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HabiStat (Aust) - Division of 'THE HERP SHOP'

The HERP SHOP is the sole importer and Australasian distributor of HabiStat products.

The Herp Shop is proud to announce that it now carries the HabiStat Reptile Radiator

Click here for details.

 

One of the most specific requirements in reptile keeping is that the appropriate temperatures and temperature gradients are available to the animals.

Habistat is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of heating equipment and thermostats for reptiles and other animals.The Herp Shop proudly makes this line of heating equipment available to Australian Herpers.

Maintaining correct temperatures is sometimes difficult to accomplish within the confines of captive conditions. The Habistat range of thermostats and environmental controllers offer something to suit every application.

All Habistat products are manufactured "in house" with stringent quality control procedures. Habistat are so confident with these products that they offer guarantees far beyond our legal obligations.

All Habistat products available through the Herp Shop are wired to Australian specifications.

All Habistat products are pre wired and do not need to be installed by an electrician.

If you are new to Habistat thermostats you may find it useful to look over the Habistat FAQ by clicking here

 

Digital Thermostats
Name Digital Temperature Thermostat
Rating 600 watts
Type Switching
Price
$90.00 each
Instructions
  • ON / OFF Thermostat. Continual readout of current temperature and time.
  • On/ off temperature cycle adjustable between 0.1°c and 5°c.
  • Temperature set at midway point.
  • Coloured Icon flashes to indicate function presently in use.
  • One separate timed circuit to turn heater, lighting, fan or spray system on and off once in a 24 hour period. Waterproof, 3 metre long, low voltage sensor.
  • Adjustable alarm function to give visual and audible warning when temperature goes above or below set temperature parameters.
  • Alarm can be disabled if not required.
  • Both upper and lower temperature limits can be set.
  • Comes with preset parameters, so can just be plugged in and used if required.
  • Can be used in heat mode or cool mode to control heaters or fans.
  • Will not loose memory settings if power is disconnected.
  • Measures to 0.1°c. Easy to set and use. Maximum 600 watts. 12 months guarantee.
Name Digital Thermostat with Day Night function
Rating 600 watts
Type Switching
Price
$105.00 each
Instructions
  • ON / OFF Thermostat.
  • Separate setting of daytime temperature and night time temperature.
  • Continual readout of current temperature and time.
  • On / off temperature cycle adjustable between 0.1°c and 5°c.
  • Temperature set at midway point.
  • Coloured Icon flashes to indicate function presently in use.
  • Separate timed circuit to turn separate heaters, lighting, fans or spray systems on twice and off twice in 24 hour period. Waterproof, 3 metre long, low voltage sensor.
  • Adjustable alarm function to give visual and audible warning when temperature goes above or below set temperature parameters.
  • Alarm can be disabled if not required.
  • Both upper and lower temperature limits can be set.
  • Comes with preset parameters, so can just be plugged in and used if required.
  • Can be used in heat mode or cool mode to control heaters or fans.
  • Will not loose memory settings if power is disconnected. Measures to 0.1°c.
  • Easy to set and use. Maximum 600 watts. 12 months guarantee.

Out of stock.
Watch this space for details of an updated replacement model.

New model being designed in the U.K and could be some months off completion.
We apologise for any delay but it will result in an even more superior model.

Name *Currently out of stock - Digital Dimming Thermostat
Rating 600 watts
Type Dimming
Price
$160.00 each

Instructions fuse Instructions - **see below for spare fuses

  • Suitable for most heaters and will provide a continual temperature rather than a hot / cold cycle.
  • Separate setting of daytime temperature and night time temperature. Continual readout of current temperature and time.
  • Revolutionary Power Meter continually indicates % of power at the heater.
  • Coloured Icon flashes to indicate function presently in use.
  • Separate timed circuit to turn separate heaters, lighting fans or spray systems on twice and off twice in a 24 hour period.
  • Waterproof, 3 metre long, low voltage sensor.
  • Adjustable alarm function to give visual and audible warning when temperature goes above or below set temperature parameters.
  • Alarm can be disabled if not required.
  • Both upper and lower temperature limits can be set. Comes with preset parameters , so can just be plugged in and used if required.
  • Will not loose memory settings if power is disconnected. Measures to 0.1°c. Easy to set and use. Maximum 600 watts. 12 months guarantee.

**Important - HabiStat. Spare super fast blow fuses.

Almost every single thermostat failure is due to a short circuit on the heater that damages the sensitive thermostat triac. Poor quality bulbs that frequently fail in a particular way, are the main cause of triac failure in Dimming thermostats. Because of the potential damage that this causes HabiStat are now fitting a cartridge fuse to protect the circuit from such heater failures. These fuses are specifically designed to protect triacs and only these should be used when replacing the existing triac protection cartridge fuse in the side of the thermostat. For requirements under 300 watts use this 1 amp device for those above 300 watts use the 3.15 amp device. Please note that these are specifically for the replacement of the cartridge fuse
Fuse size Pack of 10 price
HabiStat. Spare super fast blow fuses.1.0amp $12.50 per packet
HabiStat. Spare super fast blow fuses.3.15amp $12.50 per packet

 

Product suitability at a glance
Device
Heat tape/mats/cord
Ceramic heat emmitters
Light Globes
Use with
Night Eye Day/Night temperature adjustment switch
Use with
Moon and Sun on/off switches
Switching Thermostat
yes
yes
no
no
yes
*Twin Channel and Mat Thermostats
yes
yes
no
no
yes
*Pulse Proportional Thermostats
yes
yes
no
no
yes
*Day/Night Pulse Proportional Thermostats
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
*Digital Temperature Thermostat
yes
yes
no
no
no
*Digital Thermostat with Day Night function
yes
yes
no
no
no
**Dimming Thermostats
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
**Day/Night Dimming Thermostats
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
**Digital Dimming Thermostat
yes
yes
yes
no
no
*Note Pulse proportional and the Twin channel thermostats are not suitable for use with light bulbs
**Note: Dimming thermostats are not suitable for use with heating elements of less than 40 watts.

 

Switching Thermostats

Switching thermostats turn on and off at a set temperature. All of our wall and non Habistat probe thermostats are switching thermostats.

Name Temperature Thermostat
Rating 300 watts
Type Switching
Price
$80.00 each
Instructions
  • Basic probe thermostat that switches on and off at the desired temperature.
  • (Similar to the "Probe Thermostat Model THATO40".)
  • Can be used to control all heat sources (apart from light emitting globes) to a maximum of 300 watts
  • Not suitable for use with light bulbs

Can be used with a variety of heaters. It has an accurate dial calibrated in both Farenheit and Celcius. Ideal for controlling heat mats, and other low powered heaters up a maximum load of 300 watts.

Name Mat Thermostat
Rating 100 watts
Type Switching
Price
$70.00 each
Instructions
  • Economic probe thermostat that switches on and off at the desired temperature.
  • Similar to the Temperature Thermostat but designed for smaller heat sources up to 100 watts.
  • Ideal for controlling the temperature in most smaller enclosures
  • NOT Suitable for use with light bulbs

Although some heat mats can be used without thermostats, the cage temperature can fluctuate with the ambient temperature. Too hot outside and there is the likelihood of the enclosure overheating. With minimal additional cost it can be assured that overheating will not occur in hot weather.

Name Twin Channel Thermostat
Rating 2 x 300 watts
Type Switching
Price
$140.00 each
Instructions
  • Two Temperature Thermostats in one box.
  • Two probe thermostat that switches on and off at the desired temperature independently on each channel.
  • NOT suitable for use with light bulbs

Perfect for controlling two heaters independently. When a specific temperature gradient is required this is the unit to use. It will control two heaters with a maximum of 300 watts for each channel. This enables each heater to be set at a different temperature, even in the same enclosure. One channel can control the general background heat, whilst the other channel can control a "hot spot" to give the reptiles that essential temperature gradient that is so important to their husbandry. It can alternatively be used to control two seperate heaters in two seperate cages.

Name Cool Control (Fan) Thermostat
Rating 300 watts
Type switching
Price
$85.00 each
Instructions
Cool Control™ is a thermostat that switches the power on when a set temperature is reached and off once the temperature has fallen below the set level. It is like an ordinary thermostat but only in reverse. It is commonly used to switch on cooling devices like and fans. Where safety consciousness is called for, HabiStat’s Cool Control™ leads the field.

 

Pulse Proportional Thermostats

Sophisticated pulse proportional thermostats are ideal for controlling higher power ceramic heaters. The function of this thermostat is far more sophisticated than the simpler on/off switching devices. It will very accurately control heaters and has a maximum load of 600 watts. A normal thermostat switches a heater on full power until the set temperature is achieved. It then switches the heater off completely until the temperature drops below the set value, when the cycle starts over again. The gap between the heater being switched on and then off is called hysteresis. It is between these points that the accuracy of the controller is assessed. The pulse proportional thermostats pulse electricity to the heater.

The sequence of events are as follows: The temperature is set on the dial. The cage and heater are cold so the heater is on full power.As the temperature in the cage nears the set temperature the unit cuts the power down to pulses.The degree of pulse (i.e. the ammount of time the heater is on and the ammount of time it is off) is dependent on the cage temperature. In the early stages of approaching the set temperature the 'on' pulses will be long and the 'off' time will be short. In a correctly set up cage, as the desired temperature is neared, the 'on' pulses become shorter until the cycle levels at approximately 50% on and 50% off. In a cage where the heater is of the correct capacity, the cycle should remain at this point. The heater is only powered enough to maintain the temperature set. It does not have to continually start the heater from cold. This vastly improves heater element life and is far safer for the animals as the heater rarely, if ever, needs to run at full power.

More information about why you might choose a pulse proportional thermostat can be found in the FAQ

Name Pulse Proportional Thermostat
Rating 600 watts
Type Pulse Proportional
Price
$110.00 each
Instructions
  • no minimum Load
  • NOT suitable for use with light bulbs
Name Day / Night Pulse Proportional Thermostat
Rating 600 watts
Type Pulse Proportional
Price
$130.00 each
Instructions
 
  • no minimum Load
  • Pulse Proportional thermostat with the option of a night time temperature adjustment using the Habistat Night Eye (Available separately)
  • NOT suitable for use with light bulbs

Dimming Thermostats

Sophisticated Dimming thermostats are designed specifically for controlling light bulbs. Dimming thermostats are one of the most accurate methods of temperature control and whilst it is perfect for controlling light bulbs, it can be used on almost any heaters. Unlike other Habistat thermostats, it requires a minimum load of 40 watts, but has a maximum capacity of 600 watts at 230 volts.

This is the only thermostat we recommend for use with incandescent light bulbs. It uses the latest technology and operates in a manner similar to the Pulse proportional thermostat. Instead of pulses of power being supplied to the heater, it is supplied with a continuous variable supply of power or voltage. In principle this has a similar effect to light dimmers or rheostats in your home.

If the Dimming thermostat is being used to control a primary basking spot, then the size of the heater needs to be engineered to the temperature required and the size of the enclosure. In other words, if the heater is too large then it will be running at a very low level. Clearly, not what is required of a basking light. If the wattage of the light bulb is reduced, then the intensity of the heat locally will be greater, or proportional.

More information about why you might choose a dimming thermostat can be found in the FAQ

Name Diming Thermostat
Rating 600 watts
Type Dimming
Price
$125.00 each
Instructions
 
  • Very accurate temperature control.
  • Adjusts output to maintain heat at the level set.
  • Increases bulb life as light bulbs are rarely runnng flat out.
  • Minimum Load 40 Watt
Name Day / Night Diming Thermostat
Rating 600 watts
Type Dimming
Price
$150.00 each
Instructions
 
  • Dimming thermostat with the option of a night time temperature adjustment using the Habistat Night Eye(Available separately)
  • Minimum Load 40 Watt

Name Night Eye
Rating See below
Type switching
Price
$75.00 each
Instructions
  • Electronic, light activated switch for Habistat Day/Night Thermostats
  • Switches output to a lower temperature when "Night"/darkness is detected by the sensor.
  • Temperature drop is adjustable between 5C and 15C but limited by ambient surrounding temperatures.
  • Ideal for use for sophisticated management of environmental heating where a lower temperature is desired "at Night".

The Night Eye will switch the day night function of the HabiStat Day/Night Pulse or Dimming thermostats on and off. It does this by sensing the light level. When it is light the day time temperature will be set and when it is dark the lower night time temperature will be activated. The difference between the on and off levels has been adjusted so that the unit does not flicker at the triggering point nor will it switch on and off due to minor variations in brightness.

The Night Eye should not be used with anything but HabiStat Day/Night Thermostats. The output plug is specifically matched to fit these thermostats. Under no circumstances should it be removed. Night Eye units will often replace the time switches that have been used to regulate the day/night cycle in vivariums.

By synchronising with natural daylight, maximum effect can be gained from the day/night function. This will include controlling the photoperiod and seasonal temperature ranges that are so important to many species reproductive cycles. Most uses will include altering the temperature range of those things that act as artificial suns, that is heaters and lights. It should also be noted that the light sensor must not be influenced by any of the lights it is controlling. This would cause a 'feed back loop' and lead to a very unstable system. Place the unit with the sensor exposed to the light source that it is to mimic. This will usually be the sun, so an obvious place to position the Night Eye is in a window. It does not have to be in direct sunlight as ordinary diffuse daylight is bright enough to effect the triggering level. Another position of use would be under a room light where it is intended that thermostatic control should be coupled with the main lighting.

More information about the Night Eye can be found in the FAQ

 

Name Moon Switch (On at night)
Rating 600 Watts
Type switching
Price
$75.00 each
Instructions
  • Electronic, light activated switch for mains equipment
  • Switches up to 600 Watts on when the light levels fall and off again when the light levels fall.
  • Used in sophisticated management of environmental heating and ventilation
The Moon Switch will switch a mains power line on and off depending on the light level. When it is light the power will be off and when it is dark the power will be on. The difference between the on and off levels has been adjusted so that the unit does not flicker at the triggering point nor will it switch on and off due to minor variations in brightness. Essentially the unit detects day and night and can therefore switch things on that are required during the night.

The range of items that can be switched is only limited by a maximum load of 600 watts and the imagination. Most uses will include switching on heaters that are only required during the night. One of the major advantages of the Moon Switch is that the natural day/night cycle is duplicated including the seasonal variations of long day length summers and short day length winters.

Reptiles that are active at night are just as dependent upon external heat sources as their day active relatives. The major difference being they are often able to cope with temperatures that are a little lower. The Moon Switch will switch on these secondary heaters While the companion Sun Switch will switch off the higher but still necessary day time heaters and brighter lights. The Moon Switch can be used to switch on special lights that are designed for use at night. Red, Basking Spot Lamps are an example. Here red light is used to create a hot spot without the distractions white light would pose for night active creatures. The special fluorescent lamps designed to stimulate moon light are another example.

Many night active creatures need to see their prey and cannot hunt in complete darkness. Ordinary lights are, however, too bright and are avoided. The subdued light is just right to allow night active predators to spot their prey but not so bright that their natural photoperiod is confused. This means essential synchronisation involving the photoperiod are left intact, so the animal behaves and breeds normally.

The Moon Switch is another innovation from HabiStat helping the advancement of reptile keeping.

More information about the Moon Switch can be found in the FAQ

 

Name Sun Switch (On during daylight)
Rating 600 Watts
Type switching
Price
$75.00 each
Instructions
  • Electronic, light activated switch for mains equipment
  • Switches up to 600 watts off when the light levels fall and on again when they brighten.
  • Used in sophisticated management of environmental heating and lighting
The Sun Switch is a light activated mains electricity switch. When the Sun Switch is in the light, the power will be switched on and when it is in the dark, the power will be switched off. The difference between the on and off levels has been adjusted so that the unit does not flicker at the triggering point nor will it switch on and off due to minor variations in brightness. Essentially, the unit detects day and night and can therefore switch things on that are required during daylight hours.

The range of items that can be switched is only limited by a maximum load of 600 watts and the imagination. Most uses will include switching those things that act like an artificial sun, that is heaters and lights. One of the major advantages of the Sun Switch is that natural day/night cycle is duplicated, including the seasonal variations of long day length summers and short day length winters.

The Sun Switch is the ideal unit to switch heaters and lights in sequence with the natural photoperiod. Because in nature the sun supplies both heat and light, it may be sensible to provide both from the Sun Switch. A simple multi-socket could be used as long as the total load does not exceed a maximum of 600 watts. In conjunction with a Sun Switch, the equivalent switching on of dark activated equipment can be achieved with a Moon Switch.

More information about the Sun Switch can be found in the FAQ

 

Name Sun and Moon Switch (1 channel on at night and 1 in daylight)
Rating 2 x 300 Watts
Type switching
Price
$85.00 each
Instructions
When the switch is in the light, the power will be switched on for one channel and off for the other. In the dark the situation is reversed, the day time on channel is switched off and the night time channel, on.

The difference between the on and off levels has been adjusted so that the unit does not flicker at the triggering point nor will it switch on and off due to minor variations in brightness. Essentially, the unit detects day and night and can therefore switch things on and off that are required during daylight and night time hours respectively. The range of items that can be switched is only limited by a maximum load of 600 watts and the imagination.

Most uses will include switching those things that act like an artificial sun, that is heaters and lights. One of the major advantages of the Sun & Moon Switch is that natural day/night cycle is duplicated, including the seasonal variations of long day length summers and short day length winters. The Sun & Moon Switch is the ideal unit to switch heaters and lights in sequence with the natural photoperiod.

Because in nature the sun supplies both heat and light, it may be sensible to provide both from the Sun Switch. A simple multi-socket could be used as long as the total load does not exceed a maximum of 600 watts. As the light fades, less powerful heaters and lights are needed. These allow night active but never the less, heat and vision dependent animals to function. The preference for alternative appliances can easily be accomplished with this sophisticated switching unit. Another HabiStat innovation advancing vivarium management and design.

More information about the Sun &Moon Switch can be found in the FAQ

 


Wall Thermostat

(Note that by law, all wall thermostat available through the Herp Shop should be installed by a licensed electrician.)


I.M.I.T TA.3 Wall Thermostat

Updated version of the thermostat that the majority of herpetoculturists use. It operates on gas filled bellows which operate SPDT switching contacts and is suitable for controlling cages or enclosures where the main heat source is lights/lamps/ceramic heat emmitters producing a warm air temperature.

In 19 years over 13,000 of these have been sold to Australian herpetoculturists by the Herp Shop.

$32.00
per unit


Probe Thermostats



Fan / CoolingThermostat

An efficient thermostat to control cooling devices such as fans, coolers and air conditioners. Ensure that your collection does not overheat by running your cooling source through this thermostat. The temperature of the room rises past the preferred point, the thermostat cuts in with the cooling appliance. Also excellent for rodent/insect breeders.
(See also the Habistat™ Cool Control (Fan) Thermostat)

$110.00

per unit


Dimmers


Aussie Sun Plug Pack Dimmer

Suitable for incandescent lights, heat mats, heat tape etc. Dim your heat source down to approximately the power you require rather than have the appliance constantly coming on too hot. Creates a more gentle form of heating. Suggested use with a probe thermostat THAT040. Rated at 500 watts this device will cope with most electric heating sources.

$95.00

per unit