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HarleyTheGSD 12-08-2013 05:27 PM

Bearded Dragon Question
 
I need to know if using a colored lightbulb for day lighting is okay for an adult bearded dragon. I have a red and a green bulb. I know that painted bulbs are not to be used. How can I find out if they are painted or just colored glass? Can I scratch the surface to see if paint scrapes off? I also have a white bulb (60 w) if I cannot use a colored.

shepherdmom 12-08-2013 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by HarleyTheGSD (Post 4636457)
I need to know if using a colored lightbulb for day lighting is okay for an adult bearded dragon. I have a red and a green bulb. I know that painted bulbs are not to be used. How can I find out if they are painted or just colored glass? Can I scratch the surface to see if paint scrapes off? I also have a white bulb (60 w) if I cannot use a colored.

I'm no expert but my daughters bearded dragons lived with us for a while.

I was told to use only white light bulbs and the UVB light.

HarleyTheGSD 12-08-2013 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by shepherdmom (Post 4636761)
I'm no expert but my daughters bearded dragons lived with us for a while.

I was told to use only white light bulbs and the UVB light.

Thank you for the reply. I think that colored bulbs may be acceptable for night lighting, but I'm not 100% sure.

BellaLuna 12-08-2013 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by shepherdmom (Post 4636761)
I'm no expert but my daughters bearded dragons lived with us for a while.

I was told to use only white light bulbs and the UVB light.

This is correct and a heat lamp as well..:)

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Crocky 12-08-2013 07:17 PM

It is not recommended to use a red bulb at night or any bulb for that matter. Bearded's need a change in temp at night when the lights are out for the bodies to cool down. Unless your house gets crazy cold. Our house stays about 67 during the winter and that is just fine at night. Only use white heat bulb for basking paired with a 10.0 UVB linear bulbs during the day. I always run 12 hrs on and 12 off on all my guys.

BellaLuna 12-08-2013 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Crocky (Post 4637105)
It is not recommended to use a red bulb at night or any bulb for that matter. Bearded's need a change in temp at night when the lights are out for the bodies to cool down. Unless your house gets crazy cold. Our house stays about 67 during the winter and that is just fine at night. Only use white heat bulb for basking paired with a 10.0 UVB linear bulbs during the day. I always run 12 hrs on and 12 off on all my guys.

Yup that's how I did it with my dragon I also do this now with my Russian tortoises...

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HarleyTheGSD 12-08-2013 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Crocky (Post 4637105)
It is not recommended to use a red bulb at night or any bulb for that matter. Bearded's need a change in temp at night when the lights are out for the bodies to cool down. Unless your house gets crazy cold. Our house stays about 67 during the winter and that is just fine at night. Only use white heat bulb for basking paired with a 10.0 UVB linear bulbs during the day. I always run 12 hrs on and 12 off on all my guys.

I've never had a heat lamp on for him during the night either. Just wanted to double check. :)

Crocky 12-08-2013 10:21 PM

Yep, your 60w white one should be fine. I used a 45 flood but it varies in what is needed pending the inside house temp, ventilation, cage size, where the basking spot is located etc....I always used a dimmer controller on my guys to keep their basking spots on target as their cages were always set up differently. Made for easy adjustments if ever needed.


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