All reptile species benefit from absorbing heat and ultraviolet light. Evidence shows us that occurrences of metabolic bone disease (MBD) decrease significantly when our captive reptiles are given the opportunity to bask while getting UVB exposure at the same time.
The best linear fluorescent UVB bulbs available in the US.
At Bean Farm, we choose to sell just two brands of UVB bulbs: Arcadia and Zoo Med. That's because these are the only UVB bulbs that pass regular quality testing to ensure a consistent amount of UVB is emitted, and these brands are known to have a longer lifespan than other fluorescent lamps on the market.
A few tips for choosing the right UVB bulb.
Top variables to consider: You'll want to factor in the size of your enclosure, your fixture configuration (if it will be sitting on top of a mesh screen, or hanging inside the vivarium), as well as how close your animal can get to the lamp, and also the species of reptile you have.
Arcadia UVB bulb suggestions:
Absolute sun-loving baskers benefit from Arcadia's most powerful HO-T5 bulb, the 14% UVB Dragon T5 lamp. It's perfect for species like bearded dragons with its crisp, bold, full-spectrum and very bright projection capabilities.
Desert reptile species are the open sun baskers that thrive beneath the high light output of the 12% UVB Desert T5 bulb by Arcadia. Within large enclosures, this bulb is suitable for Bearded Dragons, Bosc Monitors, Uromastyx, Blue-Tongued Skinks, Frilled Lizards, Agamids, and Tortoises.
Forest reptile species are partial sun baskers and do well with the 6% UVB Forest T5 bulbs by Arcadia. Chameleons, Day Geckos, Iguanas, and Water Dragons enjoy this level of UVB and UVA output, as this bulb supports their synthesis of vitamin D3.
The ShadeDweller ProT5 UVB lamp is effective for crepuscular species, such as leopard geckos, crested geckos, amphibians, ball pythons, corn snakes, and hatchling snakes.