What lamps should I get for a new enclosure?

fargoth_ur02

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I am planning on building a 5' x 2' x 3' Bearded Dragon enclosure for my beardie.

I don't think my current lamps for the 4 x 2 x 2 enclosure will properly heat up this new one given its increased height. The current ones that I use are the Arcadia 12% UVB T5 Bulb and Exo Terra intense basking spot 150W. I am unsure if this would work well in a new enclosure of this size?

I don't know a whole lot about this lighting stuff so much help would be greatly appreciated. :)
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I am planning on building a 5' x 2' x 3' Bearded Dragon enclosure for my beardie.

I don't think my current lamps for the 4 x 2 x 2 enclosure will properly heat up this new one given its increased height. The current ones that I use are the Arcadia 12% UVB T5 Bulb and Exo Terra intense basking spot 150W. I am unsure if this would work well in a new enclosure of this size?

I don't know a whole lot about this lighting stuff so much help would be greatly appreciated. :)
You can go to the 14% Arcadia - they are good for distance of 36"-- basking bulbs will be trial and error- try the 150 bulb see what your getting for a surface basking temp and go from there+ I recommend setting up another basking spot in the middle of the tank - have the surface basking temps in the 90's there-- what length is your uvb now? The 14% bulb will fit the fixture your using now
 

fargoth_ur02

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You can go to the 14% Arcadia - they are good for distance of 36"-- basking bulbs will be trial and error- try the 150 bulb see what your getting for a surface basking temp and go from there+ I recommend setting up another basking spot in the middle of the tank - have the surface basking temps in the 90's there-- what length is your uvb now? The 14% bulb will fit the fixture your using now
Thank you for responding! :) Like you said, I guess it will just be a long process of trial and error whilst I figure out what works for the enclosure once it's built.

I found the 14% Arcadia for the UVB light which I will be using, though I would like to know if you know any good basking bulbs that are above 150? I couldn't really find many lamps that were over 150. Just asking so I know where to look if the 150 bulb doesn't hold up. Ty
 

xp29

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You can get 200 watt clear incandescent bulds at lowes for 3 bucks each. They are standard bulbs but for basking it's ok, the main objective is clear bright and hot.
 

fargoth_ur02

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You can get 200 watt clear incandescent bulds at lowes for 3 bucks each. They are standard bulbs but for basking it's ok, the main objective is clear bright and hot.
Thank you. I have been trying to figure out this heating thing for the past hour and a half now and I think I just about understand it (somewhat).
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
Thank you. I have been trying to figure out this heating thing for the past hour and a half now and I think I just about understand it (somewhat).
Just make sure your using digital probe thermometers to get surface basking temps-- you don't want to cook your dragon
 

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