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CooperDragon

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JayTheDragonTamer":2pyipvba said:
So just to clarify, Arcadia’s t5 bulbs are all HO, and fit into the ProT? Or does High output only refer to the fixture and any t5 can fit into it? I might buy a different fixture for my bulb.. so should that be ho or just t5?

Also where does this “euro range” thing come in?
I probably have this wrong, but is this the European version of the bulbs and fixtures? Arcadia only has an American website as far as I can see, so i’m worried that I might buy something that I can’t use. I am in the UK.
If that’s not what Euro range means, will I need an adapter for my sockets?

Sorry for all the questions, I’m probably over complicating this. I’m just confused lol

As far as I know, they're all HO. Euro Range tends to refer to T8 bulbs that have a (relatively) high output, but again I think this is a mostly a marketing term. As long as you pick out a T5 fixture with a good reflector that is the appropriate size for the bulb you want, it should work without a problem. The length and the type (T5, T8, etc) are the important numbers for fit.

Since you're in the UK, you have access to better stuff than we do in the US. A lot of the Arcadia stuff is made for that market. I went the opposite way with one of my good Arcadia bulbs and have a UK bulb and use a power converter for it :lol:

Check out Swell Reptiles for a really good source of equipment in the UK.
 

MamaPizza

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Hey, I have a question if that's ok? It might just be a wording thing that I'm not picking up on, but I'm so worried about doing things wrong, lol...

I'm trying to figure out proper placement for the uvb light fixture. I gather that it should go inside the tank, so it doesn't filter out too much, but I'm quite stuck on this quote:

"Just stick the hooks on the back wall of your cage, and hang the light fixture from them."

I may be a little overzealous, but...does this mean it is *better* to have the fixture on the back wall, or just *easier*? Should I attach it to the hood if I can? Or is it actually better to be on the back wall?

Thanks so much! I'm a huge lurker here tbh, and cannot tell you how many times I've referred to this forum over the last few months 😀 you all are amazing!
 

KarrieRee

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Hey, I have a question if that's ok? It might just be a wording thing that I'm not picking up on, but I'm so worried about doing things wrong, lol...

I'm trying to figure out proper placement for the uvb light fixture. I gather that it should go inside the tank, so it doesn't filter out too much, but I'm quite stuck on this quote:

"Just stick the hooks on the back wall of your cage, and hang the light fixture from them."

I may be a little overzealous, but...does this mean it is *better* to have the fixture on the back wall, or just *easier*? Should I attach it to the hood if I can? Or is it actually better to be on the back wall?

Thanks so much! I'm a huge lurker here tbh, and cannot tell you how many times I've referred to this forum over the last few months 😀 you all are amazing!
Please tell me what brand and bulb you have? This will determine the placement and distance for the fixture
 

MamaPizza

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This is the one I bought:


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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I am sure the fixture is fine - the bulb I am not so sure about - I would recommend you change the bulb out for a Reptisun or a Arcadia 12% bulbs - they seem to be about the best on the market at this time - the placement is better in the tank and placed directly over the basking area 12-15 inches - you can use this stuff to hang in the tank GE 15 ft. Cable Ties, Hook and Loop Spool, Black 10375 - The Home Depot
this stuff is like a Velcro strap cut into strips and wrap around your fixture it works really good - you might need to snip the screen - if your screen is a wide hole type of screen you can place it on top w/ basking decor distance 8-10 inches - but I would change the bulb out if you decide to do that the bulbs I posted are really good and the Repti Zoo I dont know much about so their out put for UVB may not be as effective
 

FatalTrip

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Julian
Could someone link the UVB lights and Fixtures on walmart or any other site? Sorry if they have already been linked in the other 60 pages.
 

mjs2020

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spike
I can't speak for everywhere in the world but simpler is better. Mega-Ray Self-Ballasted Flood UVB Lamps are all you should ever need. maybe a heat emitter if you don't have a dedicated room for your reptiles.
 

Dk638

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Nugget
Hi, new beardie owner here. I currently have a baby in a 20g tank with a dual dime fixture. Want to get prepared for a 40g enclosure. I plan on using a t5 10.0 with the current fixture. If I use an infrared heat projector in it do I need another bulb for the basking area? If so what should it be. Thanks in advance
 

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