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Old 06-06-2012, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does the Zilla 500watt thermostat work with Zoomed?

A friend gave me an unused Zilla 500watt thermostat. Could I use that with the zoomed 100watt CHE? Thanks so much
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does the Zilla 500watt thermostat work with Zoomed?

Should work. The thermostat should work with any CHE under 500 watts. So even a combination of 2 CHE's that don't add up to more than 500Watts.

It is not brand specific. I don't know of many products that really are.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It will work. The porcelain clamp lamps are the deciding factor of if it'll work with your thermostat, not the CHE bulbs themselves. As long as the clamp lamps have the typical wall plug in thingy ( ) at the end of the cord, it will work.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Most everything works well together. I think that some products say that you should only use it with their other products, but I usually take that to mean that they are just wanting all of the business, not that it is actually a compatibility issue to be reasonably concerned about.

I have two 150 watt Zoo Med CHEs screwed into 300 watt Fluker's lamps with ceramic fixtures, all plugged into a Zilla 1,000 watt thermostat, which is run through a heavy duty surge protector.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does the Zilla 500watt thermostat work with Zoomed?

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Originally Posted by hanhan27
It will work.
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The porcelain clamp lamps are the deciding factor of if it'll work with your thermostat, not the CHE bulbs themselves. As long as the clamp lamps have the typical wall plug in thingy ( ) at the end of the cord, it will work.
False.

You need to look at the wattage ratings on all three:
The thermostat can accommodate a CHE less than or equal to its own rating. Same with the clamp lamp - it can accommodate a CHE less than or equal to its own rating. But you can have a clamp lamp with a higher rating than the thermostat, just so long as the CHE is less than the thermostat rating.

For example:
200w CHE, 500w lamp, 1000w thermostat = fine
200w CHE, 500w lamp, 500w thermostat = fine
200w CHE, 200w lamp, 200w thermostat = fine
200w CHE, 100w lamp, 500w thermostat = FAIL b/c lamp is rated too low
200w CHE, 1000w lamp, 500w thermostat = fine
200w CHE, 500w lamp, 100w thermostat = FAIL b/c thermostat is rated too low (doesn't matter than lamp is rated higher than thermostat)
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does the Zilla 500watt thermostat work with Zoomed?

Lol, if the OP had been asking about wattage and the thermostat, I would have repeated what zorro said about the wattage. Buuut, the OP wasn't asking about that so I just answered their question, haha
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't know if I've been here not long enough, or for too long. Offense and snippyness seem to come too, too easily.

The 'correct' answer to the OP is "Yes" --- end of story; nothing further to be said. Explication and expansion is likely useful to the OP and for those who follow and search archived threads.

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. . . The porcelain clamp lamps are the deciding factor of if it'll work with your thermostat, not the CHE bulbs themselves. . . .
At a minimum, to be generous, this would benefit from clarification. It looked just plain wrong to me also, hence my own post. I felt that smhufflepuff's post added to mine in clarifying safe / unsafe combinations.
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Default Re: Does the Zilla 500watt thermostat work with Zoomed?

One very important thing to be sure of is that the fixture is rated for a CHE. Some are, some are not, and only those that say for use with a CHE should be used.

I know this has nothing to do with the OP's question but wanted to mention it because it's important to know.
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