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Exo Terra Repti-Glo 10.0 Fluorescent Lamp, 15-Watt/18-Inch
Exo Terra Repti-Glo 10.0 Fluorescent Lamp, 15-Watt/18-Inch
Manufacturer : Exo Terra
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Product Description
Exo Terra Linear Fluorescent Lighting
Without the sun’s energy, all life on earth would cease to exist. It is by the sun’s energy that all life forces are driven. Although the sun and its light are very complex, there are only three elements of light that are important and easily reproducible for reptile husbandry: ultraviolet light, visible light and infrared light. In order to create these three biological aspects of sunlight artificially, Exo Terra has developed several specialized lights to be used in the natural terrarium or aqua-terrarium setting. It is important to know that it is almost impossible to accommodate all of these needs in a single light source, a combination of different light sources is necessary in most cases. The table below will help you make the right lighting choice.

Exo Terra Linear Fluorescent Bulbs

The most important feature of a Repti-Glo fluorescent bulb is its ability to emit UVB light (ultraviolet B) a component of sunlight. Not all reptiles or terrarium animals need the same amount of UVB radiation. A rainforest animal may require less UVB than a desert animal, nocturnal activity versus daylight activity also is a factor. The distance from the bulb to the animal is equally important. The further the animal is away from the bulb the lower the UVB radiation, the closer the animals are to the bulb the higher the levels of UVB.

Exo Terra’s fluorescent bulbs are classified according to their percentage of UVB output. The Repti Glo 2.0 emits very little UVB light (2%), in most cases not sufficient for vitamin D3 synthesis. For tropical and sub-tropical reptiles, 5% bulbs (Repti Glo 5.0) are perfectly adequate, provided they are correctly positioned on the terrarium, the bulb is changed regularly, and the number of hours of exposure is sufficient. 10-12 hours daily has proven to be a satisfactory exposure level for most species. Animals living in deserts, which are areas with high UVB levels, should be exposed to 10% UVB bulbs (Repti Glo 10.0).

It is equally important to know that in fluorescent bulbs the more visible light emitted from the bulb the lower the UVB radiation. The Repti Glo 2.0 is a brighter bulb than the Repti Glo 10.0 bulb.

Exo Terra Linear Fluorescent Lighting

Repti Glo 2.0
The Exo Terra Repti Glo 2.0 is a general light source with a high visual light output and a very high color rendering index (CRI), but a lower 2% UVB radiation. This bulb is suitable for snakes, amphibians, frogs, toads, salamanders and nocturnal animals. Plants will thrive under this light as well. It is also a perfect complementary light to a second higher UVB bulb to boost visual light in the terrarium.

Repti Glo 5.0
The Exo Terra Repti Glo 5.0 has a moderate to high 5% UVB output, similar to that of shady environments such as rain forests and other tropical locations. Reptiles living in these habitats receive less UV radiation because of the many climate and habitat conditions that prevents direct sunlight from reaching them or their basking areas.

Repti Glo 10.0
The Exo Terra Repti Glo 10.0 has a very high 10% UVB output similar to that associated with desert environments. Desert locations receive more direct sunlight than any other because of fewer clouds, less air humidity and no plants or trees to provide shade. Therefore desert reptiles are exposed to more UV radiation than any other type of reptile. This bulb can also be used on screened terrariums or terrariums with dense screen covers to ensure UVB penetration. Screens can filter out as much as 50% of the UVB rays.

Why Linear Fluorescent?

Exo Terra Linear Fluorescent Lighting
The Linear Repti Glo bulbs have a higher output and divide the energy more efficiently over wider terrariums. Exo Terra has a full range of seven sizes of each type, Repti Glo 2.0, Repti Glo 5.0 and Repti Glo 10.0, in order to cater to any terrarium size. The longer sizes can even be placed on multiple terrariums.

Repti Glo 2.0
The Exo Terra 2.0 comes in a variety of watts ranging from 14 Watts to 40 Watts.

  • Ideal spectrum for all reptiles and amphibians.
  • Stimulates plant growth
  • High visual light output
  • Stimulates appetite, activity and reproductive behavior through UVA radiation
  • High Color Rendering Index of 98 (CRI)
  • 6700 Kelvin Color temperature
  • Recommended in combination with Repti Glo 5.0 or Repti Glo 10.0

Repti Glo 5.0
The Exo Terra 5.0 comes in a variety of watts ranging from 14 Watts to 40 Watts.

  • Ideal for all tropical and sub-tropical reptiles
  • High UVB output
  • Effective up to 12 inches
  • Provides necessary UVB rays for optimal calcium metabolism
  • Stimulates appetite, activity and reproductive behavior through UVA radiation
  • Recommended in combination with Repti Glo 2.0 for a higher visual light output

Repti Glo 10.0
The Exo Terra 10.0 comes in a variety of watts ranging from 14 Watts to 40 Watts.

  • Ideal for all desert dwelling reptiles
  • Ultra High UVB output
  • Effective up to 20 inches
  • Provides necessary UVB rays for optimal calcium metabolism
  • Recommended for use with screened terrariums; terrariums with dense screen covers (screens can filter out UVB rays)
  • Recommended in combination with Repti Glo 2.0 for a higher visual light output

Comparison of Exo Terra Light Sources

Exo Terra Linear Fluorescent Lighting
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #10223 in Pet Products
  • Size: 15-Watt/18-Inch
  • Color: 15-Watt/18-Inch
  • Brand: Exo Terra
  • Model: PT2170
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.50" h x 1.50" w x 18.00" l, .30 pounds
  • Product Features
  • Ideal for desert dwelling animals
  • High UVB output; Effective up to 20 inches
  • Provides necessary UVB rays for optimal calcium metabolism
  • Recommended for use with screened terrariums; terrariums with dense screen covers (screens can filter out UVB rays)
  • T8, 18 inch long light bulb; 15 watts
  • Customer Reviews

    Most helpful customer reviews

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
    5Great UVA/UVB Bulb
    By KtK
    I have been using this bulb on my aquatic turtle since she was a hatchling. She is now 7 years old and I have never had shell issues with her. In fact she is still growing and healthily shedding her scutes! The bulb puts out a blue hue typical of most UVA/UVB bulbs. In the past I also used this bulb with a bearded dragon. Again, the beardie was healthy and lived a normal life with no issues. I also use this bulb on my planted aquariums and the plants are lush! I received the product in a timely manner by the guaranteed date.

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
    5Lights for bearded dragons
    By Courtney
    These are great lamps for your reptiles. I love how bright they are. I have one centered in the middle of ny 40 gallon breeder tank and it makes sure my bearded dragon gets enough rays. I use my lamp in an inexpensive undercounter lamp from walmat for $8.00. Its the cheaper way to go since these require replacement every 6 months. These give enough light to keep my dragons from getting sick.

    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    2Ordered twice both broken
    By Macy
    First one ordered and as soon as I took the bulb out I could hear rattling in the light tube. Put it in the fixture and sure enough it was broken. I am giving this two stars only because when I went to return it, it was super easy. Amazon sent me a new one immediately but unfortunately it too was rattling and didn't work. Neither package was damaged but I expect the delicate bulbs just can't handle the travel... I'm bummed and will just end up buying my replacement at the pet store for almost double the price but at least they will work.

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