do crested geckos need lighting

Lighting Requirements for Crested Geckos

Crested Geckos are a type of lizards and require specific lighting within their enclosure. While they usually come from tropical terrains, they do not require direct sunlight like some other lizards. There are several key elements you should consider in providing the right lighting for your Crested Gecko.


The first element to consider is providing proper heat. A crested gecko needs a temperature ranging from 75 to 87 degrees, so you must provide a source of heat in the enclosure. You can accomplish this either with a Heat mat or a full spectrum bulb.


The second element to consider is providing UVB light. This is an important component for your gecko’s meabolism and overall health. You should provide a bulb that emits UVB rays. This should be replaced every 6 months as UVB light degrades over time.

Light Schedules

The last element is providing a consistent and appropriate light schedule. To do this you will need a timer to control when the light goes on and off. The most commonly accepted schedule is a 12 hours on/12 hours off cycle. This is important to keep your gecko’s habits and digestion on track.


Crested Geckos require specific lighting to maintain their health and wellbeing. Here is a quick summary of what to provide:

  • A source of heat (Heat mat or full spectrum bulb)
  • UVB light
  • A 12 hours on/12 hours off cycle with a timer

By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that your Crested Gecko receives the proper amount of light for a long, healthy life.

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