Why Is UVB Light Essential?
In its natural environment, a reptile has exposure to direct light from the sun, which as well as being composed of the visual light that we are familiar with, also has a significant content of ultra-violet light.This UV energy is an important factor, as it drives a chemical reaction in the skin, which results in the formation of vitamin D3, without which calcium metabolism cannot occur correctly, and the skeleton of the animal cannot develop correctly.
When a captive reptile is not exposed to direct sunlight, then the resulting lack of vitamin D3 can cause the bones to become weak and mis-shapen. Other hard structures, such as scales, claws, and the carapace of tortoises or turtles would also be adversely affected without sunlight.
These lights will need to be used with a T8 controller, such as the Arcadia light controllers and a reflector (optional) to almost double the light output. For the maximum enjoyment of your terrarium / vivarium we recommend that you replace your Reptile Systems light at least once a year.
- 5% UVB for the synthesis of Vitamin D3
- Full spectrum lamp
- Produces excellent natural colours.
- Recommended to place 15cm away from basking reptile
- Ideal for rain forest species.