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Cathode Lighting Question

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ok - so i have this lighting kit - you can actually plug in 2 light strips to the nlue transformer and it plugs into a 4 pin molex power connector - so here is my question : i have the SPH 850 power supply that comes with the fan controller - i noticed that when i plug my lighted fans into said controller that the light dims and intensifies with the rheostat - is there a way i can splice my 2 cathodes into the controller and omit that huge, ugly blue transformer - thanks for any input !
post #2 of 10
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ok - so i have this lighting kit - you can actually plug in 2 light strips to the nlue transformer and it plugs into a 4 pin molex power connector - so here is my question : i have the SPH 850 power supply that comes with the fan controller - i noticed that when i plug my lighted fans into said controller that the light dims and intensifies with the rheostat - is there a way i can splice my 2 cathodes into the controller and omit that huge, ugly blue transformer - thanks for any input !

Basically, no. It's there for a reason tongue.gif
post #3 of 10
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Dang - i was hoping that maybe the fan controller from my SPH 850 had a built in transformer or something - its a pain in the @ss trying to work all that extra crap into my rig -
post #4 of 10
Ew.

Stock blue lighting.
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post #5 of 10
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stock red lighting - thats a white cathode light - just an ugly blue transformer box -
post #6 of 10
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Dang - i was hoping that maybe the fan controller from my SPH 850 had a built in transformer or something - its a pain in the @ss trying to work all that extra crap into my rig -

I agree. That's why I don't bother with cathodes biggrin.gif
post #7 of 10
Cold cathodes (and similarly, EL wire and sheet) require a power inverter which supplies AC voltage to light them up. You may or may not be able to reduce the size of the inverter by removing it's plastic cover which likely has some airpsace inside it. Just be sure that it doesn't short out against anything.
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yea, i took the blue case off and while it did reduce the size a little, it didnt think it wise to try and use it that way - plus it still needed all the wiring - oh well, they were just a couple lights i had lying around - i wont buy those kind again thats for sure ! Thanks guys !
post #9 of 10
A little spray paint or electrical tape goes a long way! I masked mine with professional white electrical tape to match my current build (in sig).
post #10 of 10
LED's are the way to go! just a power source and maybe some resistors and you're all set!
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