I've got a reptile basics RHP that I recently installed in a display cage for one of my jayapuras.  I agree with what gfx said, it's best to go one size up that what you're thinking will work if your house gets cold during the winter.  I'm very happy with mine, but I should of went with the 80 watt because the cage is somewhat large, but I made it work by supplementing the ambient cage temps with a bit of flexwatt mounted on a wall, allowing the RHP to give a good hot spot.
Assisted Answer 2/19/2009 7:06:02 PM

I have a radiant heat panel in my boaphile townhouse- they installed. It works great.  I bought a Pro Products one and yes, it was expensive.. but it definitely heats the cage well enough. My GTP's tub gets a nice amount of heat from sitting on top of that cage too.   :)  When I've got some money to spare, I'll be getting two more Pro Products panels for my china cabinet-turned cage, but since there aren't any animals to go in either i'm in no hurry.
I like the nice warranty too!
Assisted Answer 2/19/2009 7:39:51 PM

RHP s are the way to go... esp if you have an arboreal cage... or a high humidity cage... they are pricey... but they are the premium choice for heating....... like gfx said.... I would use these exclusively for nice display cages.......... but it also really depends on the cage you are heating.....
Member Comment 2/20/2009 3:12:33 AM

Cool, I was trying to ask about these in relation to my ATB thread, but didn't get a ton of info.  Thanks for posting Scott!
Member Comment 2/20/2009 3:33:31 AM

Scott you may want to add that the cage size is 66" x 24" x 24" if that helps any of you for recommendations or sharing experiences. Also this is for an RTB and not for an aboreal. .
Assisted Answer 2/20/2009 3:51:16 AM


I use RHPs in all of my adult cages. I would call Pro-Products and talk to Bob about the correct size of RHP for your cage. Be prepared to answer questions about the cage size, the ambient temps outside of the cage, and the material the cage is made out of.

Buddy B

Member Comment 2/20/2009 7:38:42 AM

I second Buddy's comment.  Aaron had suggested I look into ProProduct for my first GTP and his enclosure.  Bob Pounds seems to have a lot of experience and know how, and will answer your questions in a most authoritative manner.  Yes, know your cage setup details to get the most out of the conversation.  It seems to me his products are worth the cost; I own a panel and a mister, and he's always willing to help via phone. 
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