Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 UV-B lamp
Why is the compact lamp so much more expensive than the others? We have heard this more than once with the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 UV-B lamp. And the answer is the same every time: You cannot compare the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 with other energy saving lamps for the terrarium at all. The product quality of the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 makes the difference. And it is incredibly large in daily terrarium operation! This does not only apply to the high quality of the workmanship - a difference that you can actually touch. But even more important are the performance values in the terrarium and here the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 is way ahead of the rest of the field. The incredibly good UV-B and UV-A values are particularly impressive and are simply sensational for a terrarium lamp with such low power consumption. In addition, one should always have a particularly impressive value in mind: This 27-watt energy-saving lamp creates the light intensity of a 130-watt light bulb. This is absolute top class! Here you are welcome to make a comparison with the much cheaper compact lamps. In addition, the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 has a much longer service life than comparable low-cost products. Essential here means: While the UV output of these lamps goes into the basement after just a few weeks, the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 delivers its output reliably and consistently. This is the real difference and you can then recalculate which compact lamp is actually the cheaper one.
In terms of UV output, the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 is designed primarily for keeping reptiles in tropical terrariums or rainforest terrariums, but can also be used as a supplementary UV lamp in all other terrariums. However, the 10 % UV-B version of the Repti Sun Compact is more suitable for desert terrariums, as an even higher UV-B output is required here. The Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 reliably supplies your reptiles with 5 % UV-B and 30 % UV-A output. UV-B radiation is essential to prevent metabolic diseases in terrarium animals. If reptiles are sufficiently supplied with UV-B radiation, bone softening or malformations of turtle shells occur much less frequently. UV-A, on the other hand, is the key to increased vitality, better appetite and increased reproductive behaviour. Both contribute to the healthy development of reptiles and are indispensable in terraristics. By the way, the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 has an integrated ballast - this purchase is also omitted. You can also operate the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 in a normal E27 socket - no special equipment is required here either.
With all these advantages, don't forget that the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 is an energy-saving compact lamp that is not suitable for supplying terrariums of medium size and larger with reptile-friendly light on its own. Especially when keeping reptiles with increased UV requirements, you should only operate the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 together with a suitable flood lamp. In this case, the Zoo Med Repti Sun Compact 5.0 provides the necessary basic lighting, while the floodlight ensures the UV supply in the terrarium.