Zilla "Reptile" Fluorescent Bulb, retail $23.70 (www.sears.com...)
Manufactured by Zilla (URL not known)
Last updated 11-16-11

This is a fluorescent bulb specifically designed to be used for reptile habitats; that is, it produces a bit of UVB (ultraviolet type "B"; generally defined as ultraviolet radiation with a wavelength range between 290nm and 320nm) radiation that most desert-dwelling reptiles require to maintain good health {presuming of course that their other needs are also met!}.

Ideal for desert-dwelling reptiles: Bearded Dragons, Uromastyx, Frilled Dragons, Horned Lizards, Collared Lizards, Chuckwallas, Sulcata Tortoises, Leopard Tortoises, Russian Tortoises, Savannah Monitors and Nile Monitors.

This bulb furnished your pets with UVB light levels essential for desert reptile health. Full-spectrum illumination accents subtle pet colors
This lamp irradiates your critters with 50 µW (microwatts) per second/cm2 of UVB radiation, which desert-dwelling reptiles *NEED* so that their bones stay healthy.

Yes, I did harp on & on about the fact that these reptilian critters require UVB radiation; I did that intentionally (on purpose) just to be sure I rubbed it in!!!

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use this lamp, simply install it in place of your exising 9-watt "U"-shaped fluorescent bulb. Yes, that's all there is to it!!!

If you're retrofitting an incandescent bulb with this bulb, you'll also need a ballast (enclosed coil) connected to the bulb so that you don't just summarily blow it out -- and it could blow quite spectacularly too!!! You don't want Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars (larvae), dragonfly nymphs. or baby brown recluse spiders...I mean,
you don't want an unwanted fire or damaged reptiles!!!

The ballast furnished with the test unit is labelled "WM2-120-L FULHAM and "BALLAST RUNS 4-35W 120V".
The UPC (Universal Product Code) is HAM55485

Because this bulb & ballast are "loaners", the more potentially damaging tests will not be performed. I'm sure he'd like it back without sharp little shards of glass in the box or rat pellets in the ballast.

Therefore, this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that was not a loaner. Since this is a relatively fragile "flourescent" "lite" "blub" and not a sturdy flashlight, I would forego these sorts of physical tests anyway.

Photograph of this lamp while illuminated.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of this lamp immediately after startup; as per request, spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 200nm and 800nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of this lamp after a 30-minute warmup period; as per request, spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 200nm and 800nm.

Tab-delimited .TXT data file of the above spectrum.
This one was taken with the spectrometer's full range of 175nm to 874nm.

Tab-delimited .TXT data file of the above spectrum.
Tthis one with spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 200nm and 800nm.

Both files are suitable for import into Excel or other spreadsheet program.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of this lamp;
spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 175nm & 379nm
and deliberately "overloaded" to show weaker UV spectral features.

As you can see, there really aren't any UV spectral features
(or any UV output for that matter) shorter than ~285nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
That slight dip to the left of center that queered the test is a defect in the ProMetric's CCD imager that cannot be3 compensated for.

Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit (lamp and ballast for it) was loaned to me by a website viewer (R.W. from Virginia USA) who requested spectroscopy of it and was received on the morning of 11-14-11 (or "14 Nov. 2011" or even "Nov. 14, Twenty Double Sticks" if you prefer); since it *IS* a light-emitting product, it was *MY* decision to add it to this website. Since its owner does require its return, the dreadful "" icon will be used at once, denoting the fact that I no longer have custody of it for future comparisons or analyses.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: Specialty fluorescent bulb
    LAMP TYPE: Fluorescent
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Toroidial
    CASE MATERIAL: Glass & plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND LIZARD PEE-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    SIZE: 164mm L (incl. plug) x 27.50mm W (glass only) x 13.50mm D (glass only)
    WEIGHT: Unknown/not equipped to weigh
    WARRANTY: Unknown (presumably at least guaranteed against DOA)


    Since this was a "loaner" that I only had custody of for a brief time and since I do not have any reptilian critters to use this lamp with anyway, the standard "star" rating will not be applied to this lamp.

Zilla "Reptile" Fluorescent Bulb * www.sears.com...

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