UVB question

madiandtito

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I have an open air enclosure. Getting an 18 in. UVB bulb. Where can I get a fixture? An aquarium hood will not fit on her table. What do I search for the fixture?
 

zovick

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I have an open air enclosure. Getting an 18 in. UVB bulb. Where can I get a fixture? An aquarium hood will not fit on her table. What do I search for the fixture?
You can look at this site for some fixture ideas: http://www.lllreptile.com/catalog/24-light-fixtures

You can also buy light fixtures from a hardware store or from Amazon. I used these Lithonia dual bulb fluorescent fixtures for my baby tortoises with two 48" T8 Reptisun 10.0 UVB bulbs: https://www.acehardware.com/departm...ical/work-and-shop-lights/shop-lights/3429487

You can hang the Lithonia fixture above from the ceiling, make a frame on which to place it or from which to hang it, or if your enclosure is the right dimensions, you can just rest it on top. Using this fixture with the two bulbs I mentioned you should set it about 10" above the substrate to get the right amount of UV for your tortoise.

If you want to be really correct, you need to get a Solarmeter (the 6.5 model only) and read the UV with that. For baby tortoises, I used a reading of 3.0 on that Solarmeter. The reading is controlled by adjusting the height of the fixture above the substrate.
 

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