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I think everyone with a "glass box" knows what it's like to have inferior lighting at some point, usually when you first get into the hobby.  The most obvious symptom of this is having colorful bromeliads that "green out" once they've been under inadequate lighting for long enough. I had this problem for a number of years when running stock, off the shelf lights from the local Big Box pet store.  Those were all based on under powered T8 and T5 florescent tubes.  I switched to the store bought LED lighting when it first became available in those same stores,...

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Thanks to everyone who dropped by my table to chat and purchase both lights, animals and art this past weekend. Thanks to Noah and Jeff for putting on a great show and making a smooth transition from The Bean Farm who did a great job all these years running a first class show. What I definitely learned is that there's a lot of people who either now run, or want, a night light option for their vivariums.  Since most of my animals are diurnal, it's not something that really crossed my mind, but it's on my radar now.  The good...

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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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