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    Fluroscent UVB Watts

    Hello!

    I have a very silly question regarding lighting for a beardie.

    I have a tank that is 800(w) x 600 (h) x 450 (d) and i know that the lighting that i need is a 10 UVB bulb - but what watts does it need?
    I am looking at the reptile One Tube UVB T8 10.0 and im not sure if i would need a 30w 18w or 15w light?

    Also, does the T8 just mean that it is a UV bulb rather than just fluorescent???
    If someone can help me break this information down i would greatly appreciate it, i am very confused!

    Thanks in advance

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    It's not a silly question at all.
    T8 refers to the thickness or diameter of the tube not the power and the watts refer to the length of the tube, so 30W is a 3' tube and 18W is a 2' tube. In your enclosure you should use a 2' tube therefore it will be 18W. Buy your fitting from the hardware store not the pet store, it is much cheaper that way.
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    thank you so much!!!

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    Good people here always ready to help. Wasn't a silly question as l didn't know either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    It's not a silly question at all.
    T8 refers to the thickness or diameter of the tube not the power and the watts refer to the length of the tube, so 30W is a 3' tube and 18W is a 2' tube. In your enclosure you should use a 2' tube therefore it will be 18W. Buy your fitting from the hardware store not the pet store, it is much cheaper that way.
    Just wondering if at a height of 600 you reckon a T5 would be better suited? After speaking to our vet I bought both my dragons Arcadia T5's. One enclosure is 600 high with a low basking area, the other is 900 high with a higher basking area. Happy with my choice but definitely interested to hear other opinions and alternate research sources

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    I can't offer an opinion on T5 . I haven't tried it yet.But have heard good things about it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rendalyn View Post
    Just wondering if at a height of 600 you reckon a T5 would be better suited? After speaking to our vet I bought both my dragons Arcadia T5's. One enclosure is 600 high with a low basking area, the other is 900 high with a higher basking area. Happy with my choice but definitely interested to hear other opinions and alternate research sources
    Let us know how you find these newer tubes so other people can benefit from your experience
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    Let us know how you find these newer tubes so other people can benefit from your experience
    T5 are currently the best source of artificial UVB for your bearded dragons.
    You can buy the units online that have a great reflector and either use the reptisun 10.0 or Arcadia 12%
    Tests have been done that get close to natural rays when tested with a solar metre.
    Here is how I set up mine. I still have the old coil globe there to remind me how rubbish they are.



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