Which bulb for leopard gecko?

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Jan 20, 2002, 8:00:55 PM1/20/02
Would I be best buying a 40w or 60w bulb for a 24x12x16 (20g) glass
tank? (Assuming I want a temperature gradiant from 84-88o for a leopard
gecko)...Thanks for any suggestions!

Jeff Wagner

Jan 20, 2002, 8:44:17 PM1/20/02
In article <3C4B67E4...@NOSPAMyahoo.com>, MN
<tika...@NOSPAMyahoo.com> wrote:

I personally would get the 60 or 75 watt DARK blue heat bulb for that
size tank. Or get a ceramic heat emitter and rig up a dimmer switch to
it so you can dial in the temp you want. Come to think of it if you are
moderatly electrically inclined you can make a dimmer switch controller
and use it on any heat bulb you want. If you had one I would get a 100
watt bulb then turn it down with the dimmer switch to the rigth temp.
Or just get the 60-75 watt bulb in the first place. I would personally
avoid red bulbs with leopard geckos as mine seem to have trouble seeing
with red light in the tank. your milage may vary.


Jeff Wagner
Corvallis Oregon

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Scott Solar

Jan 21, 2002, 5:57:24 PM1/21/02
I'd recommend no lights for a nocturnal gecko instead using a Zoomed
Under Tank Heater sized for the tank.

Incidentally your dimensions make a 15 gallon tank.

If I can be of any further assistance please let me know.

Kind Regards;

Scott Solar
Amazon Reptile Center

Currently buying many reptiles.
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Jan 21, 2002, 9:31:04 PM1/21/02
I would go with both the 60 watt & 75 watt bulbs. I use common
household incandescent bulbs for days & either red or black incandescent
light bulbs for the night time. I use a 75 watt for days & a 60 watt for
nights on that size leopard gecko vivarium. Of course much depends on
your ambient room temperature. I don't recommend
ceramic heat emitters for such a small tank. They would put out far too
much heat possibly cooking your gecko. Also when attached to a dimmer
switch or rheostat they tend to burn out rather quickly in my
experience. Also ceramic heat emitters are expensive (about $40) when
compared to normal light bulbs at 4/$1.00. Wal-Mart has inexpensive 60
watt black light bulbs that work as well as any product specifically
made for reptiles at about $3-4. I would also
invest in a good thermometer. It's best to set up your vivarium &
measure the temps prior to getting your leopard gecko. Be sure to
provide for a temperature gradient. Good luck with your new pet. Leopard
geckos are simple yet rewarding captives. snake lady

"Medicine to produce health has to examine disease" Plutarch

Sarah Hancock

Jan 22, 2002, 12:46:00 PM1/22/02
Silly question, I suppose, but not knowing anything about lights, does it
matter if it's a 75 watt zoo med "specially for reptiles" light, or just any
old 75 Watt light from the drugstore??

Chris McMartin

Jan 22, 2002, 3:40:43 PM1/22/02
"Sarah Hancock" <psyc...@home.com> wrote in message

Short answer: yes, it does matter. I'll leave the long answer to those who
know more as to the specs of the various light brands.

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Jeff Wagner

Jan 22, 2002, 11:05:16 PM1/22/02

Alternate short answer:

What are you using the light for? Heat? UV? What kind of lizard?

For heat they will work as good

No UVB in walmart bulbs


In article <f7k38.26307$XZ1.1...@typhoon.austin.rr.com>, Chris


Jan 27, 2002, 11:48:29 AM1/27/02
Leos have no special light requirements so a normal houshold lamp is OK. The
wattage you choose will depend upon the ambient temp in your house.
I use 9W energy efficient lamp for my leos vivarium (ie very little heat,
only light so humans can see them OK) and use a heatpad under the substrate
(and under the vivarium base) to provide heating.. This is thermostatically


Chris McMartin <newsg...@mountainboomer.com> wrote in message


Dec 26, 2019, 4:55:02 PM12/26/19
Just an FYI red lights are great bc lizards can’t actually see red light 😬
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