Basking Bulbs

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Basking Bulbs provide a source of heat for your pet reptile or amphibian via a radiant heat source (in this case, an incandescent or halogen bulb). Simulating the warming rays of the sun, basking bulbs provide your ectothermic pets with the warmth they need to digest food and maintain optimal activity levels. There are a variety of different basking bulbs available, suitable for use with a diverse selection of pet reptiles or amphibians.

Josh's Frogs strongly recommends using a Heat Clamp Lamp with Dimmer in conjunction with most basking bulbs, which will allow you to dial in exactly the basking temperature your pet reptiles need to thrive.





Moonlight Bulbs, also known as nighttime basking bulbs, are incandescent bulbs perfect for increasing the ambient temperature of a terrarium, vivarium, or enclosure to ensure your pet reptile or amphibian receives the correct overnight temperature. These special low-visibility heat bulbs eliminate the chance that your pet reptile or amphibian are kept awake by excess light, while enjoying the economic price of an incandescent bulb. Moonlight basking bulbs are perfect for those reptiles or amphibians that prefer above room temperature nocturnal temps, including but not limited to leopard geckos, ball pythons, hermit crabs, and some invertebrates.




Red Heat Lamps emit infrared heat waves that provide much needed warmth for your pet reptile. The red glass transmits Infrared waves produced by the special filament of the bulb. The reddish light will not disrupt normal activity during night or day, which makes it an excellent 24 hour heat source. Red heat lamps increase the overall air temperature in the terrarium and provide heat, which is essential for activity and digestion. Red heat lamps are ideal for nocturnal viewing.



Daylight Heat Bulbs are an inexpensive way to raise the ambient temperature in a vivarium while adding a bit of ambient lighting. Daylight heat bulbs are not great for creating a specific basking spot. Daylight heat bulbs do produce UVA, which promotes breeding and natural behaviors in reptiles and amphibians. The higher the wattage of the daylight heat bulb, the more heat it will produce.



Spotlight Basking Bulbs are great at providing a broad, moderately intense basking spot for your pet reptile. Spotlight basking bulbs have a reflector built in to direct the majority of the heat and light produced downward. Spotlight basking bulbs also produce UVA, which promotes breeding and natural behaviors in reptiles. Spotlight basking bulbs are ideal for most species of diurnal basking reptiles, including blue tongue skinks and bearded dragons.

  Tight Beam Basking Bulbs are ideal for producing a high temperature basking spot necessary for keeping many desert species of pet reptiles. Tight beam basking bulbs contain an internal reflector that focuses most of the heat and light output from the bulb into a small area, resulting in a very high basking temperature. Tight beam basking bulbs also produce UVA, which promotes breeding and natural behaviors in reptiles. Tight beam basking bulbs are ideal for reptile species that demand a high temperature basking area, such as monitors, or for use with other reptile species in taller enclosures.  

Halogen Basking Bulbs are an economic, durable way to provide the proper basking temperature for your pet reptile. Halogen basking bulbs are more efficient at producing heat than incandescent bulbs, thus more energy efficient. Halogen basking bulbs also have an expected lifespan that is more than double the length of the leading incandescent reptile basking bulbs on the market today, resulting in savings. Halogen basking bulbs contain an internal reflector, which focuses the majority of heat and light produced down into your reptile's enclosure.  Halogen basking bulbs produce a cleaner, whiter light than incandescent basking bulbs, resulting in brighter colors and a better viewing experience of your pet reptiles.



Exo Terra Swamp Glo Basking Bulbs are a shatter-resistant basking bulb that is ideal for use over water. Exo Terra Swamp Glo basking bulbs will not shatter like most reptile basking bulbs if they are sprayed or splashed. Exo Terra Swamp Glo basking bulbs are ideal for use with turtles, water dragons, caiman lizards, and other aquatic reptiles that require a basking spot.


Mercury Vapor Bulbs provide heat and ultraviolet light, both UVA and UVB. Reptiles require external heat in order to properly digest their food. UVB, normally provided by the sun, is needed to produce Vitamin D, without which reptile cannot utilize calcium. UVA promotes natural activity, and may aid in breeding. Josh's Frogs strongly recommends using a Wire Clamp Lamp with Mercury Vapor Bulbs to extend bulb life.

  Exo Terra's new SunRay Metal Halide Bulbs are the absolute best UV source for your pet reptile on the market. Combining optimal levels of UVA, UVB, visible light, and heat, the Exo Terra SunRay Metal Halide Bulbs are simply the best. The Exo Terra SunRay Metal Halide Bulb will bring out natural behaviors in your pet reptile, as well as increase it's coloration and overall health. The Exo Terra SunRay Metal Halide Bulb is perfectly safe to use as the sole source of light for your pet reptile, and is available at a great value at Josh's Frogs.