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Help and advice on shopping for: Reptile Lighting and Heating

Bring your enclosure to life

It’s surprising how much a little heat and light can do to transform a terrarium or vivarium into a tropical paradise or arid desert. Our lighting and heating range features some of the best products from top brands, like Exo Terra, Retile Systems and Komodo.

What are lighting and heating products?

Unlike humans, who are capable of regulating our own body heat, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, such as Royal pythons, rely on external heat sources to regulate their temperature and light to know when they should be active and stimulate the production of key nutrients. Lighting and heating products allow you to give both heat and light to your pet, ensuring they are at the right temperature and know both when to be active and when to rest.

Why should I buy lighting and heating products?

Lighting and heating products aren’t really optional for reptile, amphibian and invertebrate keepers, as they can be a matter of life and death for many species. In the wrong temperature, a cold-blooded animal will quickly become stressed and unable to digest food, their health will decline and they may even risk death. Light can be just as important as temperature, many animals are much more sensitive to certain types of light than humans and can quickly become uncomfortable or stressed in the wrong lighting.

What are the main types of lighting and heating products?

Our lighting and heating products can be divided into five categories; reptile lights, reptile lighting equipment, reptile heat, reptile heating equipment and reptile thermostats. Reptile lights recreate the lighting of many animal’s natural habitats and often produce different wavelengths of light, such as UVB, that are more comfortable for an animal. Reptile lighting equipment is all of the canopies, fittings, controllers and more used alongside the reptile lights. Reptile heat includes various methods for heating your vivarium or terrarium, including heating mats and bulbs. Reptile heating equipment features various fittings, guards and stands used alongside the reptile heat products. Reptile thermostats work just like your thermostat at home, monitoring the terrarium or vivarium for changes then activating hardware to correct it, however instead of just looking at heat and just turning on and off, they can monitor other conditions, like humidity, and create various effects (such as heatwave pulses or an imitation of the rising and lowering heat throughout a day).

What should I look for?

From Snakes to Skinks, every animal is different and each species will thrive in completely unique conditions. To be able to get the most out of any heating or lighting solution we recommend plenty of research into the needs of the species you’re intending to care for. It’s also important to look at the power consumption of heating and lighting items as they will be running constantly and it is key that you are aware of and comfortable with their running costs.