Value Grow LEDs
Extremely bright. Extremely inexpensive.
A super bright, economical, alternative vivarium LED bulb
Zoo Med 12in Hood: Value Grow LEDs fit perfectly in the 12in Zoo Med Hood.
Zoo Med 18in Hood: Value Grow LEDs are incompatible with 18in Zoo Med hoods.
A mega-bright, high output LED spotlight for tall enclosures
Frequently Asked Vivarium Lighting Questions
A: There are two ways to go about this... The most complete way would be to read through our comprehensive Vivarium Lighting 101 article, which will explain pretty much all the basics you'll need to know in order to make an educated decision. Otherwise, we'd recommend checking out our Vivarium Lighting Kits! We've put together discounted kits for every common type of enclosure on the market using all the data found in our article.
A: Bulbs in that range may have the ability to grow plants, but it will likely look less natural than the 5000-6700K range we recommend. Kelvin is a measurement of color temperature, so higher is not better in this case. Learn more in Vivarium Lighting 101.
A: Deciding on whether or not to use UVB bulbs depends entirely on the inhabitant species, as vivarium environments (plants, microfauna, etc) do not require UVB lighting. If the inhabitant species you are working with requires (or will benefit from) UVB lighting, use it! If not, using non-UVB horticultural plant growth bulbs will save a pretty penny, and have the same (or slightly better) results when growing plants. If you aren't sure if your inhabitant species requires UVB, check out the Zoo Med & Exo Terra charts on our UVB bulb page.
A: If you need to heat your live vivarium, doing so with heat-emitting bulbs will be tricky unless you are working with very dry-tolerant plants, or with a larger enclosure. Although heat bulbs will quickly boost temperatures within the enclosure, it'll also dry out the air & plants within. Most temperate or tropical vivariums are built to house plants & inhabitants at roughly 70% relative humidity or above. While daytime drops down into the mid 60% R/H ranges are tolerated, placing heat lamps over a screen top will very quickly drop it down into the low 50s (and lower). This will have drastic effects on most of the common vivarium plants used in the hobby, and can also negatively affect microfauna populations. Heat can be more controlled more easily without disturbing humidity by using partial glass tops to cover some of the screen vented top, and keep heat from escaping the enclosure. Adjusting the ventilation larger/smaller will effectively lower/raise humidity and heat within the enclosure. If additional heat is necessary (common if ambient room temperature is cool), increasing the overall temperature of an enclosure is usually as simple as warming the water table in the drainage layer using head pads or heat cables.