Recommended UV lights for 18-20 inch distance?

Shotty.Sub

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Hi, we adopted a bearded dragon and she currently has T8 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB, 24 Inch, 17 Watt” Bulbs

The previous owner had a lot taller decor they wanted to keep. So I'm wondering what a good safe bulb would be about 18-20 inches away from the basking spot.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
Hi, we adopted a bearded dragon and she currently has T8 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB, 24 Inch, 17 Watt” Bulbs

The previous owner had a lot taller decor they wanted to keep. So I'm wondering what a good safe bulb would be about 18-20 inches away from the basking spot.
If your looking for that distance a Arcadia 14% bulb would be good but the tank should be 24" tall and it should be inside w/ a distance of 17-18 inches --
 

Shotty.Sub

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If your looking for that distance a Arcadia 14% bulb would be good but the tank should be 24" tall and it should be inside w/ a distance of 17-18 inches --
The tank is 24, inches tall. What's the difference between a arcadia bulb and reptisun?
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
The tank is 24, inches tall. What's the difference between a arcadia bulb and reptisun?
I dont think to much -- they are both excellent bulbs the Arcadia are German bulbs and the Reptisun are made here in the states - I know the Arcadia have D3 stamped on them but I am not sure what that means - Brandon Claudiusx or CooperDragon could specifically answer that question better than I -
 

Shotty.Sub

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I dont think to much -- they are both excellent bulbs the Arcadia are German bulbs and the Reptisun are made here in the states - I know the Arcadia have D3 stamped on them but I am not sure what that means - Brandon Claudiusx or CooperDragon could specifically answer that question better than I -
If I wanted to keep using my current bulbs how close would I need to get it to the back of the dragon?
 

Shotty.Sub

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Here is the current set up. T8 10.0 bulb about 15 inches from basking log - no screen. It's inside the cage.
 

smaugthebeardie3756

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The tank is 24, inches tall. What's the difference between a arcadia bulb and reptisun?
The biggest difference is the 14% bulb that Arcadia makes. I don't believe Reptisun makes one that strong. Puts out more UVB so is better suited to taller enclosures to allow more areas with appropriate UVB without having to go so high. The Reptisun 10.0 is a 10% UVB I believe, and negligible difference from the Arcadia 12% in terms of effective distance.
 

Shotty.Sub

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The biggest difference is the 14% bulb that Arcadia makes. I don't believe Reptisun makes one that strong. Puts out more UVB so is better suited to taller enclosures to allow more areas with appropriate UVB without having to go so high. The Reptisun 10.0 is a 10% UVB I believe, and negligible difference from the Arcadia 12% in terms of effective distance.
Thank you!
 

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