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So, thinking about getting another cathode for my case as I need UV for the other side

I found some great priced UV cathodes, Logisys seem to be very popular over in the US and they ship to the UK (eBay seller).


Basically, how good are they? I am more worried about that plastic blue inverter, I have one at the moment it's black, I don't want it to fry or anything.


Do Logisys provide quality inverters or the bog standard cheapy ones?


I have an Akasa UV CCFL attached to an inverter and will use the supplied inverter to power probably only on of the 12" cathodes, but maybe two in the future.


Any comments appreciated. I am scared of it going boom smile.gif

Mike


UPDATE: See below
Edited by mikeo01 - 3/19/13 at 6:32pm
post #2 of 10
GOOD. They've been running for around 7 hours a day for 8 months.


The PCI bracket switch is dumb, but it only takes some wire strippers, a soldering gun, and 5 minutes to put a normal switch in there.
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Wow that's a long time, sounds decent! Does the inverter get hot at all? Unfortunately I don't have a soldering iron, but a PCI bracket doesn't sound too bad as long as I hide the wires tongue.gif

Also btw the orange and blue tubing you got there looks awesome! thumb.gif
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UPDATE:

Sorry for double post, but I was wondering something, my current CCFL position is a bit awkward so I am thinking of putting it to the top of my case, the inverter doesn't have adhesive tape, so, I was wondering if I could simple hang the inverter out the rear of the case?

What's the safest way, because if the inverter does melt then what.

I would probably use cable ties to keep it near the rear grill?
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My inverter has been running for about 12 hours now and it's not hot at all. The only reason it is warm at all is because it's sitting in front of the exhaust of my PSU.
Thanks for the comment on my tubing, I really like it.
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Oh, that's fine then smile.gif I have my computer on 8 hours max,typically 4 hours maybe. I may put it in front of my fan just to give it air!


Your setup looks really good, orange and blue go really well there. If only I had the money for water cooling purely to do that! tongue.gif
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Yea they work ok but I have had the best results with cathodes that are designed for automotive applications, there inverters are of a better quality and usually there casing is better too here is a good example. I used a Korean company.






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Thanks for the suggestion that actually looks very decent. I can't find the brand on Google but what's the specifications like, how does it work?

My issue is providing it with power and its power consumption. The cathode looks much better quality. Can it just be plugged right up?

Could you provide a link or something to something similar because the name won't pop up on Google, thanks! tongue.gif
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Thanks for the suggestion that actually looks very decent. I can't find the brand on Google but what's the specifications like, how does it work?

My issue is providing it with power and its power consumption. The cathode looks much better quality. Can it just be plugged right up?

Could you provide a link or something to something similar because the name won't pop up on Google, thanks! tongue.gif

Well maybe it would require a minor moding to power it. Since it is an automotive part it must run on 12V so it's good to go. wink.gif
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Thanks for the suggestion that actually looks very decent. I can't find the brand on Google but what's the specifications like, how does it work?

My issue is providing it with power and its power consumption. The cathode looks much better quality. Can it just be plugged right up?

Could you provide a link or something to something similar because the name won't pop up on Google, thanks! tongue.gif

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Well maybe it would require a minor moding to power it. Since it is an automotive part it must run on 12V so it's good to go. wink.gif

This is a good example, they dont have to be the same brand but the good quality ones will have good casings not those simple plastic square pieces on the ends. As for compatability and power consumption you should expect a max of 20w and it wires right up to 12v from your PSU. Most Cold cathodes come with the DC to HVAC/DC Ballast(little plastic box in the pics) so your good to go there! thumb.gif Another good indicator of the overall quality of the kit will be the size of the Balast its self, for the good ones they are very small(1" X 2" X 1") compared to the big ones(3" X 1.5" X 1.5") in the cheap kits!

Link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/one-pair-15cm-White-6-Cold-Cathode-Tube-Neon-Car-Light-CCFL-15W-/271125169893?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f2051c6e5&vxp=mtr
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