This dimming thermostat can be used on all heat sources. A dimming thermostat works by varying the amount of power supplied to the heat from 0 - 1-00%. The heat LED will illuminate yellow and become brighter or dimmer to indicate the power level being sent to your heater. If no power is required to the heater the heat LED will switch off. If the heat LED is on full brightness for prolonged periods of time this may indicate that a more powerful heater is required to achieve the temperature that has been set.
Vivariums or terrariums should have areas of differing temperatures - an area for basking which should be warm and an area for cooling down. Therefore, it stands to reason that the thermostat should be placed in a neutral area of the vivarium and not directly under a heating source as this would only give the temperature of the basking area. Most reptiles need a constant temperature of between 21°C and 29°C (70°F - 85°F) to be comfortable. The incorrect temperature can cause misery for some reptiles and even death. This product is sourced and made in the U.K. which is reassuring to know that it is a quality item.
Dimming Constant Temperature 600 Watts maximum load 19°C - 35°C temperature range Adjustment dial 2.5m sensor 5 year warranty
Installing the thermostat:
Find a suitable location for the thermostat to be located on the outside of the enclosure ensuring sufficient cable is available for the sensor to reach the desired location. The sensor should be installed inside the vivarium and hanging in free air. Do not mount the sensor to the wall of the vivarium to ensure the sensor is measuring the air temperature and not the wall temperature. However, if you are controlling a heat mat installed underneath a layer of substrate inside the vivarium then we recommend the sensor is placed under the substrate and is attached to the top of the heat mat. This allows direct control of the temperature of the heat mat and not the air temperature. Connect the mains cable from your heat source to the heater socket on the thermostat using a suitable mains plug fitted with a 3 amp fuse. Connect the mains cable from the thermostat to your mains supply. Please note the mains plug is fitted with a 3 amp fuse.
For further instructions on how to use the thermostat, please see instruction manual included.