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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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UVB light (in the 280 to 315 nm range) is critical for the health of many reptiles.  For many dart frogs, it's optional, but if you want them to be colored up and as red as possible, you need to add a source of UVB. Finding a good UVB source and getting it into your display so it can be effectively adsorbed has been a problem in the dart frog hobby for some time.  A UV source will often run too hot.  It can't pass through glass, so it has to pass through a screen.  A UV light that is...

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There's a fairly obvious need for custom designed lighting for the biggest, often custom, glass boxes.  When the tank is tall, which I classify as anything over 24", there's a need for a light that has a lot of penetration power.  That need is usually filled best by some type of spotlight or high wattage unit.Here's some images of a lighting project for a 36" (wide) x 24" (depth) x 48" (tall) custom vivarium.  There are 3 separate panels here because of the placement of a vent and mistking nozzles on the top of this display.  You will also notice...

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There are a lot of LED lighting options available on the market now, but one problem has always been around, how to get light all the way to the bottom of a tall vivarium?Spot lights obviously work well, but they can present some issues.  They often have a fairly focused beam angle so the light does not spread out much. The tall profile can also present some challenges or make for a messy looking top that just begs to be hidden, creating more work or costs for you. One option is to use large flat LED diodes. The problem is,...

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The bigger the glass box, the tougher the lighting challenges become.  Adding just spot lights has its downsides -- usually some coverage issues.  Using only LED strips means the light at the bottom will often not be enough for many plant species. The obvious solution is a light design that mixes both technologies together, but this can create a kluge on the top of the tank, which might necessitate the need to build a custom cover to hide the mess. Especially if you're making a featured display tank.  By combining both lighting types into a single panel, a lot of...

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