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I'd like to replace all my cathodes, dinky little box style led clusters, etc from 5 years ago when I built this system with a single nice long modern UV LED strip that just goes around the entire internal perimeter of the case.

Does anyone have suggestions for quality strips that really give off UV light, and not just a slightly weaker than normal purple like most of them do? I want glowing UV cables and coolant, not a purple pimp lamp.

Whatever I use I'd like to be able to either plug directly into a molex, or solder a molex onto it. Either way it should be using the standard 3.3, 5, or 12v supplied by a molex connector. I'd also really like it if the whole long strip (roughly 90 inches?) could be powered off a single connector. I barely have enough room in this case for cables as it is.

Thanks
Edited by Zero4549 - 4/14/14 at 11:15am
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I am not generally impressed with the light output of UV LEDs in general. I'd just use cold cathodes.

On my current build, I'm using UV orange acrylic as a light source. It is lit by blue LED strips. The effect is awesome. Better than I could do with cold cathodes. Surprisingly, UV acrylic reacts far more intensely with blue LED light than it does with UV.


These are 3528 double density LED strips from EBay (non-waterproof).
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Give this guy a shout out. Great stuff! Based out of Los Angeles,CA
http://www.modelersbrand.com/html/item_pages/ledtape_uv_dd.html
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How easy are those LED Strips to work with? I know you can cut them and attach some. I want to add a lighting effect to my desk after i build my mount, and i was thinking of getting those, just not sure how easy it would be to attach 3 smaller strands to power them.
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Here's what strips look like up close:


Notice the cut lines between each segment (usually three LEDs to a segment)? Cut there. Scrape off the epoxy (if waterproof strip) that covers the solder pads (copper pads either side of cut line), and solder on the wires you need. In the case of single color strip, you only need two conductor wire and you hook that up to 12 volts. If you want to place several sections of strip in different places around your case, you can simply daisy chain the sections together with wire. Solder + to + and - to -.
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Here's what strips look like up close:


Notice the cut lines between each segment (usually three LEDs to a segment)? Cut there. Scrape off the epoxy (if waterproof strip) that covers the solder pads (copper pads either side of cut line), and solder on the wires you need. In the case of single color strip, you only need two conductor wire and you hook that up to 12 volts. If you want to place several sections of strip in different places around your case, you can simply daisy chain the sections together with wire. Solder + to + and - to -.

Awesome, thanks for the info.
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