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Some vivarium displays are laid out such that there's really no tough decisions to make about lighting because the sizes all line up nicely.  But if you're building custom enclosures, or just like sizes where nothing off the pet store shelf fits well, then you've got to make some choices.  Where you like to place the top vent in your vivarium also greatly impacts what kinds of lighting you can use -- front, middle or back vent?  It seems like everyone's got a different opinion about what works best.  It's often contextual though so having flexible options means that you're...

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I've attended this show since my daughter was about 4 years old, which takes us back to 2008.  I've been a vendor at this show for about 5 or 6 years now, but always done it under the "Kurt Jensen Photographic Art" banner.  This year I'll likely be flying two flags, that old banner and the re-branded "Spectral Designs." To get more info, click here to see the event on Facebook. I'll have a lot of lights there to sell and display, but it's a great chance to discuss custom setups and design ideas, so come out and lets talk...

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I have to thank all the people that helped, encouraged, cajoled and offered invaluable feedback over the past 2 years to get this process to where it is now -- launching a new store. So a huge shutout goes out to -- Stephanie Ryder, Jeremiah Lum, Brad & Connie Cooper, Chris Sherman, and many more people in the PNVS Facebook group who've answered all my annoying and tedious questions about this "glass box" hobby over these past few years.

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It's been a long time coming, even more so for people who've been helping me by testing and giving their feedback, since some of them want to get the word out or actually buy production lights. Almost a year ago I was ready to move into production, but the final prototype LED strips came in and when tested they ran too hot (running cool was a critical design point). So it was back to the drawing board.  Having lost confidence in that manufacturer, I started my component search over from scratch.  Ultimately I decided to use a totally different LED...

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