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post #1 of 14
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Ok, this seems so stupid to me, but I have to ask as I am finalizing my plans for my new custom case and don't want to waste money.

Does the color of the Cathode affect the color given off by UV reactive cables or plugs?

What I mean is, if I get cables that glow blue under UV lights, but I get a red Cold Cathode bar, will the cables still glow blue?

I know, silly.......


post #2 of 14
Well i think UV as in the "blacklite" like cathodes (purple ones)
    
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no they wont what they will do is have a blue look with a red tinge on them.. its the uv that makes things glow..

edit: unless you get the cables that glow blue with the clearcoating.. in which case they wont glow blue at all just be reddish
    
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well ive got black uv lights so everything thats suposed to glow blue glows blue and everything thats suposed to glow red glows red etc etc havnt got red cathodes so i wouldnt know
    
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post #5 of 14
UV typically shines a purplish-blue.

If there's any other color that it emits it's going to be blue in nature

I think what you are trying to ask is if they make other kinds of UV lights in different colors that will still make things glow: unfortunately the answer is no and you can thank physics for that

More info:
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question59.htm
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Ie. coloured cathodes dont give off UV, so they dont make things glow.

You need a black light for that
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post #7 of 14
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Hhhmmmmm,

No, I was mis-informed, someone told me that the colored "Cold Cathode" lights gave off UV light that would activate UV reactive things.

I wanted red lights and blue wires.....


How bright are standard computer UV lights? Regular AC UV lights put out almost no visible light, but the UV lights sold for computers seem to glow rather brightly (purple as was stated). What if I just used 1 or 2 UV lights to activate UV cables and sleeving and then used red Cathode lights for the ambient light?


Otherwise, I think I am going to have to use EL wire wrapped on my cables to get close to my desired effect.

post #8 of 14
2 12" cold cathodes will make the stuff glow pretty bright

I have a couple blue fans which light everythin up, but dont change the color of my UV lighted cables, yes I have 2 12" UV cathodes

ive also put in a BRIGHT green fan, and it gives the whole case green light, but the cables stay the same color, unless thay are gloss, then there is a little green reflection dependind on your angle


and to simply answer your question:
red cathodes are not too bright, and the 2 12" will light up UV stuff with like no noticable interferance
TO EVERYONE!!!
MAKE SURE YOUR PSU IS STRONG AND RELIABLE!!!
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post #9 of 14
Bare in mind that some cathodes buzz.
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post #10 of 14
As everyoen else said, only UV lights can make things glow. You could add uv lights and another color cathode to make things glow and add a differnt color to your system. That way you could have red glowing cables and red ligthing.
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