Vivarium Lighting Kits For 8x8x8 Terrariums
Proven, inexpensive lighting for 8x8x8 vivariums & bioactive terrariums
1qty 13W Plant Growth CFL Bulb
1qty 8in Exo Terra Compact Top
What about UVB light?
UVB is beneficial to certain animal species, but PAR light is what plants & live vivariums need to thrive. Our kits produce enough PAR to grow plants in your enclosure, but they do not produce any UVB. If your animal species requires UVB light in captivity, adding a supplemental UVB light source is easy! Check out our Vivarium Extras for 8x8x8 Terrariums page for your enclosure's recommended UVB light add-on.
How long should the lights be on every day?
The lighting kit should be left on for about 12 hours every day, with as much consistency as possible. This will simulate our planet's 24 hour cycle, and should help promote a healthy circadian rhythm for all the plants & inhabitants within the enclosure. If your home gets hot during the summer, it's perfectly OK to keep the lights on for as little as 10 hours per day to fight high-temps. (Just keep in mind plants will grow less vigorously this way) We recommend using a basic outlet timer to manage the enclosure's day/night cycle. For more info on the subject of circadian rhythm, check out our Setting Timers Section in Vivarium Lighting 101.
Can I dim these lights?
Nope. Our kits were designed to offer high levels of performance at the lowest price without sacrificing quality. We do carry other lighting options with more features though! Check out some of the alternative lighting solutions we've got for your 8x8x8 Terrarium by closing this FAQ panel & selecting "Alternative Lighting Solutions".
Will these provide heat?
Our kits produce little heat, especially LED kits. Check out our heating section for heat sources.
Do the LEDs carry a guarantee?
The LEDs available in our kits are guaranteed for 1 year, and we're proud to say the replacement rate is incredibly low. (The replacement guarantees are serviceable directly through us!) Ensuring heat is allowed to escape from the LED unit(s) is the most important step you can take to extend service life. A printed copy of a few simple tricks to reduce heat are included with every kit.
How long will CFLs last?
CFLs last quite a while, and we guarantee them for 1 year. Having said that, all fluorescent lights degrade with time, and we highly recommend replacing them every 8-14 months to ensure there's enough PAR light being produced by the bulbs.
Are they water proof?
None of the lights we sell in our kits are water proof, water resistant, or are in any way impervious to water. Like with any electrical product, it's critical to ensure they stay completely dry at all times to prevent risk of shock & fire.
Our family owned & operated business has no special loyalty to our major lighting brands, and our company goal has always just been to carry lighting solutions which offer excellent reliability, great output, and a fair price. (In blunt New Englander terms; "We won't carry gahbage!".) In our opinion, performance, reliability, and quality are by far the most important factors to consider when designing any part of a vivarium, and our product lineup reflects that mindset. We've modified our kits many times since we opened in 2009 and will continue to change things as the products supporting the market evolve, to ensure we're always offering the best gear available for a reasonable price. Basically, you can rest assured that if we're offering something, it's because we like it enough to recommend it & use it ourselves.