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T5 or T8 Question

Postby GeneralSou » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:42 am

Hey everyone. I'm currently due to change my Beardie's UVB bulb and had a question. I built my own cage for her and the dimensions are 4ft long, 2ft deep, and 2ft tall. I currently am using a 36" T8 fixture without a reflector with a Reptisun 10.0 and was wondering if it would be beneficial if I changed to a T5 fixture with something like an Arcadia High Output 12%. The current bulb sits 21" from the bulb to the floor and about 15" from her main basking spot to the bulb. There is no screen obstructing anything and is mounted directly inside with no obstructions. Thank you!
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Re: T5 or T8 Question

Postby claudiusx » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:09 am

Hi there,

At 15 inches from the basking spot you will definitely want the t5 version :)

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Re: T5 or T8 Question

Postby GeneralSou » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:13 am

claudiusx wrote:Hi there,

At 15 inches from the basking spot you will definitely want the t5 version :)

-Brandon


Thank you, Brandon! Do you have any recommendations on fixtures? I was looking at these two https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/t5-uvb-light-fixture.html and https://www.reptilebasics.com/t5-light-fixtures/t5-ho-single-bulb-light-strip-36/
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Re: T5 or T8 Question

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:22 am

GeneralSou wrote:Hey everyone. I'm currently due to change my Beardie's UVB bulb and had a question. I built my own cage for her and the dimensions are 4ft long, 2ft deep, and 2ft tall. I currently am using a 36" T8 fixture without a reflector with a Reptisun 10.0 and was wondering if it would be beneficial if I changed to a T5 fixture with something like an Arcadia High Output 12%. The current bulb sits 21" from the bulb to the floor and about 15" from her main basking spot to the bulb. There is no screen obstructing anything and is mounted directly inside with no obstructions. Thank you!


I'd recommend a T5ho 12% tube in a reflector hood between 24" to 36" long for your tank, the basking spot needs to be about 12" from the UVB tube refer to this : a quantative guide in terms of both UVB flux and if you need it UV-Index
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For 15" distance , you'll need a T5ho 14%UVB tube.
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