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Old 30-07-2009, 07:43 PM
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Hi, I am new to reptile keeping and have just started looking into getting a vivarium for a Leopard Gecko, can anone advise as to the best lighting combination for this - do I need a light for use during the day and another for the night or can I combine one of these with a basking light. Also how long should the lights be kept on for, The area in my house where I plan to keep the vivarium is in a darker area of the house so it would be good to be able to see in the viv during the day - I have read up on various types of lighting but am now starting to get confused as to what would be best for the Gecko
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Old 30-07-2009, 08:18 PM
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you dont need any lighting for a leopard gecko as there are nocturnal so wont have a problem in the darker corner of your room.
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Old 31-07-2009, 01:30 PM
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hi, you dont need a light for a leopard gecko but if you did want a light you would need a red light or a blue light because they cant see red or blue light

edit:for lighting combos you could use a normal light in the day and a red or blue at night but the best way to heat a viv would be to use a heat mat

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Old 06-08-2009, 03:36 PM
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I would use a heat mat with a normal red light bulb (about £1.50 for 2 from B&Q) and hook them both up to a dimming thermostat to get the correct temps. I think the red bulbs look quite nice and allows viewing at night (as mentioned they cant see red light) when they are likelt to be more active.

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:11 PM
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I've toyed with a daylight bulb and blue (moon-glo) bulb on timers but it didn't work very well. So I'm back to having a red bulb at the basking end for day & night. As Sykesnake has said, the leos can't see it, but you continue to see them, even in a darkened room. So it's win/win.
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:22 PM
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if you check a leo's eye's whilst using either a red or blue bulb you'll find that their eye's do react ~ while red/blue bulbs don't affect them to the degree that white/plain light does they can still see them
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