Report: May 2016:
Problem with Recent Batch
of Solarmeter 6.5 UV Index Meters and ZooMed
Digital UV Index Radiometers.
this if you have purchased a meter since September
2015 with serial number ABOVE 03325 (look on
the back of your meter) if it's a Solarmeter,
or between 5228 and 5274 if it's a ZooMed
from this one batch have been found to give abnormal
readings with sunlight and reptile lamps. This
is due to a problem with a new component in the
filter system. Both Solarmeter and ZooMed are
offering a free replacement service for affected
meters. Click here to read our report for details
Only meters from this batch are affected.
report first published in 2007, but still
relevant, concerning hazardous UVB output from
several brands of high-output UVB fluorescent
lamps. This can cause eye problems (photo-kerato-conjunctivitis)
and ill health in some pet reptiles.
If your reptile has recently had a new lamp fitted,
and now seems unwilling to open its eyes then
this information could be vital - some "problem"
lamps may still be out there..
are beginning a major update of the website.
It is 11 years since we first launched UV Guide
UK. We never expected it to be so popular - to date
(May 2016) we have had over 270,000 visitors, from
an astonishing 185 countries worldwide!
2005, however, there have been some fascinating
advances in our knowledge and we have tested many
We also have important information about the UV Index, why it is really useful in reptile and amphibian husbandry, and how using a UV Index meter can help with re-creating a more natural photo-habitat and safer positioning of UV lamps in the vivarium.
full update of all our test results is now essential.
bear with us as we will be closing sections of the
website completely, during the update. We hope to
re-launch a very new UV Guide UK by the end of 2016.
wish to make it clear that it is not
our intention to promote or "recommend" any
of the products that we have tested. We are completely independent from all companies producing reptile lamps or related products. We accept no sponsorship from them. We do not promote or sell any products, either.
are merely reporting the results of our tests, so that
you, the reptile keeper, may learn more about the wide
range of products now available.
we have done our best to research, and report upon,
the UV requirements of different species we
are not able to make specific recommendations about
which type or brand of lamp would be most suitable
for a particular set-up. We hope that you will find
our reports useful in deciding for yourself which
product seems most suitable for your reptile and your
the recordings reported here were made by the authors
themselves unless specified otherwise. We would encourage
UVB meter owners to repeat our tests on their own lamps
and confirm our results.
understand that we are hobbyists. We are NOT experts.
We present our information in good faith; our conclusions
are based upon our own observations and our understanding
of the work of others. Like everyone else, we do make
mistakes. Although our information is correct to the
best of our knowledge, we would be grateful to have
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to be incorrect or misleading.
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