What Type of Lighting Do Bearded Dragons Need?
Basking spot: A large/medium sized rock or log that retains heat.
Hide: A medium/large cave, log or shelter where your bearded dragon will be able to relax. It’s best to wait a couple of weeks before placing the cave into the vivarium. If you do it too quickly, your dragon may use the cave to hide instead of acclimating to his new home.
Basking lamp: A UV light/lamp or bright white light bulb. Do not use coated and colored bulbs, as it may not be suitable for your bearded dragon. For baby dragons, the basking area needs to remain between 105° F and 110° F. For an older dragon, the basking area should remain between 100°F to 105°F. Make sure your bulb is able to adjust to that temperature level.
Reptile basking light dome: The dome will be used to house the basking lamp/light. Make sure your bearded dragon cannot get a hold of the light, as it can cause burns.
Reptile Heat Mat: This is an alternative to the basking lamp. The reptile heat mat will need to be placed beneath the reptile tank. But it should only cover 1 side, leaving the otherside unaffected by the heat mat incase the bearded dragon needs to cool down.
Correct lighting is an important aspect of your bearded dragon’s care. Here are a couple types of light you can use to care for your bearded dragon:
- Fluorescent tube UVB: This type of light is highly recommended. It is your dragons best option, and does not need to be changed very often. At most, your tube should be changed out every 5 to 6 months. Experienced dragon keepers recommend the ReptiSun 10.0 tube UVB and the Arcadia 12% tube UVB. The purchase of one bulb will work well for your dragon. Both tubes can be bought online or in pet stores.
- Mercury vapor bulb (MVB): This bulb is another option recommended by experienced dragon keepers. This type of bulb should normally be placed about 12 to 18 inches above your dragons basking spot to ensure safety. Also, never use a mercury vapor bulb in vivariums smaller than 40 gallons. The high intensity of light and heat can pose as a danger to your dragon is placed too close.
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