UVB vs grow light

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Diana Stone

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Question. Is it ok to use plant grow bulbs instead of UVB bulbs? Was thinking if its suppose to be a sunlight replacement for plants, why not for the tortoises? Can someone tell me the pros and cons if there are any? Or is it just not a good idea at all?
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Wrong light spectrum for an animals eyes.

Plants will probably grow just fine under a florescent tube designed for reptiles. I started a bunch of African hibiscus under regular florescent lights and it worked great.
 

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Plants use the visible portion of the spectrum, which does not include uvb. Any uvb produced by a grow light is incidental.



mctlong said:
I've never heard of plant grow bulbs. What type of light do they give off?

Depends on the type of grow light.
 

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ok, thanks for the input. So the UVB that are of the twisted variety are bad from what I have read on here, but what about the ones that screw into a regular socket that are not twisted? Just UVB, no heat produced, those are ok?
 
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