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So I'm working on tweaking my lighting a bit to get something closer to what I envision. I used to have only a 2m NZXT blue LED strip lighting the case but I found it too uniform and too blue and thus a little boring.

Decided to put red UV dye into my loop and add a couple 12" UV bars (from Lamptron) but it just didn't light up at all, even when I took out the LED strip.

What I want to do now is use my NZXT strip as very dim ambient light behind my motherboard (diffused by a little cloudy acrylic) and have some CCFLs work on making new clear/uv blue tubing sort of "pop out" from the top of the mobo, which is black.

I have a few questions for some experienced lighters:

1. How many CCFLs will I need to really make the tubing light up over the (low) ambient blue LED light?

2. Has anybody tried these Lamptron spectral bars? How are they? They seem very attractive as they are inverterless.

3. Should I go UV LED after all? I also have white sleeving that I would like the UV light to show off.

Answers to any of these questions are much appreciated!
post #2 of 6
I am not an "experienced lighter" but from what I have seen and heard, the CCFL's would do a better job lighting the UV reactive parts simply because they are more glowy than bright. Basically the LED's can saturate your case with the purple/blue that you get from UV as opposed to the dull glow from the CCFL (This can he heavily dependent on which LED's are used, how many, and where they are placed. How many lights needed depends on the size and placement of them. Usually 2-4 is pretty good in general though.
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I use oznuim leds. They come in a varity of different sizes. The only thing you need to do is splice a molex connector, just the yellow and black wires and your golden
Examples below
Uv
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3ubFiXda70[/ame]


Orange leds
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3whaNMk6eAc[/ame]

Site

http://www.oznium.com/flexible-led-strips
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Also putting uv dye in your loop is a very bad idea. it will stain your blocks, your reservoir,and excetera
I used uv green tubing in the first vid
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post #5 of 6
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys--those LEDs look very nice.

Point taken on the dye. Though I do have that uv tubing coming from the states as I mentioned. Can't get good tubing in Japan.
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I use oznuim leds. They come in a varity of different sizes. The only thing you need to do is splice a molex connector, just the yellow and black wires and your golden
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Is there any chance you could do a lit picture of your LED (UV) placement for your case. I dont mind getting my soldering gun out as i really want to have my case saturated real nice with UV light.
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