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Pardon my cynical attitude, but haven't we covered this in like...at least 2-3 of the dozen or so threads you've created in the past week?
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(sigh) The answer to all of your questions is: yes.

34KING18 said:
Could I just have one lightbulb for basking and then use a light strip that gives off uvb ?

This is ideal in situations where you want to create a constant temperature. The heat lamp can remain on 24/7 and you can simply turn off the UV light at night.

If you go this route, I would suggest a ceramic heat emitter instead of a normal basking bulb.

Does the lightstrip give off uva?

Yes, most UV bulbs designed and sold for reptiles emit both UVA and UVB.

Do tortoises even need uva?

Yes. UVA falls within their range of vision on the light spectrum. It helps them see and identify plants, insects, other tortoise species, etc.

UVB is what helps them process and synthesize vitamin D3 and calcium. It promotes proper growth and coloration.
 
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