How to spot fake UV lights

how to spot fake UV bulbs download

how to spot fake UV bulbs download

Keeping your reptile healthy and happy is a sure sign of a great keeper. However sometimes even when you think you’re doing the right thing you can hit issues with product quality which can affect your pet’s health.

In recent times we’ve seen a massive increase in the number of fake UV lamps being sold on the net to unsuspecting buyers who think they’re getting a deal. Many of these lamps are simply household bulbs which are being passed off as UVB and suitable for reptile keeping (and in turn making the sellers massive profits).

Household bulbs don’t generally give out the right wavelength of light to help your reptile synthesise vitamin D. Using these as the sole source of UVB for tortoises and lizards are not only harming your pocket, they’re potentially harming your pet (as they might be at risk of developing life-threatening vitamin D3 deficiencies including metabolic bone disease – the human equivalent being rickets)

At repti-lisious we’re passionate about looking after pets properly and wanted to make sure our customers are not being ripped off. We’ve included a quick guide to spotting fake UVB lamps.

You can download our quick PDF guide here for spotting fake UV lights.


  • If you spot any fake lamps report them to authorities (ebay / trading standards)
  • If in doubt do not use the lamp
  • Always buy your lamps from respected outlets

If you’ve got any questions on the best UV lights to use with your reptile or more information on how to spot fake UVB lights, feel free to drop into the shop which is located at 187 Old Chester Rd, Birkenhead CH42 3TB, give us a call now on 0151 645 6235 or use our contact form on our website.

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