Reptile LIGHTING SET UP for Bearded Dragons you didn't know!

Charizards full enclosure.Setting up proper lighting for a bearded dragon is essential for their overall health and well-being. Here's a recommended lighting setup for a bearded dragon enclosure:

  1. UVB Lighting: Bearded dragons require UVB lighting to stimulate the production of vitamin D3, which aids in calcium absorption and prevents metabolic bone disease. Choose a high-quality UVB fluorescent bulb specifically designed for reptiles. The bulb should cover at least two-thirds of the enclosure and be positioned within 12-18 inches of the basking spot. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the recommended distance and duration of use.

  2. Basking Light: Provide a basking light to create a localized heat source for your bearded dragon. Use a halogen heat bulb or a ceramic heat emitter (without light output) to achieve a basking spot temperature of 95-105°F (35-40°C). Position the basking light at one end of the enclosure, creating a temperature gradient with a cooler area on the other side.

  3. Lighting Schedule: Mimic a natural day-night cycle by providing 12-14 hours of light and 10-12 hours of darkness. Use a timer to automate the lighting schedule and maintain consistency. 

  4. Temperature Monitoring: Regularly monitor the temperatures in the enclosure using reliable thermometers. Ensure that the basking spot temperature and the cooler side temperature are within the recommended ranges mentioned earlier. 

  5. Lighting Maintenance: UVB bulbs degrade over time, even if they still produce visible light. Replace the UVB bulb every 6-12 months to ensure your bearded dragon continues to receive adequate UVB exposure. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for bulb replacement.

Remember, the specific lighting setup may vary based on the size of the enclosure and the needs of your individual bearded dragon. Check out our Bee Pollen Powder, which may attract some bearded dragons due to its unique aroma and taste. 

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