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T8 or T5 bulb for my DIY Enclosure

Postby lardo5150 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:40 pm

I have a 4x2x2 custom enclosure.
When doing this, I completely forgot to factor in height for the T8 bulb.

Quick background...I was under the impression that a T5 bulb can only be used OUTSIDE of an enclosure (like the 36'' one I have right now sitting on top of his screen).
I was informed that a T8 should be used INSIDE the enclosure. So I purchased a T8. I screwed up by not thinking of height.
So look at the pic, I created basically two basking areas for him. One on the tree, and the main flat area.
I was testing things out and realized the height issue. I am not talking about basking light, I am talking about his basking spot compared to his UVB light.
The main basking area is 17 inches from the T8. The tree would be around 11 inches.

I have two options...I can return this light, and re-use the Reptisun T5 hood I have, and just make some custom brackets to hold it to the ceiling. But would that work? Can you use a T5 inside, and if so, what is the correct height from his back to the UVB?

I can continue to use the T8, but I would need to raise his basking spot I believe. Can someone tell me the correct height from his back to the T8 needs to be?

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Re: T8 or T5 bulb for my DIY Enclosure

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:18 pm

Please take the T 5 and put it inside the tank --- and take the T 8 out -- it is not adequate for the tank size and the T 5 is more suited for the 4x2x2-- basking distance for the T 5 should be 12-15 inches directly above the basking decor piece --
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Re: T8 or T5 bulb for my DIY Enclosure

Postby lardo5150 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:50 pm

The t8 is 36 inches just in case....

So you say the t5 would be safe mounted to the ceiling.
I would need to raise that basking spot 2 inches though correct?
Also my current t5 is 36 inches, inside a reptisun hood.
Do they make brackets or anything to hang these inside?
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Re: T8 or T5 bulb for my DIY Enclosure

Postby lardo5150 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:55 pm

Also would inmount intthe middle or towards the back?
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Re: T8 or T5 bulb for my DIY Enclosure

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:16 pm

I have mine inside the tank towards front middle of tank--- I can post some things to hang tomorrow- I use some stuff that works really good you can get at home depot- I can also post a pic of the tank if you like
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Re: T8 or T5 bulb for my DIY Enclosure

Postby lardo5150 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:23 pm

KarrieRee wrote:I have mine inside the tank towards front middle of tank--- I can post some things to hang tomorrow- I use some stuff that works really good you can get at home depot- I can also post a pic of the tank if you like

Yes that would be great I appreciate it.
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Re: T8 or T5 bulb for my DIY Enclosure

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:27 am

3 M command Velcro fasteners- picture hanging wire –long plastic zip ties-- fishing line -- potted plant hangers--- and I use this stuff its like a Velcro cut into strips then wrap around the hood
https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-15-ft-Ca ... /304220195
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