Are reflectors really needed?

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Are reflectors really needed?

Postby Aarongibson » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:48 pm

Hi I'm thinking of getting a vivarium An adding the diy parts myself. But I was curious I've seen a lot of people with An without reflectors covering their basking lamps for their bearded dragons. So I was curious to ask are reflectors needed in a vivarium?
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Re: Are reflectors really needed?

Postby Taterbug » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:36 am

Reflectors serve two purposes - they redirect otherwise wasted light to the vivarium where it is useful, and they obstruct view of the lamps (glare) and make it more comfortable to look at the vivarium.

For UV lamps they also increase the effective strength of the lamp.
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Re: Are reflectors really needed?

Postby Aarongibson » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:21 pm

Is there any way you can get reflector asking lights as a whole like the light bulb has reflectors in or around it
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Re: Are reflectors really needed?

Postby Taterbug » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:23 am

Aarongibson wrote:Is there any way you can get reflector asking lights as a whole like the light bulb has reflectors in or around it

Halogen flood lights have built in reflectors.
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