CFL's opinions

Hoj

Friendly Grasshopper
i am just curious what peoples thoughts are on the use of CFL bulbs for their chams. i am currently useing 2 exoterra reptiglow 5.0 26w CFL bulbs in a 18" exoterra dual CFL hood mounted approx 8" from the top of my enclosure.
I also have a 18" reptisum 5.0 witch another member very kindly picked up for me at the Toronto reptil expo that i am planning on switchinmg to but still curious.

as always thx
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
I used reptiGlo CLFs for awhile without issue. However others have experienced problems with that same brand. And it seems Other brands have even worse track records.

Because one cant be certain (unless one knows a particular manufacturing run has tested well, and what to look for on the package to ensure you are getting that same bulb). So the switch to the 18" tube erptisun is a good choice.

You may find these links useful, if you've not already seen them:
http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor.htm
https://www.chameleonforums.com/compact-uv-18803/
https://www.chameleonforums.com/compact-flourescent-bulb-just-curious-20305/
https://www.chameleonforums.com/repti-sun-cfl-old-vs-new-31927/
https://www.chameleonforums.com/updated-info-cf-uvb-lamps-29318/
 

Chris Anderson

Dr. House of Chameleons
Staff member
They WILL cause eye problems, i know from experience.
Saying "They WILL cause eye problems" is not necessarily true. Every one of these cages has an Exo Terra Reptiglo 5.0 26Watt CF bulb on them and I've not had a single eye problem:



Was yours an Exo Terra Reptiglo CFL or another brand, jrh3?

Sandra - I'd not heard of any cases of problems specifically tied to the Exo Terra Reptiglo CF bulbs. A couple other brands, absolutely, but never the Reptiglo. Do you happen to have a link to any of those cases?

Chris
 

sandrachameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
Sandra - I'd not heard of any cases of problems specifically tied to the Exo Terra Reptiglo CF bulbs. A couple other brands, absolutely, but never the Reptiglo. Do you happen to have a link to any of those cases?
No links. I read the reports about reptiglo issues only on this forum; just posts by other members who used that brand and who claimed they causes problems. I personally had no issues with Reptiglo CLF or linear tubes.
 

ferretinmyshoes

Veterinarian
Staff member
I've used reptiglo CFLs for the last few years without any problems so far. It's not long enough for me to truly be comfortable with them given how many stories there are, but I prefer them at this point, fwiw. And a very reputable reptile vet I know who's double boarded hasn't ever seen problems with them.
 

Psi

New Member
No links. I read the reports about reptiglo issues only on this forum; just posts by other members who used that brand and who claimed they causes problems.
I assume it was just someone that was confused and just lumped all CFL in the same pile.

I've had no issue using them over a few cages.
 

fluxlizard

New Member
This probably isn't exactly what you are asking but I like to use non-uvb cfls (ge daylight) for mild heat and lots of light output that penetrates to the bottom of my enclosures. For mountain species they are really nice because they provide a very mild hotspot.
 

Johnny909

New Member
Man, the eye problem thing geez, thats a fear caused from a bad batch like 2 years ago that was recalled, and for the record, the lights where bad for all reptiles, not just chameleon. Toyota recalls cars that dont break, shit happens.

They are fine if you have a very large enclosure,, im going mega ray 2 in one, amd its gonna be fine, people have to review this option, things have changed, mega ray even makes a low model just for chams, they replicate the sun way better than any tube can.
 
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