Arcadia bulb with zoo med fixture?

Herpcentric

Member
Ok, I’m at a completely loss here. I can not find a 22” Arcadia T5 HO light fixture. Would T8 be better? I know its just a thicker bulb, but does it produce better output than a T5? I also don’t want it to over power my 2’x2’x4’ cage.

I’m curious to know if I can possibly use a Zoo Med T5 HO light fixture with a Arcadia T5 HO 6% UVB bulb? If not, does anyone know where I can buy a T5 HO 22” Arcadia light fixture? Or at least a fixture brand that will work with the bulb?
 

GoodKarma19

Chameleon Enthusiast
T5HO lights are much more powerful than T8 - I want to say that it's at least 3x more light output? But don't quote me on that!

You can use the Arcadia bulbs with any fixture of the same size. Keep in mind that the bulb is 2" shorter than the fixture, so for your 22" bulb you'll need a 24" fixture.
 

Herpcentric

Member
T5HO lights are much more powerful than T8 - I want to say that it's at least 3x more light output? But don't quote me on that!

You can use the Arcadia bulbs with any fixture of the same size. Keep in mind that the bulb is 2" shorter than the fixture, so for your 22" bulb you'll need a 24" fixture.
Ok! That actually helps to much! I’ve been racking my brain trying to find a fixture that’ll fit these bulbs, not realizing that they are measured by the fixtures length, not the bulbs length!
 

Herpcentric

Member
Awesome! Thank you guys so much! On a side note, does anyone have a good recommendation for a nice but cost effective CHE brand?
 

Rst_Cham

Chameleon Enthusiast
P.S. The thermostat I linked to above is a bit tricky to setup, fyi, but the instructions do make sense.
 

RyanBRZ

Avid Member
Thinking of trying an Arcadia when my ReptiSun 5.0 is ready for replacement, I'll be using the ReptiSun T5 HO 24" fixture as you are @Rst_Cham. Where is a good place to buy these bulbs? And what is an equivalent percentage to the 5.0 ZooMed?
 

Alexander1

Avid Member
Remember that all ballast are not created equal, Arcadia has some nice ballast/fixtures at lightyourreptiles .com, joshsfrogs.com, etc, a cheap ballast can shorten the life of your Arcadia bulb, it also may not have enough or too much wattage and will not come with the extra filters, protection a good ballast will. Keep that in mind, a cheap ballast may not necessarily be more cost effective in the long run, I bought mine from lightyourreptile , he happens to be a site sponsor and they are very knowledgeable about their products.
 

RyanBRZ

Avid Member
Yeah, I thought about buying a new fixture. Bill Strand just released a podcast on the topic and the Arcadia guy went into fixture quality. Does anyone know if the zoomed fixture is considered decent?
 

CamoChameleonsHuman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yeah, I thought about buying a new fixture. Bill Strand just released a podcast on the topic and the Arcadia guy went into fixture quality. Does anyone know if the zoomed fixture is considered decent?
I would say so. The fixture isn’t necessarily cheap especially for a single fixture. I think he would've brought it up. And I believe there's another episode this week maybe we will hear some more?
 
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