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Old 04-21-2010, 12:18 PM
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Lightbulb plant lighting + uvb lighting

hey there, so im getting ready to put the finishing touches on my enclousure (interior decor). no i've got my reptiGLO 5.0 and since i will be putting in real plants in here, i was considering the reptiGLO 2.0. is this manditory (these friggen reptile lights are so expensive). is there anytype of alternative flourescent tube for plant growth that will not emmit any heat and or to much extra u.v harmfull to the chameleon? the enclosure is 2x3x4 and a 6 1/2 month old female veiled will be inhabiting it. suggestions please
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Save some money and go with the GE brand. The ones I use are the GE Daylight 6500K CFL. Works really well.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:56 PM
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I got a 8 pack of GE Reveal 60w for like $6 at Lowes. Theyre just normal house bulbs that work perfect. One thing I will suggest is when you get a chance replace that repti GLO with a ZooMed ReptiSun 5.0. Those GLO's are reported of causing blindness and other cham issues.
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The reptiglo's work just fine, though reptisun's are superior.
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CFLs are what are known to cause blindness
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thanks guys for your tips. but im talking about a linear T8 that would be of use.
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I use a reptisun 10.0 and a plant light from Home depot in a cage roughly the same size as yours and it looks fine.
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Yeah as goggles stated go to hd or lowes and get a 6.00 plant linear tube lite.
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i found a 48" T8 grow light. good for plants that use direct sunlight, enhances the color of fish and animals at the hardware store where my girlfriend works for about 9$. its by sylvania. i believe its called Gro-Lux. any takes on this?
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I use a reptisun 10.0 and a plant light from Home depot in a cage roughly the same size as yours and it looks fine.
Is the 10.0 sitting on top of the cage or up a couple of inches? 10.0 lamps put out a lot of UVB especialy if you are using a metal reflector behind the lamp... and expecialyl if you have two UVB lamps.

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Yeah as goggles stated go to hd or lowes and get a 6.00 plant linear tube lite.
Plant lamps aren't always the answer. A lot of plant lamps are a lower color temp. Idealy you'd like a 6500K color temp lamp.

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i found a 48" T8 grow light. good for plants that use direct sunlight, enhances the color of fish and animals at the hardware store where my girlfriend works for about 9$. its by sylvania. i believe its called Gro-Lux. any takes on this?
The Gro-Lux is overpriced if you ask me I don't now what the color temp is... I used them before I think and I wasn't impressed at all. Lowe's and HD sell 6500K lamps in 48" T8 size, two lamps for under $6. I have the GE lamps from Lowes and they have done very well for me.
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