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Posted by charm_paradise on April 10, 2003 at 12:53:47:
In Reply to: Newbie lighting question. 5.0 Flourescent or ??? posted by sjenkins on April 09, 2003 at 23:20:25:
Hi- The best bulb would be a 100w mercury vapor bulb. The floursent is the second best 5.0 or higher is good, but they MUST be replaced every 6 months, wvwn if they still light up! Metal Halide bulbs get way to hot, are VERY epensive to buy both the light bulb and the ballast, and most bulbs if not all, are made more for a reef or plant tanks, and there is no UVB rating on them! Incandesent bulbs dont produce UVB. The mercury vapor bulbs combine both heat, UVB&UVA. I use them on all 6 of my panther chameleon cages! Hope this helps.
:Will be recieving my 1st chameleon, a young male Veiled next week. Have kept numerous reptiles including my current family member, a 4 foot female iguana. When I purchased her 4 years ago everything I read pointed to the 5.0 UVB fluorescent bulbs as being the only choice for proper lighting next to actual sunlight. Was prepared to offer my newest addition the same but have been seeing alot of info arguing that mercury vapor, metal halides, and even some incandescents were better. Now I know the difference between a full spectrum light and a basking light, but is it true that you can have them both in 1 bulb? Anyone know any facts or test results to help me with this problem? Is there a better way than keeping my tubes 6 inches from the perch for proper absorbtion? Are my lighting techniques now outdated? Any help would be greatly appreciated by me and my "family".