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Bearded Dragon Heat Lamp at Night

Bearded Dragon Heat Lamp at Night

When it comes to bearded dragon care, one of the most important things you need to know is that they require a basking area with a heat lamp. During the day, your bearded dragon should be able to bask under the heat lamp to get as close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit as possible. However, at night you'll want to turn the heat lamp off. This is because too much warmth can be dangerous for your bearded dragon at night.

Since most UVB lamps do not generate much heat, a heat lamp should be usable for basking. Bearded dragons need darkness to sleep well, so white lights should not be used at night.

As every Bearded Dragon owner knows, Basking is an important action for a Bearded Dragon. They rely on an external heat source to regulate their body temperature to outside temperature.

    Sunbathing in an indoor habitat requires a strong heat source, such as an electric lamp. But is it possible to keep the bearded dragon's inferiority on at night?

    In this piece, let's see if it's a good idea to leave the Bearded Dragon's heat lamp on all night. Or is it best to turn it off when sleeping?

    Bearded Dragon Heat Lights should not be left on overnight. It is natural to sunbathe during the day. Leaving the fissures on overnight will keep the cage hot and prevent the bearded dragon from getting enough rest.

    Night heating options

    1. Infrared Lighting - Unlike regular light bulbs, infrared light bulbs use less power. They are used to provide some heat while emitting very little light. The black light gives off a faint purple glow, but the red bulb gives off a soft red glow that bearded dragons can't see. Not only are they cheaper than ceramic bulbs, but they also last a shorter period of time.
    2. Heating Mat - A flat mat that attaches to the bottom, side, or top of your habitat. These can be used externally to provide additional heat to the cage. Heating pads may catch fire if placed against cages made of wood or other combustible materials. These are often suggested for glass bearded dragon cages, but you should choose one with an adjustable setting as the glass is known to break if it gets too hot.
    3. Heat Rocks - Commonly available and can be seen as a great option for extra warmth. Most lizards, on the other hand, only know how hot they are if the heat comes from above, as the sun does naturally. Your bearded dragon can sit on rocks for long periods of time without realizing how hot the surface is, resulting in serious burns to its stomach. This should not be given to bearded dragons.
    4. Heating Cables - Flexible, insulated cables that dissipate heat when connected. Cables can be arranged in massive loops of enclosures or in tight coils. You can also use electrical tape to secure it to the outside of the cage. Heat cables are waterproof, making them a great alternative for bearded dragons' high-humidity habitats.
    5. Ceramic Heat Emitter - This generates a lot of infrared heat without emitting the light that bothers the bearded dragon. Ceramic heating elements are very inexpensive and have a long service life. The majority of dragon owners believe that this is the best night heating option.

    Can the Bearded Dragon heat lamp be lit at night?

    The bearded dragon is a species that has evolved to be perfectly adapted to its native Australian environment.

    Caring for bearded dragons in captivity entails simulating the natural environment in which they thrive. The details of this will depend on where they live on Earth and the environment in which they live.

    Part of that has to do with creating a heat source that mimics the high temperatures that bearded dragons enjoy. Bathing is important for a dragon's health as it helps the dragon regulate body temperature, thereby regulating all processes in the body.

    In Australia's untamed habitat, bearded dragons rely on the sun for heat and look for open places where they can absorb light. Although the days are long, bearded dragons, like many other creatures, need to rest through the night.

    This break is important for a variety of reasons. Growth, development, reproduction, digestion, and almost any other biological activity will benefit from rest. If your bearded dragon cannot fully relax, your bearded dragon can be at risk of serious health problems because this process is thwarted.

    Compression, constipation, and prolapse can all be caused by undigested food. If growth and development are not maintained, skeletal problems and deformities can occur. All animals need sleep and rest to lead a busy, healthy and meaningful life.

    It is therefore important to turn off the heating lights at night so that the temperature can drop to evening levels for better rest. Heat lamps are often light-emitting devices. It is important to provide darkness so that the bearded dragon's sleeping habits are not disturbed.

    Wild bearded dragons seek refuge in outdoor sunbathing areas for overnight safety. At night with lights on and high temperatures, bearded dragons continue to feel vulnerable to predators, limiting their ability to sleep. A cold, dark moon can provide stability and comfort.

    Owners of reptiles living in cold climates often worry that the temperature may be too low during the night, putting their animals at risk. While it may be tempting to leave a heat lamp on for this reason, there are many ways to monitor and maintain the temperature on a cold night. I'll explain this later.

    Before that, we're going to talk about the amount of heat you need to provide your bearded dragon with and the lighting cycle that will help it grow.

    The night temperature of the bearded dragon

    Bearded dragons get used to the colder temperatures at night, but you need to keep an eye on them to make sure they don't get too cold. This can make your bearded dragon sick and can be just as harmful as overheating.

    It is recommended to always monitor the temperature inside the bearded dragon tank and to ensure that the night temperature in the tank does not drop below 18°C.

    This can be done using a thermostat you can find reasonably priced on Amazon. After being connected to a heat source, the thermostat can be configured to turn on the heat lamp whenever the temperature drops below 18°C.

    It's natural for bearded dragons to feel chilly in the morning (cold-blooded reptiles use their environment to regulate their body temperature) and should only be concerned if the tank's temperature drops significantly.

    Basking Light

    Basking Light is the best kind of light a Bearded Dragon can have in its habitat. This is a kind of light that gives you exactly the perfect amount of light when you need it during the day. You can turn it off at night when you don't need it.

    As a proud bearded dragon owner, you'll want to choose a light that transitions seamlessly between these light cycles, especially if you're new to the game. 

    In essence, we will look at:

    The lights are on for about 12 to 14 hours during the day and off for about 12 hours.

    It may seem unexpected, but many pet stores don't have adequate lighting.

    As we've seen, a simple bright white light source does an excellent job of providing adequate lighting for bearded dragons throughout the day.

    Most common household light bulbs can provide this level of lighting. Yes, you may need to change the wattage (or find a light bulb with the appropriate wattage) to get the required temperature gradient.

    That way you can keep your beard bright all day while enjoying total darkness at night.

    Also, keep in mind that this light will generate enough heat (which your bearded dragon needs) throughout the day.

    I understand that this can be difficult, especially for beginners. That's why it's packed with comprehensive guides and product recommendations on the ideal lighting setup for your bearded dragon. 

    When do you need night heating?

    Is it true that bearded dragons need heat at night? Yes, but sometimes not. It depends on the conditions.

    If the temperature in the room where you keep your lizards drops below 70 degrees Celsius at night, you may not need to heat the bearded dragon cage at all.

    When the habitat room temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night, a low-power heat lamp can be used to increase the cage temperature.

    If you are using a heating light bulb at night, make sure the package says "Night". They are also known as "moonlight" or "infrared" light bulbs. This reptile heating lamp does not emit "white light", so it will not interfere with your animal's sleeping habits day and night. It's not a good idea to use a regular incandescent lamp to heat the bearded dragon cage at night. There must be day and night in the environment.


    If your bearded dragon gets too chilly at night, he will become trapped and quite difficult to wake up. If this happens, it is important to warm him up immediately.

    Make sure the cage is at least 110 degrees Fahrenheit and give it a warm bath with a 50/50 mixture of warm water and regular Pedialyte. This combination is absorbed through the vents to help warm up safely. Make sure the mixture doesn't get too hot.

    After soaking for 20 to 30 minutes, dry for an appropriate amount and lay it down in the bath. This will help him recover quickly, but if he exhibits unusual behavior, you should consult a trusted veterinarian to make sure the bearded dragon is safe.

    The relationship between circadian rhythm and sleep

    Remember how we constantly remind ourselves of the human biological clock?

    Animals are no different. They also have a circadian rhythm that likes to play around during the day (or stay calm in the case of a lethargic beard), and sleep comfortably at night.

    This whole cycle is ruined by the night light. Especially if the lighting is very strong and intrusive. It's important to remember that it's not just about sleep. The circadian rhythm is also affected by the release of hormones.

    Hormones that are not released (or not released when they should be) create unnecessary tension and imbalance.

    Of course, this has a significant impact on your pet's overall health.

    Also, for this reason, it is recommended to leave your pet in a dark environment at night. This is because doing so helps maintain a circadian cycle that promotes adequate hormone release.


    Bearded dragons are one of the most popular lizard breeds kept as pets these days. It is not difficult to find out why. They are generally calm and laid back. It's fun to see them. And as long as the basic requirements are met, management is very simple.

    Is it true that bearded dragons need heat at night? It depends on where you live and how cold it is at night.

    At night, the bearded dragon does not need light. Conversely, it would be very beneficial to them to have a completely dark rest area where they can sleep quietly (or at least relax). Bearded dragons don't need heat at night unless the room temperature drops sharply.

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    About the author

    I am Paige and I love pets. I have a bearded dragon and a husky. My bearded dragon's name is Bart and he is a lot of fun. He likes to eat crickets and play in his cage. My husky's name is Sandy and she is a lot of fun, too. She likes to run and play in the park. I love taking them for walks and playing with them. They are both a big part of my family.
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