Bearded dragons

How Much Light do Bearded Dragons Need


How Much Light do Bearded Dragons Need?

Bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) are a popular choice of pet due to their laid-back and easygoing nature. Furthermore, they are relatively easy to look after and require an organised habitat and a light-cycle to help regulate certain behaviours. As such, it is essential to understand how much light they need.

Essential Lighting Types

    • Basking Light: A light used to provide a warm basking area which encourages natural activities such as eating and shedding.



How Many Hours of Light do Bearded Dragons Need?

Your dragon should receive 12-14 hours of light per day. This can be broken down into two sections. During the day, it’s best to provide 8-12 hours of light and 4-8 hours of darkness each night. Exposure to light is also essential for regulating a circadian rhythm and can aid in encouraging natural behaviours such as eating and basking.

How Long Should the Lights be On?

It’s important to strictly adhere to the 12-14 hours of light per day. Ideally, you should invest in a timer/dimmer switch to control the light cycle, as this will make life easier for your bearded dragon and yourself.


It is essential to provide the correct amount of light to a bearded dragon. Providing around 12-14 hours of light per day should offer enough light for your dragon to live a healthy life. Also, be sure to provide two separate lights: a basking light and a full spectrum UVA/UVB light.

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