UV light testing- Free Service at time of your consult!!
One of the key features of many enclosures, is the provision of UVB (light of wavelengths from 280-320nm). It is important to replace your lights regularly to ensure adequate levels are being achieved. Manufacturers will often put a recommendation on how frequent this should occur. However, quality reptile specific lights can be expensive so it is beneficial to have your lights tested to ensure they are working properly. Based on the amount they are used and the brand, the time to replace them can vary greatly. By having your bulbs tested, this can reduce the guesswork and in some cases the frequency your bulbs need to be replaced. We use a specially calibrated UVB radiometer, that we can assess output of the bulb and the amount of effective UVB being supplied to your reptile or amphibian. We advise our clients to bring in a photo of the enclosure, along with the bulb and fixture (if not possible to bring the fixture, we have many different fixtures we can use to test the bulb at the clinic). Measuring the enclosures height and length and help to work out the amount of UVB delivered at different areas of your setup.
We use two types of radiometers:
Monitoring Reptile Lamp Intensity and Aging (Peak sensitivity is 295nm, the point required to induce Vitamin D3 synthesis.)
Monitoring UV Lamp Intensity & Aging
Monitoring UV Lamp Intensity and Aging
Monitoring Instantaneous UV Index
Measuring Solar Intensity In Terms Of UV Index
UV Index Tracking Over Time