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I like that this item suited my needs affordably-- I also did have to contact customer service and got excellent response from them. I'd contacted customer service because I could not for the life of me get the cover off. I, like many, had my fixture arrive with the light fluttering. I was able to remove the two screws as directed by customer service and give the bulb a little twist which corrected the flicker (it had been jarred in transit) I did worry about the plastic lens covering a UVB bulb, but my needs for the enclosure for this particular bulb we're great. I didn't want to spend a hundred dollars on a fixture for a scale-less/translucent lizard who needed UVB but in much smaller quantities than a lizard with scaled and normal skin. If you have need for smaller amounts of UVB or are using in a shallow tank application (I'd say 12 inches or less height from bulb) this is a good light fixture. If you are trying to put this on a 40 gallon breeder it isn't going to suite your reptile's needs, get a bigger bulb/fixture. This bulb gets slightly warm but does not provide heat, you will need a separate heat source. It really does come down to you get what you pay for, this is a small UVB light designed for a small enclosure. This is not intended for a large/deep enclosure for a very UVB dependent pet. If you need higher requirements none of these tube type applications will likely suit your needs, you'd be better off spending more and investing in MVB etc. For those with tiny tanks (20 gallon long or smaller) this really should suit your needs well for MOST UVB needy pets, and you can always use a UVB meter to ensure you are getting enough. Hope this info helps :D
There seems to be a LOT of discussion around which UVB bulbs are good and what aren't. We decided to buy this one due to price and the one-in-one package setup. So far so good! Our little beardy seems to be doing just fine. We wound up mounting this inside the enclosure by using braided cable used for hanging heavy artwork to tie it to our tank's mesh cover. No issues and seems to be working great!
It's lasted over a year with daily use, a lot longer than I expected. Works for plants as well as reptiles. Doesn't get hot so no worries about cooking pets, or plants. We use it in a timer and it's never had a problem. Would buy again
The bulb that comes with this fixture is NOT sufficient enough for Bearded Dragons! The fixture is pretty bulky but works great. Had to go buy a 10.0 t8 tube uvb bulb to accommodate my dragon. He got super unwell from the light that came with this fixture as it doesn't produce enough uvb for bearded dragons..
I have a Blue Iquana named Keltset. It is in a very large enclosure, and these help light everything up and provides uvb. Slim design and easy to install. My clear cover came broken. But everything still works!