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UVB Light Fixture

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:08 am
by turtlethewaterdragon
Hey! My girlfriend's beardie is in need of an upgrade from a 18 inch to 24 inch UVB. We want to mount the bulb and are trying to find the best fixture. We see a lot of people talk about the Walmart fixtures but we cannot understand what brand their talking about. Can anyone help us out?

Re: UVB Light Fixture

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:19 am
by kingofnobbys
turtlethewaterdragon wrote:Hey! My girlfriend's beardie is in need of an upgrade from a 18 inch to 24 inch UVB. We want to mount the bulb and are trying to find the best fixture. We see a lot of people talk about the Walmart fixtures but we cannot understand what brand their talking about. Can anyone help us out?


The Walmart ones are probably OK ... BUT
>>> you will need to install a reflector behind the tube as domestic T8 and T5 fittings have no reflectors builtin
>>> you will have to remove the "clear crystal/ or frosted" plastic cover that wraps over the tube as these absorb ALL the UVA and UVB produced by the T8 or T5 tube UVB tube.

Likely after retrofitting a good reflector in the fitting you will not save many $ over buying a properly made reptile T5 or T8 reflector hood.

Some online shops are offering Arcadia T5HO Slimline 24" reflector hoods including a 24W 12%UVB Arcadia T5HO tube in the kit for a fair bit less you'd pay if you bought the reflector hood and the 12%UVB T5 tube separately.

Re: UVB Light Fixture

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:22 am
by CooperDragon
Did you get the bulb already? Is it a T5? This fixture will work well for a T5 22'' bulb https://www.amazon.com/Sunblaster-904296-NanoTech-Fixture-Reflector/dp/B00AKKUBDQ/

Re: UVB Light Fixture

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:20 pm
by turtlethewaterdragon
kingofnobbys wrote:
turtlethewaterdragon wrote:Hey! My girlfriend's beardie is in need of an upgrade from a 18 inch to 24 inch UVB. We want to mount the bulb and are trying to find the best fixture. We see a lot of people talk about the Walmart fixtures but we cannot understand what brand their talking about. Can anyone help us out?


The Walmart ones are probably OK ... BUT
>>> you will need to install a reflector behind the tube as domestic T8 and T5 fittings have no reflectors builtin
>>> you will have to remove the "clear crystal/ or frosted" plastic cover that wraps over the tube as these absorb ALL the UVA and UVB produced by the T8 or T5 tube UVB tube.

Likely after retrofitting a good reflector in the fitting you will not save many $ over buying a properly made reptile T5 or T8 reflector hood.

Some online shops are offering Arcadia T5HO Slimline 24" reflector hoods including a 24W 12%UVB Arcadia T5HO tube in the kit for a fair bit less you'd pay if you bought the reflector hood and the 12%UVB T5 tube separately.


Are there any for a T8?

Re: UVB Light Fixture

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:27 pm
by Drache613
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Re: UVB Light Fixture

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:17 am
by charmander16