Zoo med led UV

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How does everyone feel about the zoo med led UV fixtures? Never saw one in person but from pics it looks like it's just a standard UVB tube with a deflector on one side and a bunch of led's on the other. I'm assuming the led's are for extra lighting? I geuss there is also some separate red led's for plant growth and some blues to simulate moonlight. Little pricey as well, is it worth it though?
 

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Its probably going to be the next, best thing from what I know (nothing)
I have no experience with them.
I've only recently been converted over to T5 HO after a lifetime of using T8s.
I'm curious to know as well.
LED lighting is the future.
 

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I have a new closed chamber set up with LED lighting and I really like it. But it's not the Zoo Med brand.
 

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There is currently no LED on the market that makes UVB in the wavelenghts that are "bioactive" and promotes pre-d synthesis. Way too much is involved in producing wavelenghts below the higher UVA with LED technology. Way too expensive right now for marketing commercially.

The LEDs now that you see that advertise 'UV" only produce the very high end of the UVA spectrum and does nothing for D3, calcium absorption.
 

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How does everyone feel about the zoo med led UV fixtures? Never saw one in person but from pics it looks like it's just a standard UVB tube with a deflector on one side and a bunch of led's on the other. I'm assuming the led's are for extra lighting? I geuss there is also some separate red led's for plant growth and some blues to simulate moonlight. Little pricey as well, is it worth it though?
Your observations are correct. It IS a standard UV tube (this is why they can say this fixture produces UV), and there are also LEDs to give it even more light. This hood contains BOTH LEDs and an HO tube. Iit seems like to would be a good way to go for some applications.
 

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Also im wondering if those directly exposed led's can hurt their eyes. I have led ceiling fixtures in my home and I know when I go to clean the shades and take em off they are so bright. I'm sure Zoomed has theirs dialed down, but then again were talking about the same company still producing and recommended CFL's even though their well known to be bad. I just don't want to do something (new) that may be later proved to have been harmful. Hmm, I want to try it but maybe I'll just stick with the high output.
 

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Also im wondering if those directly exposed led's can hurt their eyes. I have led ceiling fixtures in my home and I know when I go to clean the shades and take em off they are so bright. I'm sure Zoomed has theirs dialed down, but then again were talking about the same company still producing and recommended CFL's even though their well known to be bad. I just don't want to do something (new) that may be later proved to have been harmful. Hmm, I want to try it but maybe I'll just stick with the high output.
Your thought process shows wisdom. LEDs over reptiles are somewhat new to the market, and its still not known if some of them might be too strong. I've been using LEDs of various types for a few years now and haven't had any issues so far. All of mine have been regular white types in the 5000-6500K color range. I haven't tried any mixed colors or the reds or blues. Mine are the under counter types, and recently I've tired some of the screw in types. All are working well for me and not causing any problems.
 
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