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Old 01-04-2011, 09:17 AM
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uvb bulbs at home depot?

A friend of mine told me that home depot sells linear bulbs that can be used instead of reptisun 5.0, does anyone know what these bulbs are called or if they even exist?
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:30 AM
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No. You would need a UVB meter to test make sure the bulbs are safe. Most bulbs are made in such a way that they dont really produce UVB or at least they aren't supposed to. That's why reptile bulbs are more expensive. They are made specially.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:03 AM
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I have shopped Home Depot for years and never seen a UVB bulb. I would be careful if I were you. We all know what happens without proper UVB. jmo
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Home depot sells aquarium bulbs and grow lights for plants.. these are not the same as a reptile UV bulb. You can use these bulbs in ADDITION to a reptisun but not as a replacement.

I do get my basking heat bulbs (incandescent) at home depot or lowes instead of buying the heat bulbs marketed for reptiles
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Home depot sells aquarium bulbs and grow lights for plants.. these are not the same as a reptile UV bulb. You can use these bulbs in ADDITION to a reptisun but not as a replacement.

I do get my basking heat bulbs (incandescent) at home depot or lowes instead of buying the heat bulbs marketed for reptiles
Ditto on all accounts.

From Home Depot I use the Philips PAR20 50w flood lamps. great heat and light output for the wattage. And from Lowe's I use 6500K CFLs and linear tubes.
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:40 PM
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alright thanks guys saves me a trip out to homedepot to check
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