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lighting question

Discussion in 'Habitat Lighting' started by metallica50, Oct 2, 2004.

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  1. metallica50

    metallica50 Active Member

    I was testing my lighting tonight for my beardie that will be coming at the end of this week hopefully. I bought a 100 watt household bulb but it did not get my 20 gal long tank basking area to 105 degrees or the aquariums temperature 85 degrees. What light would you reccomend? Is an exo terra day glo basking tight beam bulb good? If it is what wattage should i get? For the uvb i got a reptisun 5.0

  2. Mark

    Mark Elite Member

    I am an iguana guy but as all you need is heat I would go with a normal light bulb as you have UV covered. A heat emitter will also work at night as a dark source. The wattage is hard to tell you without seeing the setup, even then there is a lot of guess and check involved. I am a big fan of the heat emitter sold thru when pluged into a thermostat.

  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    What are you using to measure temperatures? If it is one of the stick on tapes it is not givng you an accurate reading. Unless you have the tank in a cold location would think a 100 watt bulb would do it.
    The home type light bulbs are fine and the pricey reptile basking bulbs won't do anything different except empty your wallet faster.
  4. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    I agree with Merlin on this one, I use a good uvb bulb and then a regular household bulb with a reflector for heat.
  5. metallica50

    metallica50 Active Member

    thanks for your help guys i fixed my problem.
  6. Mark

    Mark Elite Member

    I've always read that reptisun 5x are about the best you can get until you jump to MVB. What tubes do you rate higher than a reptisun/iguana-sun 5.0?

    Personally I use a EB MegaRay Flood but am just curious. I used to use the same type of set up as you Jay but have now moved my lights inside and scraped the reflector.
  7. Jay DeMore

    Jay DeMore Elite Member

    I only use the reflectors on heat lamps, for most of my critters I use the reptisun 5.0 or the desert sun 7.0 I do have a megaray for an Iguana that I am fostering, she came to me recovering from mbd. Almost all my enclosures have both types of lights.
    The megaray will be replacing everything here as the lights reach their expiration.
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