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Here's some things to think about when choosing a light size for your vivarium. In general you want to use/cover as much of the top of the tank as you can with the light panel so that the light is spread out over a wider area.   Because the various niches in the glass box hobbies all have different approaches to vents and misters, front or top opening, glass tops or screen tops, a lot of variables are in play. So what you need to imagine is the maximum usable space you have available to sit the light on the top...

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One of the main goals of this lighting project for me was designing lights that do not detract from the overall presentation of the display, especially if its something big that you'd like to be proud of in your living room.  The light unit should be hardly visible if at all possible and not sending extraneous light all over the room.  For most people that's meant building a custom lid to sit on top of the viv to hide the lighting (which creates even more issues, like heat build up and a need for fans), not to mention the expense....

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I'm starting to roll out light panels that combine current UVB light technology with LEDs, since a lot of animals in the "glass box" hobbies need UV for the health of the animals.  LEDs that emit a usable amount of UVB are still a ways off, but I am working with a Chinese manufacturer to try to get a viable product to market.  UVB emitting LEDs exist now but they are prohibitively expensive and just do not emit enough UVB for the needs of our hobby.So currently there are two options for usable UVB light, T5 or T8 florescent tubes,...

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The Seattle Metro Reptile Expo is in Monroe, WA this Mother's Day weekend.  What better present for your Mum, who's got ophidiophobia*, than a brand new Ball Python! All seriousness aside, I'll be displaying a new light design at this show, as well as showing and selling all the designs that are now becoming quite popular around the country in the "glass box" hobby. All reptiles can do with some UVB light, but some can live OK without it.  But for others it's essential or they'll end up dead.  Either way, this new light panel takes the best of the...

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There are several types of unusually shaped aquariums that make really nice vivariums (half moons, pentagons, hexagons, etc.) but finding lighting that looks like it was made for these tanks (that grows plants even "ok") is a big challenge.  That's where custom made light panels come into their own. Here's some examples that show how challenging a good lighting solution can be: To fit this tank with a top that includes vents, misters and then effective lighting can challenge any vivarium designer.  So a very unique lighting layout was just designed for this type of aquarium which looks like this ...

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