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Can I use the same Mercury Vapor Bulb used for plants?


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Posted by lysergia on May 08, 2003 at 23:07:42:

In Reply to: Can I use the same Mercury Vapor Bulb used for plants? posted by charm_paradise on May 08, 2003 at 22:07:53:

I grow food, hehe. What about HPS and Metal Halide lamps?


:Hi- What are you growing!!! Just kidding! I would have to say no the MV bulb you have for the plants wont be of use for a chameleons need of UVB. The MV bulbs have a special fillment and glass to not filter out UVB but to produce it as unfilterd light. Also a 160w bulb would be way too HOT for a jackson chameleon, they dont like the hight temps. If you are gong to use a MV bulb get a reptile one like Zoomed or Capture The sun in a 100w flood. Be sure to adjust the light off the cage to get the correct basking temp for your chameleon. I use the MV bulbs on all my cages, they work great! Hope this helps!

:John

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::I have a mercury vapor grow light that I use for my indoor plants, but I am not sure if this is will work for a reptile. I know that there are mercury vapor bulbs made specifically for reptiles, but this one is for plants. I will be giving the (jackson) chameleon regular access to sunlight, but I will need to supplement artificially. The light is a 160w bulb with a ballast that is built into the hood. It produces good heat and hangs from the cieling so I can ajust the distance easily with chains to regulate temp. It would be perfect to use, but if it will harm the animal I can find other ways. If anyone has experience with this let me know.

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