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I was kinda wanting to buy say 4 12" cold cathodes and hook them all up together underneath a coffee table I built. I would like to power them with batteries and then have an on/off switch to control them.

Anyone got any guides or anything to go about it?
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post #2 of 9
All you need is 12v DC. Which means 8x any regular batteries would do the trick, I'd go for D's just because they'll last longer.
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post #3 of 9
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How do I go about hooking it up tho? Is there any kind of mount to attach the battery to?
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post #4 of 9
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How do I go about hooking it up tho? Is there any kind of mount to attach the battery to?

Radio Shack SHOULD carry something along those lines, yes. I'm sure there's something out there.

What you need to do, is connect positive to negative between all the batteries (8 of them). This will leave you with one positive on one battery, and one negative on one battery left over. This is what you would use to hookup the CCFL's. Pretend you just stacked them all up, the top battery would have the positive, the bottom battery would have the negative.
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post #5 of 9
A car battery would work as well, and be rechargeable...
Depends on how often you plan on using the lights.
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Not that often. So Pionerisloud, just wondering, how do you figure I need 8x D batteries?
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Not that often. So Pionerisloud, just wondering, how do you figure I need 8x D batteries?

Because standard batterys (AAA, AA, C, and D) are all 1.5v. If you run 8 of them in series, 8 x 1.5v = 12v. You need 12v to run a standard CCFL.

You could also plug them into an outlet (easier), by just simply buying a 12v AC to DC converter. Just any regular old cell phone power adapter SHOULD work (make sure it says 12v DC output and at least 1a).
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post #9 of 9
a 12V DC power brick would work or as mentioned earlier get some battery holders. Radioshack doesn't carry that much in terms of battery holders and parts anymore, but any electronics warehouse (jameco, mouser, etc) will carry them.
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