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Posted by dragonlady01 on May 09, 2003 at 12:09:35:
In Reply to: Sorry Falias....household bulbs are fine for heat!... posted by Tracey on May 09, 2003 at 09:11:17:
I use household bulbs for all my bearded dragon cages. As long as I can reach 110 degrees at the basking spot for my dragons, a regular household bulbs are just fine and much less expensive. I used to buy the expensive ZooMed basking bulbs, I am lucky if they lasted more than 2 months. I use the household bulbs for my chameleons also and they work just fine. MV bulb will cook the dragon in a 20 gallon tank.
::This is absolutly wrong. I am sure you mean that you want to have only one bulb providing both heat and UV. A normal household bulb does not give UV.
::Yes. You can buy a UVA/UVB basking light in order to provide UV and heat in a 20 gal.
::You can use a house bulb and a reflector for heat, but then you also need a UV bulb. I think this way is probably not the best idea.
::No. You can't use just a household bulb.
:The question was for heating the tank, not the UVB source......there is no way you should put a MVB on a 20 gallon tank.....they are too shallow and the bulb too strong for that. On smaller tanks you generally use 2 seperate fixtures, one for heat and one for UVB. There is a new 60 MVB out which is not self ballasted....is expensive because of that.....also it may be still too strong for that small of a tank....
:Housedhold bulbs are fine for heat, I've been using them for years now.