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What You Should Know about Lightning and Heating for Reptile Pets

Like a good, responsible pet owner, you want what is best for your pet. If your pet is a reptile, this involves the proper lighting and heating. Providing the right type of heat to a reptile is just as important as the temperatures you provide, which few pet owners realize. Usually the best source of heat is through an overhead radiant source, not by a hot rock or heat tape. So, when confronted with a shelf full of light bulbs, how do you know which one to select for your reptile?

Incandescent Bulbs

A incandescent bulb can be used for daytime heating and the wattage you need will depend on what it takes to do the job. The higher wattage bulbs throw out more heat and so can be used a little farther away from the animal than lower wattage bulbs.

Reptile Basking Lights

Reptile basking lights may also be used for daytime heating, but they are a more expensive route to take.

Spotlights / Silvered Reflector Lights

Spot lights/silvered lights/floodlights are just lights that are shaped and backed with a non-light emitting film so as to focus their light in a specific direction. Some are high wattage, suitable for use for daytime heating.

Lights for Nighttime Use

For nighttime use, you cannot use a white or any bright light. Doing so causes disruption of the animal’s sleep cycles, even if it appears to be sleeping. Nocturnal reptile light bulbs produce a dim light.

If you are still confused, Jabberwock Reptiles is here to help. We staff only experts who will be able to tell you exactly what your scaly friends needs. Visit us at our Winchester location or give us a call at (781) 729-0135 with any questions you have.

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