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Incandescent Bulbs for Reptile Habitats

When setting up your pet reptile’s terrarium at home, you have a lot of factors to consider, and the lighting for your species of reptile is one of the most important choices you’ll have to make. By doing some research online, you can learn which lighting will work best for your terrarium and the type of reptile you own. You can also learn from an experienced reptile owner about how to properly light your terrarium and keep your pet reptile alive and well for many years. Setting up a reptile terrarium is a lot fun, and with so many choices of lighting, you’re sure to find what you need right here on the Zen Pet Supplies website. Incandescent bulbs are just one type of lighting we carry in our current inventory, and they come in a variety of wattages for all types of tropical and desert terrariums. Be sure to check with an experienced reptile owner before purchasing bulbs for your terrarium, or check online, as there are some very informative websites about how to properly light a reptile’s habitat.
Incandescent bulbs produce moderate quantities of UVA and negligible quantities of UVB. Incandescent bulbs are primarily used to provide heat and visible light. Depending on the type of reptile you own, incandescent bulbs may be used alone or in combination with other types of lighting to provide your pet the exact type and amount of lighting he needs. There’s no one answer to how to properly light a reptile’s terrarium, so when you decide which reptile to add to your family, you have to then research how to light his terrarium to ensure his health and wellbeing. Incandescent bulbs are similar to regular light bulbs that we use in our homes, and they emit a small amount of UVA light and no UVB light. For nocturnal reptiles, incandescent bulbs may be a sufficient light source; again, we encourage you to do some research so you choose the right type of bulb for your reptile’s terrarium.

Even though the incandescent bulbs for reptiles are similar to those we use in our homes, you have to buy incandescents made for reptile terrariums because they are different in that reptile bulbs have had the yellow wavelengths removed from the full color spectrum. Why? Because yellow wavelengths alter the appearance of the reptile to human eyes, and yellow wavelengths will also affect how your pet perceives his environment. Incandescent light bulbs are gel-coated with color rather than paint, so there will be no chipping or wearing off. One very important bit of information to note about incandescent bulbs is that the wattage you need will depend on what it takes to do the job. The higher wattage bulbs throw out more heat and so can be used a little farther away from the animal than lower wattage bulbs.