Need advice on uvb fixture size for new tank

Brad85

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I was looking to get this new enclosure for my bearded dragon. It’s a 48x18x18. What size uvb fixture would you recommend? Some places online say one that covers 2/3 the cage. a local pet shop says a 36” fixture (bulb be 34”) would be the way to go but I don’t know if that would be to big. I’m planning to mount it inside and my beardie does have a hide away to get out of it. I’m planning to mount it inside so the wires will make it stretch a little further to the other side of the cage.

Just looking to get some ideas so I know what to get.


Thank you
 

hdochow

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Beardie name(s)
Sir Henry of Scales
I have a 36", but most use a 24". It's not centered across the length, but pushed down to the hot end, so that the cool end is a place to get out of the UVB if Sir Henry wants. Front to back, it is pushed to the front with my basking bulb right behind it. Inside is good, and you'll want it 12-15" above the basking decor.
 

KarrieRee

BD.org Sicko
Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I was looking to get this new enclosure for my bearded dragon. It’s a 48x18x18. What size uvb fixture would you recommend? Some places online say one that covers 2/3 the cage. a local pet shop says a 36” fixture (bulb be 34”) would be the way to go but I don’t know if that would be to big. I’m planning to mount it inside and my beardie does have a hide away to get out of it. I’m planning to mount it inside so the wires will make it stretch a little further to the other side of the cage.

Just looking to get some ideas so I know what to get.


Thank you
All of these would use a 24" fixture --- the Repti Zoo has a wide hole screen not sure how thick it is but a possibility of the UVB sitting on top --- but that depends on how thick that screen is
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
Personally i aways recommend 1/2 to 2/3, i like having good exposure but you have got to give a place to get out of it if they want to. I also try to make sure i have good overlap between the uvb and basking light. They will move around to get what they need.
 

Brad85

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Original Poster
Thank you everyone. I have a friend that has a solar meter so I’m fine with getting the right range for uvb so that won’t be an issue. Just trying to find out the right size fixture and go from there. Didn’t want to get one the wrong size.
 

xp29

Gray-bearded Member
Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
As long as your beardie can get into the right range of uvb, it will seek it out and go there. Thats the most important part, just to have access to the right range of uvb.
 

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