So I've had a reptile before, a bearded dragon but like most newbies with their first I get those stupidly overpriced heat bulbs... after several years I tried to get just normal store bulbs but I have to admit all of them are rather confusing. Do you have any suggestions on how to make this LESS confusing? Although I don't have a reptile currently, I am looking for a jeweled lecerta and would just like to avoid a 15.00 for a bulb if I can get a normal 2 pack for 10.00.
YAWP. Ok, so. You need two kinds of bulbs for basking lizards. One is UVB. That’s the expensive bulb. There’s two good ways to get this. One way is the tube bulb- the fluorescent ones. Those don’t put off much heat, though. The other way is with a mercury vapor bulb. These are expensive but a good one is worth it- you only have to change it once a year. It provides heat AND UVB. So if you buy that, you’ll really only need the one bulb.
If you don’t wanna sink a lot of money into one lightbulb, though, set your lacerta up with a 10.0 reptisun and one of these suckers. Or any other halogen spotlight- I get mine at the grocery store’s home stuff section for eleven bucks for a two-pack. You’ll need to get a housing that can handle it (you might have to check the hardware store, another fantastic place to find heat lights), but they’re soooo much cheaper and honestly put out more heat than those tiddly little red or coil things anyways.