report first published 14 years ago in
2007, but still relevant, concerning hazardous
UVB output from several brands of high-output
UVB fluorescent lamps. This can cause eye problems
(photo-kerato-conjunctivitis) and ill health in
some pet reptiles.
If your reptile has recently had a new lamp fitted,
and now seems unwilling to open its eyes then
this information could be vital - some "problem"
lamps may still be out there..
We still hope to update this old website eventually.
It is 16 years since we first launched UV Guide
UK. We never expected it to be so popular - to date
(November 2021) we have had over 320,000 visitors,
from an astonishing 185 countries worldwide!
2005, however, there have been some fascinating
advances in our knowledge and we have tested many
We also have learned much about the UV Index, why it is really useful in reptile and amphibian husbandry, and how using a UV Index meter can help with re-creating a more natural photo-habitat and safer positioning of UV lamps in the vivarium.
full update of all test results is now essential.
bear with us as we have closed sections of the
website completely, but we have left sections that are still relevant today.
For more up-to-date information, please join our Facebook Group, REPTILE LIGHTING"
wish to make it clear that it is not
our intention to promote or "recommend" any
of the products that we have tested. We are completely independent from all companies producing reptile lamps or related products. We accept no sponsorship from them. We do not promote or sell any products, either.
are merely reporting the results of our tests, so that
you, the reptile keeper, may learn more about the wide
range of products now available.
we have done our best to research, and report upon,
the UV requirements of different species we
are not able to make specific recommendations about
which type or brand of lamp would be most suitable
for a particular set-up. We hope that you will find
our reports useful in deciding for yourself which
product seems most suitable for your reptile and your
the recordings reported here were made by the authors
themselves unless specified otherwise. We would encourage
UVB meter owners to repeat our tests on their own lamps
and confirm our results.
understand that we are hobbyists. We are NOT experts.
We present our information in good faith; our conclusions
are based upon our own observations and our understanding
of the work of others. Like everyone else, we do make
mistakes. Although our information is correct to the
best of our knowledge, we would be grateful to have
your feedback if you believe any details on our website
to be incorrect or misleading.
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