Compact Fluorescent Bulbs as a Terrarium or Vivarium Light Source

Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)

With the rise of CFL bulbs as replacements to incandescent bulbs in homes, it comes as no surprise that CFLS are experiencing a rise in popularity in the vivarium industry. They can be picked up anywhere light bulbs can be purchased, and are relatively inexpensive. It is easy to find bulbs rated at 6500K – they are typically marketed as “Daylight” or something similar. The 26w versions produce more light than the 13w bulbs, and are more appropriate for use with a vivarium in most situations.

CFL bulbs are widely available.

          Pros: inexpensive, widely available, energy efficient

          Cons: fragile, do not produce as much light per watt as some other forms of lighting

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