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Zoo Med Aviansun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulb

Zoo Med Aviansun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulb

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Zoo Med Aviansun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulb Information

The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to warming bulbs, are reptiles. You’ll be surprised to learn that birds need special lighting as well. It’s easy to understand that most organisms need regular UVA light, which is the normal sunlight that you get for Vitamin D synthesis in your skin. Many people are unaware that animals, reptiles and birds in particular, need UVB rays for optimal health. While birds need UVA rays to be able to see, fly around, find food, look for a potential mate and be aware of their surroundings, UVB is also essential. UVB is needed for vitamin D3 synthesis.

Vitamin D3 is an important nutrient that is synthesized naturally in direct contact with sunlight. A bird can be OK with the UVA, which is a visible light to get around. However, if a bird is indoors and doesn’t get much sun, it’s the supply of UVB that is very limited. As a result, its Vitamin D3 synthesis is lower and this might get the bird in trouble because it might impact its health by not properly maintaining its bones, especially if it’s producing eggs. Vitamin D3 is needed for proper calcium metabolism in the bird’s system. Many bird owners compensate for their bird’s lower D3 synthesis by buying bird lamps to provide UVB rays.

One good lamp to consider is Zoo Med Aviansun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulb from Pet Store. This bulb fits into a regular fluorescent socket and gives off safe dosage of UVB and UVA rays for your bird. Based on 30 yrs of reptile and avian health product experience, the Zoo Med Aviansun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulb should be more than enough to help maintain and promote your bird’s health indoors.

Zoo Med Aviansun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulb The Avian Sun 5.0 UVB compact fluorescent provides birds with safe levels of beneficial UVB and UVA for physical and psychological health. UVB enables birds to synthesize vitamin D3 for proper calcium metabolism which is necessary for normal growth, maintenance of strong bones, and egg production. UVA is visible to birds, enabling them to recognize mates, locate food, and identify different species. Without UVA, birds are essentially colorblind!

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Over 30 Years of Innovation. Started in 1977 by 19 year old Gary Bagnall and college friend Mark Lemke, ZooMed started as a reptile company out of a one car garage located in Costa Mesa, California. It has evolved into a company that introduced the first American reptile vitamin in 1982 and never looked back! Today the company holds 3 reptile product patents with 3 more pending. Zoo Med`s greatest accomplishment has been the invention of UVB lighting for reptiles, which took place in 1993 and became the standard the world over for Zoos, Veterinarians and the reptile hobbyist.

Zoo Med Aviansun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulb Reviews

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Aviansun 5.0 UVB lights

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Posted: 10/13/2012 from GRANITEVILLE, VT UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: just received the Zoo Med Aviansun 5.0 UVB Compact Fluorescent Bulbs I order 2 of them for my 2 greys, They are sure bright. Directions say that while they are new they have a "burn in periold" you should place them 18-20" above your birds head. Ok i will do that... The only problem i have with these and it is not the bulbs is one of my greys keep looking at the bulb.. I had to place the bulb so that most of the light shines from the back towards the front of the bird. otherwise no problem as of yet.

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Pricey but unavoidable

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Posted: 9/5/2012 from HOHENWALD, TN UNITED STATES
2.5 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: Pretty expensive for a "light bulb". First one lasted about a month before the lamp, which isn't weighted heavily enough, tipped over and the bulb broke. Before long I'll have to take my birds outside for sunlight.

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Great value!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 8/30/2012 from LAKE PRESTON, SD UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I bought the Zoo Med AvianSun Deluxe Floor Lamp and was searching for the bulb because I couldn't find it here at first. I am happy I checked a bit more because this is almost half the price of another online pet chain store so such a great value here! My bird is sooo happy and gets much needed benefits from this light! We have tons of tree's around our house so we don't get too much sunlight so this really comes in handy.

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Great product

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 1/7/2010 from OMAK, WA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: I have only had this product for a few days, but it seems provide all the necessary light my bird needs. Also, the instructions for use were very informative.

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AvianSun Bulb

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 8/29/2008 from TARRYTOWN, NY UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Great product! Our Amazon parrot just loves basking in the glow of this flourescent bulb. Highly recommended for all birds.

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