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Tip: How to "change the color" of your Cathode Light

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Hello,

This is just a really cheap and simple trick that you can do if you have an ordinary white/yellow-glowing cathode light laying around, from example an old scanner.

The only things you need is a pen (that is able to paint on glass) and the cathode. I recommend POSCA:

This is a type of push-pen that attaches on all kinds of materials: wood, metal, glass, plastic and so on. It is great for all types of detailed painting on you computer.

Google "Posca" to find out prices and where you can buy these pencils in your local area.

This is how the cathode should look like from the beginning.



Disconnect the light (if you have it running in your computer) and put it on a piece of paper. Start painting! Move the pen back and forth, painting a bit at the time.

My cathode was yellow but I wanted an orange glow so I used a red pen (yellow+red=orange )

It should look something like this when you're finished.


Let the paint dry for a minute or two, then connect the cathode, leaving it outside the case. Look if there's any spot you've missed. If so, disconnect the cathode again and fill in the spot, wait a minute then connect it again.

Don't worry about the heat from the light, the paint can easily take it!

You will see the strokes from the pen, all depending on how accurate you've been. Personally I don't care, I think it looks kinda sexy, and you wont see it when you have the cathode in your case unless you stick your head in there.



The final result:


I'm sorry if this has been up before or if this goes in the FAQ/Guides. I'm new to these lovely boards and don't really know how it works. I'm sure someone will correct me though!

Have fun with your new glow, feel free to post a picture to show your result! I love to see it.
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You probably should make an FAQ on this, that's a pretty good idea.
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Haha, didn't know that nice one.
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