in Reptile Lighting
resource for all reptile keepers
to UV Guide UK: - Please help us fund our project.
project is entirely voluntary. All the lamps we test are
donated to the project, and many have been sent by fellow
reptile keepers from all over the world - to whom we are
To ensure that we remain fully independent, we accept
no sponsorship from any company producing any brand of reptile
But it does cost money to keep us going. So if you have
found UV Guide UK helpful, would you like to help
us carry on lamp testing?
do we need donations for?
Our main day-to-day expense is electricity. We
currently pay 12.64 pence per unit.
test a 100-watt lamp for a standard test (105 hours) costs
£1.33 (approx $2.00 USD)
test that same lamp for a full year costs £50.56
(approx $77 USD)
Every new UVB lamp we test must be "burned-in"
for a minimum of 100 hours, with sets of recordings taken
at the beginning and end of this period. This is because
the output of a brand new lamp changes rapidly over the
first few hours, the lamp's "settling-in period".
Some lamps are then put on a long-term test schedule,
over reptiles in our own vivaria. These lamps are all
tested after every 250 hours of use, usually up to one
full year (4,000 hours, at 10-12 hours a day). We currently
have 15 lamps on long-term test.
Our website hosting is £24.00
(approx $37 USD) per annum
We would like to build up a small fund for
the replacement of testing equipment, lamp fixtures, ballasts,
timers - even, maybe, the occasional purchase of new lamps
for testing, as we can't always expect people to donate
us samples of everything!
you like to make a donation? (You choose how much)
This button takes you to our secure PayPal Donation webspace
(accepts card payments too):
you reach the "checkout" there's a space for you
to send us a message, along with your donation.
donation is just fine if you prefer; but we would really
like to thank you, and to know your story. Please tell us
a little about yourself, where you're from, and why you're
supporting us. We'll keep your message confidential.
you represent a company producing any brand of reptile lighting,
we are sorry, but we cannot accept your donation. We must
remain completely independent from the reptile lighting
industry if we are to provide truly unbiased, independent
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