Complete Bearded Dragon Lighting Guide (Proper Light Setup) (2023)

Understanding how your bearded dragon setup should be can be difficult. Luckily, as an expert and a beardie owner myself, I will share with you the correct dragon lighting guide.

Continue to read for more details.

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What Light Should I Use for My Bearded Dragon?

Most newbie parents do not know the correct light and heat emitters to pick. A bearded dragon needs two types of light in captivity:

  • UVB light
  • Basking light (a source of UV radiation)

The two lamps above provide the necessary heat and light that replicate the arid Australian desert environment.

A good UVB light source that I can recommend would be the Zoo Med Repti-Sun 10.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Light.

Here is a video with more insight that explains which light to consider.

Importance of UVB light for a Bearded Dragon

Remember that UVB light is important to bearded dragons because it helps them synthesize vitamin D3, which helps in calcium absorption.

Insufficient amounts of UVB exposure will lead to Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) [1] in bearded dragons.

MBD is the weakening of bones in a bearded dragon because of the lack of vitamin D3 nutrients. When MBD is not addressed correctly or at the appropriate time, beardies risk dying.

So, always provide and maintain a consistent supply of UVB to a bearded dragon. Beardies should not go over two days without UVB radiation.

Is Basking Light as Important as UVB?

As a beardie owner myself, I have installed basking lights in my pet’s tank. Basking light provides enough UV rays for all reptiles and most amphibians — and bearded dragons are no exception to this.

These particular lizards not only need basking light to warm up or regulate their day and night cycle. A bearded needs basking light to regulate their metabolism, help in digestion, and absorb nutrients.

Typically, a bearded reaches its thermal maximum temperature at 95–110◦F [2]. When they reach thermal maximum temperatures, they will open their mouth (a process known as gaping).

Note that, when gaping, a beardie needs a cool zone to regulate its body temperature. This is why having a cool zone in the tank is important.

If a bearded does not bask sufficiently, it risks suffering from impaction. Impaction is a condition that results from food not digesting properly and getting stuck in the beardies digestive system.

You should at least leave the basking light on for about 12–14 hours a day. This is the correct amount of time a pet bearded absorbs sufficient radiation and reaches its thermal maximum body temperature.

What is the Right Watt Bulb for Bearded Dragon?

Again, remember that the number of watts should correspond to the size of the tank/vivarium/terrarium. A 100 watts bulb, for instance, is ideal for large tanks (> 40-gallon tank).

A higher wattage bulb is ideal for tanks larger than 40-gallons. For much larger tanks that are over 150 gallons, place 2 UVB bulbs.

(Video) Bearded Dragon Lighting and Heat COMPLETE GUIDE

I will mention the best UVB bulb for bearded dragons in this article if you are not sure of what particular brand to consider.

But the correct wattage bulb should be anywhere between 75 to 100 watts.

Pro-Tip: Do not install a bulb that is over 150 watts in a bearded tank. You risk burning the bearded skin.

Remember that not all bulbs that produce light produce the same amount of warmth. There are specific bulbs for specific functions.

But not to worry because I will share with you how to pick the best bulbs for specific roles.

Check out this video. You will find more information about the correct watts for your reptile friend.

UVA Light for Bearded Dragon

UVA light has a longer wavelength than UVB light. UVA is important to stimulate the beardie’s appetite.

You wouldn’t want a pet that has a bloated stomach or has trouble feeding.

What to Look for in a UVA Lighting Fixture

Over the years, I have taken care of bearded dragons, and I have some advice for new parents.

I will briefly share with you 2 considerations before picking a UVA light fixture.

Compatibility: This means the bulb fits the tank precisely without having to install additional hanging brackets or mounting add-ons.

Always understand the size of the tank before purchasing a UVA lighting fixture.

Temperature: Always consider a UVA bulb that produces the recommended temperature. You will find the recommended temperature for a bearded tank as you continue to read this article.

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Lights Needed for Bearded Dragon

Picking the wrong fixture has its negative effects on a beardie’s health. Apart from the natural sunlight, beardies need specific visible light.

Bearded require sufficient UVA and UVB light. At least 7–10% of UVA and UVB radiation. Most parents think that beardies only require UVB radiation. Which is not the case altogether.

UVA light: This particular radiation helps stimulate the beardie’s appetite and keeps it healthy.

UVB light: This type of radiation helps in the metabolism of calcium and vitamin D3 in the beardie’s body. UVB is considered the backbone of bearded wellbeing.

Basking light: As the name suggests, basking lights are essential to help your pet beardie to thermoregulate efficiently. This particular light also helps to maintain appropriate temperature levels in bearded dragons.

Replacing the Bulbs

In my research, I came across a question from one beardie owner who wants to know when to replace the bulbs.

“I want to replace her UVB bulb [3] because I’m not sure how old the current one is since it was in the enclosure when we bought it. He put in a 10.0 but I feel like that’s a bit strong since she also spends a lot of time pretty close to it on the higher branch. Like 6 inches from the light. But it’s a 4x2x2 so maybe 10.0 is necessary? But can’t too much UVB also hurt them?”

Note that after 6 or 12 months, the UVB bulb becomes ineffective to a bearded. Hence, replace a UVB bulb after every 6 to 12 months.

To be precise, replace a T8 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB lamp after every 6 months and a T5 ReptiSun 10.0 UVB lamp after every 6 or 12 months.

T5 ReptiSun lamps are somewhat weaker than the T8 ReptiSun UVB bulb.

As an expert, I normally recommend this pattern to all pet bearded owners.

(Video) Proper Lighting for Bearded Dragons

RELATED: Can Bearded Dragons Get Too Much UVB?

Proper Bearded Dragon Light Setup

A terrarium needs to be set up correctly. You should know where to place the bulb, the correct distance of the bulb to the tank, and how to set up a cool and hot zone.

Watch this video to understand more about how to hang UVB light in tank.

Setting Up a Basking Lamp

In the wild, beardies like to bask under the sun for extended periods. Thus, replicate the same conditions for your pet beardie in captivity.

Apart from installing hiding spots and other artificial accessories for your pet beardie, a bearded tank should have a hot and cool zone in its tank. The size of the tank should match the type of basking lamp.

The correct basking zone should stretch ⅔ to ¾ of the tank. The cool-off zone should stretch ⅓ or ¼ of the tank.

Similarly, you can use a regular bulb as a basking light for your pet bearded. I recommend installing halogen bulbs that range between 40 to 100 watts.

For a 40 gallon tank, I would recommend a 100 watts bulb. The basking light should produce approximately 35º to 40º C (95º to 105º F).

It can be overwhelming to pick the precise basking light for your beardies tank. I use 75 watts halogen bulbs for my bearded when she is bromating or during the winter months.

The basking lamp and UVB lamp should be positioned in one corner, leaving enough room for the “cool spot” on the other side of the tank.

Check out more details I have covered about the appropriate temperaturesfor the beardies enclosure.

I prefer the UVA basking spot daylight heat lamp. It is efficient and produces enough UVA radiation.

If you are confused about how to mount a basking lamp, here is a video to make you understand more.

Distance of the Basking Light

The ideal distance of the basking light varies with the particular bulb fixture. Before installing a basking light on the beardies tank, you should always read the bulb’s recommendations.

Some bulbs produce higher gradient heatwaves and should be placed over a foot high from the tank.

Other basking bulbs can produce weaker radiations over time and should be placed closer to the tank. Not exceeding 1 foot away.

Give your beardie unfiltered radiation. Do not place a lamp over the plastic screen cover or glass.

I wouldn’t recommend these six basking lights.

  1. Reptile white spotlight.
  2. Red bulbs.
  3. Moonlight bulbs.
  4. Bright lights or soft white light.
  5. Hot rocks.
  6. Coil lamps.

Best Heat Bulbs for Your Bearded Dragon

Not all heat bulbs are appropriate for a bearded dragon. Some produce excess heat while others produce insufficient radiation.

So, which are some of the best heat bulbs for a beardie during the cold months?

Here are three ideal options I know of and have personal experience working with. You can, however, find more alternatives in this link.

Zoo Med ReptiSun 10.0 UVB Mini Compact Fluorescent Lamp produces 10% UVB output and 30% UVA output. An ideal radiation amount for your pet bearded.

Zoo Med ReptiSun 5.0 UVB Mini Compact Fluorescent Lamp produces 5% UVB output and 30% UVA output.

Ceramic Heat Emitters (CHE): Heating Solution

Always consider CHE the same way the sun provides natural UV light and heat. You could be using bulbs that do not produce optimum light and heat as the sun.

(Video) How to Setup Bearded Dragon Lights - Bearded Dragon Setup

Ceramic Heat Emitters are also ideal for providing ideal heat in the bearded enclosure. Usually when the temperatures have dropped below the recommended degrees.

What degrees are appropriate? Normally, I use ceramic heat emitters in the winter months to keep my pet’s enclosure warm and maintain the recommended 70º–75º F temperature.

Also, remember that ceramic heat emitters can be positioned anywhere on the bearded dragon tank setup. These particular fixtures are only necessary to produce heat (increase temperature gradient) but not UVB light.

  • The ideal temperature for baby bearded is 35º to 43º C (95º to 110º F)
  • The cool zone should be around 24º to 27º C (75º to 80º F)

Tip: Switch off the heat emitter at night to allow your bearded to sleep comfortably. In the wild Australian desert, the temperatures range between 61º and 70° F.

You should also mimic these temperatures for your bearded in captivity.

Here are the best ceramic heat emitters I would recommend to you.

  1. OMAYKEY 100W 2-Pack Ceramic Heat Lamp: This is my top choice.
  2. Fluker’s Ceramic Heat Emitter For Reptiles: This heat emitter is ideal for all types of reptiles.
  3. Simple Deluxe Ceramic Heat Emitter: Best Budget-Friendly Ceramic Heat Emitter.
  4. LUCKY HERP Reptile Ceramic Heat Emitter: An effective choice to consider.
  5. ZACRO Reptile Heat Ceramic Lamp (Non-Light): Best For Thermal Efficiency.

Also, you can check out this video to understand more about how to choose the correct bulb for your pet bearded.

Bonus tips: I personally do not recommend using red lights on the tank. Not because red lights are strange to the bearded.

Red lights can actually affect the bearded dragon’s vision. Also, red lights affect the sleep cycle [4] of bearded dragons.

You can also use dome reflectors on UVB bulbs to increase the light intensity focusing on the beardie.

Bearded Dragon Lighting Cycle

Bearded dragons are diurnals. This means that they are active during the day and sleep at night.

In the wild, bearded bask during the day and retreat to their hideouts at night to sleep. Thus, I suggest following the same rhythm and pattern for your bearded in captivity.

A scheduled rhythm is important to give your dragon both physical and mental arrangement.

Turn the daytime light/heat on for 12 hours and turn it off for another 12 hours at night.

Setting up a thermal gradient environment

A bearded tank should not miss a thermal gradient setup. Thermal gradient setup, for new beardie owners, is the difference in temperature levels from the hot zone to the warm zone to the cool zone.

The gradient should run horizontally for effective results.

Ideal thermal temperatures and lighting conditions during brumation

Brumation [5] is the process by which a beardie slows down its metabolism to preserve its energy.

Most bearded dragons brumate during the cold season. However, some don’t. During this time, you will notice unusual behavior in your beardie.

You will notice a loss of appetite and signs of lethargy in your bearded, for instance. Other signs, like avoiding direct light and extended sleep time, can also be noticeable.

In the wild, bearded dragons will receive reduced amounts of light during winter. So, you need to mimic the same conditionsto keep your beardie as natural as possible.

Brumation often lasts about 3 months. During these months, make sure you reduce the amount of food and temperatures gradually (by reducing the basking hours).

You can also reduce the watts significantly. Adjust the temperature to about 8-10 hours in a day. However, constantly check the temperatures inside the tank to make sure they receive the recommended amounts.

Battery-powered heat lamps are the way to go if you completely want to deal with a power outage.

Also, clock timers are ideal in the bearded’s tank setup.

5 Lighting Guide Quick Reference

  1. Providing 12–14 hours of sufficient UVB radiation is recommended.
  2. 10–14 hours of UV basking radiation is also appropriate for your pet bearded.
  3. 95º–110º F for basking area is ideal.
  4. 75º–80º F for the cool zone is highly recommended.
  5. Lights off at night for about 12 hours each day.


Is it okay to turn the daytime light off at night?

Yes. It is recommended to turn the basking light and UVB light off at night.Turn it off for about 12 hours per day.

What kind of light is appropriate for my bearded dragon?

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Full-spectrum UV lights like ReptiSun, incandescent electric lighting bulbs, mercury vapor lamps, and ceramic bulbs are appropriate for bearded dragons.

What length is appropriate for UVB lighting?

UVB lights should extend 2/3 or 3/4 of the tank. Leave the rest of the space for your pet beardie to cool off.

What’s the appropriate position to place the light?

Position the lamp directly over the tank. However, there should not be any glass or plastic blocking the rays from reaching inside the tank. Do not position the bulb sideways.

How much light for my pet bearded is ideal?

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Bearded dragons require about 12 to 14 hours of sufficient UVB lighting in a day. 8 hours of sufficient light in the summer months is highly recommended.

(Video) Bearded Dragon Lighting Setup Breakdown


You probably did not know that a bearded dragon lighting setup was as complicated as you have seen.

Know the appropriate distance & ideal position to place the lamp in the tank, understand the lighting schedule, and identify the appropriate bulbs to use.

This guide helps you understand everything a beardie needs (concerning lighting) in its environment. Follow the setup process to give your pet the best and most comfortable environment there is.

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What is the proper light set up for a bearded dragon? ›

Ideally, the UVB bulb should span 2/3 to 3/4 the length of your tank. This allows your bearded dragon to absorb beneficial UVB rays no matter where is chooses to rest/sit. What is this? When placing your UVB light, mount it all the way to one side of your tank (preferably the side with the basking light).

What 2 lights do bearded dragons need? ›

Lighting is pretty simple; the main two lights you need are the heat lamp and the UVB fluorescent tube fixture. The heat lamp is the easier one to set up; you can buy the reptile heat lamp fixtures at pretty much any pet store. You need a fixture with decent coverage for your tank, a "sun dome" type fixture works well.

Should the UVB light be on all the time for a bearded dragon? ›

Turtles, tortoises, bearded dragons, iguanas, and chameleons are some common examples of reptiles that need UVB light. This helps prevent animals from developing hypocalcemia (or lack of calcium). UVB lights should be kept on during the day and turned off at night and should be used along with calcium supplements.

Do I turn off the heat lamp at night for my bearded dragon? ›

Your vivarium should mimic the natural heat and light pattern of your bearded dragon's natural environment, and since the temperature in the outback drops after dark, your bearded dragon needs a cooler temperature at night. This means you can turn off your heat lamp at night.

How far away should a heat lamp be from a bearded dragon? ›

Allow at least a 30 cm / 12″ distance between the lamp and basking surface to prevent direct contact with the Bearded dragon.

Is a basking bulb the same as a heat bulb? ›

Both bulbs emit heat and white light, the difference is a subtle one in the color of light that your animals are displayed under. ZooMed Basking Bulbs emit a very yellowish hued light, but are one of the most preferred methods for heating animals that have requirements for high basking temperatures.

How far away should the basking light be? ›

A 50-watt light will need to be placed around 5-7 inches away from the basking area. A 75 watt light will need to be placed around 7-9 inches away. A 100 watt light will need to be placed 10 to 12 inches away.

How do I keep my bearded dragon warm without a heat lamp? ›

Place hand warmers or heat packs in a sock and place the sock near your dragon (make sure they don't touch your dragon though, or they could burn her). Keep your dragon wrapped in blankets and use your body heat to keep him warm. If you are able, take your dragon into your car with the heat on high until she warms up.

How far away should a bearded dragon be from a UVB bulb? ›

When mounting the UVB bulb, aim for a distance of around 12 inches away from the basking spot.

What happens if UVB is too close to bearded dragon? ›

The body language of these individuals can also be used to tell if they are receiving insufficient UV rays. A bearded dragon's eyes become sensitive to light as it grows. As a result, if the bearded dragon is exposed to too much UVB, its eyes swell, its red and cloudy appearance worsens, and its skin becomes thinner.

What temps should a bearded dragon be kept at? ›

During the day, the optimum basking area temperature for a Bearded dragon is 40-42°C (104-107°F) with the cool end sitting at around 22-25°C (71-77°F). A heat source placed in one end of the enclosure is usually enough to keep the temperatures within the required range across the entire thermogradient.

Do bearded dragons need heat lamps 24 7? ›

Bearded dragons can survive 24 hours without a heat lamp, so long as their habitat remains above 65°F. They need warmth to survive and remain healthy so any longer than 24 hours without a heat lamp poses a significant risk.

Is it OK to leave a heat lamp on overnight? ›

(Outdoors, make sure it's designed to be used outside, and that it's safe from wind and weather.) Out of Sight: Try to avoid using the lamp overnight or when you can't monitor it, and make sure there is a working smoke detector nearby.

How do I know if my bearded dragon is warm enough? ›

What's the real truth? A: While beardies can withstand a wide variety of temperatures, here is what I always tell owners. The focal basking hot spot should be between 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. If your beardie is not sitting in the hot spot, gaping with its mouth open, then it probably isn't hot enough.

How do I know if my bearded dragons basking spot is too hot? ›

Here's one final piece of advice from Molesey Vets' team – it's not normal or healthy for bearded dragons to sleep all day in the summer as they can miss vital basking time. If your pet has become lazy, lethargic, and isn't eating, this could be a sign of being too hot (or something else).

What is the best way to keep a bearded dragon warm? ›

Use a heat lamp to create basking areas for the bearded dragon. Basking areas are where the bearded dragon will lay, or perch, during daytime hours in order to receive heat and ultraviolet rays just as it does in the wild. The higher the wattage of the heat lamp, the greater amount of heat it produces.

What time should I turn my bearded dragons light off at night? ›

Your beardie's UVB lighting schedule is more or less the same as their basking bulb schedule each day. Turn the UVB light on in the morning, and leave it on for around 10-12 hours each day before turning it off at night, right around when the sun sets.

What temperature should bearded dragons be at night? ›

Ideal Night Temperature At Night

At night, you don't have to worry about a temperature gradient. However, ambient temperatures within your bearded dragon's enclosure should be between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. That's about 21 to 24 degrees Celsius.

Do I turn off all lights for bearded dragon? ›

Your bearded dragon should sleep at night, and there shouldn't be any source of light left on for them. As long as the enclosure is warm enough, the basking light should be turned off at night as well.

Which bulbs give off the most heat? ›

Incandescent light bulbs burn much hotter than compact fluorescent light bulbs do. They possess very different properties—incandescent bulbs rely upon metals, gas and heat, while CFL's rely more upon a reaction between the internal and outside materials.

What is the best watt bulb for a bearded dragon? ›

A halogen floodlight is a great choice for the hot basking side and will raise temps in the enclosure to 100-105°F. A 100-watt bulb is appropriate for a 40-gallon tank. Bearded dragon owners must also be conscious of nighttime temps.

Can I use a ceramic heater instead of a basking bulb? ›

Ceramic Heat Emitters (also called ceramic bulbs, or just ceramics) are a good option for animals which don't require light, but which are too heavy to use a heat mat due to the issue of thermal blocking, or because they need a higher ambient temperature than a heat mat can provide.

Should a basking light be on all day? ›

These lights should be placed at one end of the tank and should be bright enough to allow your bearded dragon to absorb the warmth. The lights should be kept on for 10-12 hours a day, allowing your bearded dragon to bask for an hour or two before turning them off.

How far away should a UVB bulb be? ›

As a general rule “standard” T8 UVB tubes need to be closer than 12 inches to the animal, and T5 bulbs need to be at least 12-18 inches away. HOWEVER this can vary by manufacturer, so always check their recommendations!

How long should a 150 watt basking bulb last? ›

Crafted to last up to 2,000 hours, so you don't have to change often.

What happens if a bearded dragon gets too cold? ›

If they get too cold, they will go into hibernation. In captivity, bearded dragons rely on their owners to provide them with a warm environment. If they get too cold, their metabolism will slow down and they will become lethargic. Eventually, their vital organs will shut down and they will die.

What is a safe alternative to a heat lamp for reptiles? ›

A ceramic heater is another alternative. These units screw into a light socket and provide warmth. Once again, make sure you have a protective cover over the enclosure, such as a screen. Under-tank heating pads and heat strips are yet another option to provide heat.

What to do with a lizard when the power goes out? ›

You can also heat up rocks on a gas grill, wrap them in towels and place them in the reptile's enclosure. Hot water bottles work well if filled with warm, not boiling, water. And one of the best ways to keep your reptiles warm is by sharing your own body heat. “Just put them next to your body,” Cierie said.

Is 115 degrees too hot for bearded dragon? ›

Bearded dragons also require a basking area, which should be kept between 90-115 degrees Fahrenheit (32-46 degrees Celsius).

Can bearded dragons get UVB from window? ›

UV rays do not penetrate window glass so bearded dragons placed in a sunny window are not receiving UV light. When a bearded dragon does not have access to bright sunlight, special lights are used to provide the UVB light. You need a light which emits light in the 290-320 nanometer range.

Is T8 or T5 UVB better for bearded dragons? ›

UVB Tubes come in two fittings, T5 and T8, but what's the difference between T5 and T8 tubes and which one should you buy for your reptiles? T5 or T8 refers to the thickness of the fluorescent tube. T5 Tubes have a circumference of 5cm, whilst T8 tubes have a circumference of 8cm.

Why do bearded dragons flatten out while basking? ›

If their terrarium is too cold, bearded dragons may attempt to regulate their body temperature by flattening out in order to absorb as much heat as possible. If you notice your dragon pancaking a lot in his tank, this is likely the cause.

How often should I change my bearded dragons UVB bulb? ›

In short: The UVB lamp should be replaced after a total exposure time of approx. 3500 hours. This does not mean immediate disposal - you can still use a used lamp with a lower UV intensity for young animals or a less sun-loving reptile species. High-quality UVB lamps are available in this web shop.

Can bearded dragons be in complete darkness? ›

Since bearded dragons don't need light at night, enclosures should be dark for around 12 hours at night. Furthermore, these reptiles should receive no UVB light during those 12 hours.

Is 70 degrees too cold for a bearded dragon? ›

Bearded dragons typically prefer temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything below 75 degrees Fahrenheit is considered too cold for bearded dragons and can lead to health issues such as metabolic bone disease and respiratory infections.

What do bearded dragons need in their tank? ›

Bearded Dragon Tank Setup: Supplies

Heating element, thermometer, and hygrometer. Basking rock or log. Flooring. Some shallow dishes for water and food.

What temperature do bearded dragons like their water? ›

Ideally, the water should be about 85 to 92 degrees. Use a thermometer to check. If it starts to cool too quickly, add more hot water.

Can I leave my heat lamp on overnight on beardie? ›

Leaving a light tube on at night in your beardie's habitat is a bad idea. Bearded dragons need a completely dark room to get a good night's rest. Leaving a UV light for beardie on for heat at night will also raise the enclosure's temperature too much, making it difficult for your beardie to sleep.

Can I turn off the heat lamp at night for my bearded dragon? ›

Your vivarium should mimic the natural heat and light pattern of your bearded dragon's natural environment, and since the temperature in the outback drops after dark, your bearded dragon needs a cooler temperature at night. This means you can turn off your heat lamp at night.

Do bearded dragons prefer warm or cold water? ›

Bearded dragons are cold-blooded, so it's important to use lukewarm or warm water (between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit is a good rule of thumb). Cold water will make your dragon sick. If you let your dragon swim outside in a lake, pond, or a kiddie pool, it's still important to monitor the temperature.

What do bearded dragons like to sleep on? ›

You should turn off whatever lights are usually on in their enclosure at nighttime to simulate light changes during the day. Some bearded dragons enjoy sleeping in hammocks, on blankets or rolled up t-shirts, or in their very own bed. Others will use a log, a hide, or a layer of sand to burrow in and feel safe.

Do bearded dragons like hot or cold baths? ›

Use lukewarm water that's between 85 and 100 F (29.4 and 37.7 C). Water that's too hot could burn your dragon, but because he is cold blooded and relies on his surroundings for warmth, a bath that's too cold could also cause your dragon's body to shut down. Fill the tub with one to three inches of water.

How far away should a heat lamp be? ›

Stay Away From Combustible Fuels

Seeing as a heat lamp bulb's temperature can reach over 480ºF, both of these are a concern. A 24-inch minimum distance is a desirable rule of thumb for bedding, walls, and ceilings.

Is it safe to plug a heat lamp into an extension cord? ›

As a general rule, never use extension cords with heating devices. Wall outlets are rated to handle the higher continuous wattage requirement of a heat source, while most power strips and extension cords are not, resulting in overheating the cord.

Can you plug a reptile heat lamp into an extension cord? ›

Yes it can be plugged into, timers, power strips (surge protectors), or an extension cord.

What light should be on at night for a bearded dragon? ›

Bearded dragons do not need a night light. Using a light at night will disrupt their sleep cycle as they are diurnal reptiles. They need 8-12 hours of sleep at night which any light will disturb. Also, they do not need heating at night except in cases of temperature drops.

How close should basking light be? ›

A 50-watt light will need to be placed around 5-7 inches away from the basking area. A 75 watt light will need to be placed around 7-9 inches away. A 100 watt light will need to be placed 10 to 12 inches away.

What is the best light for a 75 gallon bearded dragon tank? ›

A one hundred watt mercury vapor bulb can produce enough UVB and heat for a 55-75 gallon tank if the temperature of your home is around 70 degrees. UVB fluorescent tubes such as the Zoo Med Reptisun 10.0 can also be used.

Can too much UVB hurt a bearded dragon? ›

It is true that a bearded dragon can develop too much UVB in captivity. It requires a certain amount of UVB rays per day to survive. Exposure to UVB rays can cause serious side effects to beardies. If you produce too much UVB, you may develop hypercalcemia, hyperparathyroidism, and metabolic bone disease.

What is the best UV bulb for a bearded dragon? ›

What is the best UV light for my bearded dragon? One of the best lighting products on the market today is the Arcadia T5 lighting range. These high output linear tubes will provide a bright, natural and safe level of ultraviolet and visible light for your bearded Dragon.

What happens if bearded dragons dont get enough UVB? ›

Metabolic bone disease is a serious ailment that can affect bearded dragons. This disorder is triggered by inadequate levels of calcium in the body, which inadequate UVB lighting can cause. Metabolic bone disease is characterized by lizards' bones becoming extremely feeble.

How many watts should my basking light be for my bearded dragon? ›

A halogen floodlight is a great choice for the hot basking side and will raise temps in the enclosure to 100-105°F. A 100-watt bulb is appropriate for a 40-gallon tank. Bearded dragon owners must also be conscious of nighttime temps.

How high off the ground should heat lamps be? ›

For small flocks, the most common source of heat is a heat lamp. These lamps accommodate a 250-watt red or clear bulb. When suspended 45 to 60 cm (18 to 24") off the floor, they provide enough heat to brood up to 100 chicks for a single-light, or 300 to 500 for a four-light model.

Is a 100 gallon tank too big for a bearded dragon? ›

Since bearded dragons can grow to 24″ long, you'll want a larger tank for an adult bearded dragon, at least 48”L x 24”W x 24”H, or roughly 120 gallons.

Is 48x18x18 good for a bearded dragon? ›

A 48x18x18″ is the smallest enclosure we will sell a bearded dragon into and is the very bare minimum you can keep a single adult in. We don't think there's much point in a starter kit that you have to replace very quickly, it's not good value for you, and not good for your dragon.

Is a 50 gallon tank OK for a bearded dragon? ›

Your bearded dragon's tank should be at least 50 gallons, but a 75-gallon tank is ideal. The larger the tank, the better, as it will provide your bearded dragon with more space to explore and exercise. Bearded dragons are native to Australia and live in arid, dry environments.


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