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    Hi, hello, I just got my first leopard gecko a few days ago and I am not really sure if I am supposed to turn the heat bulb off at night or not. She also has an under tank heater, so she won't get cold, but I'm a bit confused. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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    What are your temps like with it on and what kind of bulb is it?

    Unless your house is below 70ish at night you should not need more heat. Also unless it is a ceramic bulb any light (even the red and moonlight) bulbs are visible to your geckos.

    Mine have 40 W micro ceramic heat bulbs over their moist hides, and under the tank heaters on the same size. This is their only heat. The micro bulbs don't heat more than the 4-6 inches directly below them.

    Any heat source you are using needs a thermostat or you risk burning your leo
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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, spidercatcher606! I totally agree it's better to be safe than sorry.

    What size enclosure does your leo have? About how old is she?

    Here's the temperature guide I use. At the foot of this guide I share some advice on turning off the heat at night. It's easy to place either or both the heat bulb and the UTH on a timer.

    Temperatures - A temperature gradient from warm to cool maintains your leo's health. Here's a temperature guide for all leopard geckos as measured with the probe of a digital thermometer or a temp gun (and controlled by a thermostat set at 91*F/32.8*C).

    Place the thermostat's probe and a digital thermometer's probe together right on top of the substrate underneath the warm dry hide. If you use a UTH + a CHE you'll need 2 separate thermostats, because ground and air temperatures are substantially different.

    • Warm dry hide ground temperature: 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) inside a leo's warm dry hide.
    • Warm humid/moist hide: Also place the humid hide 100% on top of the heat mat. Keep temperatures similar to the warm dry hide.
    • Cool dry hide ground temperature: 70ish-75 F (21.1-23.9 C) Usually the cool end ground temperature matches the room temperature where the enclosure sits.
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches (10 cm) above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches (10 cm) above ground on the cool end

    Leave the heat mat/UTH on 24/7. If you wish, during the night turn off overhead lighting/heating (~12 hours on and ~12 hours off) unless ambient room temperatures drop lower than 67ish*F (19.4*C).
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