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    Fluorescent light question

    Hi all....just after some advice on lighting, in particular how you get your UVB lights close enough to your beardie when your enclosure is relatively high. I am just upgrading the 90x45x45 to a 120x60x60 as my sons beardie 'Spike' is around a year old now and is just on 40cm tip to tail. He seems to be nice and healthy and growing well in his current enclosure which just has the spiral type UVB lamp that hangs down a little, but I am wanting him to have a little more room. I was wanting to get a 60cm fluro light set up for the next enclosure (60cm high), but I have read they need to be around 30cm-35cm above to be effective. The heating part is fine as it is easy to measure, but the UVB light makes me a bit nervous as you can't see/measure the effectiveness of that. I have a metal gauze top, so I suppose I could hang it down from both of the ends of the lighting fixture??? Any advice would be appreciated.
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    Hi Kristiann, you definitely need the light on the inside as mesh cuts the UV. And yes you need to have it about 30cm from basking.
    What you need to do is put a branch at an angle so Spike can choose his basking spot, adding a rock under the light creates a warm spot for basking also. Some of my enclosures have a branch resting on a rock so you have 2 in 1.
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    I use T5 14% and have them suspended from the top a little to be in the correct range. Both are wooden tops so for one I used brackets to create a "shelf" and the fitting is just zip tied to it, the other has 2 hooks screwed in and my handy partner tacked a bit of chain to the fitting clips so it just hands off those.

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    Hi...thanks for the replies. That's what I was thinking Rendalyn hanging it down, thanks for confirming. So dragonlover1 are you saying they should both be on the same side of the enclosure? Currently I have them on separate sides, but it isn't such an issue as there is not so much separation between the two. I was going to put a 60cm light starting around 15-20cm to the right of the heat lamp as I was worried it would get too hot.

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    They should be on the same side. One in front of the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristiann View Post
    Hi... So dragonlover1 are you saying they should both be on the same side of the enclosure? Currently I have them on separate sides, but it isn't such an issue as there is not so much separation between the two. I was going to put a 60cm light starting around 15-20cm to the right of the heat lamp as I was worried it would get too hot.
    If you are going to use a 60cm flouro tube you are correct in your placement as flouro tube fittings are plastic and can't take the heat .
    If you were going to use a compact flouro then 2 at 1 end is correct.
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    Yep...all clear now. Thanks again.

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