In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best basking bulbs for bearded dragons currently available on the market right now. We have noticed a steady increase in people reaching out for assistance on the topic so decided to publish this article to help as many of our readers in this situation as possible.
We have researched the various basking bulbs currently available and unfortunately, the majority seems like a total waste of time and money. Thankfully, we did manage to find seven bulbs that we feel are worth your time and money. Additionally, each of the basking bulbs that we will be featuring already has a number of bearded dragon owners using them as their basking solution and are reporting positive things.
BYB Infrared Heat Emitter
The bulb has plenty of third-party reviews online that have been left by a large number of independent pet owners including some bearded dragon owners too sharing their experiences with the product.
The BYB Infrared Heat Emitter is perfect for any terrarium that has a high humidity level. On top of this the bulb has also been tried and tested by a large number of people and it will last up to ten thousand hours without being replaced.
The bulb has been designed to work with a porcelain E27 socket that can easily be picked up if your setup does not currently have one. The bulb is non-light emitting offering an excellent heat source for your Bearded Dragons terrarium without the need for any additional light pollution that comes with many competing products.
The infrared heat from the bulb can help to promote healthy skin in your Bearded Dragon as it helps to widen blood vessels and promote healthy blood circulation. It will also heat the ambient air in the terrarium helping to keep it warm and comfortable for your Bearded Dragon. One thing that we would like to point out is that you should wait at least an hour after turning the bulb off before touching it due to its ability to store heat.
Exo Terra Repti-Glo Lamp
The Exo Terra Repti-Glo Lamp has been designed from the very start to be one of the best basking solutions for desert-dwelling animals. The heat put out helps to make your terrarium feel like their natural environment and keep them comfortable, healthy, and relaxed.
The bulb also helps to ensure that your bearded dragon has the UVB rays it requires for optimal calcium metabolism to live a healthy lifestyle free from the common problems of bearded dragons in captivity.
Evergreen Pet Supplies Reptile Light
You can see some of the bearded dragon owners have posted that their dragons seem more alert and active in their terrariums after having switched over to this basking light. Other owners mention how they were surprised at the amount of heat the lamp could knock out and that their pets seem to love the lamp.
There are also reports from owners mentioning how they have accidentally dropped the Evergreen Pet Supplies Reptile Light a few times but the bulb has not broken. There are a few owners commenting on how they are actually surprised at the price and performance due to this being a mercury vapor bulb too.
The Evergreen Pet Supplies Reptile Light is a very effective and powerful source of heat for your bearded dragon. The bulb is perfect for encouraging essential vitamin production that is often missing in bearded dragons kept in captivity by offering a realistic alternative source of daylight.
Before shipping, each bulb is put through a rigorous three-step test to ensure that you are getting a safe and working product. To get the most out of your bulb, be sure to use it in a good-quality socket, preferably ceramic if possible and follow the usage instructions on the packaging of the bulb.
Exo Terra Repti-Glo Compact
All that said, the Exo Terra Repti-Glo Compact is still a popular bulb and it has a number of third-party reviews online with some having been left by other bearded dragon owners. If you wish, you can read those reviews to get an additional insight on the performance of the product from some independent, third-party users of the bulb.
The Exo Terra Repti-Glo Compact emits safe UVA radiation into your bearded dragons terrarium to help stimulate activity, appetite, reproductive behavior, and calcium metabolism. Although we feel that the bulbs covered earlier in the article are better quality, the lower price of this bulb can help the bearded dragon owner on a budget.
Zoo Med Basking Spot Lamp
As we mentioned, since having its initial issues corrected, and the low price of the bulb, it has managed to become one of, if not the most popular heat light for bearded dragons and other reptiles on the market. Due to this, there are a large number of reviews that have been left by third-party reptile owners who use this bulb as their terrarium heating solution including a number that has been left by independent bearded dragon owners.
As you will probably have come to expect, the Zoo Med Basking Spot Lamp has a UVA output that is able to run for ten to twelve hours each day without issue. It has a double reflector included as standard to increase the efficiency of the bulb as well as the ability to be used as a spotlight style lamp to focus its output on specific areas of your bearded dragons terrarium.
Exo Terra Intense Basking Spot Lamp
Its core customer base has left a number of independent reviews of the lamp online with many of them having been left by other bearded dragon owners. As you can see from the reviews, the lamp has a solid reputation within the bearded dragon owning community as well as the wider reptile owning community too.
The Exo Terra Intense Basking Spot Lamp is currently available in five different wattages to ensure that you are able to get the perfect lamp for your needs. Its unique design allows you to get up to thirty-five percent additional heat and light out of the bulb in comparison to traditional bulb styles.
The bulb will also help to increase the ambient air temperature within your bearded dragons terrarium helping to stimulate breeding behavior as well as provide a nice basking area to allow your dragon to thermoregulate as it requires making it an ideal basking light for a bearded dragon.
Zoo Med Spot Lamps
Although this bulb is new to the market, at the time of writing, it does have a small number of independent reviews online including a very small number that has been left by other bearded dragon owners sharing their experiences with the bulb.
The Zoo Med Spot Lamps have been designed to be used for between ten and twelve hours each day without issue but it is not advised that you risk running them any longer than their stated run times. The included double reflectors on the bulbs as well as their spotlight focus feature makes them ideal if you want to heat a particular area of the terrarium such as a basking rock but if your bearded dragon lives in a larger terrarium one of the other styles of bulb on the list will probably be better.
Getting your lighting and heating setup for your bearded dragons terrarium can be a challenge so we have collected the resources below that we feel will be able to help you if you require any assistance. The three articles and video will provide you with all the information that you require without any additional material required.
The content that we recommend that you read is:-
As well as the below video.
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