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Combo lighting

Postby Jorhoades75 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:49 pm

Are there any UVB/UVA light tubes I can use? I have to run a che and want to do this 24/7 in place of basking light. I know I need UVB and UVA so that’s why I’m asking if there are reputable effective combos.
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Re: Combo lighting

Postby claudiusx » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:57 pm

Uvb bulbs do give off uva also. However, it's generally accepted that you need a bright basking light alongside that too. Most basking bulbs dont really put off that much uva anyways.

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Re: Combo lighting

Postby claudiusx » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:58 pm

You could look into mercury vapor bulbs though.

Why do you need to run a che 24/7 though if you dont mind me asking?

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Re: Combo lighting

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Re: Combo lighting

Postby Jorhoades75 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:42 pm

My house is on the cold side, especially at night. Daytime temp is 70F. I was just trying to reduce the need for 3 lamps and thought I could do UVB/UVA combo and CHE during the day and CHE only at night.

Is it okay for them to bask under the CHE?

I can do 3 separate lamps and just switch if that’s what’s best for my guy.
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Re: Combo lighting

Postby MrSpectrum » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:38 am

How cold at night?

If it gets down to 65°F (18°C) or lower, you'll probably need some kind of heat at night, but this could be thermostatically controlled to come on only as needed, and/or to alternate with the basking light.

The UVB and basking lights only need to be on during the daytime (and some sources say the UVB can come on 1 HR after the basking light, and turn off 1 HR before the basking light).

At the risk of "poking the dragon", not all heating pads burn reptiles/start fires, but that option will require some homework. :wink:
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