As you find or buy more specimens, you may decide to formalise your collection by putting it in a proper display case.  Then, at the flick of a switch, you can enjoy your whole collection at once rather than piece by piece, and you can amaze family, friends and visitors with the unique beauty of fluorescence.

If you have fairly basic woodworking skills and equipment, you can build your own display cabinet. Otherwise you can buy one ready made to your specifications.  If you build your own cabinet you need to get special UV blocking acrylic sheeting for the “window”, because it is necessary to protect viewers from the UV Click here for details.  As you would expect (especially if you know about the Inverse Square Law), the larger the cabinet you want, the more powerful the lamp(s) needed.

There are two basic cabinet designs:

First, you can use a commercially produced Display Lamp to light your collection.   The cabinet then needs to be built to suit your lamp.  You either choose the lamp and then design a cabinet to suit that lamp, or you design your cabinet and then choose a lamp that will light it properly.  The advantage of using a ready-made lamp is that you can move it between two or more display cabinets

Second, it is possible to build a cabinet with “built-in” UV lighting.  That means the UV tubes, ballasts, reflectors, filter glass, switches etc are incorporated into the cabinet as it is built.   This gives great design flexibility, and allows for more and better-distributed UV light in the cabinet.  It generally provides more watts of UV light per dollar of outlay.  However, the UV lamps are built in and cannot be moved to another display.  To build a cabinet like this yourself, you do need some electrical knowledge as well as the woodworking skills.

Here is a large display (1200 x 600 x 600 or 4′ x 2′ x 2′)  I built.  It has eight 95W SW tubes and three 36W LW tubes.  It might be the only display in Australia with 760W of SW UV!  But I wanted the fluorescence to be good in not very dark situations.













Because no two cabinets are exactly the same, I can’t really give a price here.  You can contact me and I will help you decide what sort of cabinet would be appropriate for your needs, and then I can work out a price.   Enquiries from museums, tourist destinations etc are welcome.