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post #191 of 267
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Originally Posted by stinky View Post
Can you light up the tubing and coolant using LEDs or do you have to get the UV cold cathodes.
You can do it with LED's, but LED's go through it, so the UV reactive glow will not be present.
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post #192 of 267
You can buy UV LED's
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post #193 of 267
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The cathodes seem to work the best for me.... I havn;t had any luck with LEDs in this rig... I got a little power distribution block that throws out 3,5,and 12V for LEDs, but I have burned through 4 of them trying to light up my reseviours... I think the power block is faulty because there's no way all 4 LEDs were bad...


UPDATE: Forgot to mention, if any of you are going to put cathodes in your builds, grab yourself a LAMPTRON cathode inverter. Pretty sweet little device. Each one is aluminum, and can power up to 4 tubes with one 4 pin connection. That way you don't have to junk up your case with a bunch of those cheap little blue boxes
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post #194 of 267
The reason your burning through the LEDs is because you need to have a resistor in series with them. Otherwise they get too much current. You can find calculators on the net as to what value resistance you need.
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Originally Posted by mcpetrolhead View Post
The reason your burning through the LEDs is because you need to have a resistor in series with them. Otherwise they get too much current. You can find calculators on the net as to what value resistance you need.
I thought about that, and what sucks is that that little board has em built in and should be doing the work for me... i think I am just gonna remove that board, and hook them up to the motherbaord instead, as I have nothing connected to the POWER ON pins currently
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post #196 of 267
3.5V is too much for LEDs too, it might work for red LEDs but for blue ones it will just burn them out. No one resistor will work for every LEDs
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^^ hmm interesting info man thanks for that... What weird is that on the LED pacakge it says 12V... which I knew was to high, so I hooked up to the 3V and tried the 5V... they would not burn up, but actually would run for a few minutes and then gradually start to fade out...
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Yeah thats what happens to LEDs when they get too much current, the silicon that creates the light overheats and starts to become less effective at changing electricity into light.
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