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Hello, I am currently using an NZXT Phantom that I modded to have a side window and I would like to put two white logysis 12" cold cathode tubes in my case in order to better light the inside.

The phantom has this button in the back that you can press that turns on the LEDs to one of the 200mm fans on top. I no longer use this 200mm fan and I would like to instead fix it so that I can use this button to turn those two 12" cold cathode tubes on and on though I'm not sure how to do this.

The button has one male two pin connector and that is it. How would I hook it up so that this button is able to turn the two 12" cold cathode tubes on and off?
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Pics would help, But a button usually controls (+) or (-) so you wire 1 to either and the other to the 12v. It goes like this
PSU---Molex Connector----Button---Inverter for Cathodes
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post #3 of 6
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If pictures would help, then here are some:

the button:


the connector:


the whole thing:


So that is about all i'm working with here. I removed part of the plastic surrounding the pins in order to fit a 3 pin connector if necessary. I have really no concept of what I am supposed to do from there though.
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post #5 of 6
It's an on off switch, so you would cut your power wire(s) to the CCFL inverter in half (just one of the two wires; perferably the one that connects to the yellow wire of the molex. Leave the black wire (or the inverter wire going to the Molex Black wire intact). You only cut one of the two wires.

This will leave you one cut wire still attached to the molex, and another cut wire going to the CCFL's inverter.

You would then splice either one of the wires to one of the wires on the switch, and the other one to the other wire of the switch.

Depending on whats eisier for you, you can just cut the existing plug off the switch, and splice directly to the wires, or, take the plug off the fan you are no longer using.

When the switch is pushed on, 12V can travel to the inverter. When the switch is pushed to the "off" position, the circuit is broken, and the lights go out.

Edited by xandypx - 10/25/11 at 7:24pm
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post #6 of 6
I was unaware there was such an easy fix. x_x

Here I was thinking everyone had to rig a whole bunch of stuff to an Arduino board like my cousin did.

Thanks for the answers everyone (even though I didn't ask the question)!
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