He needs UV-B and warmth, and both from above, so his parietal eye can do its thing (help him regulate temperature and exposure). Beyond that, AFAIK, any supplemental lighting would be for our (human viewer) benefit.
Is that opinion/theory or are there articles/studies on it? As I said, AFAIK, and still learning. Now that you mention it I do recall that the basking bulb is best as full--or near-full spectrum (mercury vapor?) That seemed like overkill with a HO 10.0 UV-B, so it may have slipped to the back of my mind. (I think it was also mentioned that M-Vs were pricey, IIRC.) I think that was my reasoning for going with a regular incandescent flood for basking, with the HO fluorescent UV-B.claudiusx":3v3ksb43 said:There is a lot of benefit to trying to achieve a spectrum and output as close to the sun as possible.
claudiusx":2ah56y2s said:Half the fun is in the learning process and finding what works and what doesnt work for you
Rschasch":1pxnqvqk said:claudiusx":1pxnqvqk said:https://www.beardeddragon.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=87&t=235017
It's a good discussion. It's a bit older but you should learn a lot. I'm not sure all the links work for products that were found, but it will at least give you and idea of what to look out for let us know if you find anything you like as I'm genuinely curious too and looking into it.
Brandon, thanks for sharing that article! It was very in depth and seems Charmander put a lot of time and energy into his research! I looked into sunblaster, and they have a full spectrum light that i think may fit the bill!
For only $30 bucks that not bad! I'm going to give it a shot because it definitely seems like the new tank is lacking in the lighting department...