what kind of lights do leopard geckos need

Lights For Leopard Geckos

Leopard geckos are a popular pet and remain one of the most regularly adopted lizards in the world. When keeping leopard geckos as a pet, their natural desert environment should be recreated with the correct lighting.


Leopard geckos like it warm! This means that providing the right sort of light, to the right temperatures, is key. Providing this warm temperature involves the use of special heat lamps, fitted with a guards, to direct the light onto the vivarium. Heat lamps should be used up to 14 hours daily and should be used with timers.

Ultraviolet Light

In order to ensure your leopard gecko is receiving the correct ultraviolet light, you should use a light specifically designed for reptiles. Taking a preferred brand, Zoo Med, its ReptiSun bulbs emit beneficial UVA and UVB so provide reptile-vital vitamin D3.


UVB light for your leopard gecko should provide a broad spectrum of wavelength for your gecko to ensure that the reptile thrives. These UVB bulbs should be changed every 6-12 months due to the frequency with which they degrade.


The key is to get the position perfect. The most vital aspect is to make sure the gecko is unable to get too close to the bulb, otherwise it may get burnt. placement should be as close as possible, up to 40 cm away.

What Lights To Use

When considering what the right lights are to use when caring for a leopard gecko, you’ll need the following to provide their heat and UV needs:

  • Infrared Heat Lamp: Used to provide warmth and should be left on for 12-14 hours. With a suitable guard.
  • UVA/UVB Light: Used to provide the reptile with vitamin D3 and should only be switched on for 8-12 hours.

Providing your leopard gecko with the correct lighting and temperature is key. Although the correct lighting can seem confusing at first, following this guide should ensure that your gecko is healthy, happy and living their best life!

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