Is my UVB light good enough?

WilsonCham

New Member
Hello,

I recently got a male veiled chameleon. He is housed in a 24x24x48 screen enclosure and I have a terrarium hood with a 12" T5 HO Reptisun 5.0 UVB. Is this UVB setup enough for him? or does he need a longer lamp with a 10.0 UVB?

Thanks!
 

Kiraral

Member
You’re going to want a 24” fixture for your cage, 12” fixtures honestly aren’t even recommended for the smaller cages because they don’t penetrate as deeply. Get a 10% or 12% bulb for it. You’re cham will be much better off :)
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
the 12" 5.0 t5 HO is 15 watt. That should be fine considering you have to shoe horn in a 24" t8 10.0 17 watt in at an angle.

Your only other choice is getting the 22" that is 24 watt. Most are going to recommend that, but if you can not return it, its not going to be a bad setup.

Basically for ideal, you want a 24" t8 10.0, or a 22" T5 HO 5.0. This would allow 18-24" of penetration into the cage.

Im guessing your 12" HO is providing 18". It is nightanole approved for the cage, just set up the cage so that it hanged out on the top half of the cage mostly.
 

timw1

Chameleon Enthusiast
does the six month light change include t5ho? I just put in a new 22" t5ho uvb bulb.
Yes, just to be safe. I have heard Arcadia bulbs last longer, but I would still swap Arcadia bulbs out at 9 months without testing with a solarmeter.
 

ebclark

New Member
Hey guys! I'm a soon-to-be chameleon owner and I'm trying to get everything right before I bring him home, but I'm having a little trouble finding the right lighting supplies. I've read that the 24" Reptisun hood needs a 22" bulb but I have only found 24" and 18" bulbs. Is the 24" bulb okay to fit the 24" hood? Specifically these are the two products I'm talking about:
 

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krikinit

Avid Member
Hey guys! I'm a soon-to-be chameleon owner and I'm trying to get everything right before I bring him home, but I'm having a little trouble finding the right lighting supplies. I've read that the 24" Reptisun hood needs a 22" bulb but I have only found 24" and 18" bulbs. Is the 24" bulb okay to fit the 24" hood? Specifically these are the two products I'm talking about:
A 24" hood takes a 22" light. About 1" on both sides of hood for parts to receive the light and hold it in place. Arcadia and Reptisun have 22". glad you are asking now and not later. I spent a month just reading about the different types of lights,positioning etc..
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Hey guys! I'm a soon-to-be chameleon owner and I'm trying to get everything right before I bring him home, but I'm having a little trouble finding the right lighting supplies. I've read that the 24" Reptisun hood needs a 22" bulb but I have only found 24" and 18" bulbs. Is the 24" bulb okay to fit the 24" hood? Specifically these are the two products I'm talking about:
Hi there your best bet is to start your own thread via this link https://www.chameleonforums.com/forums/enclosures-and-supplies.14/
But the bulbs are always 2 inches shorter then the hood length unless you get an odd sized hood.
I prefer Arcadia bulbs. I bought my fixture and bulbs through lightyourreptiles.com. Todd is great and you can email him specifics on cage, cham type, etc and he can offer suggestions.
 

ebclark

New Member
A 24" hood takes a 22" light. About 1" on both sides of hood for parts to receive the light and hold it in place. Arcadia and Reptisun have 22". glad you are asking now and not later. I spent a month just reading about the different types of lights,positioning etc..
Thanks a bunch!
 

ebclark

New Member
Hi there your best bet is to start your own thread via this link https://www.chameleonforums.com/forums/enclosures-and-supplies.14/
But the bulbs are always 2 inches shorter then the hood length unless you get an odd sized hood.
I prefer Arcadia bulbs. I bought my fixture and bulbs through lightyourreptiles.com. Todd is great and you can email him specifics on cage, cham type, etc and he can offer suggestions.
Awesome I'll check out Arcadia at the website you mentioned, I've heard Arcadia bulbs last a little longer too. I'll start posting my own threads, too.
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Awesome I'll check out Arcadia at the website you mentioned, I've heard Arcadia bulbs last a little longer too. I'll start posting my own threads, too.
Yeah it is just easier for people to not get your info confused with the Original Poster. But yes Arcadia bulbs are more of a 12 month bulb where the zoo med are a 6-9 month bulb. I prefer the fixtures that Todd sells to over the one you have posted. I would do at least a dual fixture to provide light for plant growth as well. :) But Todd can explain more about your options there. :)
 
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