Reptile Lighting & Heating: Terrarium Heat Lamps & Bulbs

First, I'll cover the basic bulb types. Incandescent bulbs are the simplest type, and most produce a white type of light in addition to heat. With these bulbs, the shape of the light bulb can help determine the size and shape of the hot spot created by the bulb. "Basking" style bulbs are shaped differently than "daylight" bulbs - the goal of a basking bulb is to create one significantly hotter area, while heating the rest of the cage almost as a side effect of the hot basking area. "Daylight" style bulbs are designed to emit light, and to provide generalized additional heating. Daylight style bulbs work best as daylight heating for animals that do not need significantly elevated basking temperatures, such as most snakes or geckos.

Smooth glass and pressed glass infrared bulbs that can be used in heat lamps.

Available in a wide variety of wattages, these quality heat bulbs produce red light, which is invisible to herps. They are ideal for nighttime heating, as well as for nocturnal viewing of your pets. Rated for up to 3000 hours of use!

Nighttime Basking Bulbs - Reptile Heating | Josh's Frogs

Smooth glass and pressed glass infrared bulbs that can be used in heat lamps. Suspend two lamps, each fitted with an incandescent 60-watt bulb, 12-18 inches above the floor of the brooder. Gooseneck lamps work, or infrared heat lamps can be purchased at your feed dealer. These can be fitted with special heat bulbs, but often an incandescent bulb will produce enough heat.

Zilla Night Black Heat Incandescent Bulbs, 100 Watts

Two lamps are important. If one burns out in the wee hours of the night, the other will keep the chicks warm until morning. Placing a sheet of cardboard over the brooder helps retain heat, but be very cautious about keeping anything flammable away from hot bulbs.

Regular Light Bulbs in Heating Lamp? - Garter Snake Forum


use a filament heated to high temperature to produce visible light and, necessarily, even more infrared radiation. Round bulbs, often tinted red to reduce visible light, provide infrared radiant heat suitable for warming of people or animals, but the power density available is low. The development of quartz halogen linear lamps allowed much higher power density up to 200 watts/inch of lamp (8 w/mm), useful for industrial heating, drying and processing applications. By adjusting the voltage applied to incandescent lamps, the spectrum of the radiated energy can be made to reduce visible light and emphasize infrared energy production. Different wavelengths of infrared radiation are differently absorbed by different materials.I had a lot of motivators here, but the primary motivator was that the greenwashing being done around . My power company sent me literature telling me that I should replace all of my incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs to save energy and money. Based on my lighting usage, the most I could possibly save is $5 per year. Yet, with changing my heating habits, I think I have proven that I can save $500 per year. I therefore call "shenanigans" on the power company, the government and the fluorescent light bulb industry.