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Hello! I've recently gotten a dedicated writing desk. It has a shelf that I think my LED lamp and bottles of ink look great on but I've read that exposing ink bottles to light can be bad. UV light seems to be shunned more than artificial light, but I'm wondering if LED is better for inks than other types of indoor lighting (exempli gratia, fluorescent). I would love to keep my ink bottles displayed on the shelf, but I also don't want to damage(?) my ink. Is exposing them to direct LED light bad? (Sorry for the grainy mobile phone picture.) http://i.imgur.com/eI6tmGR.jpg
I travel quite a bit for work and am looking for a good way to write on the go. I, personally, prefer the look of unlined/grid/dotted paper but still need the crutch of lines. I've read that many people use a lined sheet under their page to achieve this. I am trying out some thin paper to see how I like it but I, in general, I'm a heavy/thick paper enthusiast. Beyond the feel, I like writing on both sides and hate ghosting. This makes it difficult to use a lined guide under my page. So my thought was to use a light box. But with the amount I travel carrying something large was out of the question so I started thinking about building a 9"x7" (just larger than A5) sized 1/4" (~6mm) light box that could fit into a leather portfolio in the place where most people would have their notebook. The lighting probably won't be super consistent since it will be hard to diffuse the LEDs in that small of a space but it should easily be enough to see the lines. My idea is to build something like this: Imagine you store your paper (unused and finished) in separate slots on the left. Take a single sheet and the lined guide and move it to the right and slip it under the corner elastics (forgive the horrible "elastic" lines). Then write away. As I see it: Pros: Very portable light box (9"x7"x0.5" without paper) >6hr rechargeable battery (probably shares a cylinder in the center with the pen holder) Can use a lined guide with very heavy paper Lexan surface made of multiple thin sheets so it's cheap to replace the top one when I inevitably stain/score/... it. (This should also help the diffusion since I can sand middle layers) Cons: Writing on a sheet of lexan instead of leather or whatever your preferred surface is Without a piece of paper on it it looks a little like a tablet/kindle Custom build so won't be as polished (at least my customs aren't) LEDs, lithium batteries, ...? Part of the romance of using a FP is the history Thoughts? Has anyone seen anything like this (before I try to build it myself)?