Zoo Med PowerSun® H.I.D. Metal Halide UVB Lamp


Hey, Zoo Fans! Looking for the most naturalistic, sun-like
UVB lamp for your pet’s habitat? We’ve got you covered! I’m Ashley from Zoo Med. For decades, Zoo Med has worked tirelessly
to bring reptile keepers the best quality and options in habitat lighting. We’re continuing that tradition with the
release of our new PowerSun High Intensity Discharge Metal Halide Lamp and Fixture. The PowerSun High Intensity Discharge, or
H.I.D. for short, was built for keepers trying to create truly naturalistic habitats for
their reptiles. The PowerSun H.I.D. mimics natural sunlight
by providing heat, UVA, visible light, and UVB that penetrates further than standard
lamps, making it a great option for large or tall reptile habitats. Appropriate UVB exposure is essential in keeping
healthy reptiles in order to help prevent Metabolic Bone Disease and other disorders. Different reptiles require different amounts
of UVB exposure. When using an artificial UVB source like the
PowerSun H.I.D., it is important to remember that UVB diminishes with distance from the
bulb. Recommendations for appropriate UV levels
for pet reptiles, or “Ferguson Zones”, were developed by utilizing UV index readings
and observations of different species basking behavior. UV Index Radiometers are a great way to monitor
the Ferguson Zones of your pet’s basking spots to make sure they are receiving safe
and appropriate levels of UVB. Zones 1 and 2 are appropriate for either diurnal
or crepuscular species. These animals avoid direct sunlight exposure
and are able to meet their vitamin D requirements through exposure to low levels of UVB typically
found in the shade or during twilight hours. The species found in Zone 2 typically venture
out into full sunlight for short periods of time. If you’re unsure what the appropriate zone
is for a given species, Zone 2 is a safe place to start. Zone 3 covers a fairly broad range and includes
many species commonly kept as pets. These species will bask in full sunlight in
the morning or early afternoon. Zone 4 species would include the majority
of desert species that bask in full sunlight, even after other species have retreated into
burrows or the shade. Anything exceeding Zone 4 can be dangerous
for even the most sun-loving species. NO ANIMAL should be in this zone. Regardless of Zone, it is critical that the
habitat is large enough to provide a UVB gradient down to Zone 1 levels to allow reptiles to
photoregulate and control their own UVB exposure. A shelter should also be available at all
times to allow reptiles a place to retreat completely from UVB. In order for reptiles to utilize UVB for vitamin
D synthesis, their bodies must be the correct temperature. Researching the temperature requirements for
your pet is vital in providing the optimal thermal gradient. Wherever possible, place the heat source near
the UVB source to create an ideal, and more natural thermal and UVB gradient in your pet’s
habitat Lastly, whenever you add a new light or change
an environment, it is important to observe the animal to ensure it is behaving normally. If you followed these guidelines along with
the included instructions, your habitat should be ready to provide healthy levels of UVB
with the Zoo Med PowerSun H.I.D. Until next time, this has been Ashley from
Zoo Med. Thanks for watching.

21 thoughts on “Zoo Med PowerSun® H.I.D. Metal Halide UVB Lamp

  1. 170$ is kinda insane for the combo but it looks really good for the largest species of lizards.

  2. This can be used with T5 HO 10.0 for veiled and panther chameleon or just alone.

  3. I am making a living Savannah naturalistic terrarium for a red ackie monitor. Would a h.i.d in the middle (length-wise) and center (depth-wise) for 27" wide by 72" long by 27" high with a screen top and screen front. The substrate surface being 12" from the top and basking spot being 6" from the top, but with h.i.d hanging about 6"-12" from top so it would 18-24" from the substrate and 12"-18" from the basking spot. To provide all uvb they need thru the metal screen without overdosing, and provide a basking spot of 90-104 f with surface of 120-140f and ambient temperature of around 75-80f .
    Also is changing the distance and wattage of the lamp the only way to control the lamp, or can pulse thermostat or any thermostat control it?

  4. What wattage and distance would you recommend for a juvenile tegus basking spot

  5. Are you guys going to get rid of the power Sun the old one and make the new one a little cheaper

  6. Can you use a non zoomed brand bulb in this fixture, like megaray and power under 70watt.

  7. Whats the difference between this and the powersun mercury vapor bulb

  8. So my Veiled chameleon loves free range set up because he loves to look out from the window. He only goes in his cage to warm up and comes back out. Would you reccomend to buy this one for my free range set up. ??

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